Hello and thank you for visiting. I’m Sara Tetreault, the creator of Go Gingham Stylishly Frugal Living, a lifestyle blog about frugal living – with style.
Frugal living can be fun and fancy!
My career is being frugal and aligning values with spending. Saving my family money and living well on less is what I do every single day.
I enjoy traveling, eating good food, decorating our home, and wearing cashmere. With home swapping, cooking at home, and buying items second-hand, we’re able to live well, save, and enjoy life.
Efficient and organized is how I like our home to be and with an attitude of, “good for you, good for the environment, and good for the pocketbook,” is how I make it happen. The sweet spot where green and frugal living come together is my favorite. That’s where good for the environment equals good for the wallet.
Why Go Gingham?
I love gingham fabric and sewing, which is where the “gingham” came from. Gingham fabric is old-fashioned and cheerful ~ kind of like me. The “go” part is where I inspire others with my stylishly frugal ways.
Go Gingham came to be as a way of sharing that living well and simply with style, can cost less in money, resources, and time. Topics you’ll find here:
- budgeting and money management tips
- home and garden DIY projects for decorating and entertaining
- family life with a focus on slow living
- real food cooking at home
- home organization, homemaking, and meal planning
- traveling with kids and on a budget
My experience is in living this way as a wife, mother, and homemaker. Before having children, I worked for Ralph Lauren Corporate for many years and have always loved the finer things in life – I just don’t want to pay a lot for them!
When someone says, “I’m throwing this in the trash!” – my ears perk up. I’m not afraid to climb in a dumpster, wield a power tool, or install a toilet. On any day, you’ll find me wearing second-hand clothing and a smile.
About me personally….
For the last 23 years, I’ve been married to my college sweetheart. He’s my business partner, too, but is a very behind the scenes guy – and lets me have the limelight! We both like saving money and would rather invest it than spend it. We’re regular people who have done simple and smart things with our finances - and it has not been a hardship. Even though the economic downturn has touched our family, we’ve become very creative about employment. We’re definitely thriving in thrift!
We have two kids who are now teenagers. Now that they have their own opinions, they have forbidden me from using their names on my site. If you meet them and ask about Go Gingham, they’ll probably roll their eyes and deny knowing anything about it. “Shhhhhhh….don’t talk about my mom’s blog here,” is what was said at school recently.
We live in a modest 99-year-old home that we’ve renovating ourselves and it’s mostly done. We live in the city where we can use the car less, walk places, and ride bikes. (But, I’m a big wimp and really don’t like riding my bike in the rain!) We have a small yard with a vegetable garden and 3 backyard chickens. They’re our pets with benefits.
While we live frugally, we do indulge. Traveling is our indulgence.
By home swapping, our family has found a way to travel the world for free! We’ve done 9 home exchanges in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Home swapping is the best way for families to travel.
I love sharing the frugal living message and am glad you stopped by.
Image credit: Top photo and side bar photo by Diana Sell Photography.