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I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Laurie, a busy mom to three hoppin’ kiddos aged 6-13, and have been married to my husband James for sixteen years.  Since becoming a ”passionate” penny pincher eight 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 seven 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, Misty, Susan 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 if 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:

    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

    • Laurie says:

      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.

  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!

  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.

    • Laurie says:

      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. Susan says:

    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. Jessica says:

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

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