Our Story

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Our Story

My name is Ana and I am a proud Mami of a 3 year old little Warrior Princess.  I met the love of my life, Robert, when I was 18 years old and have been married to him for 17 years in July.  Three years ago, I was in a Doctorate program studying clinical psychology (this I thought was the passion of my life).  Then I became pregnant and had a beautiful little girl named Savannah.

Savannah was born with a rare liver disease named Biliary Atresia.  When she was 4 months old we were told she would need a liver transplant or she would not reach her 2nd birthday.  You can imagine how earth shattering this was to us.  We waited 8 long months and then on December 29, 2007 we received “The Call” that would change our lives forever.  Savannah was to receive the “Gift of Life” from her donor angel.  She received a liver transplant and not only reached her 2nd birthday but her 3rd birthday and we look forward to many more birthday blessings!  If you are interested in learning more about this journey you may visit our blog at www.CotaForSavannahA.com.

Today, I am the CEO of our home.  I have all that I dreamt about when spending so many long nights in the hospital next to my baby girl.  I have a healthy little girl who sleeps in her own bed at night.  I have 2 crazy dogs.  I have a roof over my head and food in my fridge.  I have the hugs and kisses from my daughter and the love of my husband.  I am RICH! 

If I am so rich why did I start this site?  Well, I am rich in what is important but as many know when you have a medical crisis such as the one we faced it leads to realization that you are not as secure as you thought you were.  Although, one day you may be healthy and have a good job well that can change within hours.  I started 2010 with a new attitude and wanting to take control back of our lives.  I started to coupon to save on groceries and discovered so many deals to help our finances that I just wanted to share with others. 

Being frugal for me is not about not having things to make our lives comfortable but to think twice about how much we are spending on what we “want” versus what we need to spend.  It is also about giving back…for we know too well what happens when life gives you circumstances you do not expect…we were blessed with strangers who helped us along the way and want to pay it forward.  We should be frugal with our money but never with our hearts, our love or our compassion for others.  So, when I find the deal and purchase 15 boxes of cereal for pennies on the dollar.  The cereal will not only feed our family but much of it will be given to charity to help feed others.