Hi! I’m Tabitha. Yes, I know that you expected someone named “Penny,” but there is a bit of a story behind that name…
In 2009, my husband, Shane, and I felt trapped in a dark pit of financial problems. Being challenged by a financial adviser, I decided to seek a way to cut our family’s grocery bill to allow room in our one income budget to pay down debt. Quickly, I discovered that when combining coupons with sales prices and buying in quantities to build a stockpile large enough to last until the next sales cycle, our grocery expense on each trip to the store was lowered by 50% to 90%.
How “Penny” Got Her Name
Since our coupon binder was saving us so much money, it was added as an official member of the family and my husband named the notebook “Penny.” Each time we used “Penny” and saved big, I would share her deals with friends and family on Facebook.
In 2010, I felt lead to share her shopping trips and tips in more detail and launched a couponing website, A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned. I began writing as if our coupon binder was the author, signing everything as “Penny.” The website grew quickly and the readers assumed that “Penny” was MY name. The name became so popular with my readers that I gave our family pseudo-names related to money too, referring to my husband as Bill and our children as Lira (Italy), Franc (France), Ruble (Russia) and Ariary (Madagascar).
Sharing Our Homeschool Lifestyle
When our family began homeschooling in 2010, I decided to publish the details of our family’s school at another blog, Growing Up Homeschooled. Through that website, I provided everything from detailed accounts of our lesson plans to creative solutions for schooling a child with special needs.
Everything Comes Together
As the details of my day increased too quickly, I found that life was out of balance. Blogging while homeschooling and managing our home was becoming more difficult and there was still so much more that I wanted to share with my readers. So, in January 2012, my husband and I agreed that we should combine the two websites into one, Meet Penny.
Although my family is my primary ministry, I have my husbands complete support and firmly believe that God has placed me in the position as a blogger to share our life experiences, especially the mistakes I have made, in order to help others avoid those pitfalls. I often say, “With knowledge comes great responsibility.” My hope is to be an encouragement to other families who may be facing similar situations.
Now, with life more balanced, I am proud to be the owner of the Inspired Bloggers Network where I mentor thousands of bloggers around the world with the goal of helping parents who want to work from home find a way to make that happen through blogging.
I am blessed to reside in Mobile, Alabama with my husband and our four children (ages eleven years old and under). My publications include:
- Even-Tempered Mother: Tips from a Mom Overcoming Rage and Depression
- Pinteresting – Pinterest Strategies for Brands and Bloggers
- Advanced Penny Pinching
My articles and work have also been featured in Taste of Home Magazine, ParentLife Magazine, Bay Area Christian Family Magazine, Essential Woman Magazine, and Home Educating Family. I happily serve as a repeat guest and resident mom blogger for Studio10, a lifestyle program produced by FOX10 in Mobile.
Partners of Meet Penny have included
- Homeschool Helper App
- Grapevine Studies
- Waterbrook Multnomah
- We Choose Virtues
- Your Story Hour
- Den School
- Shatterpoint Entertinament
- Bright Ideas Press
- Dowling Magnets
- All About Learning Press
- Ronco Pasta
- Scripture Art
- Home Educating Family
- Zaycon Foods
- and many more!
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Top Posts from 2013
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