I realize that we are not alone in wanting to live more on less, and I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here at Suddenly Frugal. I’m aware of the now-defunct Tightwad Gazette and the length’s that the “Tightwad” family went to in saving money–no homemade sanitary napkins for me, thank you very much. I also know that there is already a family out there that is known as America’s Cheapest Family, but, in my opinion, they are not representative of the America I know or the suburban life I live. They have 8 kids, home school them all (only 2 percent of school-aged children in America are homeschooled, according to the U.S. Department of Education), and live in the desert Southwest. We, on the other hand, have two kids who attend public school, and we live in the pricey Northeast.
Geography and progeny aside, I doubt that the tightwad or cheapest family has to live with the pull of the aforementioned “shopper-tainment” and what we like to call “The $100 Target tax” (because you can never get out of Target for under $100). So the real challenge for us–and for readers of Suddenly Frugal–is figuring out how you can go about living a “normal” life when you’re on a budget. I really hope we can succeed.