When I first began this blog, my heart was not completely in it. I was looking for a way to make an income with something I was good at, cooking. I followed many bloggers at the time who used long lists of fancy ingredients, expensive cameras, loads of lights, and had cupboards full of pretty dishes in which to showcase their dishes.
Half the time I didn’t have the ingredients on hand to make any of the dishes I saw, and while I do have a higher end camera, I don’t have any fancy lenses or editing software to make my pictures POP!
In the two years since I last posted, my family has went through many changes. In order to be able to purchase a larger home on a larger plot of land, we moved to South Carolina, where property prices are much cheaper than in the Omaha metro area. There is definitely something to be said for the warmer weather too!
Something else that I have also discovered about myself, is that in trying to mimic those websites, I was not doing what I wanted to do, which is to help those who are going through hard times to be able to provide frugal, tasty, and healthy meals for their families
My husband was able to transfer to another airport in this area, which made our move easier, but we have had to go through two shutdowns during his time working for the government also. It was during the most recent shutdown that my money saving skills were put to the test. While we did have about $2,000 in savings to help pay our bills, what helped the most is that we started cutting our expenses as soon as the shutdown was announced. In these next few posts, I will be sharing the tips I used to keep our utilities low and the extremely frugal recipes I used to keep our grocery bill at $100 a month or less during those two months.