About Me

Mara Strom @ KosheronaBudget.com

Welcome to Kosher on a Budget! I’m glad you found me!

My name is Mara. I’ve been married for 13 years to Frankie, and together we have three children: two boys and one girl. My family moved to Cleveland, Ohio this past August, by way of six years in Kansas City, by way of 12 years in Israel, by way of a bunch of Midwestern towns – and a few East Coast ones, too.

(If it sounds like I’ve moved a lot, I have. The longest I’ve lived in any one house since elementary school is three years.)

Seven and a half years ago, my husband and I were drowning in debt and I couldn’t imagine having $100 in the bank – let alone an emergency fund. In my series An Honest Discussion, I reveal the intimate details of these personal finance struggles and how we overcame them.

If you came to KOAB because you are feeling overwhelmed by a mountain of debt, take heart: You’re not alone.

Today we continue to live on a tight budget — by choice — so that we can afford to splurge on the things we really want while building a solid foundation for our family’s future.

Now I want to show you how to do it, too — whether it’s making and sticking to a budgetmenu planning and frugal cookingdeal hunting, or getting freebies.

There are thousands of frugal living blogs out there, but what makes Kosher on a Budget unique is that it’s written by me — a modern Orthodox Jewish woman, raising a strictly kosher-keeping family of five. You won’t find anything on KOAB that isn’t kosher – literally or figuratively!

Now that you know a little bit about me, I can’t wait to learn more about YOU! Leave me a comment or contact me with any questions or suggestions you might have!


  1. Hello Mara,
    I found your website by “accident” and last week and since then I am addicted to it…
    The only comment I have is (beside of course the word THANK YOU) that maybe 90% of the listings that you posted were not relevant or couldn’t find the page… but the rest is just wonderful!
    Doing such a great job I really really like this way of life. Hooray! Greetings from Florida.

  2. I’m so excited to have found your blog! I’ve been looking for a blog about money management from a Jewish perspective for MONTHS!

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