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I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m Laurie, a busy mom to three hoppin’ kids aged 9-16, and have been married to my husband James for nineteen, ahem, twenty! years.  Since becoming a “passionate” penny pincher eleven years ago, I’ve been amazed at how using coupons and shopping the sales ads has impacted our budget, as well as our ability to give to others. I’m excited to help you gain control of your grocery budget too . . . I promise, you can do this!

 

I started blogging on a whim in the fall of 2009, after reading tons of amazing money saving sites over the last few years.  In September of that year, my father-in-law contracted West Nile Encephalitis, and I spent many sleepless nights reading blogs while my husband was away taking care of his Dad.  The one thing that I didn’t see promoted often on many sites was a push for donations of really cheap and free items, as well as menu planning based on weekly sale ads.  So, Publix Penny Pincher (now Passionate Penny Pincher) was born!

 

What excites me most about this site is that one half of any proceeds from this site go directly towards mission work.  Currently we are helping support local and overseas mission work, including the Tatum Family, missionaries from our church who have recently opened an orphanage in Costa Rica.  So, any time you print coupons from Coupons.com, Red Plum, or Coupon Network on Passionate Penny Pincher, you’re also supporting the work of missionaries in other countries.

 

Okay, real quickly, here’s a little about me.  I love chocolate, I hate grouchy people, my kids drive me crazy (but are so stinkin’ cute), and I’m married to a fabulous guy who puts up with me and makes me laugh.  Coupons make me happy, I talk way too much, and sitting on my front porch with a brand new issue of Southern Living is my idea of a vacation.

 

Other people may think our family is a little over the top when it comes to frugality, but the truth is our penny pinching allows us to save more, give more, and live an abundantly blessed life.

 

About PassionatePennyPincher.com

Running a frugal blog takes a few more hours each day than I could possibly manage on my own.  In the summer of 2011 I was able to hire my friend Shannon (and rockstar couponer!) to help manage everything. She handles all the store matchups here on PPP, finds tons of extra deals, helps out with recipe suggestions, and does a fantastic job shopping the sales ads herself. (Plus, she shows you exactly how pinch those pennies too!) She’s the mom of two sweet girls, and has been married to her husband (Mr. Shannon) for eight years.  Her heart is crazy about missions, and it shows up every day in her work.

 

I’m also super fortunate to have three other friends Cheryl, Misty, Nicole, Jamie and Staci, who help by shopping the stores to make sure we find you the best deals, as well as keeping up with daily posts when I need extra help. There’s no way that I could manage all this by myself, and I feel so fortunate to have others help me out when I need it!

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by Passionate Penny Pincher, and feel free to send me an email at contact @ passionate penny pincher.com (leave out spaces) if you have any questions or when you happen upon any great deals. I’m so glad you’re here, and love hearing from you!

 

Questions or advertising inquiries?  Email me at contact @ passionate penny pincher.com (leave out spaces.)

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  1. Lisa Hall says:

    Laurie
    Not sure you remember but you probably do.
    Go to church with Don, Jennie,j Jack, Teri and Sarah. Teri was talking about your site at Sunday School Think its great And the mission part is pretty neat too. Will be adding your site to My Favorites Lisa

    • Hi Lisa! I definitely remember you – I’m so glad you’re here! 🙂 (I love that Terri shares PPP with people – she’s a hoot!)

  2. just wanted to tell you about my small deal today. Publix has Kraft 24 slice (16 oz) sliced american cheese for $3.99, plus a $10.00 off 5 coupon and a .50 off digital coupon. So I got 10 packs of the cheese, used 2 of the $10.00 off and 1 of the .50 off, plus with the sale it was already .90 lower than full price, comes to $29.50 in savings, with the cheese being $1.94 per pack in the end. Tax and all $2.11 per lb. I realize most people would not use 10 lbs of cheese, but we have a group at work that we share savings with each other, and we are each purchasing 2 lbs. Just wanted to share!!! Happy couponing!!!

  3. In your chicken taco slow cooker recipe does the chicken need to be thawed out or can you put frozen straight into the slow cooker? Thank you for your time.

    • I’ve put it in frozen and thawed both – just add an extra hour if it’s frozen! Hope that helps 🙂

      • Another question on the slow cooker chicken enchilada’s. Do you mix the shredded chicken with the juices left in the slow cooker, or do you discard this? LOVE your recipes! Thank you.

  4. hey if i have three manuefactor coupons for one product and they all have diff bar codes could i use them on one product at publix

  5. Tammie jones says:

    Are you from N. Alabama? My home town is Tuscumbia. I now live in North Carolina! I love your site!

    • I am from North Alabama Tammie ~ what a small world! So glad you’re here 🙂

      • I have FINALLY found my, “Angel sent”, mentor! YOU! So many emails daily (excellent bloggers to I might add), about ,Coupons (and I seen my grocery bill go “YeeeHAW. I was still trying to find my “fit”. I have been looking at frugal sites/articals/printable budget….for 4 YRS (roughly). In TN (had da’ “renter” awakening…..WORK! So very little need for coupons (gotta buy new stove AND frig…been enjoying my mother’s cooking! MMMM. I FINNALLY “GOT IT”!!! BUdget, budget, budget! I have an entire apartment in storage in San Antonio, sinking every extra penny possible in thi house to sell, maxed cc’s, THANK YOU for what you do!!!!!!

      • Melanie says:

        Just found your site and I am also from North Alabama – Huntsville, to be exact. So, the big question is . . . are you an Auburn or an Alabama fan?!?! Ha, ha! I’m an AU grad, my dad’s an AU grad, my brother-in-law played football at AU in the late 70’s, one of my uncles’ went to AU . . . Anyway, I also now live in North Carolina (Greensboro). It is a small world!

        • So funny Melanie! 🙂 We were transplants to Alabama, but probably cheered Auburn on more (because my husband graduated from University of Illinois, so we had the right colored clothes already – ha!) We’ve actually moved to Ohio but miss Alabama so much – so funny because we were in Madison. So glad you’re here! 🙂

  6. Laurie, How did i not know about this wonderful sight, i have already spent to much time today(lol) on it but loving it, i cant wait to see what gets posted next. i am so glad to have facebook to keep up with your family.

  7. Laurie, How did i not know about this wonderful sight, i have already spent to much time today(lol) on it but loving it, i cant wait to see what gets posted next. i am so glad to have facebook to keep up with your family.

    • How funny Lynne! It is soooo fun ~ and definitely keeps me busy! I’m so thankful for Facebook too because I love seeing folks I’d never keep up with otherwise 🙂 Hope your family is doing so well (and can’t believe how big your boys have gotten!) 🙂

  8. Jeanine Clark says:

    I shared this post on Facebook. Thank you!!

  9. I’m already a Facebook fan and follow you on Pinterest. I’ve saved on so many things thanks to you…most recently paper towels and toilet paper, which was delivered right to my door. Convenient and a great deal!

  10. Love the site.. My Grandfather may he r.i.p always taught me growing up how to combine foods on ad with coupons. He had money and I believe that's the way to keep it. This is a well needed site that teaches people what I believe should be taught growing up. How to spend your hard earned money the way it should be spent. Yes.. it may take a few minutes. But, whats the rush.. I would like to have anyone that loves crafting and Sea Glass to come see a new Facebook page I just am trying to get off the ground called Santa Barbra Sea Glass Trading Co. Saving money is Great!! So.. is making it!! And for free the awsome things the Lord gives us to create and sell or give away is such a blessing….. See you around

  11. Love your website! Your site has given me tools to save my family a lot of money. Thanks so much!

  12. Cassie H says:

    Where in Ohio are you moving to? We live on the OH/WV state line. Just curious…lol

  13. I just wanted to say, THANK you for all your advice about coupons and stocking up. We were not having any money issues, but I thought I should really be a good stewart and stock up and save. Unexpectedly, my husband lost his job this week. I have never been so happy for our large supply of toilet paper, dog food, tooth paste, etc. I just would not have expected that I would have been so thankful for stocking up or that I would have ever even needed to stock up on supplies. Thank you and God Bless you on your move. You have a great website.

    • Thank you so much for sharing Bee! I’ll keep your husband and your family in my prayers and I know God will find just the right job for him – but in the mean time I’m so thankful you’ve already started saving. Best of luck – and thank you so much for your kind encouragement!

  14. today at publix bought 10 yoplait greek yogurt:
    used 3 publix "buy 3 of the yogurt get free box of nature valley breakfast biscuits.
    used 2 target "1.00 off the purchase of 5 of the yogurt"
    used 3 manf " 1.00 off on one box nature valley 5ct or more"
    yogurt price: 5 for $6.00 = $12.00
    target coupons -2,00
    free breakfast biscuits -11.04
    3 manf. coupons -3.00

    final price was free, plus $4.04 overage.

    also bought 2 of the cascaidian farms cereals 2/5.00
    used 2 publix coupons for free 8 pack yoplait for purchasing 1 box of cereal
    paid for cereal = 5.00
    yogert value = 7.98

    Awsome sauce!

  15. What are the best websites to clip coupons from that are safe for computer.I need to download coupon printer and heard it may not be safe for all computers,can you tell me which on is best.and safe.
    Your website is great! Thanks for all the tips and saving. I am a beginner coupon user and hope to do more later.Read it daily just to see what’s on sale and how I can save on my family budget.

  16. What region are you from? I’m in michigan looking for deals in our region. Thanks

  17. Connie Clark Deneve says:

    hey i looked at this and found it hard if you are a beginner at this……..i tried to have a plan on a dollar general with gain products that ends today. but i couldnt put all the coupons in my phone and they would have just one to get. i would love to get this done any help on this plz

  18. Sharon Shepherd says:

    I’ve saved on groceries. Thanks! 🙂

  19. Please show me wherei can unsubscribe, thxs.

  20. judy muncie says:

    I cant find the recipe for slow cooker ham…..where is it…… thanks

  21. Hi there I love the way u make it so easy to coupon buy I have a question I tried to follow ur instructions n it didn’t really come out the way you had it on the page ate you here in Florida or where because the plies are different.

  22. I live in Kansas. I have been married for 30 years this month. I have 25 year old son and 21 year old daughter. I love living frugally.

  23. I appreciate all the work you put into this site. In particular your many tips for getting the most/best from Amazon are proving helpful to me. I don’t own a car. I use public transportation to get to and from stores. Also, I am one of those crazy cat lady types. I provide food (and water) for a number of feral animals roaming my area. Hauling 60-80 lbs of dry food home on the bus every month was an onerous task, but I’ve recently taken to purchasing it (free shipping for purchases over $35.00) from Amazon. What a relief not to have to drag around those huge heavy bags anymore! From perusing your site I’ve learned/figured out/realized that I could do the same thing with other bulky items, like paper towels, and toilet paper (free shipping for purchases over $35.00), plus maybe buy them w/coupons when available, AND if I subscribe/unsubscribe every month for five or more things I’d get an addition discount.

    Thank you. Your efforts on this website have made my life a lot easier. I have only one concern. Is there somewhere on here where you’ve explained exactly how to unsubscribe? If so, please, can I have the link to that information. If not, can you please explain to me exactly how to proceed? I would hate to subscribe only to discover I was too dumb to figure out how to undo it. Thank you in advance. Bye for now.

    • P.S. I meant to say “Is there somewhere on here where you’ve explained exactly how to unsubscribe from things on Amazon? If so, please, can I have the link to that information? If not, can you please explain to me exactly how to proceed? I would hate to subscribe (for something on Amazon) only to discover I was too dumb to figure out how to unsubscribe from it. Thank you in advance. Bye for now.

      • Hi Diana! If you just go into your account there’s a place to check “subscribe and save” items. By checking those you can make sure to cancel your subscription once it’s shipped. Hope that helps!

        • Maybe you just couldn’t think of how to explain exactly how to go about unsubscribing? You’ve shared some information on this site that I CAN use, so thanks for that anyway.

  24. Breindy Sigler says:

    Do you have a newsletter that I can subscribe to

  25. Hi! I recently purchased a 6 Qt. pressure cooker and have been searching for some recipes to make in it. Any suggestions?

  26. Follow you on pinterest!

  27. Pinned one of your recipes on pinterest!

  28. Nice to fnd your webside right now via Facebook. Here over in Germany are things a little bit different. Because we have not much coupons. But we are the country Aldi was born when I was a child. And we have some more shops like Aldi over here. My mother was/is really frugal. And I was long time a big spender. I had changed to have more money for nice furniture, travelling and so on.
    We travel a lot as a familiy of 5 via homeexchange the last 18 years.
    It’s not only the money you could save for Hotel and rental car. It’s also the way travelling really deep inside the country you live in.
    All my best wishes
    Nina

  29. TLayton says:

    I agree that God is already using your situation for His glory!! I will be praying for y’all. I’m sure they told him to avoid dairy, and go easy on red meat and eggs. Those things raise cholesterol. The diet will be the hardest change I imagine but thank God he is ok and you’re a penny pincher. Just remember no matter what goes God is strong enough to take care of you.

  30. Arlene Durrett says:

    As has been said, to God be the glory. One suggestion I would pass on to you would be to go to drgourmet.com. All his cred ( practicing physician/chef) are on the site. What he has are very helpful diets for specific medical conditions/medications. He has also made himself available to answer questions and they are posted also. He has been a great help to me in finding my way thru my needs. No money, no sign-ups, etc. Less stress is best. I will be lifting you up before our Lord as he brings you to mind.

  31. Please add to your kids eat free listing if you wouldn’t mind. Thank you.

    Adapris Pizza Buffet
    1587 County Road 437
    Good Hope Al. 35055
    256-747-5005
    Kids 3 and under eat free 7 days

  32. Do you have a newsletter? I couldn’t find it

  33. Hi Laurie,
    The town that I shop in just got a Aldi! Yay!
    What are some of your tips you could give me
    about shopping there.

  34. Celeste Raymond says:

    Hi Laurie,
    I am loving all the deals! I am looking for the chicken marinade recipe you had on one of your live videos. Thank you
    Celeste

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