Frugal Family Recipes Cookbook - Available in print and ebook editions.
GrocerySavingTips.com - Free grocery and coupon tips from 20+ years of experience.
Michelle has been happily married to the love of her life for 27 years and has four children. After working in the financial industry for many years, she became a full-time SAHM (stay-at-home mom). Unlike some fortunate families during the 90's, she did not stay at home with her children because her family could "afford it". Quite the opposite. She stayed at home because she and her husband, Wayne, felt that caring for their children full-time was more important than anything. Together, they made whatever financial sacrifices it took and never had a regret.
During those early years of caring for their family on an extremely tight budget, Michelle quickly became known by family and friends as a "coupon queen". Long before coupons were cool. And a savvy bargain shopper, at a time when "sales" were more difficult to find than they are today. Raised by several generations of single moms, frugality was just the normal way of life. When it came time to raise her own family, Michelle instinctively knew how to survive tough times. For many years, she fed her family delicious affordable home cooked meals on a small grocery budget of $30 per week. She knows, firsthand, what it takes to raise a family well... on a budget.
Wanting to share her survival secrets, Michelle founded the free Web site BetterBudgeting.com and monthly Ezine; named after her weekly column; Living a Better Life®. While most publications in the industry were only available by paid subscription, BetterBudgeting has always been a free resource. In 2003, she added an additional web site to the BetterBudgeting family, GrocerySavingTips.com. The purpose, educating families on how to save money on groceries with and without coupons, no charge.
Michelle regularly encourages her readers to "Make the most of life, no matter what your circumstances are, or how much money you have or do not have in the bank!"
As a cancer survivor for almost 30 years (Hodgkin's Lymphoma), she is, without a doubt, earnestly dedicated to sharing her passion for life. As her family knows all too well, she will talk to anyone. After all, there are only two categories of people. Friends and family.
Due to her husband's career in business management their family has been relocated many times throughout the South (Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina). They have experienced a wide range of financial challenges and every difficult stage of family life.
God brings His children through the storms and valley's of life, no matter how impossible they may seem.
Though finances have been quite a challenge at times and money problems are #1 cause of divorce, their marriage and faith in God have only become stronger through each passing year.
Michelle and her family try their best to focus on the blessings in their daily life and the beautiful rainbows that God always provides after the storms. IT HAS ALL BEEN A BLESSING.
"All things work for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose"
Romans 8:28 (NIV)