Hi, I’m Jordan, and I have a story to tell.
3.5 years ago we hardly had money to pay our bills. We had $10,000 debt on just one credit card and $0 balance in our savings accounts. Literally. I was a new SAHMom and Bubba had a new business and wasn’t bringing home much of a paycheck (if anything). We looked at each other and decided we wanted a better life for ourselves; for our children. We decided we wanted to stop getting by, and start getting ahead. We set firm goals and worked our tails off. We sacrificed lots of good things, having faith that it would lead to great things.
And it has.
By working hard we were able to get out of our situation in just one year. We worked even harder for 18 more months and now wake up every morning in our dream home, a 5,700 sq ft colonial home in a multi-million dollar neighborhood. And no, we aren’t rich. By a long shot.
This, folks, is the new frugal.
This is what frugality is all about. Being frugal is not about giving up everything you love, but rather learning to get everything you love – the smart way. We have more, do more, and live more now than ever before…because of how frugal we are, not in spite of it.
It’s been my mission to bring the new definition of frugal to the world and prove that it’s not the drab, miserly, miserable “frugal” of yesterday. So pull up a chair, grab yourself a dirty diet coke, and kiss your mama’s “frugal” goodbye. You’re in for the ride of your life because…
…Frugal just got a facelift.
Now, a little about me.
I’m Jordan Leigh Francis Page. Leigh as in “Lee”. But don’t be mistaken- it is, in fact, spelled Leigh. I learned this the hard way in Kindergarden when my teacher informed me that, thanks to the cross-stitched name plaque hanging on my wall since birth, I was incorrectly spelling my own middle name. Note to self: Spell check with mom-to-be before hand-making baby gifts.
I’m obviously still working through the trauma.
You might also know me as The Fun, Cheap, or Free Queen. What started out as a dinky blog to post random coupons and occasional good deals I would find has turned into a “New Frugal” revolution that has pretty much knocked my socks off. And maybe even my pants, but we won’t go there.
This isn’t your average blog. I don’t take Pinterest-perfect pictures. I don’t have a crafty bone in my body. I’m a horrible cook. In fact, if you’re looking for any form of perfection, you won’t find it here. I refuse to be anything but 110% for-realsies all the time, in real life or behind a computer screen. I don’t blog while my kids are awake and do this all very part-time. I am extremely protective of my readers. I will only work with companies that I believe in and I feel can truly benefit my readers in some way – no matter how much money they offer me. I don’t concentrate too hard on the blogging tricks (i.e. my posts are always waaay too long. Sorry, it’s a sickness, really.) At the end of the day, my blog numbers don’t matter that much to me. That’s not why I’m doing this.
The purpose of this blog is to help as many people as possible achieve their best life possible…and have lots of fun while doing it.
Though not a typical blogger, I am, however, your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill wife, stay-at-home-mom, and snake-avoider. No really, I super hate snakes. Like, I’ll kick you in the nose and snap your elbow if you toss one at me. But otherwise we’re good.
I grew up in a tiny town in Northern Oregon called The Dalles. Yes, THE Dalles. (Random, I know.) It was a good place to grow up but I was eager to say goodbye to all whopping 120 students of my graduating class and hit the big city of glitz and glamour…
Salt Lake City. …crickets…
I went to Brigham Young University (Go Cougs!) and had the time of my life. My major was technically Recreation Management and Youth Leadership with a Recreational Therapy emphasis…but let’s call it like it is; I basically graduated Summa Cum Laude in “Social Studies” (aka dating and friends).
I met my better half at a mutual friend’s house my sophomore year. It was “ooh-you’re-kinda-cute” at first sight…until I realized I was taller than him in heels and he realized I was only 19. Wah Waaaaaah.
We promptly put each other in the friend zone and had a blast, until he went and ruined everything and formed a crush on me while I was working in Leprosy colonies in India one summer and accidentally showed him that I had a little ounce of substance to me. Darn it all…
So not even 1 year later I hung up my “commitment-issues” hat and got hitched in 2007 at the ripe ol’ age of 21…and 1 month.
Bubba is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. He is the kindest, happiest, most positive, and most self-controlled person I’ve ever met. And he’s also a killer athlete and entrepreneur which makes him all the hotter. Not to mention he dances and raps…kinda.
We still laugh and have fun together every day, which makes all the inevitable, hard, downright crappy life and marriage-y stuff feel a little like Disneyland – even the long lines and annoying crowds are entertaining, and certainly worth the ride.
Isn’t he the best?
Oh, and just to set the record straight, you can call him Bubba. It’s not some creepy pet name or anything. Though his birth certificate says Brandt Hutchings Page, he’s been “Bubba” since the day he was born. Heck, even his high school diploma and business cards say Bubba, so it’s legit, I promise.
We settled in inner-city Salt Lake City in a cute 2br town home, where I worked with at-risk youth and my hubby quit his job to start a company, Launch Leads (more on that later). We had our first baby just before our 3rd anniversary.
Enter our bright, sensitive, rule-follower, Brandtsen Hutchings Page (“Hutch”) – baby #1.
18 months nearly-to-the-day later, enter sparkly, dramatic and sassy, Miss Priya Jean – baby #2.
19 months nearly-to-the-day later, enter our sweet, happy little angel, Beck Avon – baby #3. (Hear the story behind our baby names HERE.)
And yes, they were all planned. Yes, we might just be a touch crazy. But hey, can you blame us?
We have absolutely fallen in LOVE with Utah and hope to never leave. We have settled (in our above-mentioned dream home) in the suburbs of Draper, UT where we spend our days having dance parties in our kitchen, hosting gathering after gathering after gathering at our house, changing loooootttsss of diapers, and trying to keep the kids from riding our 110lb dog, Ollie.
I am obsessed with motherhood. Addicted to it, really (but don’t worry, I’m successfully fighting the urge to be the next OctoMom…so far…). I feel that in a world where children are often times viewed as a burden that slows us down or hinders us from “bigger” things, I find no greater joy than being a mom and raising these precious little guys to be the best big guys ever…and find no job in the whole world as important. *sentimental tear*
Our journey started when our financial situation hit rock-bottom when I was pregnant with Hutch, Bubba quit his job to start Launch, and we lost all our money to a home that we built and decided not to buy (more on that HERE). But my favorite part is that our journey has no end. There is not “end point” to frugality. It’s an ever-changing, always evolving lifestyle that keeps you on your toes, and teaches you how to be truly, undeniably, incomparably, unapologetically HAPPY – regardless of how hard life gets.
See lots of random facts about me HERE.
Get lots of your questions about my day-to-day life answered in my live Q&A recaps HERE.
See all the places FCF has been featured HERE.
Head shots by Chelsea Peterson Photography
Yellow chevron shirt from The Jean Girl Shop
- I have not gone a single day without some form of chocolate since before college.
- I am terrible at accessorizing / styling rooms…like really bad….I have no idea what I am doing, I always have to call in my husband to lend and eye.
- I LOVE planning parties. Any kind, any size, and for any occasion.
- I do not like bacon or watermelon. Every summer I try watermelon in the hopes of loving it (like an American should), but it’s terrible.
- Even though I spend all day with Greyson, when he goes down for a nap I find myself missing him.
- I gave up caffeinated soda when I got pregnant, and I have not had any since…I also do not drink alcohol, or coffee.
- I check my email, and blog reader before my feet even touch the floor in the morning.
- My favorite purchase of all time is our camera. As a honeymoon present Scott bought me a Nikon D3000, and I adore it. I have just recently put it in manual mode, I can already see a HUGE improvement in my photos.
- My pupils are two different sizes
- I have a streak of gray hair in the back of my head (thankfully underneath the top layer). My brother also has a “patch” of gray hair.