I’m so glad that you took a moment to visit Capital Moms, formerly Capitally Frugal! I’m Sarah, the compiler of everything family-oriented (from product reviews to travel posts), especially for moms in the Washington DC Metro area. My primary job is being a wife to my IT hubby, John, and a homeschool mom to my fiesty, life lovin’ nine year old daughter (known on here as “little A”) and my rock-hoarding one year old son. But, in between the craziness of teaching fractions, accompanying our church’s worship team, and unburying myself from the ever-multiplying loads of laundry, I enjoy blogging in this amazing space.
My blogging journey began over seven years ago, when I became pregnant with my daughter. My husband & I always knew that I would stop working once we had children, but the reality of seeing half our income evaporate was just a tad bit unsettling. I began to research ways I could cut our expenses and even augment my husband’s salary. At that time, money saving blogs were just beginning to surface, and I began religiously reading Crystal Paine’s daily tips at Money Saving Mom!
It was an enormous amount of trial and error – mostly, “error” on my part and “trials” for my husband who had to listen to me! I can’t begin to tell you the times I worked so hard to compile my coupons for a trip to the store, only to find that the cashier missed a coupon, an item was out of stock, or the universe somehow decided to conspire against me. 🙂 But, by 2008, I *mostly* figured out the couponing system and was able to get the majority of our household items or toiletries free at CVS or Harris Teeter Super Double Coupon Events. With these savings, we were freed up to spend a little extra on natural and organic groceries and to be able to help friends and family.
Over time, I expanded my “couponing” to mystery shopping, product reviews, and other fun projects. But, I was hesitant to delve into the blogging world. Instead, I would email friends and family whenever I saw a great deal that I thought they might like. But, as time wore on and with the encouragement of friends (especially my husband!), I decided to launch Capitally Frugal, a central location for all my great finds. In the beginning, I assumed my only readers would be family members and close friends (who read my blog out of pity), but I was (happily!) shocked to see how quickly Capitally Frugal has grown!
As I mentioned in this post, we decided to switch our focus from Frugality to Mom Life. Over the years, I noticed that my readers’ questions/emails/preferred topics (as demonstrated by Google Analytics) changed. And, I’ll be honest – my focus has morphed over the years as well. As my daughter gets older and life gets busier, I’ve shifted from madly clipping coupons at midnight to buying store brands…many times at *gasp* regular price. I’ll still do a gleeful dance when I find meat on clearance at Wegmans; but I won’t shop at five different stores to get all the best sale prices. It took awhile, but I’ve come to the realization that my time is worth more than what I would save.
Don’t get me wrong, as a family, we are still very budget conscious! From cutting cable to ferreting out free weekend activities, the heart of Capital Moms will always be frugal. You’ll still find our popular round-ups of teacher discounts, free summer activities, and holiday promotions. I mean, if you’re planning to shop or go out on the town, why not save a little money?
But, in addition to all those popular posts, we’re adding more car and travel reviews, parenting tips, everyday recipes, and fashion advice. Thankfully, I have some amazing contributors, who help me: Phil from UnPhiltered Guy, Katy of Moss Ties, Rachel, and many others.
We also split time between Hawaii (where I grew up) and Northern Virginia, so you’ll start seeing a few Hawaii-themed travel reviews. I thought since everyone I meet always tells me that Oahu is their dream destination, you all might enjoy planning your “someday” vacation. 🙂
I was named 2013 Best Mom Blogger in the DC Area by Washington Family Magazine’s readers and am a finalist in the national Social Luxe blog awards. Along with Liza Hawkins of (a)Musing Foodie and Roni Noone of GreenLiteBites, we won the Food Lion 2013 Frugal Cook-off with our Spinach-Apple Stuffed Pork Loin recipe. And, over the years, I have been interviewed by CNN, Washington Parent, and Washington Family and most recently, have been a travel contributor on Huffington Post. I’m currently a mom ambassador with HP and Chick-Fil-A and partner with many companies from Safeway and Colonial Williamsburg to Gaylord National and Kings Dominion.
Thank you again for stopping by, and I hope each of you find the exact encouragement you need at Capital Moms!