This is What Frugal Looks Like: Heather from Inexpensively

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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 Heather from Inexpensively.

What does frugality mean to you?

Being frugal means we can lower our budget, but it doesn’t have to mean lowering our standards. It’s about finding ways to do things for less, in addition to cutting out things that are less important. Frugality will mean something different to each family, too, since what is and isn’t a priority is so subjective. For example, we don’t have cable television but our children are in private school. I know a lot of people see that as backwards.

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

I’m a coupon clipper! It’s probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of frugal living, but that’s because it really does save a ton of money. I once tracked our savings, and smart shopping with coupons & sales saved around $5000 in a year. It worked out to about $100/hour so it’s definitely worth my time. {That’s why I love to share grocery lists at Inexpensively – it really helps show people exactly how valuable couponing can be.}

What is something frugal that you do that is unusual?

Disposable products are a waste of resources – both environmentally and financially. We use cloth napkins, towels, real silverware and we even cloth diapered the youngest. It took me awhile to get into that one. She was nearly potty trained when I finally jumped on board, but the 2-months of diaper budget I spent on the diapers she wore for 7 more months was well worth it. We haven’t bought paper towels for years, which people find very unusual – my mother even packed some with her when she stayed with the kids earlier this month!

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

Health & education for our children has always been the number one priority. Being frugal allows us to keep the girls in a private, Montessori school where we are confident their allergies are well-managed and their education is as flexible as we are. If you saw our bank statement, you would wonder how we could afford to send a $1K check to the school each month. The answer is frugality! We cut out what doesn’t affect our lifestyle and budget for the things that matter.


Heather Sokol is a married mother of 3 beautiful, active children. They have created in her a Montessori Mom, Scout Mom, Allergy Mom and avid coupon clipper. She shares her deals & frugal tips at and reports progress on learning to be a grown-up at

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1 Jersey Mom April 15, 2010

I don’t think it’s backwards at all. My children’s education is extremely important to me (that’s why we live where we live), my kids enjoy Cub Scout activities, and I also clip coupons. =)
.-= Jersey Mom´s last blog ..Nanny or Me =-.

2 Vinny O'Hare April 15, 2010

It doesn’t sound backwards to me at all either. What is more important your kids education or paper towels. I think it is a no brainer.

3 Bette April 15, 2010


I applaud you on your approach to frugality – that it serves as a means to the end, that of a dearly held family value in educating your children as you’ve chosen. Way to go in setting, living your values! And for eschewing societal standards that we should all have a bale of Brawny in the pantry.

I’m planning to make my own re-usable “kitchen wipes” from some old sheets and towels and keep them in a basket on the counter. I’ve even seen these for sale on Etsy!!

Best regards.

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