Saturday, July 12, 2014

Meet The Naturally Frugal Girl!

Mr. & Mrs. G

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by :)

I'm Britney G, The Naturally Frugal Girl.  I'm a Christ-follower, a native Texan, and a newlywed.  I love cooking, reading, movies, family, and finding creative ways to do more without breaking the bank.  Mr. G and I married in December 2014, about seven months after I purchased a house.  

When we married, we had almost $30k in debt (not including the house), and almost no savings.  We committed to one another and God to stop using debt and pay off what we already have.  In the first six months of marriage, we saw that commitment tested in numerous ways... in six months, we've had about four thousand in medical bills (including an ER visit and a surgery for Mr. G, which meant two weeks without work/pay), a double flat tire (so we had to replace all four), and several other unexpected expenses.  Through that, we've still managed to pay down over five thousand dollars worth of principal on debt, and save a $1,000 "baby" emergency fund.  We've worked... hard... and sacrificed to get here, but we've also seen God do amazing things.  He's provided in a number of ways, from direction toward better financial choices to unexpected money showing up out of the blue on Tuesday that covers the amount above what we had saved to pay for a surgery on Friday!  While I've always loved a good deal, learning to be thrifty and frugal has become a necessity.

In addition to the financial curve balls, we've both had several health issues crop up and resurface.  A few years ago, I started gaining interest in more natural or "alternative" methods of healthcare and treatments.  I've had a number of negative experiences with doctors and western medicine that have made me a bit cynical.  This year, I've had several chances to be grateful for both types- surgery for Mr. G and some necessary prescription medicine for myself (with a doctor now who avoids prescriptions as much as possible), and nutrition, chiropractic care, essential oils, herbal remedies, and a whole host of other options.  I'm seeing the result of poor choices we've made in the past and the toxic burdens they've placed on our bodies.  We both are taking big steps to become healthier overall, and especially trying to make some big changes before babies are conceived, so that they would have the best, healthiest start we can offer them, and that we are in the best, healthiest shape to parent!

I can't wait to share this journey... I've talked to lots of people in the past few months who are facing similar challenges, and I love being able to share what I've learned!  I hope you find this site helpful, and would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Need a Little Memory?

1SaleaDay has you covered!  Today's Flash Sale is a variety of SD and MicroSD cards at great prices!  The 16 GB one pictured below is just $12.99 shipped.

They've got everything from 2-64 GB available at steep discounts!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Free One Year Subscription to Martha Stewart Living

I love this magazine for craft ideas and decorating tips... even more so when I don't have to pay for it!  Click here to sign up with Rewards Gold and get your free subscription to Martha Stewart Living.

Free Volume of Weekend Homesteader at Amazon

This volume of Weekend Homesteader delves into bulk buying, berry growing, learning skills through apprenticing, and raising chickens... all great ways to save money while trying to live a more natural life!  Past issues are available for 99 cents.  If you don't have a Kindle (I don't!) you can download the free Kindle for PC software to read your e-books!

Crocs Skylar Flats $9.99 Shipped + 7% Cash Back

Skylar flats from Crocs are on sale for $9.99!  Originally priced at $49.99, these darling shoes will ship for free when you use coupon code springfreeship at checkout.  ShopAtHome.com will also get you 7% cash back.

It's Tax Time!

With less than a month before the April 17th deadline for tax returns, it's definitely time to get moving if you haven't already filed!  Here are some resources to help you do that:

Free Filing for Everyone- links to companies offering free filing options and free fillable forms.  Most of the free software options require you to have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) under $57,000.

VITA- assistance for taxpayers with $50,000 or less in income.  There are locations available all over the country with trained volunteers to assist you in preparing your taxes if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself.

AARP Tax Aide- tax preparation assistance for taxpayers 60 and older.

Taxpayer Assistance Centers- many local walk-in offices have tax form preparation assistance available to taxpayers with incomes under $50,000, as well.  Be sure to check the services offered at your local office before going in to make sure they offer this assistance.

Free Shipping at Abe's Market

Abe's Market is celebrating reaching 40,000 Facebook Fans with Free Shipping!  At Abe's Market, you'll find all sorts of natural products- cookware, food, makeup, skincare, reusable bags, stainless steel water bottles... and lots more!  I've ordered from Abe's several times and been very pleased with both the service and goods.  Also, if you share your purchase with a friend, you'll receive an additional 10% off!