You know how life is funny sometimes and you notice that you have made a gradual shift in the way you normally do things? Well, I noticed recently that I have made gradual changes that I don’t like. They bother me enough that I know I need to make changes. The gradual changes have been affecting my family and our finances.

I feel like a hypocrite because I take about frugal living all the time! But in all honesty, I haven’t been practicing what I preach lately. Really, on the inside I’m a hot mess just trying to get through each day. 🙂

But enough is enough. Once I’m motivated I’m so ready to make changes. Here is what I’ve been noticing that I need to change:

  • Careless spending
  • Food waste and waste in general
  • Buying convenience food

Maybe many of you can relate to my recent bad habits. These gradual changes have happened mostly because I’ve been lazy, but also because of frustrations caused by picky family members 😉

Here’s is how I plan on fixing these issues:

  • Spend more wisely. Shop the sales. Don’t buy unnecessary items. Buy used.
  • Meal plan. Use reusable grocery bags. Buy reusable straws.
  • Make more food from scratch. I want to try my hand at making nut milks, yogurt, butter and other staples. I also want to start baking more.

Just like how I gradually started making changes in the wrong direction, I know I’m going to have to gradually make changes in the right direction.  So, you will start to notice some how-to posts over here at Simply Frugal. A back to basics of frugal living, if you will.

Are you in the same boat as me? Do you need to make changes too? What will be the first thing you tackle?

It’s Moving Day!

I posted this photo on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and I’m happy to report we have many more boxes packed now! Good thing because today is moving day!!! The whole family is so ready for this change. I think many aspects of life are actually going to become easier now. (Like, I can do laundry whenever I want because I don’t have to annoy someone that’s watching a show since the laundry and TV were basically in the same room!)

As with any move I’m sure, it’s been quite stressful and hectic around these parts. So on that note, for my sanity and my family’s, I’ll be taking a bit of a break on Simply Frugal. I have a couple of things scheduled, but other than that I think I’ll be back in a week or so to regular posting. Maybe less. Depends how quickly I can unpack the important stuff. 🙂

I’ve also been meaning to write about the sale of our “old” home (it was quick!) and how we were able to pay more than 50% down on our “new” home. I’m also quite excited to write about making our new house a home, on a budget. I get quite a kick out of thrifty decorating. 🙂 Let’s not even get started on organizing! That’s my other favourite topic these days. Can’t wait to see where all our stuff will fit! Hehe!

See you all soon!

I’m Wondering: How Do You Reward Yourself?

Living a meaningful frugal life means you have to reward yourself once in a while! So today, I’m Wondering:

How do you reward yourself at the end of a long day? Or how about when you reach a goal you’ve been trying to hit?

Have you got something you’ve been wondering about that I could feature in a future I’m Wondering post?  Submit your question here!

Do you have an Inspiring Financial Story to Share?

I’m back again after reading through the Reader Survey one more time!

Another thing many of you mentioned was that you want to hear from others. Not just me. (Say what?? :)) I mean, I know there are many of you that have truly inspiring financial stories to share. So really, I’d love to hear from you as well!

Maybe you paid off a significant debt, or perhaps you bought a vehicle with cash. Or how maybe you got through college without taking on student loans?

What ever your financial story may be, we’d love to hear from you if you think it would help inspire someone else on their journey!

Eee! I’m so excited to hear how you have transformed your money mindset to get to a place that makes you a financial rock star!

Please shoot me an email at if you’d like to be featured with your story on Simply Frugal!

Simply Frugal on Instagram

I was recently going over the Reader Survey you guys did for me late last year and a bunch of you mentioned you’d like to see more personal type stuff from me.

I’m trying to incorporate more of our day to day life here on the blog (for example, the No Spend Challenge), but for those of you that want a quick peek, check out Instagram!

I post more personal pictures on Instagram that give a glimpse into the Simply Frugal household. My pictures aren’t perfect, but I don’t want them to be. My life is not perfect so I like to “be real” with the messes. 😉

So go on, I invite you to take a look!