Hi, I’m Kara! Like many Moms, I wear quite a few hats. I’m a biologist turned blogger, frugal living expert, lover of a great DIY project, and most importantly…a wife to a loving husband and a mother to our three wonderful (but sometimes rebellious 🙂 ) children.
I started Saving by Design in 2011 as an easy way to teach my friends and family how I was saving tons of money using coupons. As my passion for frugal living grew, coupons became only a small part of the money-saving strategies you’ll now find on the blog.
About Saving by Design
Would you like to save money without changing your lifestyle? Or maybe even earn money while improving your lifestyle?
Then you’re in the right place!
Here at Saving by Design, I write about what moms care most about. I’ll help you create a life you love while living on a budget by sharing money-saving strategies such as easy ways to save, frugal family fun, and inexpensive DIY projects, in addition to my favorite ways you can earn money from home.
I’ve found that so many moms struggle with fulfilling all their family’s needs and having the life they truly want while sticking to a budget. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to share the many ways to save on everyday necessities along with those extras that make life fun like vacations and parties.
I think you’ll really enjoy the non-extreme, but rather well-intentioned, approach taken to stretch your hard-earned money.
So sit back, relax, and look around!
I’m so happy you’re here and look forward to helping you find creative solutions to design a life you love 🙂
There’s nothing more important than family. Here at Saving by Design you’ll find many posts about the most special part of your life – family time. There’s information and content about parenting, all kinds of activities to do with the kids, fun for the holidays and special occasions, and much more!
SAVE your money
Everyone knows how to “save money.” What you may not know are the many different ways there are to save your money on things you do every day. At Saving by Design I’m happy to share not only traditional ways to save such as clipping coupons, but also the tips and tricks that can make just about anything you do more frugal.
I LOVE a good DIY project! Not only is it fun to let your creativity run wild, but do-it-yourself projects also save a ton of money too! From crafts for kids and homemade gifts to all kinds of home remodeling, decorating, furniture, and more, you’re bound to find some inspiration for your next creative task here on Saving by Design.
for your HOME
There’s no place like home! To help keep your home the happiest place on Earth, you’ll find information at Saving by Design about organization, home decorating, gardening, and natural cleaners and remedies.
Easy and delicious! That’s the kind of food you’ll find in the posts here at Saving by Design. In addition you’ll also find content sharing the best way to save on groceries and how to make the most of your time with meal planning. Enjoy!
WORK at home
One of my absolute passions is sharing with fellow moms and caretakers the many opportunities available to work at home. I’m happy to share all of the information, tips, and tricks I’ve learned that may just give you the boost needed to create the life of your dreams.
Don’t forget to connect with me here too…
- LIKE Saving by Design on Facebook to find frugal living tips and tricks, easy DIY projects, crafts for kids, and family recipes!
- FOLLOW Saving by Design on Pinterest for awesome ideas that are also functional along with lots of frugal family fun and yummy recipes!
- FOLLOW @SavingByDesign on Twitter to introduce yourself or send me a quick message.
- FOLLOW @SavingByDesign on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at what I’m up to, the current books I love, awesome products I find, and more!
You can also contact me directly by email here. I’d love to hear from you!
Jodi McMillan says
Cristy from Pretty My Party gave me your info! I am considering offering my sweets for the Manicures & Martini’s event. I offer cakes and pastries to NEPA locals as well as sell edible fondant decorations for cakes, cupcakes and cookies. I look forward to hearing more about your cool website! Thanks!
Alicia Kelly says
Can you post anew link to Superpoints? It said the link expired. TY:)
Sure Alicia! Try this one: http://superpoints.com/refer/SavingByDesign 🙂
Brent Shelton says
Kara, Thx for the mention of Ebates in Citizensvoice.com! (http://citizensvoice.com/arts-living/start-online-for-specific-product-deals-savings-1.1461642) We appreciate the shout out and love for Ebates.com. We hope both Ebates and our sister company, FatWallet can help you with referrals and provide cash back and coupons savings for your followers. Thanks again, Brent
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