Hi there! I’m Katrina, a spunky wife, a mom with a mohawk, frugal fanatic, loyal dog lover, business owner, runner, devoted brownie eater, lover of all things glitter, and above all else I’m valued and cherished by Jesus even when I don’t get this thing called “mom” right. I gave Jesus my heart when I was 5 and have loved helping and serving others since.
I’ve been called “crazy” more times than I can count, but I know that “fun” is really a better description of who I am. I’m full of spunk, a little bit of sass, and I fiercely love my hubby and kids about as much as I love to have a good time – on a budget!
I’m an imperfect mom who messes up all the time, but I deeply love my family and love to get to know new people and have fun! My passion is to make being frugal fun, and my favorite way to do that is by helping you find easy ways to plan awesome birthday parties that your kids will love!
Welcome! I have so much I want to share with you!
How I grew up…
When I was younger I remember my mom planning the most epic at-home birthday parties for me and my brother – on a shoestring budget, because we were broke. Our parties were packed full of fun, lots of frugal activities that were a blast, homemade birthday cakes that were over the top, and she did it all on a very tight budget. My love for birthday parties was born watching my brother blow out his candles at this 5th birthday party, that had a unique archery theme.
I grew up with parents who served in full-time ministry and a good portion of my younger years we were living on the full support of others – which means we didn’t have much at all.
My mom learned to use coupons for all our food, every piece of clothing I wore came from hand-me-downs or the local thrift store, and the 99 cent microwave dinners we got to pick out were special treats only.
I grew up living very frugally, but as a kid, I had no idea we didn’t have money. My mom always managed to make our lives exciting and somehow she managed to that on a serious budget.
In middle school, I remember clipping coupons and helping my mom plan our grocery shopping trip with the little bit of money we did have. As a high-schooler I was so used to living a frugal lifestyle, that my idea of a good time on a Friday night was hitting up the local thrift store to go shopping and using a coupon to share a meal with my mom at our favorite local restaurant.
As an adult, I’m so thankful for the frugal way I grew up, because I appreciate money, especially the lack of money. I know I’m capable of living on less and having a blast doing it!
A little more about my family…
I wanted to share a little bit more about me and family. I’m a mom to 3 kids + 1 baby in Heaven (which we lost at 20 weeks – a girl we named Riley). My oldest son is Coen, my daughter is Makenzie and my youngest is Rylyn.
I’ve been married to my husband, Cassidy, for 19 years and I can honestly say I’m the lucky one. We met in college and quickly became good friends. After a few years I realized Cassidy was the guy God wanted to me to spend forever with.
We also have a dog named Lexi who is my constant companion and running partner. I love her so much!
How it all began…
In my other life, before kids, I was a graphic designer and business owner and loved most of it. When kids came, I took a break and 12 years later, when I thought about going back to work, I realized my heart had changed and I no longer wanted to work outside of the home for a living.
I started Frugal Fun Mom because I wanted to contribute financially to our household income, without sacrificing time away from my kids.
I spent a lot of time soul searching and trying to understand what God wanted me to do with my life now that my kids are old enough to be in school full-time. During my time of deep contemplation, I felt God nudging me towards sharing my heart with other stay at home moms online and thus, Frugal Fun Mom was born.
I certainly don’t have it all figured out – by no means am I an expert mom – I’m just trying to humbly make it work and have fun being frugal. Sometimes along the way I discover some tricks that surprise even me.
What does it mean to be frugal?
Before I tell you more about what you can expect to find on Frugal Fun Mom, let’s first define the word frugal.
frugal: is prioritizing your spending so that you can have more of the things you really care about. Being frugal means one is less wasteful and more resourceful and people who live a frugal lifestyle are simply happy living with less.
Living frugal is not about being stingy or cheap, it’s much deeper than that – it’s a way of living where you spend less in order to have more of what really matters to you. Spending less is how you can celebrate life on a bargain!
My passion is to help you plan frugally awesome birthday parties that your kids love. I’ll help you do this by providing frugal party hacks, and plenty of ideas on ways you can save money, as well as tons of ways to have fun with your kids – starting with their all important birthday party. That way you can afford to not only be a stay at home mom, but celebrate life on a bargain!
If this is your first time visiting me, I’d love for you to get to know me better. If you’ve got lots of time, start by reading some of my favorite posts below. You’ll quickly discover that the blog is filled with ways for moms to save money, not only ways to throw frugal birthday parties:
- 5 Simple & Easy Ways To Save Money TODAY – Any MOM Can Do Them
- 8 Things Frugal Moms Never Pay For
- 10 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money From Home
- How To Potty Train a Stubborn Child
- How To Throw Two Birthday Parties On The Same Day
What this website is all about…
Frugal Fun Mom is a website dedicated to helping you plan and implement frugally awesome birthday parties that your kids will love! Our mission is to provide simple and easy party planning solutions for a fantastic at-home birthday party, so that you can ditch the party planning stress!
We’ve got some outstanding party planning tools that you’ll love, and if this is your first time here, we know it all can feel a bit overwhelming. Here is a breakdown of our party planning tools:
Don’t have much money to plan your child’s birthday party? Let me help you make it awesome on a budget! If you are struggling with how to plan a birthday party on a budget, our Frugally Awesome Party Planning Secrets is the perfect first step!
This guide will help you learn the essential things you must-have at your party, and the things you can skip, without sacrificing any of the fun! You’ll love it – I promise!
We believe awesome parties can be budget-friendly! Planning your child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful – if you have the right tools! Our Choose Your Budget Party Guide will show you just how easy it can be to plan a frugally awesome party your child will love!
What this website is not about…
Frugal Fun Mom is not just another money-saving lifestyle blog – nope – I’m committed to helping stay at home moms plan and implement frugally awesome birthday parties that are fun and easy for you to pull off!
Frugal Fun Mom is not just another perfect mom with a blog diary on how great she is – nope! I’m far from perfect and mess up every day, but I do know that I’m trying, and sometimes I do have good ideas that hopefully can help and encourage you!
Now that I’ve told you all about me, I’d love to connect with you! Start by snagging my Frugally Awesome Party Planning Secrets, which will also gain you access my free weekly email newsletter. My newsletter includes fun party tips, encouragement, savings advice and an exclusive look at the happenings in my life, that many of my readers say is the best part of their week! Don’t forget, when you sign up, we’ll send you our Frugally Awesome Party Planning Secrets, as a free gift!