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How to Contact Me: (Please do!) kaylarevae [at] yahoo [dot] com

About Me & My Blog:

I am a 2011 graduate of Iowa State University.  I earned a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies with an endorsement in Health.

I am so happy to have found a job that fits all of my interests!  I teach culinary skills and health/life skills to high school students.

I started my blog in 2008 when I chronicled my life as a poor college student.  Now, working as a teacher, my thrifty ways are helping me pay of student debt faster.

My quest in life is to bring America back to thrift!


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1 Georgina Kalwak February 24, 2010 at 9:22 am

Kayla, when you starting blogging, how did you go about getting the sponsors on the right side of your page? How did you choose which ones and how did you contact them? I am designing a webpage and newsletter with thrifty/frugal ideas as well and am thinking about blogging too. I appreciate any info you can offer. Thanks so much!
-Georgina Kalwak

2 Kayla K February 24, 2010 at 9:36 am

I started out with Google Ads, which anyone can do, just go to Google to learn more. Just recently I started using BlogHer ads. You can get on the wait list by going to, click on “BlogHer Ads,” scroll to the bottom, click “for bloggers,” scroll to the bottom, and click “HERE” to join the wait list.
Send me a link to your site when it’s up, I’d love to read it!

3 nan March 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

i would like to subscribe to your site

4 nan edmondson March 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

i nwould like to subscribe to your website. i got it off the frugal list and i love it. I have family in iowa so it really hit home. thank you . nan edmondson

5 Newlyfrugal June 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Great blog! I like your articles and ideas. Keep up the good work!

Like you, I live a frugal lifestyle out of choice. I have a very good job and can afford many things. One year, I spent $3k to $4k a month on junk that just cluttered my house. So I finally put a stop to all the “stuff” and now save most of my income. I’ve never been happier with my file. Instead of “stuff”, I have significant emergency funds, savings, and investments…..all because I chose to live frugally.

6 One of the Carla/Karla's from your hometown. February 14, 2011 at 10:17 am

Over the weekend I tried a wine frappe/slush sample. You mixed their dry product (d’ with a bottle of wine and that same bottle filled with water, put it in a freezer bag, mush together and freeze. It took a $10 package of their stuff to tranform one bottle of wine. Of course I thought to myself how can I make this at home? (Kinda like the beer bread in box craze.) I need a home ec major and thought of you. So what do you think? The best I can gleen online is tea or lemonade mix. I thought maybe jello. I’d appreciate your ideas Kayla.

7 Elaine June 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I’m trying to knit your anthropologie inspired bobble cable ascot. If you could review it, I believe there is and error in row 12, and I can’t make row 32 work. I would appreciate it if you could review the pattern and tell me where I’m going wrong.

8 Susan August 11, 2013 at 1:00 am

Check into the government paying off a large portion of your student debt. My daughter is a teacher in NM. She told me that after she pays on her student loan for 10 years, then the rest is forgiven since she is a teacher. I don’t know if it applies to all teachers or just certain ones. She is a board certified math teacher in a high school. I guess this one thing Obama got right, if so. If so, you may not want to pay off your student loans as rapidly – you might as well let the government. Teachers are underpaid. I know. I wasn’t a teacher except while I was in grad school, I was a TA and I did teach one class at our junior college. I do come from a family of teachers – my mom, my brother, and two SILs, a nephew, a niece and my daughter. That’s a lot considering my mom and dad were only children – so no uncles, aunts or cousins. I had double majors and one was Ed. I have my master in Ed and was working toward a doctorate in gifted ed when I became too ill to continue. I was 2 classes and my dissertation from finishing. It was just too much. Good luck and I hope you enjoy teaching. It is very rewarding. I love your knit patterns.

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