Meet Meg

Welcome to This Big Happy, a blog dedicated to frugal & mindful living in the modern world.

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Hi! I’m Meg, a homeschooling mom of 5 kids ranging in age from preschool to teenager. I’m a terrible housewife but pretty good with the finances. I’ve spent the last decade (and a half) figuring out how to make life work with one income and I’m here to help you live more, with less.

I once told my husband that it’s a whole lot easier to fall into a hole than it is to crawl out of it; time has been a patient teacher with us.  In our 17 years of marriage we’ve had a lot of ups and downs, especially when it comes to our finances. We’ve run the gamut from having tens of thousands of “extra” in the bank to visiting a food bank. Mostly though, we’ve fit somewhere in the middle.

I don’t want you to think that living frugally is all about ignoring your wants and occasionally your needs. Living frugally is about making small, daily decisions in order to prioritize your wants and needs to allow you to provide all of your needs and some of your wants.

Not all of the information and posts here will suit every reader, take what you can use and leave the rest. Please note that my opinions are just that and my advice is not meant to be used in place of an expert.

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This policy is valid from 08 February 2013

Blog author and owner cannot be held liable for any information you see here that causes injury, loss of income or any other unfortunate issues. Please do not attempt anything you see here without consulting an expert and using your common sense. What you see here is merely the experience of the blog author and should not be taken as professional or expert advice. As always, your experience may differ.

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Meg Grooms and occasional guest authors. This blog does not accept any form of paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.

The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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