This is What Frugal Looks Like: This Wasn’t in the Plan

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This is What Frugal Looks Like is a series that highlights different ways that people can be frugal in their lives- after all, frugality doesn’t have to be drastic or just about clipping coupons. Frugality can be fun and easy. Each respondent answers the same four questions.

Today’s interview is with Allison from This Wasn’t In The Plan.

What does frugality mean to you?

Frugality means spending my money wisely. It means spending in the areas that I (and my family) think are important, and perhaps cutting some corners elsewhere in areas that are as important to us. I strongly believe that frugality is a truly individual thing, one person’s frugality could be another person’s splurge – it all depends on priorities. I like to look more towards the future, so I’m willing to give up a night out here and there in exchange for socking some money away a little at a time.

Frugality doesn’t mean giving up fun, though, and unfortunately that is something that I sometimes forget. It’s okay to spend money and do something that may seem a bit extravagant at times. Ultimately, being frugal to me is about focusing on what’s important to me and my family.

What is something that you do that is ‘typically’ frugally?

When it comes to groceries, I’d say most everything I do is typical. I buy in bulk (when it is cost effective), I sometimes use coupons, and I try and stock up when things are on sale.

What is something frugal that you do that is unusual?

The other day I was bathing my five month old in the sink, as I always do, and I was thinking that there probably weren’t many other people that do that. We’ve never owned a baby bath tub of any sort and have always given our babies their baths in the kitchen sink. I think this perhaps uses less water as well, but it’s definitely a money saver because we’ve never spent money on a baby bathtub.

What are some of your long term goals that being frugal will help you to accomplish?

In all honesty, my husband and I want to have a lot of money. With that money, we would love to own our house outright before the 30 year term is up on our loan. We’d also love to do a lot of traveling and make sure our future is financially secure. He’d love a Rolex, and I’d love some nice furniture. Watching our money and resources now will free more up for those things later on.

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About Allison:

Alison is an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom to three little boys. When she’s not busy with them, she enjoys baking, crafts, tennis, and of course blogging. At This Wasn’t In The Plan, she writes about family life and money and how things don’t always go as planned.


1 Amy Reads Good Books December 16, 2009

Great interview! I love reading everyone’s unusual frugal tips!
.-= Amy Reads Good Books´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesday =-.

2 JP December 19, 2009

We were kitchen sink bathers too! With my last child, it was a back saver, as well as a water saver!

3 Alison@This Wasn't In The Plan December 19, 2009

Thanks so much for the interview, Kelly!
.-= Alison@This Wasn’t In The Plan´s last blog ..Shopping in a Winter Wonderland =-.

4 Lawrence @ CRB December 25, 2009

To be honest, I didn’t think many people actually bought baby bath tubs and have always thought most people use their sinks.

5 Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog January 5, 2010

Thanks for featuring this new-to-me blog. Alison has some great posts, and I can tell I’m going to enjoy reading more from her!
.-= Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog´s last blog ..Cheap Thrills — Indoor Ice Skating =-.

6 the green gal January 9, 2010

We were all bathed in the sink too! I don’t know many people who do it now though. However, a friend of mine bought a brilliant baby bath and once her two boys grew out of it, I passed it on to my brother, then my sister, back to my brother and it’s now with another friend. So that’s six babies bathed in one bath, sort of!
.-= the green gal´s last blog ..Free printable thank you cards =-.

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