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When I mentioned last Monday that I was going to be in Indy this weekend, a few readers commented and asked if we could have a meet-up. helped me scout out some possible locations and I emailed all the readers who had commented and left their email addresses.

Thursday evening, we all met at a Starbucks downtown in Indy and it was so much fun! We shared couponing stories and where to find the best deals in Indiana (I’ll admit to being a little more than jealous at the Marsh triple coupon deals!), we talked about crazy money-saving adventures we’ve had, we exchanged helpful blog links, and we laughed a lot.

I came away with some great tips on how to get stains out of laundry with homemade laundry detergent and also inspiration to try making my own homemade peanut butter. And after a few hours with these ladies, I really wished I could move to Indiana. They were some of the sweetest ladies ever and I feel so blessed that I got the chance to hang out with them for a few hours.

Most of the gals don’t have blogs, but two do, so be sure to stop by and visit and (also pictured is Stacie from and — my good real-life friend from Kansas! I didn’t miss anyone else who has a blog, did I?)

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57 Comments

  • Rae says:

    Whatever happened to the “maybe” trip to Dallas that you mentioned a while ago? LOL Looks like you guys had fun 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      We’re going in September for the wedding of some very special friends, but I couldn’t get the meet-up details worked out since over 150 people wanted to come! 🙁

  • Tricia says:

    The next time you come to Branson, I would love to meet up with you, and I have some friends who would love to also! We live close to there and LOVE your blog!!

  • says:

    What a fun idea!!! I never would have thought to e-mail you and ask to meet up since I figure a ton of people do that and you don’t have time to meet everyone 🙂 I don’t live near Indy (I live in north-eastern KY), so I don’t feel like I missed out since I couldn’t have gone anyways, but I seriously love this idea and if you ever publicize that you will be in my area, I am DEFINITELY going to e-mail you and ask to meet you in person – we even have a Starbucks and everything! Thanks for sharing – I enjoyed this post 🙂

  • Dara says:

    Crystal, my name is Dara. I’m work for Liberty University. I’m an avid reader of your blog. I have been so busy working with women of faith I didn’t realize you were attending until
    I caught up on my tweeter feed. If you have a chance…I’d love to meet you. 🙂 Just stop by the Liberty booth anytime. I can even give you some freebies! I hope you are enjoying the conference!

  • Audrey says:

    Love the fact that you met up w/ readers while in Indy. What a wonderful adventure you are on . . . you get to save money for your family, help others to do so as well, and make friends too!

  • ErinL says:

    That looks like so much fun! If you ever have a Michigan meet-up, I’d love to see you! 🙂

  • says:

    How fun! Come to South Florida, bring your flip flops and we will sit at the beach and collect shells for a busy bag for Silas.

    It’s special to make those connections in person. What a blessing.

  • Julie in IN says:

    Oh wow you were in Indiana and I didn’t know!?!? That would have been a great get together. Any hot tips on saving money at Starbucks? 😉 I usually get a free cup with my empty Starbucks bag.

  • Nicole says:

    looks like a lot of fun 🙂 I live in the Southern part of Indiana 🙂

  • Valorie says:

    I’d love to do a meet up if you ever come to Dayton Ohio. Though I don’t recommend it! lol~ Dayton is kinda boring and with the economy its fall apart quickly! :/
    But the indy meetup looks like fun! 🙂 I could use some girl time meeting for coffee! 🙂

  • Kacie says:

    Aw man! I am sad that I missed this. Didn’t see that post. I live in Indy now, so if you are here again maybe I can go to the next meetup!

  • says:

    Crystal,
    Looks like a blast! I haven’t met too many of my blog friends, but I have met a few. 🙂 I’m looking forward to having that coffee with you too! I’m glad you only live a hop, skip and a jump away so it won’t be too difficult to work out. ha!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Lynnette

  • Darla Berry says:

    I’m sad to have missed this as well!! Will have to keep my eyes peeled for the next time around!!!

  • says:

    I wish I would have known about the meetup! I’d have been there! Glad you had fun. 😉

  • Kari says:

    Too bad I live in northern Indiana. Looks like it was a ton of fun!

  • says:

    Thanks Crystal for the mention! I wondered why my viewers went up all of a sudden, lol! It was SO great to meet you-you are even more fabulous in person. So down-to-earth and you make everyone feel at ease. I should have got your autograph lol!

    For the above commenter-on saving money at Starbucks, I wish I had some good tips. The special they ran last year for half-price frappacinos was awesome! I hope they do it again. If you go there frequently, you can use swagbucks to earn gift cards to there. There is also another “points” site that I just found out about called dailyfeats.com. You earn point for various “feats” you do throughout the day to improve your life or someone else’s life. You can easily earn 200-300 points a day and I think a $10 Starbucks gift card is 3000 points. (Don’t quote me on that but I think that is what I saw yesterday).

    Of course, now that I am working on my weight, my favorites at Starbucks are totally off-limits (mocha frappucino anyone? Yes, please.) Plus, since my hubby lost his job a few weeks ago, I’ve had to be cut-off, lol. So this was a great treat-thanks again Crystal!

  • says:

    Thanks for linking to my blog! It was pretty fun waking up to a huge traffic spike.

  • Sarah R says:

    Saw you were coming but missed the meetup details. I live just west of the airport in Plainfield 🙂 I heard you yell this morning when they asked who was from Missouri! Aren’t you loving the conference!!

  • says:

    I’m so jealous! I’m moving from Maryland to California, about 40 minutes outside of Sacramento. If you’re ever in the area, we should meet up! 🙂

  • says:

    Ah, I wish I had known about it too – I would have loved to met up with you! I am only about 15 minutes from downtown.

    • MyFriendsCallMeNate! says:

      Where was I! We live on the northside of Indy…I stock your blog I mean read your blog all the time.

      Maybe next time :0)

    • Crystal says:

      I didn’t announce it publicly because it was such a last-minute thing and I had to keep it small due to space issues. Maybe next time!

  • says:

    That looked like a very enjoyable evening! If you ever make it to Central Ohio let me know, I’d love to meet up with like-minded gals and share tips and stories!

  • miranda says:

    I live in northern indiana, but i would have driven to indy to meet you 🙂 i love your blog!

  • Gretchen says:

    Sorry to have missed this! I would have been there as well! 🙂

  • Jenny says:

    I live in Indy and would have loved to meet you in person. I would never have thought to try and get some of your time while you were here. So great of you to spend time with readers and so sad I missed it. I read your site top to bottom everyday and it has changed how I live so much. Maybe next time! Add me to your Indy friends. 🙂

  • says:

    How fun! Glad you got to do that in Indy. And yes, you must try making peanut butter – it’s so easy and extremely delicious! Here’s how I make mine:

  • Angie says:

    I live in Indiana, and my neighborhood is right behind a Marsh grocery store. Although I walk there several times a week for fresh produce, I wouldn’t be jealous of the triple coupon events at Marsh.

    First, they’re few and far between, second, all the hot deals are gone almost INSTANTLY, and third, their prices are rather high to begin with. You’re not missing much 🙂

  • says:

    Wow, what a great opportunity for you all to meet up !!! It looks like you all are having so much fun!! Nothing like good conversation and a cup of Joe!!

  • says:

    Wow! It’s clear I need to start reading again. I wouldn’t have been in town to meet up with you, but wish I would have been around.

  • Marisa says:

    Whoo Hoo! LOVE downtown Indy! So glad you got to enjoy the city a bit and meet up with some gals! Sooo fun to have some girl time!!

    LOVE your blog! Sooo many practical things that have helped me so much!

  • Rylie says:

    I stopreading your blog for a few days because of my busy schedule, and I find out I was in downtown Indy the same day you were. I might have even passed the same Starbucks lol. I bet you guys had a lot of fun. 🙂 I love your blog by the way!

  • says:

    Awww. This is what I get for being largely off line all week! Would have loved to join the group!

  • says:

    So very fun!! Let us St. Louisans know when you’re heading our way too. 🙂 Of course, I’ve already gotten to meet and chat with you, but it’d be fun to do so again sometime. And an excuse to get in girl time at Starbucks is always welcome. 😉

  • says:

    Bummer! I used to live in Inday , and now live 3 hrs from there. When I read last week you were going to Indy–I thought about ing you to meet up—but didn’t you to think I was a stalker–considering I don’t officially “know” you. Then, read on here–a bunch of people did and you met up. This is twice now that you have passed through my area… ( I also am 2 hrs from Chicago)…..so, if you ever are anywhere in the area again ( I live by the IN/MI stateline)–let me know….lol!

  • says:

    So sad I missed this! I live in Indy!!!! How did I not see that! Oh well! Glad you had fun!

  • says:

    Looks like fun!

  • kathy says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Would love to know how to make the homemade laundry detergent. I bring my children’s clothes to consignment and am always trying to find good stain removers.

  • Shannon Hartman says:

    when we heard your tweet yesterday we were so excited, my friend and I actually squealed that you were there! Then my friend (who works for WOF) said that you were sitting right on the other side of the camera man from us and I was so bummed I never saw you to say hi! I’m a big fan! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the weekend, it was fantastic!

  • Jennifer Lutz says:

    You were at Women of Faith! Me, too! My cup is so filled tonight! I hope it was a great weekend for you!

  • says:

    I live in southern Indiana and must say, I am jealous of the triple coupons deal too because where I am we don’t even have any double coupon stores except for one that does it occasionally as a special promo!

    I hope you’ll share about the homemade peanut butter venture if you try it… that sounds really neat!

    • Angie says:

      I live in Indiana, and my neighborhood is right behind a Marsh grocery store. Although I walk there several times a week for fresh produce, I wouldn’t be jealous of the triple coupon events at Marsh.

      First, they’re few and far between, second, all the hot deals are gone almost INSTANTLY, and third, their prices are rather high to begin with. You’re not missing much 🙂

  • says:

    Would’ve loved to meetup with the other Indy ladies, but considering I’m super preggo, I know I would’ve never made it there anyhow 🙂
    I am happy to see the links to other Indy bloggers and will check them out right now…

  • Marcela says:

    Crystal ~ I’ve followed your blog and have learned so much. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I was in Indy this weekend as well as I am every year around this time for a conference. I sure would have loved the opportunity to meet you. Just wanted to express my gratitude for your uplifting videos and posts about managing the grocery budget and all those priceless tips I’ve learned and applied. Thanks a million and here’s to hoping that some day I will get to meet you in person since I feel like I know so much about you through your beautiful blog!

  • says:

    <3 this…just sorry I somehow missed it! Move to Indiana – we'll take you!

  • says:

    I was at Women of Faith this weekend. I was able to go free through booksneeze in return for some blogs and reviews. It was my first time there. I looked for you but didn’t see you (there were 7,000 women there). I heard them announce your feed during the Friday session. Glad you enjoyed your time.

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