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Thank you for stopping by my blog, My Frugal Adventures!

I am Charlene, a proud mama of two busy little girls, one very spoiled dog and wife to a major sports nut.  I started My Frugal Adventures in February of 2009 to show that you can live on a budget and still enjoy all the wonderful things life has to offer!

You can usually find me enjoying the beautiful California sunshine, coming up with new activities and crafts to do with my kiddos, embarking on my latest home improvement project or wandering the aisles of Target looking for the hottest deals!  I try to balance healthy eating and an active lifestyle with a deep passion for all things chocolate (and an occasional Diet Coke… shhh!)

My Frugal Adventures is a fun and upbeat community that highlights coupons and deals on all the products a busy family needs.  If you are trying to stretch those hard earned dollars, you came to the right place!  You can find the best deals week after week at stores like CVS, Costco, Target, Safeway and more… You will also find coupon codes, sales and promotions for children’s products, household basics and unique and interesting splurge items just for Mom.

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A few things that set me apart – I believe you can still eat well on a budget.  Saving money doesn’t mean compromising the health of your family!  I buy as many fresh, local and organic products as possible and try to provide the best quality foods I can for my children.  You will find recipes here- mostly I like to focus on fresh, healthy real food that can be made quickly.  I do have a serious sweet tooth so you will also find lots of treats- especially fun and whimsical things for the children.

Fresh Cilantro Lime Salsa


Some of my favorite recipes include:

Easy Blender Salsa Recipe

The Best Ever Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Homemade Almond Butter Recipe

Copycat Alice Springs Chicken Recipe 

Homemade Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe 




Just like you, I have a lot of balls in the air so while I love a good bargain, I am always striving to find balance in my life.  In addition to coupons and deals, you will also find tips for DIY projects, children’s activities, home improvement projects and the occasional craft projects (providing I haven’t glued my fingers together.)  Oh and a few little organizational ideas here and there to try and keep it all together.

Homemade Mary Kay Satin hands- perfect for dry skin, after gardening or crafting.  Just two ingredients and makes a fantastic gift!


Here are a few of my favorite projects:

Homemade Satin Hands Scrub

Homemade Body Butter Recipe 

DIY Children’s Tent  

Homemade 3 Ingredient Mosquito Repellent 

 Sharpie Dyed Coasters 




I am a Zumba fanatic, a night owl (that desperately wishes to be a morning person) and I always have time to stop for a good cup of coffee or a Margarita.

My Frugal Adventures has been featured in Family Circle, Woman’s World, The Huffington Post, MSN as well as live segments on Good Day Sacramento and Fox News.

I have a BA in International Relations from California State University, Sacramento and originally had dreams of joining the FBI.  I stumbled into a career in the wine industry after college and fell in love with fresh, simple foods and incredible wine.  (I can swirl and spit with the best of them!)  I have an MBA from City University and started this blog after having our first child, relocating from Seattle to California and transitioning from two incomes to one…. all while digging ourselves out of debt Dave Ramsey style!  If I can do it- so can you! 

What you won’t find on My Frugal Adventures are overly styled, impossible to duplicate and ridiculously expensive perfection.  Doesn’t that make you tired after awhile?  Boo!  Not many of us hire teams to professionally style and photograph children’s birthday parties.  I don’t spend $300 every few months to update my mantle with seasonal decor.   The recipes featured are simple and (hopefully) delicious – nothing that requires hours in the kitchen.  We get messy, we make lots of mistakes and despite my best efforts the house is never immaculate and perfectly organized.  Everything you find will be projects for real people on a real budget.  While I do like to save money, I also like good quality things so hopefully with My Frugal Adventures you find that Being Frugal Doesn’t Mean Being Cheap.

I hope you consider kicking up your feet and hanging out with me!  And please don’t be shy about sending emails or leaving your comments- it isn’t nearly as fun talking to myself all day!


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