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I am Brandi. I used to live in a big city, have a brand new car, and want everything in sight. In the last 3 years my life has changed a great deal. I got bajavascript:void(0)ck to what is really important in life.

It has been a year of big changes. I lost my job due to the economy in February of 2009. Not being able to find a job has been a great outlet to expand on my frugal and simple living goals.

We downsized from a split level 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment to a tiny 1 bed 1 bath apartment. That has been a huge challenge, but a great one. Forcing me to part with a lot of unnecessary clutter. We've lived in this apartment 5 months, we are still getting rid of a ton of stuff but life is so much simpler.

I like to use coupons, homemade cleaners, shop at thrift stores, make everything homemade, craft, looove the internet, seriously LOVE my Iphone (i know its not a good example :( but he's my best friend!) and everything else I'm forgetting!

Please join me in my journey of learning to get back to the basics, getting out of debt, living a frugal and fulfilling life and learning new things!


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Source: via Brandi on Pinterest


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