I have made a lot of lifestyle changes in the last year. I have become a stay at home Mom which requires a lot of frugal ideas. I make my own cloth diaper covers, which is a huge savings. We were given quite a few that cost around $20 a piece, I can make them for about $3 each or less if I use recycled old clothes. I also made our wipes out of old towels and a bathrobe. We planted a vegetable and herb garden, which is amazingly healthy and delicious plus it saves us gas and at least $400 a year. We became a one car family. This was a hard adjustment, but it encourages a lot of walking and creativity. I have started making my own: glass cleaner, laundry detergent, hand soap, and a lot of other household cleaning supplies. The other plus to making my own cleaning supplies is that they are less toxic, which is nice for baby. Breastfeeding has been a great money saving alternative to formula. Since my baby has begun eating real food I make all my own baby food from vegetables from my own garden. Meal planning has come into play in my house. It helps to utilize left overs when you have a plan before hand. I line dry all my laundry. Even in the winter I have an indoor rack. I discovered a thrift store in my area that has 30 cent Thursdays, which means all clothes are 30 cents. That has been really nice for me, I can get new clothes on the budget I have been allotted. We have been limiting our light use and burning candles instead, we melt down old candle wax and make new ones, or we buy tea lights in bulk. I buy food in bulk. By using dried beans instead of canned we have saved a lot of money. I have gotten really good with coupons. I cut my family's hair, which is a great savings. I made almost all of our Christmas gifts this year. We don't have cable, which a lot of people don't realize how expensive that is. Not having cable saves us at least $1000 a year. Instead of buying books we go to the library.
I would definitely consider myself a frugal Mama, but I don't feel like we sacrifice anything to live this way.