Who Is the Six Dollar Family?


Are you a Six Dollar Family? You might be and not even know it. I certainly was.

I’m Stacy, CEO extraordinaire and 1/3 of the Six Dollar Family. The other two-thirds of the family are made up of a 10 year old girl named Emma and a 32 year old husband named Tom. Currently we make our home in Northeast, Texas not too terribly far from the DFW Metro area.

In 2010, my Emma and I spent 10 months in a homeless shelter…and thus, The Six Dollar Family was born. When I entered that shelter, I had exactly six dollars in my pocket.

It’s 5 years later and life has changed significantly for us. Obviously, we’re not homeless any longer, but we’re not exactly where we want to be either. Why?

Because our journey doesn’t stop at simply making it in life.

Our journey stops with six figures in the bank and a comfortable life provided for all of us. You read that right. Six figures. Not seven. We don’t want millions. We just want a comfortable life and the knowledge that we don’t have to struggle. (Although no, I would not turn millions down.)

The Six Dollar Family is the family that is struggling to make it right now, but wants more out of life. They are the ones who dream big and know that with a little hard work, they can achieve their dreams and live the life they want to.



Self Proclaimed CEO of The Six Dollar Family


The backstory:

In April 2011, I logged onto my computer and a new era in my life was born. I had been using coupons for 7 years at that point and wanted a way to share my coupon trips with my family. It was then that Adventures in Coupons was born.

AIC suddenly became a huge part of my life and as it grew, more rapidly than I ever expected, it changed from a single wish to share my trips to a desire to teach others to save as much money as possible, budget wisely and plan a financially stable life.

Adventures in Coupons continued to grow, provide for my family, and continued to play a very prominent part in our lives over the next 4 years. I will forever be grateful for those initial 4 years and what they taught me. I have had the opportunity to do things I never thought I would, meet absolutely amazing people, and share along with my readers’ triumph’s, hurts and struggles right along with those that trusted me with their heart. If I am never blessed again in my life, my first 4 years with AIC and the responses that I have received from you, my readers, is enough for me in this life (and most likely the next).


The change:

I wish I could tell you that I knew exactly when I realized my vision for this blog had changed. All I can really tell you is that it was the summer of 2014. I realized that I didn’t want to teach only coupons. My heart lies in actually helping people and I needed to express that.  It took a year for me to let go of Adventures in Coupons. Without going into a huge amount of detail, AIC was a very large part of me and I honestly felt like I was letting go of a child.

I realized that I wanted to help others be a six figure family too. That I couldn’t be the only one in the world who could relate to the Six Dollar Family and that those people were the ones I was looking to help.

So here we are. The Six Dollar Family.

Adventures in Coupons is no more and I’m truly okay with that. She’s all grown up now!


I truly hope that your visit here with us at Six Dollar Family is one that you enjoy and learn from. It is my sincere hope that I can not only help you save money, but teach you to budget it, grow it and help you along on your journey in become that six figure family that we all want. You’ll find everything from homeschooling advice to great food to cute crafts and diy projects on top of all of the financial advice I aim to bring you.

Lastly, if you ever need anything. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.



The other 2/3 of the Six Dollar Family.


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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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  1. Hi Stacy,

    I just wanted to say how refreshing it was to read your bio. Your honesty about yourself is great. My kids are grown now and I am older but when I was your age, I too had a troubled past that I overcame. It is such a taboo to be a mommy and talk about your own problems…as if we are all perfect.

    I wish you much continued strength for the happiness of yourself and your daughter.



    • Thank you for your kind words Kim. I hide nothing about myself or what I’ve been through. Too many people do and no one is able to learn from their mistakes. Hopefully, someone can learn my story and avoid having their own story of the same sort.

      Take care and God Bless. 🙂

    • abigail ledford says:

      Stacy, I’m 71 years old and i’ve never heard of adding vinigar to the rinse cycle. What is the purpose? It’s never too late for this ole bird to learn a new trick. Thanks

  2. Renee McCarty says:

    Hi I’m Renee,
    Loved reading your bio, and I’m glad I finally found you lol..(your site)
    Love the site and have a great evening

  3. christy stricklin hopper says:

    Love your Bio!!!! And thank you for bringing us the greatest deals and freebies!!!

  4. hey stacy had a blast talking with you this weekend. Hope to see you again in March

  5. Thanks for all your tips =) I recently found you on FB.

  6. Stacy, I respect your honesty in what you share in your blog! It takes courage to be able to convey ones past when it wasn’t all roses! Kudos to you girl!
    I came across your site through a pin for the peppermint/green tea bath soak. I also added your site to my faves:) I think I will stick around to see what else you have here.
    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

  7. Just found this blog from a post on Pinterest (the “Are you really frugal?” article). Clicked around and read your bio. Unbelievable. Your daughter is very lucky to have such a dedicated mother. You have so much to be proud of. Keep doing what you’re doing–you are an inspiration.

    Wishing you continued strength,


    • Thank you for the kind words Emily. I don’t look at myself that way, I’m just honest…brutally sometimes. We all have (or have had) our issues and I’ve never seen a reason to hide mine from people.

  8. Love the post. From one Ohio woman to another transplanted to East Texas !

  9. alwaysasking82 says:

    Found this on Pinterest and when I saw the names Brookshires and Kroger I knew you had to be an East Tx gal! LOL! Enjoyed your tips on when to buy meat. I also have the problem of meat being the reason my bill is so high. (That and cleaning chemicals)
    Keep posting,

    • Christina,

      Baking soda and vinegar will clean your house just as well, without the chemicals for A LOT cheaper.

  10. Christy says:

    Hiya Stacy- found your site via Pinterest… Digging it! And it’s cool to meet another southern O girl… I’m from West Union, Adams county and still calling Ohio home about an hour east of Columbus nowdays… Southern ohio is such a hotbed for drugs and addiction- glad you were able to overcome! Take care and I’ll be around ☺

    • 🙂 I grew up in the Chillicothe/Circleville area and you are correct. Heroin is running rampant there right now. It keeps us from actually moving home. I don’t want my daughter right in the thick of it all.

  11. Dee Lafrenz says:

    I quit my job to move to another state to be near my parents. When my dad died I found myself homeless and without a job and little in the bank. I moved into a convent for 6 months, while I was there, I met my hubby, he lived across country. We have also come a long way. We are both retired now, and struggle a bit financially, but our “Finds” help make ends meet. We furnished our home with garage sale, thrift store and Craigslist. God provides!

  12. Hey Stacy…I love your transparency! Your story is humbling. I stumbled upon a twitter post That The Frugal Navy shared of yours on “Your Extra Income” report and wanted to reach out and share my passion for helping women reach 6+ figure incomes by “giving back”! I believe in paying it forward and it looks like you do too! God bless!

  13. Your story gives me hope. My family never had to live in a homeless shelter; however, my husband, daughter and I have been living with relatives for three years due to financial and health problems. Sometimes it can be hard to hold on to hope that things will get better. Thank you for be willing to share your personal experienceso publicly.

  14. Love your Bio!!!! And thank you for bringing us the greatest deals and freebies!!!

  15. Thank you so very much for sharing your experience. What really hits home is not everyone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth… What a wonderful story to share to others and offer them hope that they too can look beyond their circumstances. I I appreciate your helpful hints also! Best wishes with your journey and blessings to your sweet family!

  16. I found you on Pinterest also and I like your six dollar family attitude. I’m 57 years old and have had a lot of ups and downs in my life . The only way I’ve gotten through is with friends and family by my side. I’ve learned some great tips from your posts . I look forward to reading more of them !!! Thanks…

  17. Hi. I just came across your post for the home made dryer sheets and want to try it. I have everything. My question, is can I use another brand ( lorann gourmet)? It is food grade oil. Or do I have to use essential oil made for scent only?

    • Christina, I would think any scented oil would work, but since I only use EO or fragrance oils made for soaps, I can’t guarantee it.

  18. I love your site!!!! For some reason, portions of your wonderful posts get cut off on the right side and im not sure what im missing (possibly due to ads?). I absolutely believe in commerce but am hoping you can tweek the site so i wont miss any of the valuable info you have to offer.

    • Debbie, we’re working on it. It’s a malfunction in our tablet design, not ads. If you view the site on a desktop, laptop or phone, it should be okay to read everything.

  19. Your website is great!! I wish all websites were so easy to navigate!! The graphics you use are fantastic. Also, although I am an avid surfer of money saving tips, I picked up quite a few new ones for your site. You do a great job and provide a wonderful service to people. I am going to try your copy cat shrimp scampi recipe soon!! I just love to save money!!!!!!!!

  20. Hi Stacy!
    I happened across your blog through Pinterest, finding homemade alternatives to cleaning products. I’ve had tons of health problems in the last 8 years (I’m only 25!) and am super sensitive to chemical smells. That eventually just left me with the desire to use as few chemicals as possible–and the lessened impact on my budget doesn’t hurt either!! I was especially intrigued by your coconut shampoo. The only DIY shampoos I’ve come across are the baking soda ones and those don’t work well for me. Anyways, all that to say: when that recipe calls for coconut milk, is that out of a can? Full fat? With the fat mixed in? Just want to make sure I get the right stuff!
    Thank you so much for your blog and your outreach to people. I only found your blog a few days ago and already I’m so excited and feel so blessed by it!!

    • I just use canned coconut milk. I believe I linked to the ones that I use in the post. I’m glad you like the blog. That makes it all worth it knowing that my readers enjoy it. 🙂

  21. Natalie Hight says:

    What a wonderful story. God is obviously blessing your efforts to reach out to others and applaud you for your bravery and your honesty. Thank you for your willingness to share.

  22. Hi Stacy,
    I like you already, you are definitely an overcomer….and also beautiful ! I will be checking out all of your stuff this week.
    Take care,


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