I’m a young mom to three adorable kiddos, two boys and a girl. I also have one amazing husband who serves in the Marine Corps and does his best to provide for the five of us – every single day! We are a typical American family, struggling with finances, budgeting, and the challenges that come with raising children in today’s fast-moving world.

My frugal journey started after the birth of my first child. My husband and I were young (and still are 😉 ) and not prepared for the many responsibilities that come with adulthood and parenting.

In all honesty, our focus was way more on materialistic things – making sure that the kiddos looked adorable and that we did too. Going out to buy new clothes and driving flashy cars were at the top of our list. We worked hard to make it look, at least on the outside, that our lives were perfect. The sad truth was that we had started digging a big financial hole – one that was going to be very difficult to get out of. I was depressed on the inside, but I just ignored that feeling and pushed it to the side by purchasing more and pretending. Soon enough, our credit card debt was out of control, and a vicious cycle had begun. The more depressed I became, the more I spent.

I began blogging, under the name of Hip2Save, as a way to chart a new path for myself and to get my spending habits under control. My family and friends were my readers and my support base. Blogging gave me the courage to try out new behaviors, use my imagination, and explore new possibilities. At the same time, it helped me shift my priorities: Family and the simple pleasures in life came to the forefront, and material things took a back seat.

Fast forward ahead: My life has changed in so many positive ways. I have discovered that it really is Hip to save and a whole lot more fun and rewarding than overspending and dealing with debt. I have climbed out of a very deep hole and am learning to be accountable to myself, my family, and now to you too.

Who knows what’s around the corner, but, with all you amazing Hip2Savers in my life, I definitely look forward to the journey ahead.

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