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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.


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, 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 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:

    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!!!!!!

  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


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