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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. I maintain a site for my husband’s wildlife control business at High Creek Wildlife Control. 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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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

Kari O’Brien

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

I’m trying to plan a Disney vacation trip for myself. My 14 year old son, my husband, my mom and my dad. I’ve been 3 times but it’s been years since my last visit. I believe they were just finishing the Africa park. Anyways, we’re looking for a way to do this affordably. We would like to stay at a resort at the park. Help with discounts passes to to the parks would be nice. The dates were looking at are Sunday 4/19/2020-Thursday 4/24/2020. We definitely want to include universal studios and the magic kingdom. Things have grown so much over there so any advice on other parks that we should visit would be helpful. I’ve been to Epcot but was too you g to really appreciate it......I filled out the form for Sierra so I’ll be looking for her email. I look forward to hearing from you both and thank you in advance for all of your help!


Sunday 15th of December 2019

Hi Leah, I have been wanting to take my family to Disney Orlando, possibly a Fri-Sun trip, come back on Monday. I'm trying to plan this a year out, looking at going in December 2020. Everytime I go to look at the Disney website to plan it I get so I just found the Mouse on a Budget Website. It let me sign-up for a Destinations Florida travel agent named Siera to get back with me. We would like a whole package we can just pay on throughout the year, with airfare (we live in Texas), staying at the park for 3 days, and possibly meals included...And we are a family of 3. 2 Adults and one 7yr. Old. Any advice? 🙂

Thanks Leah!


Monday 16th of December 2019

Hi! Siera can definitely help you set up a package you can pay on throughout the year for next December. Look for an email from her ( very soon!

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