Greetings! My name is Cathy. I am a mom to two grown children, three big dogs, and the wife of a workaholic husband. I am a complex person with a vivid imagination. I have so many things I want to do with my life. Now that I am in my mid 40’s, I feel that I am just starting to figure out how to make progress towards my hopes and dreams.

I am a bargain shopper. “Frugal. Penny-pincher. Cheap.” Whatever you want to call it is okay with me. I hate to pay full price for anything, whether it’s groceries, appliances, or office supplies. I am NOT an extreme couponer. I have a full time job, and a full time life. I simply don’t have time to spend hours clipping coupons and scouring through the weekly ads. I do, however, have resources! Sometimes I save a little, and that is acceptable. Other times I save a lot. When I save a lot, it’s a big deal! 50% savings is good. 75% is great. 90% is even better! I would prefer my shopping trip to be free. For that matter, I wouldn’t be opposed to the store paying ME to take their items home. It happens sometimes, and when it does, I celebrate.

I am a musician. I absolutely love creating beautiful, interesting, and creative listening experiences. Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. There is literally a song in my head ALL THE TIME. Sometimes it can be very distracting, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. My dream is to hear my music enjoyed by strangers, and not just by the chosen few whom I choose to share it with.

I am also a photographer. I love taking pictures of the lovely things in this world. I love the challenge. I love how unpredictable and surprisingly satisfying it is. Trying to capture a thousand words into one image is how I like to imagine it. I learn something new every day. I strive to continue to get better at it.

I believe in having a budget, savings, menus, and food storage. I also believe in having as little debt as possible. I believe everyone should have a PLAN.

I dream of having LESS STUFF. The concept of minimalism absolutely fascinates me. Honestly, I wasn’t raised that way at all. The pack-rat gene has been bred into me. Breaking free of that mindset has been a life-changing journey that I struggle with on an hourly basis. THE STRUGGLE IS SO REAL.

Katrina McPuddleduck was a nickname my grandmother had for me when I was very little. I don’t know why she called me that, and honestly, I probably don’t want to know. What I do know, is that I love this quirky name she gave me, and using it makes me smile because it reminds me of her.

What I really want is to share my journey, my struggles, my failures, and successes. I want everyone to have some sense of control in their homes and lives. This life was meant to be enjoyed. Get out there and enjoy it!

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