Entertaining toddlers, Date Night, budgeting for clothes and more! (Live Q&A 1/28/14)

Live Q&A with a frugal living and everyday finance expert! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Loved trying a daytime LIVE Q&A today! So many of you tuned in, and your questions were beyond amazing (seriously, I have the best readers). We started a little late…kid issues, internet issues, general issues with life itself, but still had great time.

Click and watch the video below (or watch online HERE) and scroll down to see what questions were asked/answered (as well as any helpful posts that go along with it) so you can skip around the video if you'd like. Enjoy! (P.S see all my other Q&A's HERE)

2:01 Where do you buy Maternity Clothes?

3:47 Karen: Can you talk about how to incorporate debt pay off into your monthly budget system?

6:39 Amanda: How much money do you recommend having saved before having a first baby?

9:33 Lauren : What are your go-to meals when you only have $25 or 30 for groceries?

12:19 Shawnee: What kinds of activities do you do with your little ones to entertain them? I feel like I turn to the TV WAY too much…My little guy is 2 1/2

16:42 Educe: How do you budget for clothing? And what stores you recommend?

20:53 Natalie: What are your children's favorite toys (for younger children 1-3 years old)?

23:40 Jennifer: Where do you buy home decor?

27:19 Iryna: You're one busy momma. What is your daily routine? What are the top ten things you always do every day?

**PS Stay tuned for an updated Day in the Life 

31:29 Ashton: My husband and I are in a total of FOUR weddings this summer. Two of which we are the Maid of Honor and Man of Honor!! What is your gift budget for weddings when you are in the wedding party?

34:39 Brittany: I would love some advice on how to get in the habit of a weekly date night. It's really important to my husband and I to do that but for some reason we can't seem to get in the habit. We don't have any kids yet (our first is due in April!) but we do both work full time and my husband is in school. How do you make sure to have date night religiously when life is crazy?

38:46  Vicky : Rentals, how to separate accounts or manage them properly? where do you get money for clothes shopping, waffle maker, etc?

41:32 Amanda : I know you like to get your house decor at yard sales. Do you have any other ideas for shopping for frugal house decor?

44:04 Mackenzie : Can you explain your coupon system so stuff gets used? How do you organize it?

46:36 Amber : Talk to me about preschools! What do you look for in a preschool? How much do you pay for preschool? How do you budget for preschool?

46:36 Carey : Are you frugal with utilities? I can budget my spending in all areas but utilities are killing me. Keep the thermostat lowish in the winter, higher in the summer, line dry, and I still cringe when I get my electric and gas bills.

54:22 Bri: I don't need you to answer this since it's not a question – but I just loved hearing your easy to make recipes (I'm not really a cook either!) – that would be an AWESOME blog post!!

55:34 Aubrey : Have you ever thought about doing a grocery shopping trip? Kind of like the Grocery Guru? I would be interested and willing to pay to learn your skills in person.

  • See my latest haul here…Would you be interested?

57:21 Claire: Do you and your husband ever get into a rut as far as conversation on dates and after the kids go to bed? Being home all day with the kids and more times than not, I don't really leave the house so my mind feels BLANK by the end of the day

1:01:59 Alejandra :How do you stay so skinny specially since you always say you don't really care too much or are too picky about the food you eat? Lol!


Thanks for everyone who tuned in! I'm so sorry I wasn't able to get to everyone's questions. Can I get some feedback on this Q&A from y'all? What do you think? Did you like the mid-day chat? Too long? Too short? Too many kids popping in? (haha!…no, really…) let me know what you think!



  1. AvatarMarinda says

    I was NOT intending on sitting down to watch this whole post. I told myself that I didn’t have time for it. However once I sat to watch I had to finish. Just knowing that I’m not the only one who has a crazy, hectic, life was nice. (I have 5 kids 8 and under and they just called me to be the Relief Society Pres….what were they thinking?!?!) I found myself LOL several times, plus I got some great tips! Thanks for the enjoyable hour, I don’t regret my time spent with you!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Marinda! 5 kids 8 and under?! You ARE MY HERO! I would love to flip the camera and pick your brain on how YOU manage it all! Do you have any tips to share? PS thanks for the sweet comment!

      • AvatarMarinda says

        Lol I pretty much fake it till I make it! My house is a mess most of the time! I need to implement better chore routines. Are you a keeper or clutter cutter? If I cut my “stuff” it probably wouldn’t be so messy.

        • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

          I am the poster child for “Hoarders: Buried Alive”. I can’t throw anything away, it’s a sickness! So my house may look tidy at the end of the night…as long as you don’t open any closets or cupboards :S

  2. AvatarDanielle says

    I didn’t get to tune in live because I was busy at the time, but I have an ever changing schedule so night or day can be hectic for me so I love that you put them on youtube for watching later. I have now watched all your live Q and A’s and love them. I just caught up recently and was like “wow I wish she would do another one”, and voila! Thanks for all of the great advice and I hope you keep doing them.

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Haha thanks for the psychic vibes that prompted me to do this Q&A then! 😉 Just send vibes back over when you’re ready for another one 🙂

  3. AvatarMelanie says

    Hi Jordan –

    Love watching your chats -thanks for doing them. Makes a sink full of dishes a lot better to wash when I have something fun like this to watch. I thought I should mention to you the possibility of looking to see if your county has a toy lending library. We didn’t have one in CA where I used to live but now I live in NC and a county 0-5 program has a toy and educational items lending library and it is the best. $25 a year to join and check out 15 items each time for two weeks and then return them and get new ones. Totally works with the kids’ attention span of playing with each toy for a day or two and then being done! I’m sure they don’t have them everywhere but worth checking. I also wanted to ask you to talk more about budgeting for clothes. I totally get your weekly budget situation but we live far away from stores so we don’t go shopping on a regular basis. We usually go outlets once a year and buy a bunch of clothes. Would you recommend saving the leftover money from your weekly budget somewhere to cover that once a year big trip? Thanks!

  4. AvatarNancy says

    Loved it. Wished it lasted longer. I watched it on YouTube the day after. You absolutely amaze me. You don’t become flustered at all with all you had going on while you did your live taping. You are incredible. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  5. Avatarjessica w says

    Great post, I would like to mention that now you can have a max of $6500 a year for a family contribution to an HSA, also for those who don’t know, that money stays yours and you won’t lose it at the end of the year like an FSA. So, that means you can have a lot more than $6500 in it at a time, but you can only contribute $6500 a tax year to the account. But we also love our HSA, also once your are older than 65 anything left in the HSA can be used just like a Roth IRA or regular account, and doesn’t strictly have to be for medical expenses. 🙂
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  6. AvatarVictory Chen says

    Hey Jordan,

    I have watched all the Q&A’s and love how down to earth you are! I love the blog because it feels real and fun. Thanks for the inspiration and shout out to Pilates(I’m a Pilates Trainer)! Cant wait for the book! Maybe a q&a with you and Bubba next? You both must be hilarious together!


    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Haha thanks Victory! And actually, a Q&A with Bubba would be super fun – I’ll figure out how we can make it happen! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂 XOXO

  7. AvatarAmanda says

    Absolutely love your Q&A’s! They are so much fun and I always get a little something new out of them! Haven’t been able to watch one live yet, so really appreciate you posting! Hope you keep ’em coming. Love how genuine you are and you’re willingness to share faults as well as wonderful tips. 🙂

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