Do You Have a Dream? Are You Living It?

Do you have dreams to be a pilot or a great inventor, or maybe a famous actor? Do you do anything to follow that dream? I recently overheard a women at the store telling someone on the phone that there was no way that she would ever be able to become a actress in Hollywood. After ease dropping, I know I shouldn’t, it got me thinking, why can’t we all get what we want in life? Why can’t she be an actress, why can’t girls grow up to be president, why can’t I get my bakery. WHY!!!

I am currently a stay at home mom and a write for this blog, so our income is limited. Our family plan is for me to return to work once all the kiddos are in school full time. Although financially this is the best fit for our family, I really want to own my own bakery. My mama owned a small family restaurant when I was in high school and I loved it. We were open for breakfast and lunch and during the summer months we had a ice cream parlor on the side of the restaurant. We had donuts, pastries and tons of yummy goodies. I have to say, this was the best job I have ever had, which is crazy that I found the best job in high school. Due to a family situation my mama had to sell the restaurant. So after many years of bouncing around from job to job, being completely unsatisfied I realized that I wanted that family business! Then we started a family and I realized that this idea would need to wait.

With only one income, finding the additional funding to create my dream has been placed on the back burner for now. And every few years, I sometimes think I must be crazy to even think I can ever open my own bakery. (Sound familiar?) There are too many bills, college tuition for 3 kiddos to save for, 3 weddings, our retirement, etc. Why would I take a chance to jeopardize our families financial stability by opening a bakery and not just finding a 9 to 5 job. But why can’t I?

Although we currently don’t have the funding to get our bakery started, I am still going to dream! So I thought I would tell you and that women I overheard at the store, to still believe. You never know, it could happen!

Don’t get me wrong, I love this blog and sharing all the great deals and frugal tips I find with you. And to be honest, regardless of what job I get in the future I will probably write on this blog til I die!! But I want to follow that dream I have had since I was 19 years old, to open that bakery. To have something to pass onto my kiddos and know that I can help my family and spend time with them while living my dream. So what dreams do you have sitting on the back burner?

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bri and amanda
So I thought I would share a little bit about myself, which is really hard since I do not like to talk about my self at all. I am Brianne, the one on the left above! First I had been a stay at home mom for the last 7 years and recently went back into the 9-5 daily grind! I do like the routine of work everyday but really miss the extra time with my kiddos and blogging! But with life changes comes new and exciting roads to follow! The pic above is of my mama and myself, can you figure out which one is me?!?!

I love spending time with my 3 kiddos (all girls, I know they will be handfuls during the teenage years!!), playing softball, going to the movies and just spending time outside- camping, playing at the park or just soaking up some sun!! I love shopping, talking to friends, using coupons of course and just laughing. Living near Cincinnati Ohio, there are lots of things to do; Kings Island, Reds, Bengals, Cincinnati Zoo and so much more!

I started really couponing in 2008, after I had my youngest daughter.  I was watching a lady on TV and she was talking about how she was getting most of her groceries and health & beauty items really cheap and even FREE in some cases. I had always used coupons, but not to this extent. So I started researching online how I could do this too. With me being a stay at home mom and having a newborn, we were spending a lot and not saving much. So after about 3 weeks of searching and learning, I started my coupon adventure. It took about 3 months to start getting a real feel for the coupon world and to start getting FREE items and start my stockpile.

I then decided in January of 2009 to start sharing my shopping trips with friends and family in a blog. It also gave me an outlet to write and have a little time for myself.  I love sharing all the great savings I get and all of the saving tips I have learned. I also love getting feedback on what others are doing to save money and how much they save at the grocery. So I hope you enjoy all the things I share and have learned over the past few years and be able to save a ton at the grocery!!!

bri and amanda


ABOUT AMANDA: is the one on the right, and she was suckered into helping me here on the blog! She works in accounting by day and helps me in the evening with reviews, deals and contributing to the blog here. She had never really used a coupon before so she was amazed at all of my amazing savings information found here on the blog! She has a daughter that when she’s not working, she’s hanging out with traveling, watching movies and the Bengals! Don’t feel sorry for her, she chose to like the Bengals!! Just kidding, she loves sports, is an amazing listener and has a great energy!




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