Hello and thank you for visiting. I’m Sara Tetreault, the creator of Go Gingham, a lifestyle blog about frugal living – with style. I’m so glad you’re here.
Frugal living can be fun and fancy!
Most people hear the word “frugal” and think cheap. Frugal is anything but cheap – it’s being smart with money and saving so that we can live how we really want.
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.
“Good for you, good for the environment, and good for the pocketbook” is how I like to explain our lifestyle. It’s the sweet spot where green and frugal living come together. Saving pennies for a rainy day, recycling more, and wasting less are how I make that happen.
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 include:
- 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 and meal planning
- home organization, homemaking, and simplifying life
- traveling the world
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 it’s probably cashmere.
About me personally….
For the last 24-years, I’ve been married to my college sweetheart. Brad is my business partner, too. He writes about our budgeting and traveling adventures. 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.
We live in a modest 100-year-old home that we’ve renovated 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.