Hey y’all, I’m Bonnie Cutcher! This is supposed to be where I tell you all about myself… how I’m the oldest of eight children, married to an awesome guy who blessed me with two amazing bonus daughters and a daughter and a son. Or maybe I’m supposed to mention the fact that I’m a transplanted Texan (you can take the girl out of Texas, but can’t take the Texas out of the girl). Or am I supposed to tell you the fact that while I live in town, I’m actually a country girl at heart. How I would love to have an urban farm on our acre yard, though my neighbors might have some issues with that. Just give me the outdoors, sunshine. a garden, and maybe some gardening gloves and I’m a happy camper.
I should tell you the things that make me “Frugally Whole”. It started when my mom was diagnosed with lupus when I was fifteen, she was bed ridden for almost 3 years and had to pass on her responsibilities to me. I learned how to grocery shop and cook for eight (then nine, then ten) people. I learned how to problem solve minor issues around the house, and create awesome memories while living frugally. My education in frugal living expanded through my twenties, and then as a wife and mom. I wasn’t as frugal as I should have been in the early years of our marriage, but learned quickly that we needed to cut our costs when my husband went through two different lay-offs from two different companies in two years (he was the junior guy). Then in the third year, my husband has a health crisis that still baffles the physicians. This has left us clawing ourselves out of a financial hole, and finding creative ways of living frugally.
I have learned frugal living does not have to be synonymous with a boring lifestyle! With a little creativity, some imagination, and a little Pinterest; great things can be accomplished! While on this journey out of the “Great Financial Hole”, I have discovered (and re-discovered) some amazing passions. I learned that I love vegetable gardening and canning the produce A LOT! I learned that I like to creating my own décor from repurposed things I have or found at a garage sale. I have found that remodeling an old house doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg when you do it yourself, plus it can be fun and a great way to lose weight! I have learned how that just because we need to follow a modified AIP diet for my husband, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! Though I’ve had to learn how to be creative to make the food appetizing to a picky four year old. While the journey seemed overwhelming at the beginning, I have learned a lot and it’s becoming manageable.
So come on in and enjoy the not so normal blog that is Frugally Whole.