On January 1, 2016, Amanda heard about a Facebook page that was close to 1,000 subscribers, so she popped over to add her support and left a comment. That Facebook page was for a business run by Tangi. She left a return comment, which for some strange reason, made Amanda send her a private message- one that said they should be friends. Tangi, for some strange reason, accepted this friend request. Amanda and Tangi began to talk regularly. They found out they had a lot in common, including YouTube channels, blogs, tight budgets, and lots of hungry mouths to feed.
They decided to create a YouTube collaboration which featured YouTube channels sharing meals that were frugal for their families. On February 12, 2016, the Frugal Family Food collaboration began. It was intended to be 8 days of recipes, but it was such a popular collaboration that Tangi and Amanda decided to make it a weekly event. Every week a new YouTuber would make a video sharing their favorite frugal meal. Every month had a theme. By the end of 2016, Off Grid with Doug and Stacy were honored as Frugal Family Foodies of the Year. They won because their video, “Frugal Family Food on Wood Cookstove” featured candy made from dandelions- the ultimate frugal food, weeds! In 2017, Jammerill’s Large Family Table was honored and the Frugal Family Foodie of the Year for her video, “Large Family Recipes- Grilled Cheese in the Oven,” which shared how she made a simple, filling recipe for a large family.
In July 2017, the Frugal Family Food Community Group was started on Facebook. That group has grown to over 100,000 members who share tips, tricks, recipes, and other great information to help families eat well on a budget. Members come from across the globe and this variety helps us to better understand food culture and price varience. We hope you will join our group and add your wisdom! You can join here- I want to join the Frugal Family Food Community Group.
As the group has grown, Tangi and Amanda decided that there really needed to be a website that collects all of the great tips and information in one place. That is why frugalfamilyfood.com was born. We are SO glad you are here, and we hope we can help you to find everything you need to make their most of your families finances when it come to what you eat.
Meet the Team
So, who are Tangi and Mandi? Well, I am glad you asked…
Amanda/ “Mandi” – Founder/CEO
Amanda is the first half of the super duo that started Frugal Family Food. She is married to her husband Rick, who is charming and handsome in a pretty way. (hahaha!!) Amanda homeschooled her three children and has written articles on homeschooling for Practical Homeschooling magazine. Brian, 21, is our CFO (more about him later). Ricky, 18, just graduated with a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. Briana, 15, is finishing her last year of homeschool. Also included in Amanda’s family is Marquise, 22, who is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design.
Amanda LOVES to save money on groceries (and everything else, really). Her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month,” went viral and helped countless people to get save money on their groceries using her “Shop Your Pantry First” method. Her video, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Update,” which shares Amanda’s experience of shopping after a snow storm, also went viral, reaching well over 1 million views! She is SERIOUS about helping you to save money on your groceries! You will definitely want to follow her family on The Fundamental Home YouTube channel and on their blog at thefundamentalhome.com
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys attempting to garden, crocheting, and taking care of her cats. She is an INTJ.
Tangerine/ “Tangi”- Founder/COO
Tangi is the other (some say better) half of the team. She is married to her husband Jackie, who is kind and handsome (in a rugged way). He is a Caver and Park Ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park. Tangi is still homeschooling her children. Emily, 15, is in the 11th grade. She hopes to study law. Parker, 12, is in the 6th grade. He hopes to study herpetology or become a WWE Wrestler. Tangi also has a couple of four-legged children, Georgia (a puggle- pug, beagle) and Bo (bagel- beagle, basset hound).
Tangi’s family is pursuing their homesteading dream on the Freedom Homestead YouTube channel. They are all about living off the land and being together as a family. Every year their family grows a big garden and hunts to supplement their food supply. She shares her weekly grocery hauls every Thursday (the same day as Amanda). Tangi’s hauls are special because they include a cost comparison breakdown that compares what she pays to the actual price of a product. Check out her most popular grocery haul. You can also find tasty, frugal recipes on her channel, including her famous Poor Man’s Potato Soup.
Tangi spends her spare time gardening, canning, and making her home beautiful. She is an ESFP.
Brian is Amanda’s son and our Chief Financial Officer. At only 19, Brian graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Business Law. He works for a local non-profit organization that provides (among other things) food for families in the community that are struggling with food insecurity. Brian’s also taking classes towards a second Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.
Brian helps Amanda and Tangi in the background. He provides technical support, handles the accounting, and is generally the voice of reason. He’s also got a firm grasp on grammar.
Brian is single (and available, ladies!). He spends his spare time studying a wide variety of subjects including math theory, the sciences, foreign languages, and history- though he is open to studying just about any subject. Brian plans to start several new businesses, continue to study and earn multiple degrees, and write novels. He is an INTJ- just like his mother.
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