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Hey y’all! I’m Amanda. Welcome to Live Cheap and Travel Often.


The name pretty much sums up what this blog is all about. My husband and I have goals of living pretty cheaply and being able to travel a lot- however- we both also want to be able to do and have all the things we want in life. And I believe it is possible to do both! To live cheaply and have the life you want at the same time. I just believe that you have to work at it, keep a budget, and make strategic choices to stick to that budget.



Learn more about our beautiful budget wedding in the Wedding category! Beautiful photography by Leanne Hope


That being said, this is not a place that will teach you how to drive sports cars, eat at fancy restaurants every night, and live in a big house all while paying off your debt and barely working. You’ll have to try to learn how to do that elsewhere- and if you do, please come back and let me know how!

What this site IS is a place to find tips and ideas and hopefully even some inspiration for you on your living cheap journey.


A little about me:

I am a wife, Christian, counselor in training, and native Texan with a serious case of wanderlust.

I recently graduated with a masters in counseling degree and have the debt to prove it. Part of the need to live cheaply and stick to a budget!

I married my wonderful husband in June of 2015 in Galveston, Texas.

I was born and raised in Houston and love all things Texas- bluebonnets, barbecue, country music, The Texans, and Whataburger.

Everything is bigger in Texas!

If my T.V. is on (or rather, my computer is streaming) I am probably watching Fixer Upper, Law and Order: SVU, or The Pioneer Woman.

I have only been out of the country once, albeit to three other countries, on my honeymoon cruise. It is obviously a goal of mine to change this fact!

States I have been to: Texas (AKA the best state), Florida, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Massachusetts.

I have an obsession with lighthouses and plan to see many on my travels.

Other random things I am obsessed with include other nautical symbols (starfish, anchors, seahorses, etc), all holiday decorations, little white chapels, furry animals, candles, Peanuts holiday cartoons, and pretty stationary for my many to-do lists.

Click here to read about our tour of this beauty in the travel category.


That’s a little bit about me, look around to find out more. Let me get to know you a little with some comments on your favorite posts or feel free to shoot me an email!