Hi! I’m Laura and this is my blog on thrifty buying, savvy shopping, tips on how to save money, do it yourself projects and more. I’m in my mid/late thirties, have a BS and MS in Mathematics and used to be a full time math teacher at a community college in Rhode Island. Now I live near Cologne, Germany (and upstate NY) with my husband Thomas, our daughter Anna and twin boys Benjamim and Lukas. Since we had Anna I’ve become a stay at home mom, full time maid (just kidding but it feels like that sometimes!), amateur seamstress, gardener, cook and baker. I love to knit and sew, write my other blog: The Artful Gardener, travel, study mathematics, read the classics, watch mystery and detective series (like Poirot, Matlock and Sherlock Holmes) and create things at home. I also love to spend time with my family, hiking, biking, swimming and generally being outdoors. I love going to second hand stores, thrift shops, flea markets and antiquing. I love finding a really good deal, haggling to get a good price and finding unwanted stuff that people are giving away for free, fixing it up and making it usable/desirable again. So follow my adventures as a spendthrift through this blog and hopefully you’ll pick up some tips on how to save money and do it yourself along the way!