All About Me

Hollie Pollard

Hi, My name is Hollie Pollard.

I am a woman with a mission. My mission here is to share the journey of one mom and how I am becoming a smart consumer who knows that cents matter. Money matters. It is my manifesto that I be a woman who is sharing common sense money tips, life hacks, smart shopping solutions and the joys of giving back. I love to live life well on a budget and I hate consumer debt.

Because I am currently freelancing my community management skills, helping businesses meet their social media goals, I do also share some social tips here.

I am  also a  parent raising one awesome teen daughter with an opinion on everything! My teen daughter loves technology, and is one creative kid. Together we love to volunteer doing things like tree planting, community gardens, helping at the food bank, and raising funds for the causes we love. Her opinion will often be found on my blog.

I hate to pay a dime in interest rates and avoid debt as much possible. I love to find value in everything from the products we use at home to the lifestyle we live.  We also make sure we are giving back, because giving back matters. We love to support a great cause. Financial literacy is an important issue for me.

Personally, I have known the riches of wealth and the lows of poverty. I have been homeless with a newborn in tow, made due with welfare, and clawed my way off the system.

Yes, one time I was married and owned 5 homes and even a ranch.  I know first hand what financial wealth is. I also know first had what it means to begin again with nothing. I have survived divorce, a brutal fire and a natural disaster and know what each can do to a person and their pocket book. I now work freelance helping brands get their message out. Need help on a campaign be sure to email me. I am an expert at content calendars, and twitter parties having helped several brands host theirs including Flipp, Cutco, ING Direct, Jumpstart, Canada Beef,Chicken Farmers of Canada, Burnbrae and FirstOntario.

I have lived in may cities both in Canada and the USA. I have spent at least a year in the following cities or towns: Toronto ( the city of my birth and where  I spent 15 yrs as an adult), Montreal, Truro NS ,Winnipeg (my university years), Brandon(my childhood), Vancouver, Halifax, New Glasgow, and Hamilton. In the US I have lived in Los Angeles CA and in Carlsbad NM. I have experienced both the big city and the small town. Right now I write from Toronto. I have lived here off and on since I was born. My family has a long history here in Toronto and well I just love the city of my birth so I had to come home. I live in the Old Stockyards area of the Junction and love my hood, but love to explore and get to know my city even better.

Our hobbies include hitting a great movie here in the city, community events, reading a good book, baking(my teen does an amazing job at this), the theater,  and I am working on getting healthy even trying the occasional exercise class. We have also been trying out a gluten free lifestyle lately.

I have been blessed to work with several brands including Walmart, ING Direct ( I have brand ambassador since 2012), Kinder Canada (brand ambassador 2010-2013), Scotiabank, BMO, Mcain Foods, Target, Genworth Financial Flipp, Kellogg’s, Staples Canada, H&R Block, and so many more, if you are a brand and interested in working with me please do send me an email. For the 2014 year I am a brand ambassador for the following brands: Church and Dwight, Flipp and Netflix Canada.

I do not write about beer or wine. I do not drink. I do buy a few raffle tickets, but I do not promote gambling sites.

You can reach me:

Email me at

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy reading.


PS. Facts and Figures about Common Cents Mom

Common Cents Mom is one of the top 20 blogs in the GTA written by one person according to Alexa. It has also been listed as one of the 75 most influential mom blogs in Canada in 2013 by Savvy Mom. It was also listed as Top30 TorontoMom blog.

Common Cents Mom is one of the top 30 personal finance blogs in Canada, but she doesn’t just write about money, she writes about money, life hacks, product and brand reviews, and since she works in Social Media she writes about that as well.

Common Cents Mom on Twitter is has been listed of the top 100 Tweeters in the GTA with over 11,000 followers. She also has over a 1100 followers on Pinterest, over 3000 on Google + and a tight knit community as well on Facebook and Instagram.

My current klout score is 66 and increasing each month.

My page rank is 3.

Common Cents Mom has also been seen, or quoted on the CBC News, CBC RadioThe Toronto Star, The NewYork Times and in Today’s Parent (Jan 2010), and has been a guest the The Late Shift with Gail Vazoxlade.

Common Cents Mom averages about 45,000 unique page views per month.

Her average reader is 30-45, has kids and has a household income over 35,000 a year.

My privacy policy can be found here. 

14 thoughts to “All About Me”

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  2. Mashallah, you are truly an inspiration. Mother warrior, may Allah bless you and your beautiful girl (I saw her pix on the site), never give up because Allah would never make you face something you could not handle.
    All my love for you,
    Salam Aleikum

  3. Mashallah, What a inspiring story! I just recently got into blogging and hope to do it full time soon. I love saving money and at one time was a coupon queen. I still have thousands of coupons that have no expiration date. Not sure what to do with them since they have no bar code to be redeemed… lol My blog is about exercise, healthy eating and education about genetically modified foods and how harmful they are. I look forward to visiting your blog again, Sharon

  4. Hello Hollie
    We met at Moms Me Time T.O. and I have finally had a chance to really look through your blog. I am so impressed with you and all of the information and generosity of spirit I see here. Thank you for all that you do. You are a gift. You have a follower in me. Can't wait to meet again.
    Best wishes to both you and your daughter.
    Ida Mae
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  5. Hollie, I teach Digital Marketing at UofToronto – would you be able to participate in a blogger panel in October? Would entail a brief intro of yourself and your blogger know-how, followed by open Q&A. There are 2 other Toronto based bloggers confirmed, including Alexa Clark who I believe you know.

    Please email me if interested for details!

  6. What an awesome story Hollie. I am so glad to have met you at SCCTO in 2012. I enjoy reading your blog. Happy Holidays!!!

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