About Pretty Providence:
We call this a frugal lifestyle blog – so we write about whatever we’re doing in our lives to save money. You’ll find affordable fashion, home decor D.I.Y.’s, cheap and easy recipes, and other stuff we feel is relevant to living well on a budget. With this blog we wanted to create a community of like-minded people, where we could encourage & inspire each other in our monetary goals and prove that life is better with a budget. (Yes, we did just say that!)
What’s with the name? Contrary to popular belief, we have no ties to Providence, Rhode Island. The word provident means being careful about planning and saving money for the future.
Sarah and Jessica
We have been friends since we were five years old. We were bridesmaids at each others weddings. Here are a few pictures of us together at our bridal showers. We’re not at liberty to show you pictures from girls camp when we were 13. Braces, ya know? And visors. Trust us, these are better. (Update… here’s one. View at your own risk.)
I grew up mostly in the Draper, Utah area, but I lived in Dallas, Texas for three years as well. I am the oldest child of four and my family is pretty awesome. I credit my Dad for instilling frugality in me at a young age. I have never been a big spender and when I was in High school he would bribe me to read books like, “The Four Laws of Debt Free Prosperity” and “Total Money Makeover“. Thanks for that, Dad, if you are reading this. After High School I went on to Brigham Young University. My first year there I met my handsome and hilarious genius of a husband who hates it when I use ampersands &&&&&. *(Just for you babes.) When we got married we both had two years of college left. We each worked two jobs and I took 18 credits a semester so that we could make it through school without debt. We graduated together in December 2009. After graduation we both found jobs, and I worked until I delivered our sweet son, Luke. We made the decision that I should quit work to be able to stay at home with our little monkey. Almost 18 months later we added our sweet baby girl Nora to our family. It is hard financially as we are now four people living off one person’s earnings, and we anticipate that number will grow in the future, but it is so worth it. Just like anyone else budgeting can be really hard for me. I hope this blog helps you with your goals half as much as it helps me with mine. If you’re interested in more about me you are welcome to follow along on my family blog or my personal instagram!
I’m a recent college graduate, my degree is in Family Studies and I am passionate about family life education. My husband is an Engineer with a gold calculator watch who plays music for fun. I just think he’s the best ever. We’ve been married since 2009 and relocated to Houston, Texas in May 2013 to start next chapter of our life together. We are super frugal and avoid debt because we have big dreams. We’re looking forward to growing our family in the near future (baby, cat, dog, all of the above?) We just bought our first house and I stay busy with projects for the new digs and blog a lot.