Mary is a frugal work at home mom from Pennsylvania. She is a Shaklee consultant/ and shares recipes and cooking tips at MK Kitchen
What is your financial life?
We are 1 income family living on 35,00 a year and I have 1 teenager still at home. I have just started a home business, so we are hoping that will bring in some income soon. We are working paying off our 45k mortgage and whittling away my student loan debt of 25k. Luckily, we don't have any credit card debt and we are working on an emergency fund.
What is your budget buster?
Unexpected auto repairs and home repairs really put a bind on us. They do not happen often but we do drive older vehicles with high mileage. In about a year we will need to replace at least the car.
What is your favorite money saving tip?
Using concentrated products for our home cleaning is a great way to save money. We also use compact light bulbs, keep all unnecessary lights off in the house, and we never do our errands without planning out a route to save time and gas money. We always combine errands into one day instead of several trips over a weeks time.
If you had an extra $1000 what would you do with it?
Go out to eat then the rest go towards our savings account!
What is your best resource for frugal living?
http://www.frugalmom.net/ is a great resource of frugal living! http://earth911.org/ is a great source for ideas on going green and being responsible for our earth and our homes.
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