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family photoWhen I started Raising A Family On A Budget almost three years ago, my only focus was on saving money – couponing, daily deals, shopping sales and the occasional DIY project.  Recently, the site has been going in a different direction, one that not only shares money saving ideas, tips, and tricks, but also where I discuss other aspects of keeping a home and raising a family.

Now as a mom, I realize that those things that made me moan and groan as a kid, are the reason for my strong work ethic, a mostly organized and tidy home, home cooked meals on the table, clean laundry in the drawers (ok, in the baskets), and children who are now willing to help work around the house all so we can function together as a cohesive family unit.  That Home Economics for Real Life component is what I am now sharing with all of you on Raising A Family On A Budget.

The site will now be focusing on all of the aspects of homemaking and parenting that is real life and not some idealized picture we get from watching 1950′s television.  I am not June Cleaver or Donna Reed, but I am trying to be the best home economist I can be in the real world.

Stephanie and her husband Steve, live in Morrisville, PA with their three children (2007, 2009, & 2013).  Stephanie’s background in both public relations/events management, as well as in education, has made blogging on RAFOAB a natural fit for her life as a stay at home mom.

Photo Credit: Kristen Laudick Photography

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  1. Brianna Palmucci says

    Steph, just wanted to thank you for the post about the free or cheap hair cut or color, I made my appt and I am all set… Not east affording highlights or color being a single mom… Your awesome… I told all my soccer moms about your blog, they LOVE it!!
    Also do you know about Cha Ching on a shoestrings blog, she has some good stuff too( not as good as yours though 😉
    ( if you have no clue who I am, we are friends on facebook, from HS!

    • Stephanie says

      I remember who you are! Thanks for the compliments and for sharing my site with the other mom’s you know. I’m love to hear feedback from people. I am familiar with Cha Ching on a Shoestring. I’ve visited her site before too. Hope everyone is doing well!

  2. Nanette says


    Looking forward to your class. Currently, I save about 50-55% on my weekly grocery list. I can’t seem to do any better so I feel I am at a plateau. My biggest issue is saving money on produce and meat and since I don’t stock pile, I basically shop weekly for my family of six. Not sure if I should invest in a FREEZER for the garage. What are your thoughts? I try not to buy things “just b/c they are on sale” and try to avoid items heavy in preservatives or are just not healthy to begin with. Do you ever buy coupons on ebay? And are the coupon clipping subscriptions worth the investment?
    Can’t wait for Saturday in GWL.


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