Update: Nov 24th 2012
Back in March 2012 I was contacted by a publisher to write a book ! I happily agreed :) The book will hit the shelves Jan 15th 2013 – so make sure to pre-order it today!
So I thought it was time that I added that all-important about me! First off I was born and raised in Sunny Los Angeles, California but now located in Portland, OR. I have enjoyed living here though the traffic can be a headache. I grew up always being very money conscience, I was received a real cash register for Christmas when I was a child. So it is safe to say I was budget savvy from the start. I studied hard through high school and was able to attend the University of Southern California to study History. During my college years I decided to get a job at the happiest place on earth: Disneyland!

It feels like it was forever ago, but Disneyland was a great place to work. But I was always shocked on how much guests would spend on 5.00 pretzels and 20.00 hats they will never wear again. Also this is where I met my best friend and DH, Eric! You know you found your soul mate when he is willing week after week to hold my coupon binder as I find my deals at the local CVS!


After graduating from University of Southern California, I had various jobs in advertising and retail and found out that they were not a good fit at all. So with a push from my family I started this blog. I love helping everyone find those amazing deals and be able to save some money!
I have many hobbies including cooking as well as photography. I love to cook simple meals that have tons of flavor and do not break the bank. I have been able to participate in many cooking competitions including Aetna healthy food fight contest

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Vanessa Patterson January 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

I love finding a deal and saving money! I don’t always have time to do my research. So your website is a great tool to me. Thank you soooo much! :)


fred February 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I just signed up as a email subscriber and I’m reading your blog and enjoying all the money saving tips and coupon deals available. Looks Awesome!! Thanks.


Kate February 24, 2011 at 3:00 am

Hi, Y ou have beautiful eyes! I tried to open your opinions and could not on my iPad. Any suggestions. Ty


Sandra Katz June 15, 2014 at 3:56 am

Kate, I immediately noticed those beautiful eyes also.


Pammy March 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

I loved reading this! You have such a great site!!! Have a happy weekend!!! XOXO


Nazima Mehdi June 19, 2011 at 3:30 am

Hi Budget Diva,
Im thankful I stumbled upon your website, because like most, I dont have enough time to scour the internet for money savings deals. I have ALWAYS lived with the philosophy that a penny saved is a penny earned. I never cared that my parents were doctors and rich, I always had my coupons and ONLY bought sale items. Im glad I did, because its helping me now as I live my life. I wanted to thank you deeply for your website, your time and your dedication to help people like me. I appreciate it so very much and wish you a very blessed life.


Beth Anne August 27, 2011 at 5:25 am

I’m in a similar boat. I graduated college 2 years ago and had one job but my moms job was relocated to Florida so I’m job searching again but haven’t found much I’m tempted to say forget it and try and blog fulltime…but I’m not sure I have what it takes…but I’m trying!


Michele December 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

Love your site, but would really love a widget on the side with a running list of all your posts. As much as I check the site, I always miss one. Would be a lot easier if there were a way to see them all by lineitem


JLLopez1006 December 26, 2011 at 12:43 am

Congrats! I just nominated your blog for The Versatile Blogger Award. :)

Here is the link announcing it: http://livesimplylivethriftylivesavvy.com/2011/12/24/i-got-my-christmas-gift-the-versatile-blogger-award/ .

Thanks for being inspiring, and make sure to pass the award along to your favorite blogs!


cindy wilkinson February 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I think it’s wonderful that you can do something for a living that you love. your website is great!!


mrs b April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Love your website–and look forward to seeing pictures of Watson in his new home (glad to hear he did well on his road trip!)


Leanne May 29, 2012 at 5:08 am

I just want to say that your blog is my new favorite!! :) You have a ton of recipes that look amazing-ly yummy…so much so that I think my super picky eaters (two boys–3 and 5 years old) will actually eat what I make for dinner!! THANK YOU!!


Budget Savvy Diva May 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm

You are very welcome!


Jessica December 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I found you on FB and immediately liked your page. I cannot wait foot your book. Keep it up!


Amanda January 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Hi! I actually found you on Pinterest. I LOVE your tips and recipes. On your book tour, I would love it if you would pass through Boise, Idaho. :)


Budget Savvy Diva January 26, 2013 at 12:43 am

Not this time sadly :(


Sherry May 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I’ve gotten so many great tips from your FB page and wanted to say thanks! I just read this About section and discovered that you are in the Portland area also. I’m a bit outside of Portland but have lived and worked in and around PDX for close to 15 years. Just wanted to say HI and thanks for all that you share here :)


Matthew Denos November 3, 2013 at 6:02 am

Hello Budget Savvy,

it must have been a great experience to work at Disneyland. You met Eric there, too! I enjoyed visiting your site. Many deals, coupons, and wonderful recipes!



Felicia J May 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Love that you use Tillamook products! :)


amazed July 26, 2014 at 3:31 am

wow your eyes….


bonnie November 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm

where do I sign up for e-mails of your blog?


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