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Hi, I’m Leah and I love the challenge of living a rich life on a tight budget. I started this blog to share my strategies for saving time and money with my family and friends and it has grown to reach millions of readers.

I write about my efforts to save money on family travel and everyday expenses. I’m really interested in how living frugally can help my family have what we want in life – more time with each other, healthy and delicious food, a nice place to live, and a chance to travel.

We live in beautiful North Carolina and some of what I write about pertains to folks who also live in the South, but a lot of the tips and ideas apply wherever you live.

Another aspect of living frugally that is important to my family is reducing our impact on our planet’s resources. We try to be conscious of how our buying and lifestyle choices affect the environment. We try to do more with less stuff, limit waste, buy secondhand when possible and choose food that causes the least harm.

I have a BS in Biology and a Master in Education degree (MEd) from The Ohio State University. I was a public school teacher for almost a decade before I started blogging!

In addition to running this site, I also blog (and podcast) about doing Disney World on a budget at The Budget Mouse.  And my newest site is The Practical Horsewoman, all about my life as a horse owner and aspiring Dressage rider. 

Thanks for checking out this site and I hope you will get some ideas that can help your family live a rich life – that is, have time and money for what you really want. Of course, take what you like and leave the rest.

With love,

Leah Crocker Althiser

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Martha C Tigner

Thursday 29th of December 2022

What valuable information. Thank you so much. Happy New Year to You and Your Family.


Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Hi Leah,

Thank you for your great blog on Puerto Rico. We are just in the process of booking there for 3n on the way to BVI. Question about the ferry. Is it 45min or 1.5hrs? I have read both. Also from the condo you stayed in, how far was the drive to ferry? Many thanks. Sarah (from Canada)


Thursday 19th of May 2022

Hi Sarah! The ferry from Ceiba to Culebra is about 45 minutes each way. Our place in Loiza was about 45 minutes to the ferry with no traffic. Hope that helps!

Jen kasper

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Hi! Looking for a place with a view, can be for 4 or 5 but may be 2. I turn 50 on may 18, 2021. Want to be near contemporary or animal kingdom. Want one park a day x 4 days, 5 days with 2 to travel. What can you do for us?

Jeanette Zeitler

Friday 1st of May 2020

Do you have any idea when Walt Disney World will reopen this year @ full hours? We would like to come to the park & Animal Kingdom & DisneySprings but don’t know when to plan. Can you give us some help?


Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Hi Jeanette! Unfortunately I have no idea when Disney will reopen and what it will look like there when they do. I expect limited capacity and masks will be involved but I have no idea about a timeline.


Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Leah, I came across your site on Yahoo, in an article about baking without butter. I've been baking for 50 years, and these cookies take the cake. Five stars to you from this hard to please baker. Thanks, you little Sweetie! Roses

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