I Missed My Anniversary!

This past Saturday, February 18th, was the one year anniversary of a day that changed my life- the day I got laid off from my job.

I went to work one Friday morning in 2011 having no idea that by that afternoon I would have my office plant in the back seat of my car driving home.  It was scary and exciting at the same time.  I was working three jobs and while the one I lost was by far the largest and provided 85% of my income I had always wondered what would happen if those extra 50 hours a week required by my full time job suddenly became available to me.

This past year has been one of the best of my life.  I am living on less than 50% of what I used to make and I am so happy.  When I was working I was miserable.  I now eat better, work out more, sleep more and stress less.  It’s funny how when you have less money to spend on things you don’t worry as much about where it is going.

Running this site and everything that goes with it is a full time job.  It’s much more than 40 hours a week.  It means sometimes doing things I don’t want to, working long hours and counting every dime hoping that at the end of the month income is more than expenses.

But I have discovered there is truth in the statement that if you do something you love you never work a day in your life.  I love my job.  I love my fellow bloggers who have been unbelievably supportive and helpful in the last 12 months.  And I love my readers- I love meeting people who want to make their lives better.

So while this post for me is a chance to reflect on the past year of my life it is also a thank you for your support and all the encouragement YOU have given me.  A Frugal Chick readers are the best and I am thankful every day that you have invited me into your life and that there are people who understand my compulsive need to save money!

Side Note: I have also kept my office plant alive for the past year.  This is a MAJOR accomplishment in my life!

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  1. RJ says

    I know what you mean I was recently laid off. I really appreciate the savings that you bring to many everyday. This is definitely your calling and you have blessed many! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and knowledge:)

  2. Cheryl J says

    Getting laid off was a blessing in disguise! I appreciate each one of your posts and have told others about your site. You have definitely helped me and my family save money. Thank you so much!

  3. Kathleen says

    Though I just took your class for the first time, I appreciate everything that I’ve learned and taken away from you already. I appreciate your blog and it’s help in keeping expenses down. Best of luck on another great year.

  4. ruth ramos says

    I am glad you found something that makes you smile in this economy. I appreciate everything you do for us. You take your time to give us all kinds of information. We really appreciate it. Thanks and God Bless You and your family.

  5. Ujena says

    Happy Anniversary!!!,
    I lost my job last year and like you I have been learning how to live on less and is amazing how much money I wasted when I did have a job. Now I live on coupons and sales and with 3 kids it has helped me out a lot and we cook more now, funny ha! we dont do drive thru’s anymore. Yay for that!! the kids help with couponing. We are still striving to become more frugal. So thank you for all your blogs.

  6. Annette says

    Wow, that’s a great story! You’ve got a good thing here. I want to thank you for all the great deals you have shared. Keep them coming, I love bargains.

  7. says

    I am so glad you are so much happier. My husband was also laid off last year and we too had to cut back but it was not quite as hard as I thought it would be. One of the pluses is he was home more which was great for my son and I too as I could work and it allowed me to get the blog up and going and now he is back at work and I am able to spend time with my son which we both enjoy.