About Me

I made this simple, gorgeous scarf with Red Heart Boutique "Candied". You can find my project and notes here Ravelry.

Hi, I’m Kim, editor of FrugalMoms2.com!

I’m a veteran and mom of five boys, ranging in age from 2 to 25. I was a SAHM for 17 years and a working mom for the past 8 years. It’s all work! But also a lot of fun. I’ve been frugal forever, sometimes by force and sometimes by choice. I ran FrugalMoms.com from 1998-2003 and am happy to be back again, 12 years later.

So much has changed in that time, both personally and professionally. Technology has lept forward in amazing ways. The tools are better. It takes five minutes to do something that took me half the day before. Some things are still the same. The economy still goes up and down, and so do people’s lives. Being frugal seems more important than ever.

But frugality isn’t poverty. It’s a wonderful way to achieve many of your heart’s desires, no matter how daunting they may sometimes seem. Life is so much more than a price tag or a number in your bank account.  That’s why I started Frugal Moms years ago, and that is what brought me back. To connect with like-minded people; to share, learn, and encourage each other. The journey is always better with friends! So let’s inspire each other to make life beautiful using our best resource- each other.

A little history for my original readers:

When I started Frugal Moms back in 1998, the internet was still pretty young and so were my kids! They were 8, 5 and 1. By the time I retired in 2003, they were 13, 10 and 6. It’s hard to believe they are now grown!

The boys in 1999. Time flies!

The boys in 1999. Time flies!

In 2007, I went through a divorce and started a career in IT.

In 2008, I met my current husband, who is a master auto mechanic. If I can’t fix something, he can! He is the only person I know who is more frugal than I am!

In 2010, we had a beautiful frugal wedding and celebrated the birth of our first son (my fourth!)

In 2012, we found a hundred year old farmhouse on five acres in a beautiful part of Illinois. (Yes, there are some!) Just two months after we moved, I found out I was pregnant with baby #5 at the age of 43. He was born in 2013 and has been such an unexpected angel. I cannot imagine life without these little guys.

It’s now 2015, and some of my older kids have been gone from home for a few years. One works online doing all kinds of cool stuff with internet startups. Another is in the Marine Corps, and my teenager is getting ready to graduate high school (I hope!) The littlest ones are now 4 and 2.

It’s been a long, crazy road, but we are all OK. Life has been full of surprises, mostly good ones. Through it all, we’ve leaned on each other and learned a lot along the way. Here’s to making more memories!

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2010 – Baby #4 joined our band of boys!

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Fall 2010 – We had a modest but lovely wedding and paid cash! Someday, I’ll write about our frugal wedding.

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The boys in 2010, trying on a little attitude with their suits!

Life: Back, After a Long Hiatus

Hiking Starved Rock with the babies

Our beautiful farmhouse

2012- Our beautiful farmhouse

Connor tiptoeing through the sunflower field.

Teenager tiptoeing through the sunflower field.

My latest projects!

2014- My latest projects!

 

 

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