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Reduction Rebel Interview: The Frugal Girl

The Frugal Girl InterviewHi Reduction Rebels, today we’re checking in with a blogger who shares my name (just spelled differently) and my passion for reducing consumption. Kristen blogs at The Frugal Girl, where she shares about cheerfully living on less.  She has a passion for enjoying the simple, frugal pleasures of life and for leaving a small footprint on the planet, and she spends her days blogging, homeschooling her kids, playing the piano, and obsessively photographing everything.

Eve’s Interview with “The Frugal Girl”

1.     How is your approach to frugal living different from other frugal blogs?

Well, my blog is focused less on bargain-hunting and deal-finding and more on finding ways to avoid shopping.  For instance, instead of finding a sale price on juice, I recommend drinking tap water instead.  Or instead of using coupons for yogurt, I encourage my readers to make their own yogurt from a gallon of milk.

My blog also has a heavy emphasis on green living and part of that is buying quality, non-disposable items that will last a lifetime.  So, I am not against expensive items per se…I am more focused on overall value (How long will that new item last?  What’s the cost of ownership, averaged out over many years?)

2.     Do you have a favorite story about how creativity and resourcefulness affected your finances?

A few years ago, we got word that my husband’s company was going to outsource his whole department.  Fortunately, we had a few months to prepare, and during that time, we lived on a very, very barebones budget so that we could save every penny.  I also looked for other means of bringing in money (I babysat and took on photography work), and as a result of the reduced spending and increased income, we managed to get our emergency account up to our $10,000 goal.

(And the happy ending to the story is that my husband found a job just in the nick of time, so we didn’t end up needing to live off of our emergency fund.)

3.     What hurdles do people need to overcome in their quest for living a frugal life?

Comparison.  In our media saturated world (and that includes social media), we are exposed daily to all the people in the world who have (or at least seem to have) more than we do, and it can start to seem normal to spend beyond our means.  Looking to other people to figure out what we should spend is a surefire way to overextend ourselves.

Instead, it’s important to look at the reality of our financial situations and spend accordingly.

On a related note, it’s a great idea to hang out with other people who are trying to be frugal, whether it’s in real life or over the internet (there are many great blog communities to become a part of!)  Being with like-minded people will help you to feel normal as you work to live frugally, and you’ll also find encouragement to keep on keeping on.

4.     What is one thing that someone can do today to reduce debt/ save money?

 Eat/drink at home.  Takeout, fast food, and restaurant meals are incredibly expensive when compared to food you buy from the grocery store and eating at home will have a surprisingly positive impact on your budget (not to mention your waistline!)

Thank you, Kristen for sharing your story and tips with Eve of Reduction.

If you’re an artist, blogger or author and would like to be interviewed for our Reduction Rebel series, please email me at cristin {at} eve of reduction {dot} com and let me know a brief bit about your story and links to your website, Etsy store, or book.

Please leave  a comment with your frugal tips!

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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4 Responses to Reduction Rebel Interview: The Frugal Girl

  1. Diane C October 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    “Obsessively photographing everything” Is this a compliment?

    • Eve October 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      Diane, that’s from the bio Kristen provided : )

  2. Jan Elizabeth January 13, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    Nice interview! I love Kristen’s blog, and I’m looking forward to checking out yours as well. :)

    • Eve January 13, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks,Jan! Glad to have you.

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