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Thrive & Dime – An Introduction

by Emery Clark

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It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 16 years since I officially started adulting. It has been quite a bumpy 16 years, let me tell you, oftentimes ending with me returning from the store without the one essential item I went for, or owing the library 50 whole dollars for all the FREE BOOKS I forgot to give back on time. Some other adulting difficulties I’ve encountered include talking on phones to strangers who know more about things than I do and trying not to cry when the food I attempted to cook tastes like boiled paste. (With a hint of vinegar.) Also? Constantly having to remember what day of the week it is. I missed another school meeting? Who moved the Tuesday on the calendar again?

Adulting is hard.  

Sometimes I feel like I am the only one who finds it all so unnatural still, but when I see other adults whose children are running in three different directions like banshees while they are attempting to SNEEZE, I don’t feel quite so alone. Let’s just get it out on the table… I am a disorganized mess most days. I usually don’t think about tomorrow until I am drifting off to sleep on the eve of it. This may or may not drive my husband crazy. Two things I know for sure, however: I love a good bargain and I love living in this wonderful city. I may stumble through my days, but by jove, I’m going to save a buck or two or 10 while I do it and now I’m taking you all with me!

In this blog, I hope to be able to share some of the tips & tricks I’ve learned about living thrifty in the OKC area while loving every minute of it. You may not find tidy spreadsheets or printable PDF budget worksheets here, but you will hear how I’ve managed to find creative solutions to some everyday problems, mostly through a ton of (comical) trial and error. Along with all of that, I’d love to share some of the ups & downs of day-to-day life, motherhood, friendships, and marriage. There are genuine and real struggles and joys interlaced in every moment, and I think there is great beauty in being honest and open about those things, even when they don’t look perfectly polished and put together. Knowing we are not alone in things can sometimes make all the difference in the world, can’t it?

I have lived in the OKC metro area for almost 12 years as a stay-at-home mother, caring for my three sweet boys, Ezra (11), Myer (7) and Truman (5). My swoony husband Chris and I have been married for 13 years. He and I lead worship every week at Redemption Church in Edmond, where he is the full-time worship pastor.  When I am not finding ways to be thrifty, I enjoy writing words or songs, playing the guitar, and reading classic novels (when I can remember to charge my kindle). I also love creative fashion and design, and finding ways to bring old things back to life.

Thank you for reading along, I hope you enjoy the journey!

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