In November 2007, my husband and I decided to begin Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and work our way out of debt. As a result, we wanted to do everything we could to get to our ultimate goal of no debts (other than our home), which included finding ways to shave off money from our weekly grocery budget.
So, one evening, I sat down at the computer and started to do some research. Every evening, I would get right onto the computer after my children were asleep, so I could learn everything I could.
As I learned, I started saving money — I mean REALLY saving money. The first time I save over 90% at CVS I was on cloud nine! I had lots of on-line friends and began sharing my deals with them. After making post after post to them about what I had found, some of them suggested that I start a blog and share it with others. I looked on the internet and saw so many other logs out there, I wondered how could I compete.
But then, I looked more carefully and realized that I was not finding as many deals for Kansas City and the surrounding communities, as I wanted. I knew that I was certainly saving money here in KC. It was then that I thought that is what I needed to do – share how to save money right in my own backyard!
So, one night in early January 2009, I sat down and began my blog. I pondered the name, the design and what I would do to set myself apart from other bloggers. I began posting and slowly began to gain readers and followers. Never did I think that I would be where I am today when I typed that first “About Me” post on January 9, 2009!
I have learned so much this past year. Each day I learn something new or find another resource I didn’t know about previously. I have developed some amazing friendships with bloggers as well as readers. I even held my first coupon training class and met several of you in person — which was so much fun! I know I will continue to meet more people and grow my site.
As result of my site growing, it made me realize that I my deals were far reaching beyond my city limits. And while I was Kansas City’s Penny Pinchin’ Mama…..I was becoming the Penny Pinchin’ Mama for families all over the country. This is the most amazing compliment to me and I am so glad that I can help so many families! Hmmm….so maybe I am now Penny Pinchin’ Mom………
I know I have said it so many times, but I really can’t thank all of my readers enough for their support. Without you, this site would have died a long time ago. Of course, I also have the most amazing and supportive husband Tim and 3 children – Emma (5), Garrett (2 1/2) and Charlotte (15 months) – who all know that sometimes, mommy has to take 5 minutes and post before we can leave for the store!
I have some great things in the works to help make this site grow and help even more families during 2010. If you have an idea of something you would like to see (or something you want me to eliminate), please drop me an email. I love hearing from you!!
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