To start off I want to let you get to know me. I am 26 years old, I married at the young age of 18 and I now have two wonderful children, ages 7 and 4. I never really understood the importance of being a homemaker was until I watched other women do it so lovingly. I am a full time employee and not able to be a stay home mom, but I don’t want my family to feel neglected or put on the back burner to my career. So my first step in homemaking I decided the healthiest physically and financially was for me to start making homemade meals and from scratch as much as possible. I was able to save lots of money by not eating out and also able to improve the health of my family by eating better. I became inspired by blogs http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/ and http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/. These blogs opened my eyes to the need to be more frugal with our finances. My next step was to cut a big portion of our debt out of our lives. We recently sold and extra car that we didn’t need so that we could pay off our unsecured debts (medical bills). We stopped going back into town or making unnecessary trips. We plan a very strict financial budget and we cut out any extra unnecessary expenses. We also started doing a menu plan and a grocery list. We get paid every two weeks so I make a menu plan and only buy items that we need for the meals on the plan. We also cut out impolsive buying for clothes and luxuries. We learned to shop at discount food stores and to also buy in bulk for things that we need. We don’t throw away anything! I use as much of the stuff as we can. Once a month I do a pantry and freezer inventory and make meals around products we already have so that nothing goes to waste. I’ve learned so much in the last few years! I believe we are on our way to an amazing life and debt free with dedication.