About Me

Welcome to Considering frugal and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. My name is Catherine and I am the face behind Considering frugal

I began writing web content in 2007 under the penname Cathleene Filmore, which you may still come across from time to time, back then people used pennames. I sold several articles to publishers and did some ghostwriting this way. It was a great way to pay for diapers when the kids were small!

I am currently on sabbatical from a PhD in Psychology. That is a nice way of saying, "we are on a break!" Update: I am now on the last leg of my PhD in Psych as I work on finishing my study in the next few months!

Most of my older posts are about money saving frugal green tips while most of my newer posts focus on shopping local, and rants about our new home in Wyoming. I also recently merged another blog that I had called Homeschool Arizona. I kept this blog for the first few years that my kids were in school, but we have since moved to Wyoming and transitioned to traditional school. If you are a homeschooler you might still enjoy those posts.

I also published a devotional for Kindle called “Blessings in Job", which I am currently in the process of updating for re-publish. So look for it "coming soon" back to my blog for purchase. It was compiled during the 2007 recession when I took a lot of comfort from that particular book of the Bible. I am adding updates to include our journey to Wyoming and where we are now!

Here in Wyoming, I am super happy to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters! In addition to outreach and recruiting, I have the opportunity to plan some great fundraisers. Two of the annual fundraisers that I had the privilege of creating are our Summer Skateboard Deck Design Contest and The Great Cheyenne Bed Race. Here is a fun video from our first year!



Some things that make me happy are…

A good hair day, a new mascara, new boots, honeybees; Wyoming and Levi’s – yes, I know, it’s kind of an oxymoron; hit country, another oxymoron, specifically Dirks Bentley, Lady A, ZBB, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley.

Just a few of my favorite foods are pulled pork, steak, coconut shrimp, sweet tea; honey – we call it liquid gold, Jello cake, and liquid cheese.

I am a beer snob – I like Porters and Stouts best, but I will always drink Fat Tire in a pinch. Death by Coconut Porter, Ivan the Terrible and Milk Stouts are my favorites.

I also like lavender, the smell of beeswax candles, Richie's smolder, Chloe’s dance moves and Richard all around.

My favorite movies; the one’s I can watch on repeat – My Big Fat Greek Wedding, because it reminds me of family, New in Town, it reminds me of growing up in the Midwest, and This is Forty, because it kinda makes me okay with being 38.

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How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

frugal advice

"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8

Legal Disclaimer

While it is true that I am working on a PHD in Psychology and very smart and frugal, I am not a medical doctor, criminal, personal or accident lawyer. I do not sell insurance nor am I an accountant or mortgage advisor. While some of my posts may offer good ideas on home and business solutions, I am not personally responsible nor is Considering frugal for any advice, ideas, recipes or menu plans that you decide to use. This blog is intended to be helpful and fun. Any products you purchase from my Amazon store or any other retailer advertised on my blog must be returned to them. Any sponsors or advertisers are independent of this blog.