What to expect from This Beautiful Frugal Life in 2014

by Melody on January 6, 2014

I LOVE the idea of a clean slate with each new year.  A fresh start.  I love the idea of evaluating the previous year, looking at what has worked for our family, what definitely didn’t work, what we’d like to try, how we’d like to spread our wings.  While December feels like a time to languish and enjoy things the way they are, January feels like a time to jump-start our lives.

Over the past few weeks, I have been jotting down ideas for the new year.  Not just for my personal life, but for the blog as well.  I have a list of approximately 72,342 things I’d like to change, try, do, restart, renew, keep doing.

One thing I don’t want to do is attempt to cram it all into the month of January, for my personal goals or for the blog. I’ve decided to work on a series of posts over the course of the next few months.  I really want to spend some good quality time and hash out these goals for myself and for you.

What do I have in mind for the next few months?

  • Revisiting our yearly/monthly budget, including a step-by-step breakdown of where we’re at (and why it’s not pretty)
  • Freezer/pantry inventory and management
  • A series on clean eating including why we eat the way we do, freeing up some time in the kitchen by planning ahead and cooking for the freezer and tips for saving money on whole foods

As I mentioned, I’m not going to be launching these all at once.  I’d like to roll them out slowly and really pay some attention to each one.

You may be wondering about some of the tried and true series, posts and updates around This Beautiful Frugal Life and what will happen to those.

What can I expect on a regular basis?

You may notice that my Fred Meyer weekly match ups are not included on this list.  I’ve been debating for a long time about dropping these from my repertoire, but never made the decision because it made me too sad.  I really love these match ups, but there are so many bloggers who work on Fred Meyer and most of them can get them posted before I can.  They tend to be a source of anxiety for me on the weekends and I always feel that my time could be better spent.  For fantastic weekly match ups, check out The Coupon Project.

I’m sure most of you have ideas in mind for yourself for the New Year, so I wanted to leave you with a few of my favorites “resolution-type” products:

I’m really excited for the coming year.  I’m a ruthless note-taker and idea-gatherer, so this is the perfect time of year for me.  A time of renewal, growth and new ideas.

I’d love to hear your feedback!

What would you like to see more of around TBFL? 

Is there anything I can work on for you or something you are interested in learning more about? 

What are your favorite aspects of TBFL, what do you continue to come back for?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

April January 6, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I love your ideas for 2014 TBFL. I enjoy that it is difference from the other blogs. I love the week in life series. I also would appreciate the information on healthier eating and ways to prepare ahead of time. I may not be as extreme but I can always find ideas that work for my family. Oh and yes, please keep the costco mailer information. Thanks for doing what you do.


Leigh January 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I have to say that I love your Fred Meyer match-ups and think they are better than the other coupon website I look at frequently, but I have not explored the Coupon Project yet and now I definitely will. I can imagine that those match-ups must be a huge undertaking. I also love your Costco match-ups and am glad you will be keeping these. I’m also excited for your new ideas, especially the budgeting and freezer/pantry management. Your site in one of my favorites. Thanks so much for your hard work!


Jennifer January 7, 2014 at 6:15 am

I love your Costco match-ups! I rarely shop at Fred Meyer, so I will not miss those posts. I am interested in budget related posts as well as more pats on style/fashion. Thank you for all of your hard work!


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