CommonCentsMom Turns 8 with a Giveaway


I did something scary 8 years ago yesterday. I bought my own domain. I became CommonCentsMom that day. I have been blogging already for about 4 years on MSN Spaces and Xanga ( Who remembers them?) I decided I wanted to share more about how I was saving money. What greeted me? A huge amazing life that I had no idea was about evolve.

When I started CommonCentsMom in 2008, I was living in rural Nova Scotia and working in a call center. I simply wanted to share with my family and friends how I was saving.  I was part of several money saving forums and regularly sharing deals and frugal tips but having been a mom on welfare I wanted that for no other woman. I wanted to share my story with others.

Along the way, things changed. I found this world called Social Media. In 2009, I joined Twitter, before it was a big thing. I found Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Periscope and Blab along the way as well. All of a sudden I had a voice. A voice that was being listened too.

Along the way I have helped raise thousands of dollars for those displaced in the Wesley Street fire. I promoted several charitable events, I attended event after event and even spoke at a few. I was called a blogger to read more then once people and publications that make a difference like the Financial Post.

For the first few years, CommonCentsMom was in existence ( ie the first 2 years), I never made a dime off my blog. Yes, I received a few things free but more times that naught when I talked about a brand, sale, or event it was often because I bought it and was using it and loved it or attended the event.

By the time 2010 rolled around, I was working in the Social Media industry full-time. I started the first personal finance chat in Canada long before any of the banks or any financial services companies knew it was a thing. The hashtag #CDNmoney has been on twitter for almost 6 years now.

By 2010, I started to earn money ( just a little from my blog). I can still remember the first brand to pay me money to talk about them. I still RT and share them even though they stopped paying me a long time ago. My blog has given me so many opportunities like traveling with all the mayors on the Via Rail’s Ocean trains route when the Ocean celebrated its 110th year. The blog has allowed me to meet some of my idols. Now, I even call a few of them friends!

What is best of all after 8 years, the amazing relationships I have built with thousands of readers over the years. The real friendships made because of my blog. I think of where and how I met people like my friend Marcy Berg, Shannon Mischuk, Donna Marie ( who hired me), Liz Strauss, Cate, Diane, Lisa and the list goes on. Really all I have to do is look at my friend list on any of my social channels and I know I am blessed.

To say thank you, I am doing something different. It’s a surprise. Hope you all are okay with that.


I will be sending out 8 envelopes to 8 of my readers. In each will be a gift from me to you. Each will have a value of at least $25.00. My way of thanking you for reading, for being apart of my life. I thank you for joining me on this ride.

No rafflecopter for this one, simply in the comments let me know how long you have been a reader and if you have a favourite post that I wrote. Let me know do you follow me on any of my social platforms, if yes which ones? What do you enjoy about CommonCentsMom.

Thank you for reading, thank you for being part of my community.

If you want to give me a gift, share one of your favourite posts of mine on your favourite social media channel.

*Giveaway ends March 10th at 11:59 pm  ( Open to Canada and the US)

* For an extra entry share the giveaway and leave me a link where you shared it.


46 thoughts to “CommonCentsMom Turns 8 with a Giveaway”

  1. I just found the blog!! but I've been following you on Twitter and love the Tuesday chats 🙂 I will definitely be catching up on things here

  2. hi Hollie — not sure how long i have been following you — a few years i think? i enjoy your weekly chats on Twitter – i don't know how you always come up with new topics to discuss. i wish you continued success on your blog! (ps I shared your contest via Twitter — thanks for all the valuable info you provide your readers!

  3. I've been following you on Twitter since late 2014 and I've been going to your chats on Tuesdays whenever I can. I also go on your blog and read your wonderful posts. Keep doing what you do!! 🙂

  4. I have been following your blog for a few years now. I enjoy reading your personal posts and how honest and down to earth you are. I also enjoy your frugal tips/posts as I love learning how to save money. I follow you on twitter and facebook.

  5. Congrats on 8 years!!
    I have been a reader for about a year. I don't have a specific post I like best but I do like the ones with tips for saving and being frugal. I follow on Twitter and Facebook.


  6. OMG I have known you for so long now I don't even know what year it was anymore. I am thinking 2005, 11 years. How cool is that?! We met because we are both frugal and take two different approaches. A match made in heaven. Winning & Saving, doesn't get better than that. <hugs> & Happy Birthday!!! I usually tell people to eat cake, but in your case, just have a nice cuppa tea 😉

  7. Happy birthday! I have been following you for not too long – probably about half a year now, but I really enjoy it. Thanks for the chance! I like your moneysaving ideas. I follow on Twitter.

  8. I'm a new reader and follower on twitter and facebook. I like your how to save more on groceries posts and Happy 8th Birthday from one Hollie to another! 🙂

  9. I joined Twitter less than a year ago and you were one of the first accounts I followed because I'm always looking for ways to increase our savings and spend wisely. I enjoy all the weekly #CDNmoney chats and one of the posts I enjoyed and found useful is your recent one: The Best Canadian Websites & Apps that Save You Money.

    And here's a birthday gift share, Happy Birthday:

  10. I have been following your blog for many years. I have enjoyed many articles over the years but my favourites are always the posts about budgeting less for food.
    I follow on twitter Pamalot28
    and facebook pam w h

  11. I have been following your blog for a couple years now. Love all the frugal/money saving tips you share. I do follow you on social media.

  12. I am not sure how long I have been reading your blog – probably 3-4 years – around the time I got serious about my own blog. I don't have a favourite post, but I love reading your tips about saving money!
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  13. I started following you about a year ago, I really enjoy the weekly chat on how to save money and reading blogs on your blogs! I love your tips on how to save money. Thank you!

  14. I have been following your blog for about a year I think. What first drew me to your blog, was the name. It sums me up perfectly. And who doesn't like saving and getting a deal. Congratulations on your 8 years!! I truly appreciate all the hard work that goes into writing and maintaining a blog 🙂

  15. I have been following since 2014 , i love all your money saving tips and how frugal you are , i have been doing some of tour tips and it helps out when your on a budget , thanks for all the wonderful tips ,and Happy 8th Anniversary 🙂

  16. Hollie – it's been such a pleasure and an honour to be part of your #CDNmoney chats for a few years now. I joined twitter in 2011 so I would think it wasn't too long after that I found you! I really love the #CDNmoney chats and try to join in as often as I can to talk savings with you. Congratulations on your 8 year anniversary!

  17. Hi Hollie,

    I have been following you on Twitter @Seaway77 for a few years now. Love the Twitter parties you host. Like learning anything that keeps my budget on track. Happy 8th Anniversary!!

  18. Hi Hollie ~ I've been following you on Twitter I think about a year now. I really enjoy the Tuesday chats, and your advice really comes in handy! Thanks from me and your other readers for your time ~ its valuable to us too!

  19. I have been following your blog for several years now and I also follow on facebook and twitter. I don't have one particular post that's my favorite but I love your overall tone. You seem like someone who is genuinely frugal and wants to share your knowledge. Congrats on 8 years!

  20. I have been a reader for at least 2 years, likely more. I am a fan of your site because of your savings tips and you weekly Canadian Money chats. I follow you on all the platforms, twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

  21. I just started following you on Twitter after seeing your puppy photo! I have also attended a Twitter Party that you hosted. I have shared this post on twitter.

  22. I've been following since 2013 when I first got the Twitter bug and from 2015 when I finally figured out how to use Instagram . @ MushypeaJane . I'm Jane Gray on FB and follow you there also. I'm very inspired by your current journey to a healthier you . I will share some posts and have done before but I'm such a dolt on my iPad I'm yet to work out copying and pasting links so will do so when I'm on my desk top ?? huge congrats on 8 years Hollie think of the squillion $ you have saved others over the years with your cash saving tips fun and ideas !

  23. Hi Hollie! I've been following you for about three years – since I started trying to save more during my first maternity leave! I'm really digging the weekly Canadian money chats and also anything posted with apps to save money! I follow on Instagram and Twitter (and am following your healthy journey, too!).

  24. Hello Holllie! follow you on twitter as @catamo and enjoy your chats. Congrats on your blog anniversary. What a great accomplishment. I enjoy reading your articles. Very informative.

  25. Congrats on 8 years! I mainly follow you on Twitter as @citygal28 and I will check out your site today esp. for any articles relating to family budgets.

  26. I have been a reader for almost 2 years now…I think! I like all the posts about how to save money. I also enjoy the weekly Tuesday twitter parties where I learn lots of awesome tips.

    I follow you on FB and Twitter (sukki24)

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