I'm so glad you're here!

I'm Laurie, a busy mom to three hoppin' kids aged 11-19, and have been married to my hubby James for a whopping twenty-three years.  Since becoming “passionate” penny pinchers when we first got married, I've been amazed at how living frugally, using coupons, strategically shopping sales ads, and constantly looking for ways to pinch pennies has changed our home,  as well as our ability to give to others.


I'm excited to help you gain control of your home and finances 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!


Never in a million years would I have seen the next ten years coming. Since starting on blogspot back in 2009, Passionate Penny Pincher has helped millions of folks save money on groceries, Amazon deals, Dollar Tree DIY'ing, and making simple frugal meals at home too. In 2019 we launched our first Passionate Penny Pincher products (our first one sold out in 24 hours ~ crazy!) So now in addition to keeping up with all the deals we share each day, we've created a few simple ideas that have helped tens of thousands of women beautifully care for their home, family and finances too.


What excites me most about this site is that one half of any proceeds from this site go directly towards mission work.  Currently we help support local and overseas mission work, including the Tatum Family, His Cherished Ones Ministries, Go Ministries, and Suffer the Children.


So, any time you print coupons from Coupons.com, order a deal we post from Amazon, shop a Black Friday Kohl's deal through one of our links or purchase a Passionate Penny Pincher product, you’re also supporting the work of missionaries in other countries.


Real quickly, here’s a little about me.  I love chocolate, I hate grouchy people, my kids drive me a wee bit crazy (but are my very favorites in the very same minute), 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 back 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 has allowed 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 (our girls loved hanging out at Chick-Fil-A when they were little as figured this blogging stuff out), and she's been married to her husband (Mr. Shannon) for fourteen years.  Her heart is crazy about missions, and it shows up every day in her work.

Another face you might see around here often is my friend and blog manager Jamie.  She's the mom of 4 rowdy boys, has been married 20 years, and is the pickiest eater I've ever met over the age of 8.  Jamie loves sharing fun deals on the blog and on Facebook Live, while also working behind the scenes on team projects.  She spends her free time drinking coffee, reading YA literature, camping, doing high school youth ministry, and hanging with her boys.

We've also been super fortunate to have a few other friends including Cheryl, Nicole, Cheree, Andrea, Staci, Misty, Hannah and Amber to the PPP team. They shop the stores to make sure we find you the best deals, keep up with daily blog posts, answer email, share on our Facebook pages, create graphics and design, and do all the other things to make PPP run so smoothly.  There's no way that I could manage all this by myself, and I feel incredibly blessed to have the sweetest team of women working with me to help us serve you better each day!

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@passionatepennypincher.com.

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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!)

      • Just had a question wanted to know if you use to live in Pinellas county when you were in h.s.? I know it’s an odd question to ask but you look like this girl my sister use to go to church/. Sunday school with. Have a great day

  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!!!!!!

      • 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. 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. 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

  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
    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

  35. how do i sign up for the daily emails???? 🙂
    love you!

  36. Lisa Powell says

    The unsubscribe link in your email does not work. Is there another way to unsubscribe? Thank you

  37. Is there a way to get some of the past printables? I have liked your Facebook page and signed up with emails? I see some that I would like 🙂

  38. Lorene Chavez (Loreen) says

    Hi Laurie, I want to thank you for your great ideas of crafts for Easter. I was scheduled to go to the $tree in my neighborhood for their great buy on Root beer for a swimming party this weekend. I am in hot sunny southern CA. While there I checked out the buckets you featured. You gave me a great idea. This might sound morbid but I wanted to share with you. I bought several of the tall buckets along with the fake flowers and the variety of butterfly wind mills they have. I will be able to put these together for my dad. My dad is 86 and enjoys taking flower arrangements to a variety of cemeteries where he has relatives. They are so colorful and pretty for spring and Easter. In our part of town you can decorate a grave site a week or two in advance. This is perfect and only $3 each. I spread out the flowers. I am so happy that I can take my dad early. My dad likes taking arrangements that will last a while. Not expensive floral arrangements that will die. I waited to long at Christmas that all the poinsettia were sold out.
    Thanks again

  39. Jody Huntsman says

    I am so happy to have found your posts! I read everything you posts! Saving is so much fun! Ty!

  40. Renee Howard says

    Looking for any deals on the Nest security system? Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

  41. Faith Reed says

    Hello I know you ladies are very busy but I have a question. You guys always use a price list of the items at the grocery store, so you know when something is on sale. I can’t use any of the lists that are shared on line. I live in CA which is far more expensive then other states and I am in a rural area of North CA so I only have a few stores and the prices where I live are different then prices at the same stores else where in Ca. I would like to work on my own grocery price list. How should I do this? Should I list each item price like Kellogg’s cereal and generic cereal or like all the different brands of tooth paste? Also should I price the items by container like the price of Best Foods at each store or should I price item by ounce at each store? This is just for me personally. Thanks for any help you can give.

  42. Thank you so much for all you do to help me save money for my family. You are all appreciated.

    Just wondering if you recommend a trusted website where you can just order coupon inserts without having to buy the Sunday paper. I just found out that my paper is going up from $2.50 to $3.50 starting in March. That’s a little more than I want to pay a week.

    Thanks so much for your help.

  43. I noticed a couple of weeks ago I don’t get the daily emails anymore. Did you quit sending them out?

  44. I think it would be more helpful for your readers for you to start comments with the latest comment, not the oldest one. Initially, I thought your pages hadn’t been updated since 2014-2015. Therefore, a lot of the information might not be relevant now and not everyone wants to scroll years of comments of see the latest. Just a thought.

    Thanks for all you do.

    • I agree!! I am new to your site and have been exploring your page and YouTube Channel. I thought many of your site links were outdated. I even pulled out my laptop and blew off the dust because I thought I was having trouble navigating using my phone. I think it would be great to know that the pages and links were being updated, etc.
      I am still excited to be saving money on my grocery bill and other items for my family. I would love to be able to give more to others since right now I can’t even afford the expense of providing for a family of 6. My best friend and her husband died and I have adopted her children.

  45. Gretchen Miller says

    Good morning. quick question. I purchased the downloadable home budget/management guide (not the spiral bound) and cannot seem to download or open on my computer – it keeps getting blocked stating it’s from a site outside of the USA. Is there any other way I can get to the downloadable documents to be able to print? Thanks, and keep up the great work. Your site is helpful in many ways.

  46. Hi Laurie – I’m glad I found your site! I’m a 48-year-old, widowed, Christian woman living alone. I would love to do something like your crockpot meal planning, but I have quite a few food allergies and it seems almost every recipe I find contains something I can’t eat. I’m NOT a good cook, and apparently don’t have the gene for figuring out how to make recipe alterations. Ideally I’d hire a chef to cook for me once a week but I’m also unemployed with no income, so that’s not currently realistic. I primarily eat a breakfast bar with coffee for breakfast then protein with steamed veggies for dinner, which is quite boring. Food allergies are peppers & corn, but also have to limit gluten, pork and pork products, and nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, etc.). Any ideas for me?

    • Hi Brenda! Hmm, you can probably find some allergen-free recipes online! (It looks like you can plug in ingredients you’re avoiding on the search bar of this site, but not sure if they’re recipes are good! –> https://bit.ly/2TtuHkY). I’m sure it’s so tough trying to cook when you’re dealing with food allergies! Hope you’re able to find some easy recipes you love! 🙂

  47. Laurie, Could you please repeat the name and model of the laser printer that you use and like so much? Didn’t realise I would be in the market so soon.
    Thanks for all you do! I really appreciate your work.

  48. Li just wanted to see what it was about and how you customized and it ask for credit card no., shipping address and won’t let me cancel anything. There was nothing to choose from that I wanted and there wasn’t near what she has in her box. What a scam. How do I get my information cancelled?

  49. Just found your site and loving it. I live near Orlando, Florida, but born in Ohio (Youngstown). I’m an avid Publix shopper, sometimes Aldi. Love the coupon ideas. Will stores accept the printed coupons from your site and computer? I also really enjoy your videos — have learned a lot. So far, I have bought a FitFabFun box and trying the meal plans. I don’t do freezer meals, but use the recipes for crockpot cooking several times a week. Keep up the good work!

    • Yayyyy! Welcome Tania! We’re so very glad you’re here! 🙂 Most stores should accept printed coupons, but you can always double check with your location! Hope that helps!

  50. Where is the supper club site? Also I just ordered the tin of recipes and it said you got the PDF free but where do I go to download it? Thanks


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