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Alison P.
Attended Washington College
Lives in Fairfax, VA
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Menu Plan Monday 1/23
Monday- Chicken fries, Buffalo Chicken and homemade french fries Tuesday- Pasta Wednesday- Lasagna Thursday- Barber Chicken with white rice Friday- Leftover Night Saturday- ?? Sunday- Birthday Party so who knows ?? Well, I got the stomach bug and the last t...
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Turbo Twenty-Three Book Review
I was ready to read this book from the second that I heard that it was coming out but I was like 500 down on the library reserve list.  I figured that it would be forever before I got the book but although I read many others and moved up on the list, it sti...
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High Heat Book Review
I saw that there were two new books at the library in the Richard Castle series so I was super excited to grab those.  I find that I can't keep up with any series when I rarely look at the new release section but then I also run into the fact that things st...
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Menu Plan Monday 1/16
Monday- Little Caesars Pizza Tuesday- Pasta Wednesday- Chicken fries, Buffalo Chicken with homemade fries Thursday- Chicken Stir Fry with green beans and white rice Friday- Leftover Night Saturday- Dinner out with family Sunday- ?? Last week went a little c...
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Menu Plan Monday 1/9
Monday- Chicken fries, Buffalo Chicken with homemade french fries Tuesday- Pasta (son) and Leftovers (us) Wednesday- Barber Chicken and white rice Thursday- Meatball Sliders Friday- Leftovers/Birthday Party Saturday- Herb Roasted Chicken Sunday- Pasta I tho...
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December Reading Review
I didn't know how long the first book of the month was going to take but it was very interesting and took a little longer then a quick read fiction book.  I was excited to put it into effect and read the daily goals in the back of the book to learn to be mo...
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Blew the Budget and then some!! Will this month ever end?!
I posted recently about how I was over budget already and a little disappointed that I couldn't get it together for the first month of the year.  Well, I have already been back to the store twice!! Harris Teeter $6.60 I went to the store because they were h...
I posted recently about how I was over budget already and a little disappointed that I couldn't get it together for the first month of the y...
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Back to the Shopping Trips!
I thought that I got so much at Super Doubles that I was going to stay out of the stores more but that wasn't the case at all.  I was at Aldi right after super doubles was over.  There were so many good deals this month that I couldn't help but make it to t...
I thought that I got so much at Super Doubles that I was going to stay out of the stores more but that wasn't the case at all. I was at Ald...
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Driving Heat Book Review
I was so excited to find this new book in the series and I was surprised that I missed the book when it came out.  Driving Heat (Nikki Heat) by Richard Castle was the next in series and I was excited to start reading it when I got home from the library.  I ...
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Super Doubles Extravaganza!!
I was actually mostly ready for Super Doubles with a clean coupon basket and my coupons cut....except that I totally didn't have enough time!!  My son's birthday party was over the weekend.  I had to bake cookies because he wanted to decorate cookies at his...
I was actually mostly ready for Super Doubles with a clean coupon basket and my coupons cut....except that I totally didn't have enough time...
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Year End Grocery Spending
I haven't been tracking our year to date spending on an ongoing basis but I have a notebook with all my numbers recorded.  This year seems to be missing a lot of savings amounts like last year because I was too busy to track all that I saved.  I am hoping t...
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Kids Wednesday: Planning a Pokemon Party
My son declared that he wanted a Pokemon party for his birthday so I drove right into Pinterest and found way too many ideas. It was overwhelming to say the least so I decided on a plan on what we had time for during the birthday party. I wanted to make a s...
My son declared that he wanted a Pokemon party for his birthday so I drove right into Pinterest and found way too many ideas. It was overwhe...
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Introduction
I am a stay at home mother of an active preschooler and wife to a very hard working husband.  We live in the Northern Virginia area (nicknamed NOVA).  Both my husband and I are transplants to the area but we have made it our home for over 15 years. 

After the birth of my son, I saw a morning talk show featuring the Coupon Mom.  I would love to tell you what show or what she talked about but I just had a baby so I really don't remember.  I googled it and found this link which looks to be during my maternity leave so it must have been the Today show.  I thought it seemed like a good idea to save a little money on baby stuff so I checked out a few websites.  From there I was hooked!!!  I might have started with baby stuff but the stockpile slowly grew. 

My mother in law came to visit and decided that she was on a limited income (trying to be retired) and she should learn how to coupon.  Taking the opportunity to use my two years of research and trial and error, she did exactly what I told her (most of the time).  She joked because the first few times, she just bought whatever I bought to make it easier.  Then she started picking out her own things but making me check her out so that she didn't "mess it up."  After a few months, she could do it on her own and saved tons.  I taught my first student how to use coupons to save fortunes.  She was also hooked and agreed that we could never go back to the other way of life and throwing money away.

Everything in the Northern Virginia area is very high priced (as is most of the country now) so we were challenged to figure out how to make it on one income before I could stay home with our son.  I worked full time for two years while taking care of my son full time but something had to change.  After couponing for two years with no budget, I started tracking my purchases every month.  Many websites suggest a weekly spending limit but I just couldn't do it because of the ups and downs of the sale cycles.  It was making me totally stressed so I gave up and looked for the next solutions. 

One website told me that the best way to determine a budget was to cut back each month and see if you saw the difference.  In 2011, we started the year spending $230-$360 per month and slowly decreased to $130-$160 per month (averaged $217.86 per month).  For 2012, we set a monthly budget of $160 (flexible to $180-$200 in the months that we need to stock up on meats or other expensive items).  I have gotten more creative in the past year by baking my own bread, making treats each week, and making all home cooked meals.

I try to get lots of great books out of the library in order to make sure that I am doing everything that I can to make our money stretch.  I read frugal books, economic books, mommy books, and cook books.  My cousin suggested that I read some "fun" books so I have added a few of those into the monthly list for a vacation from the serious material which makes a great balance.  I hope that you decide to check out a few books that I have found free through my local library and suggest some books that you think that I should read.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I look forward to getting lots of comments from you on my posts.  I would love to get book suggestions, recipe ideas, and crafty projects that you are working on.  I would also love to hear about your shopping successes.  Please feel free to send me details about your great trips and I would love to post them!!  Look forward to talking with you soon.
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  • Washington College
    1998
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Stay at Home Mom and Blogger at NOVA Frugal Family
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