About Me

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About Me….

Hi!  I’m Laura.

Here are a few things you need to know:

I’m not your typical coupon blogger.  I’m not married, have no children and stink at DIY projects.  I LOVE my church, community theater, raw cookie dough and my cat Bella.  I am an aunt, writer, a small business owner and someone learning to cook.  I live ten minutes away from my parents and my niece and nephew and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Why I Started Using Coupons…

In September 2007 I started graduate school.  I was so excited to begin studying an area near and dear to my heart, Organizational Leadership (particularly Servant Leadership).  My company had agreed to reimburse me for a portion of my education so I jumped into my studies full steam ahead.  Fast forward to the end of the semester.  I turned in my transcript with my final grade and submitted for reimbursement only to have it denied.  I had two options: drop out of school or figure out how to pay for it myself.

I decided my education was worth the sacrifice.

I got a second job teaching voice and piano and balanced a full time job, part time job and full time graduate work.  When the extra income coming in wasn’t enough I decided it was time to cut back on expenses.  Coupons were a huge part of that.  I got excited about them and started telling friends.  Then in September 2009 AFrugalChick.com was born because my friends were sick of listening and surely SOMEONE wanted to hear.

Five years later I still use coupons (though I do fall off the wagon occasionally).  It has made a profound difference in my life.  I have learned how to live well on little and not place so much value of “things.”

What The Website is About …

Thousands of readers now use the resource blog to save money on everything from fast food lunches to major electronics purchases.

Laura appears regularly on local television and radio, as well as writes for national media.  She also hosts live Coupon and Grocery Strategy classes to large and small groups.

If you have a question, want to leave feedback, or request that Laura speak to your group, please e-mail her at laura (at) afrugalchick (dot) com!

A Frugal Chick’s Team

While scrolling through the site, you will see many posts from Laura as well as Jana, Jody, and others occasionally!  These ladies bring lots of cooking, shopping, and family experience to A Frugal Chick’s team!

Media Coverage

Tune in every Sunday morning to WVEC Channel 13 at 7:45 to see Laura talk about the best deals of the upcoming week!

Local Media (Print):

Frugal Chick hosts coupon classes in Hampton Roads- The Daily Press

How to Have A Successful Coupon Swap- The Daily Press

How To Start A Stockpile- The Daily Press

Couponing: Saving Money and Living Well Doesn’t Need to be Difficult- Jet Observer

In Hampton Roads, incomes have been going nowhere- The Virginian Pilot

The Duck That Binds- AltDaily.com

Local Media (Television):

Thinking Out Loud May 26, 2011 – (WCTV Television)

Cyber Monday Savings Tips from Laura Oliver- WVEC

4th of July Deals, Steals and Freebies- WVEC

Gift Ideas for Last Minute Shoppers and post-Christmas Deals- WVEC

National Media:

Guest Blogger- A Frugal Chick- ForRent.com

8 Phone Calls That Will Save You Money- MainStreet.com

Shopping For The “Other People”- Behind The Blue Valpack

Brands that Laura has Worked With:

A Frugal Chick is a brand-friendly resource blog that works with family-friendly businesses!  If you have a business, service, or brand that you would like to share with our readers, please contact Laura at laura (at) afrugalchick (dot) com.

All You Magazine
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Disney Pictures
Farm Fresh
Kevin’s Closet
Knox Studios
Nintendo
Propel
Rubbermaid
Savings.com
Sears
Soda Stream
Tassimo
Tom’s Shoes
Tupperware
Whole Foods

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