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Susan Sanders-Kinzel, the founder of

ThriftyFun's Founder's DayMarch 9th is ThriftyFun's Founder's Day, in remembrance of our founder and mother, Susan Sanders-Kinzel. She had learned frugal ways as a single mother and was no stranger to hard work. We would always make her take her birthday off, calling it a ThriftyFun holiday.


Garden Photo Contest

Garden Photo ContestAs of May 1st, we are switching our general Photo contest to focus on Garden photos. Send pictures of your spring flowers, yard improvement projects or wildlife from your garden. All will be shared in our Gardening newsletters as well as will be eligible for our monthly prize.


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Question About Ellen?I just want to know how you know so much about gardening? Did you go to horticulture school or what? I love the newsletter, thanks for publishing it!


Happy Founder's Day 2021

Happy Founder's Day 2021Every March 9th is Founder's Day at ThriftyFun. That's the day we remember our founder Susan Sanders-Kinzel. This year would have been her 73rd birthday.


Subscription Issues with ThriftyFun Newsletters

ThriftyFun Newsletter ProblemsWe have discovered a major glitch in our newsletter subscription service. This is affecting people who have accidentally unsubscribed from our newsletters as well as people who have tried to change their email address for newsletter delivery.


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Holiday Bonus for Christmas CraftsGet ready to share your creativity this holiday season. We are excited to announce our holiday bonus program for Christmas or holiday craft submissions. We are looking for instructions for making wreaths, ornaments, centerpieces, stockings, and decorations of all types.


Susan Sanders-Kinzel, the founder of

Happy Founder's Day From ThriftyFunMarch 9th is Founder's Day here at ThriftyFun. Our founders, Susan Sanders-Kinzel and her sons, Fletcher Sandbeck and Lewis Sandbeck started publishing their first website in 1997.


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Contest and Bonus ChangesRecently we have been receiving far more submissions than is usual and our editors have had to make some hard choices about which submissions to keep. Because of this, we are announcing some new changes to our photo bonuses and contests. This should allow us to pay for the very best content we receive, while still allowing all our members to have a voice when sharing tips. Here are the changes, effective September 1st.


ThriftyFun Through the YearsHere are some shots of the website throughout the years and some history of our transformations over the time we have been online.


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