The Centsible Life is dedicated to the place where money and motherhood meet. The website was founded by mother of 4, and founder Kelly Whalen believes you can have it all, but on a budget! She should know since she’s been doing just that for the last 17 years as a mom and household CFO. The Centsible Life explores topics as varied as college savings to fashionable finds on a budget.
Popular Centsible articles:
- How to Live on 1 Income
- Inexpensive crafts (like LEGO friendship bracelets)
- Best Time to Buy Everything Guide (with printable)
- Year Long Meal Plan (with printable templates)
- Tips for Packing Frugal Lunches for Kids
- Inexpensive home makeovers
- Spend less and save time with a fashion lookbook
- Free (or nearly free) Activities for the Kids
- Advice on eating organic and gluten-free meals
- Money management with a focus on moms
- Budget friendly travel and more!
The Centsible Life and owner Kelly Whalen have been featured for publications such as Money magazine, Woman’s Day, and USA Today. Her blog has been featured on websites such as the Consumerist, and MSN Money Blog. Her blog was named a “Money Blog We Love,” by Woman’s Day magazine. For more info see our press page.
The Centsible Life Staff
Kelly Whalen: Owner & Editor
Kelly Whalen is the owner and editor of the Centsible Life which covers family, finances, and fulfilling your dreams on a budget. She started blogging in January 2009. Kelly has been working in social media since 2007 as Co-President of a local community forum, and was active in community forums since 1997! Kelly is extremely active on twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites with tens of thousands of followers.
Kelly uses her 15 years experience as a stay-at-home mom to help her readers find products and solutions to balance their household budgets without giving up quality.
Kelly offers brands an experienced mom’s perspective. She has worked with brands such as Best Buy, ConAgra Foods, Acura, eBay, Chevy, Kenmore, Colgate, Kmart, Playmobil, and many others. Her passion for blogging and social media led to a career in social media. Kelly now works as a freelance writer, speaker, brand consultant, blogger, and digital marketer. Additionally Kelly works with a collective of bloggers at Splash Creative Media, a small social media marketing firm that focuses on merging brand messaging with the social space. Kelly resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with her supportive husband, and 4 children. A note from Kelly:
I started the Centsible Life to collect all the advice and information I learned as I started digging our family out of debt. Four years later and we’re still on the journey to becoming debt-free. It’s a long road, but it didn’t take us overnight to accrue our debt, and our debt won’t disappear overnight either. The blog quickly became more than a hobby, and soon I realized I was helping other people and building a place where people could learn how to manage their finances, and live a better life. Now the Centsible Life is my job, and it’s a job I love. I’m fortunate enough to get to write, talk to readers, and still be available for after school pickups and snuggles before bedtime. Have questions you’d like to ask or a blog post you’d like to see? Email me at email@example.com. I’m always happy to hear from readers. Kelly
Tonya Staab: Crafts Staff Writer
Tonya Staab is a freelance writer and the creative mind behind the blog Create-Celebrate-Explore where she shares craft tutorials, recipes, party planning, decorating, and travel tips. She hopes to inspire parents to share their love of the kitchen, travel, and all things creative with their children. Her ideas have been featured on websites such as iVillage, Lifetime Moms, Canadian Family, and Nickelodeon Parents Connect. She is a blogger for Blissfully Domestic, Kidzui, Creativity for Kids, MotherKnows, Multiples & More, and Rusty and Rosy. She has spoken on a Creative Blogging Panel at Etsy’s headquarters, and has been published in the Triumphant Child, Guide To Raising Newborns. She was named top 10 craft and home entertaining bloggers on Twitter by Cision Navigator. Tonya is also an Australian born military wife who currently resides in California with her husband and three children; six year old twins and a teenager. Mud puddles and glitter don’t scare her.
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