Welcome to Frugal & Simple Living


I’m joining in with Household 6 Diva for her Blizzard Bloghop! I’m excited to ย “introduce” myself and “meet” some new bloggers!!


My name is Rachel Boreing. I have been blogging for a little over 2 years now!

My first blog, The Simple Life of the Boreings, began in November of 2007 a blog to keep family and friends updated with what was going on in our life. Over time I began blogging more and more about our frugal lifestyle and simple living.

In September of 2008 I began anย additionalย blog, Life: Frugal and Simple, which was primarily video posts of my show Life: Frugal and Simple!

At the beginning of 2010 I decided to re-name my blog to Frugal and Simple Living which is a combination of these two blogs! I still share about the things going on in our lives, living frugally and simply and have begun filming again…this time the show is Frugal and Simple Living!

So that’s a little bit of background about my blogging history!

I am 22 years old and have been married to my husband, John David, for 3 1/2 years! We were both 19 when we married and still in college! We lived in married student housing for almost 2 years…a tiny little apartment with cinder block walls, but it was home! In May of 2008 my husband accepted a job as a mortgage loan officer trainee and we moved to the county where we currently live and rented a much larger apartment…3 bedrooms instead of 1!!

When we moved, I was still in school, I had to take 2 CLEP tests to graduate so I was a stay-at-home wife/part-time student that summer! I began to realize how much money I could save staying home since I was able to bargain shop, cook from scratch, and cook dinner every night (which saves a ton over eating out!) When I graduated in August of 2008 with my degree in Agricultural Communications (basically an agriculture degree with a concentration in communications) I looked for a full-time job but couldn’t find anything. So I began working part-time from home for Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (where I interned the summer before). And began my true career, being a homemaker!

Due to my new found money saving skills, we began slashing our budget categories and saving like crazy! Our goal was to live below my husband’s income exclusively so I could stay home once we had children and to save a 20% down payment for a house!

In December of 2008, we purchased our first home at 21 and 22 years old with a 20% downpayment and a week later my husband resigned his job in the mortgage industry and accepted a position with our church, as Media Director, cutting his salary by nearly $10,000!

Then our frugal lifestyle became no longer a choice but a necessity! I’ve learned a lot about saving money, living on little, living debt free and making do with what we have which are primary topics on this blog!

In August of 2009, we found out we were expecting a baby! Our son is due April 21, 2010 and are so happy we have chosen to live frugally so I have the privilege of staying home with him!

So, that pretty much sums my life over the past 3 1/2 years up!

Here are major themes you’ll find on Frugal and Simple Living and some posts I’ve written about these themes:

1. Frugality

2. Simple Living

3. Green Living

4. Hand-me-downs/Thrift Store Shopping

5. Sewing

6. Recipes

7. Faith


I’d love to get to know you better too! Leave a comment or send me an e-mail to rachel (at) frugalandsimple (dot) com!

Have a wonderful evening!!

36 Replies to “Welcome to Frugal & Simple Living”

  1. Hi. I found you on the bloghop. We’re doing our best to live frugally and simply as well. I’ll definately check out your linked blog posts.

  2. Wow! So impressed with all you’re accomplishing at such a young age. Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby! I’m your newest Twitter follower. Happy Bloghop!

  3. Hi, Nice to meet you. I already love your blog. I have a lot of friends who are huge coupon fanatics and I love it all!! I will definitely be back for more!!

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your post and can’t wait to check out more of your blog soon. I’ve added you to my google reader. Congratulations on your baby boy on the way!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Children are truly a blessing from God.

  5. Nice to meet you. It is always good to learn more tips on how to save money. Congratulations to you for having a little boy ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hey Rachel!
    We’re from Alabama! (Hubby grew up in Louisiana, though)
    I love reading your blog; it encourages me to be frugal in our lives too. Army pay is good, but it’s not a lot, and we certainly don’t put enough into savings each month.

    I’m so excited for your new little one! I hope you are feeling ok.

  7. so nice to meet you! Congrats to you and your husband on the upcoming birth of your little one!! I’m a Tennessean too and look forwarding to visiting your blog some more!

  8. Stopping by from the Blog Hop..sounds like you’ve got a good financial head on your shoulders at a young age. That is something to be commended. I’ll have to stop by again and learn some more from you!

  9. Glad to meet you…I’m getting a late start on this journey, but wanted to say hi. Love to have you visit my site sometime. My husband and I do financial coaching, and you seem to have much wisdom when it comes to your money and it’s use. Yeah for you!

  10. It’s nice to meet you! We’re due about the same time with our baby boys….I’m due April 16th! Congrats on being able to live frugally and stay home!

  11. Hi there. Stopping by to say hi on the blog hop. It is great to meet you. I am also trying to be frugal and I love Jesus. I am trying to learn from all those before me. I look forward to reading your posts. Have a blessed day!

  12. This post was so fun to read. I enjoyed going back through your blog archives and getting to know you more! You have such a great blog with practical tips and suggestions (I love your videos!). I’m glad I stumbled across you when I did, ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I also practice frugal living and had a similar story to yours. I bought my first house when I was 20, married young and had my first baby at 22. By 28 I had 6 kids and I’m a SAHM. We survive on one (meager) military income. I’ve found a lot of ways to save money and it’s even more fun when you have a baby (breastfeeding, cloth diapering, consignment sales, etc.) so you are going to love it!

  14. Stopping by on the blog hop (a little late, sorry!). What a great blog you have! I think everyone is trying to live more frugally these days, and it’s great to learn some tips. Nice to meet you!

  15. i also got married at 19! we are originally from alabama and own a condo there that we rent. we are doing alright to be both 23 this year! but i would love to live more frugally and simple. i hope to learn a lot from you!

    congratulations on your baby ๐Ÿ™‚ i can’t wait for your stories on him!

  16. I just started reading your site โ€“ thanks for writing. I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that itโ€™s not displaying right on my blackberry storm. Anyway, I am now subscribed to the RSS feed on my notebook, so thanks again!

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