I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Laurie, a busy mom to three hoppin’ kids aged 7-14, 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.
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!
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