Disheartening News on the Frugal Front – Gas prices got you down?

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The news today is a bit disheartening on the frugal front.  As much as I’d love to think we are inching our way out of a recession, I’m not so sure that is the case just yet.  There is always a “reason” for things such a gas prices rising to almost $5/gallon.  As a result food prices could likely soar as well.  Top that with the prediction that diaper prices will skyrocket and you have the recipe for a further hurting economy.

With gas so high it’s almost too expensive to get to work.  Then with the food prices going up, your basic living costs are going to become an even greater burden.  I’m sure many of you watched the debates and saw that 47% of American’s are recieving some sort of government aide – that’s HALF of our country!

Trust me we’re in the same boat as you and it’s easy to become weary and worried.  Instead however I’d like to make it a goal here at The Frugal Find to rediscover ways to rise above this mess and provide for our families. I think many of the solutions will come from going back to the basics and making our own foods, household supplies, clothes (cloth diapers), etc.

We’re in the middle of redesigning the “look” of TFF but it’s so much more than that – we’re redesigning the heart of TFF.   We will always share online deals, coupons, store match-ups, and Black Friday finds.  Along with that there will be an increased focus on sustainable living that works for all families.  Whether you’re living in an apartment or on a farm, there are things you can do to make sure your family thrives during tough economic times.

A few of the topics I’d like to tackle here at TFF will include:

Bulk Cooking and Freezing Meals
Container Gardening
Homemade instead of Store-Bought Goods
Meal Planning
DIY Home Improvement Tips
Maximizing Space when Space is Limited
and so much more!

Thankfully though even as we prepare for the needs of our family, the burden doesn’t lie on us …

Matthew 6:25-27

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Will you join us as we head in this new and exciting direction?  Really it’s just an extension of many of the posts we’ve already written, but in my heart I believe it’s the way many of us need to go to ensure our families are well taken care of.  If you’d like to get a taste for some of the things we’d like to expand on you can head over and check out our categories: Frugal DIY, From Our Pantry, and Stock Piling.


  1. ashley nicole says

    I needed to read this today.. thank you for all you do to help struggling families. As a single mom, this site is a godsend to me.

  2. Erin says

    I have one that I’ve been thinking about since you asked about what organic posts we’d like to see. I recently became a member of Azure Standard a bulk health food company based in Oregon. I have to say the prices are staggeringly cheaper on many levels. Gluten free flours, organic beans, oatmeal, nuts….the list goes on and on. The company itself also holds true to high ethical standards and offers the lowest prices and highest quality. You become a customer and depending where you live the have “drop” sites that people meet at to get their items. I just did my first order and am very happy with the high quality of food that I am getting for the price. Our family is currently doing the exact things that need to be done to become more self-sufficient.

    I have started canning, freezing and drying fresh local produce, including that from my own garden. We have plans to double our garden space and get chickens. It’s the simplification process of going back to the way things used to be. The moving forward by deciding to live more simply. I still will be couponing for some items that we always will use, but in my heart many things out there are just no longer what is meeting my family’s true needs.

    • says

      Thank you for sharing Erin. I’ve been meaning to explore Azure Standard myself, so thanks for bringing that up. It would make a great post!

  3. tes says

    Just when we start falling back in to our “humanness” and our eyes are not on Him, then there’s blessings like you to remind us where to focus, Thank You!!!!

  4. Adriane says

    The idea excites and scares me all at the same time. I am quiet certain that the answer to many of our economic woes is 1) being content with less 2) more things made at home. I will definetly be following more closely in the coming weeks. I want to make this change for our family has well but the truth is I am resistant to it.

    • says

      It’s a big step and it’s tough to stay committed but you CAN do it! I love the idea of being content with less, that’s probably the #1 change we could all stand to make first.

  5. stephanie says

    after educating my self on GMO’s and then my husbend we decided to make a life style change! My family just got our first order from azure standard too! I love it! for awhile now we have started to go back to the basics. we have been canning the fruit and vegi’s of our labor, it is nice to know what goes into our food.

  6. Carla says

    God bless you! A dear friend just left my office after crying her heart out. She has been struggling lately and I talked to her about your site and a couple of others that have helped me. I open up, and what do I see? The word of God spelled out for me to share with her! You really don’t have any idea how much of a blessing you really are to people.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for listening to God’s words.

    • says

      Seriously I need you guys just as much – your responses and comments keep me going. I’ll admit the last few months have been TOUGH here at The Frugal Find with numbers and income down but my heart remains steadfastly focused on helping us all weather these storms.

      I’ll pray for your friend right now Carla. I can relate, I sat on the dentist chair last week crying my eyes out worried over what the bill was going to be when my husband sent me this scripture via text. I’m just passing the blessing along.

  7. Danielle says

    Love the changes you are making- personally, I love the DIY stuff- Im still living off my the laundry soap I made form one of the posts. Also- LOVE the DIY frozen burritos.

    Above all though, I love your heart for the working poor – I’m doing Beth Moore’s study on the book of James right now- (all about faith and action) and his focus is taking care of those around us- and that’s just what you are doing! Keep up the good work- you are a blessing to all who visit your blog.

  8. Dot says

    I used to can, when I was younger and had kids to feed. We grew veggies and picked fruit at local farms, then canned for days! One year we picked 72 pounds of cherries (we had orders from others, not just for us!) and I made chocolate-dipped sherries, cherry brandy, cherry jam, you name it, I made it! Right now my son is making salsa and sauces from the produce in their garden and every summer our community searches the roadsides for free blackberries, which grow in abundance here. Then we make cobblers and jams – yum!
    With just two of us, I don’t do all that stuff anymore, altho it’s an option. I do get free tomatoes all summer from my neighbors and I do make sauce and freeze it, so there are ways to further cut back on expenses even for us older folks.
    I would suggest, as a gas-saver, to combine trips, maybe go shopping with a neighbor or friend and always check with TFF! I take my hubby to work every day, so I’m often in Safeway at 7am, getting my shopping done – I pass right by the store on my way, and CVS is next door and open 24/7, so I usually go there too.

  9. Kathy Petersen says

    I love that verse from Matthew. It is a great reminder that God is always in control. Thank you for what you do for not only yourselves but your fans as well. Your commitment to helping others is such a blessing. I love and miss you all very much!

    By the way, Matt & Joe turned 18 years old yesterday, I can’t believe it either.

  10. Kirsten says

    Julia- thank you for sharing your heart, your concerns and your HOPE! Thanks for being such a beautiful vessel of Gods love… I cannot wait to see the direction TFF begins heading…..

  11. Rachel Mullins says

    I belive you have been a bright, shining light to many; your new direction will help many more. I can’t wait to see what else you have planned :) Going along with some of your topics, i’m going to attempt to start an indoor lettuce and herb garden for the winter. I’ll see how it goes and keep you posted :)

  12. celeste says

    Hi Julia!

    I’m really looking forward to a lot of the topics listed. I live in a condo and feel somewhat stuck there. I call it too good to leave and to scared to and with us paying off debt…we’re pinching pennies anywhere we can.

    We dumped cable…got rid of our contract cell phones….downsized all we could…now, we’re on to look into freezer cooking. We just recently purchased a freezer and have really been working on stocking it up between sales and all. But we got to thinking about wouldn’t it be nice to have a lasagna in there….or something. What do you store these things in….what can you freeze and what can’t you….so, that’s our new quest.

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