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<p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3">I&rsquo;m New York mama Jenn Fowler from <a href="http://frugalupstate.blogspot.com/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(192, 132, 52);"><strong>Frugal Upstate</strong></a>. Since 2006, I&rsquo;ve been writing about simple ways to save money doing simple things you&rsquo;ve never even considered. One hint: it&rsquo;s not all about clipping coupons and buying on sale!</font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><o:p><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3">My motto is use what you&rsquo;ve got, get creative and save. I started by stretching what I had for longer, reusing stuff and making do without all the little needless extras. Along the way, I figured out that frugality is fun&mdash;like the way you feel when you find a designer dress at a yard sale for $5.</font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><o:p><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3">Frugality isn&rsquo;t scary, it&rsquo;s a gradual process that I&rsquo;m still learning myself. I try different frugal skills, some of which stick, and some that don&rsquo;t. I have fabulous successes and ridiculous failures. I possess no special skills except tenacity and the belief that I can figure it out. And my favorite part is sharing and learning from my readers on Frugal Upstate. </font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><o:p><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3">My kids inspired me to take up the frugal cause. I was a career Army officer working with guns and tanks, about a world away from my blissfully domestic life today. After the birth of my first child, I decided to stay home full time. A typical New Yorker, I wanted it all: a good life, happy kiddos and a fat wallet on one less paycheck. I was determined to prove to the world that we don&rsquo;t need more money to keep up our quality of life.</font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><o:p><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3">I&rsquo;m also a suburban subversive, plotting to reinvent the way we stay-at-home-moms think about keeping up with the Joneses. Here&rsquo;s an example: last year I instituted a $10 gift limit at my daughter&rsquo;s birthday party. No one complained, and gift limits started popping up on Christmas parties and friends&rsquo; invites. Quietly, we frugalites will take over the world!</font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><o:p><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3">Remember, every frugal tip isn&rsquo;t for everyone. Try one new frugal skill and see if it works. Even just a few can and will make a difference in your lifestyle (and your bank account).</font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3">For more ideas on living a great life on a budget, stop by <a href="http://frugalupstate.blogspot.com/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(192, 132, 52);"><strong>Frugal Upstate</strong></a> today!</font></p>

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