I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Oahu. In 2004 my husband and I decided to venture off to the mainland. Leaving our family was difficult, but proved advantageous for us.
In 2007 we were blessed with the amazing gift of parenthood. I’ve been able to stay at home with my daughter and grateful for the moments we’ve been able to create. However with one income we had to be creative in our budget.
After learning to coupon in April 2011 I’ve found tremendous changes in our financial decisions. We’ve since converted to the envelope system of budgeting and it works great for us. The weekly grocery bill ranges from $45-$60, and due to strategic planning we are able save 50-75%.
The amount that we’ve been able to save has been re-rerouted to other areas of our budget plan. I’m not perfect, I’ve misused debt in the past, but have definitely learned to grow from the experience. My father used to tell me “as long as you’ve learned that’s all that matters.” He went home to the Lord in December 2008 and it wasn’t until later that I understood what he really meant.
He really wanted to make a difference and help families. I’m hoping to fulfill that wish, my goal is to help you be able to save money and get your families back to the dinner table. You shouldn’t have to decide between food or necessities. Hopefully with careful planning you’ll be able to take that weight of your shoulders.
Don’t be fooled by the television shows out there, it’s not about being extreme. It’s about making your money work harder for you not the other way around. It doesn’t really matter if you bought $1000 worth of groceries for $160 when you really only have $50 available. You don’t need a large stockpile to define your success, you define it for yourself.
Mahalo for joining me!