Meet Frugal Mama

Caitlin Hainley is an Iowa native.  She spent most of her growing up years on a small acreage outside of a very small town (two bars and a post office) where her family had chickens, horses, a big garden, and occasionally made their own butter.  She met her husband (a California native) while attending University.  They moved to China in August of 2006 and after two years of living in Wuhan, moved to Shanghai in July of 2008.

 

BIO

 

Caitlin Hainley is an Iowa native.  She spent most of her growing up years on a small acreage outside of a very small town (two bars and a post office) where her family had chickens, horses, a big garden, and occasionally made their own butter.  She met her husband (a California native) while attending University.  They moved to China in August of 2006 and after two years of living in Wuhan, moved to Shanghai in July of 2008.  Caitlin and her husband have one daughter, Juliet, born in Wuhan in February of 2008, and they are expecting their second child sometime in early August. 

 

 

BLOG DESCRIPTION

 

Frugal Shanghai Mama is an idea I have had for quite some time.   Frugal Shanghai Mama is about living wisely and spending money wisely.  It is about knowing what a good deal is and where to find one.  It is not always about buying the least expensive option but about weighing price with quality and need.  Frugal Shanghai Mama is about living well, within your means, and knowing where your money is going. 


Frugal Food – Adventures in Yogurt

When I first came to China four years ago, I stopped eating yogurt. It was a combination of things, really, that kept me from buying the stuff. Back home, we ate yogurt with a spoon, scooping each bite from the bowl or carton the same way one might scoop fruit from its rind (and with much the same relish). Here, you drink yogurt. You could probably eat it with a spoon if you liked but the consistency is all wrong. Instead of scooping, it is more like ladling. You don’t eat yogurt here, you drink it.

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