You call yourself frugal? My family and I live off of less than you spend on food every month!

I know that many people all over the world subsist on so much less than I have. And though I'm not a religious person, I do consider myself blessed. I have a supportive partner with a full-time job, a steady career, and skills and experience that should keep me gainfully employed for the rest of my life. This isn't a blog about living in poverty, it's a blog about managing my finances — something that I, and many Americans have never done well. And I'm sharing the experience (and hopefully some tips, tricks and recipes) with my readers.

Do you live in Kansas City, Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri? 

Currently, we live three blocks beyond the Missouri-Kansas border, on the Kansas side. And yes, it's a thing.

Since our first date, my husband Kyle and I have had an ongoing, lighthearted border war in our relationship. I grew up in Missouri, and when I lived in New York and told people I was from Kansas City, I got “Dorothy” often. Eventually, I got the outline of the state of Missouri tattooed on my right forearm.

Kyle comes from the other side of State Line, and has two degrees from the University of Kansas. On our wedding day, Kyle got the state of Kansas tattooed on his left forearm so that ours match up right along the state line.

It’s just coincidence that the barn where we married is on State Line Road (the Missouri side, thank you very much).

Do you want to have kids?

Would you ask a male blogger that? (But, yes, we do.)

You sure do curse a lot. Why?

Why the hell not?

I'm living a frugal lifestyle, too! Can I write for your blog? 

Sorry. This is a personal journey. But if you have your own blog that is full of great ideas and is along the same lines as mine, let me know. I might even link to your stuff. But no promises!

Can I advertise on your blog? 

Does my dog like to smell my cat's butt? Of course. As long as your brand isn't evil and you actually want to pay for your ad with cash money (or PayPal). Email me; we'll talk.

[I hope someday soon you're asking:] What's up with the sponsored posts?

Occasionally, I get contacted by publicists and PR reps who want me to try their products, with the hope that I'll write about them or mention them or link to them. I think it's pretty shady to get something for free, then write about it without mentioning I got a free sample. It creates a bias, plain and simple.

As you probably know by now, this blog is all about my journey toward being a more financially responsible grown-ass woman, so I have set up a system in which I will accept samples, and if I truly like the product, I will feature it within a sponsored post. I will always let you know when a post is sponsored, because it will have "Sponsored Post" in the title.

Alternatively, if I get a free sample of something and the brand is not willing to sponsor a post, but I just really, really, really, really love it, I may, on occasion, still mention it, but will absolutely offer full disclosure that I got a sample of the product/book/sensual massage for free.

If I don't like the sample, I won't write a thing. After all, if you don't have anything nice to say about the free shit you get, don't say anything at all, right?

Anything else I link to is either shameless self promotion or not sponsored or influenced by anything other than my own opinions, product lust, and personal purchases.