About Us

Founders and Authors: Holly and Greg Johnson

Welcome to Club Thrifty where we encourage you to “Stop spending. Start living.” We’re so glad you’re here!

Our names are Holly and Greg Johnson, and we started this blog together in 2012. We are thirtysomethings with two darling children, and have been happily married for almost 10 years. For the first several years of our marriage, we felt like we lived fairly frugally.  Yet, despite the fact that we were making plenty of money, we realized that we weren’t really saving to our full potential.

So, we decided to embark on a fateful journey to find out where all our money was going. We began tracking our spending, and what we discovered shocked us! It became obvious that we were eating away our money.  Unrestrained grocery spending  and eating out were sending us to the poor house! Additionally, various expenses from Cable TV to credit card payments were consuming all of our disposable income.  Right then and there we decided to start using a “Zero-Sum Budget” every month so that we’d be able to track our money more effectively.  It worked, and we began to see exactly where our money was going.

Using our new budgeting technique, we learned to be more thoughtful and deliberate with our spending.  As a result, we started paying off our debt at lightning speed. The money began to pile up quickly, and we have been on the path to debt-free living ever since.  Our love of saving and goal of being debt-free (including our mortgage) by the age of 40 led us to create this website with the goal inspiring and educating others about the money saving techniques that work for our family.

Club Thrifty has completely changed our lives. In 2013, Holly was able to quit her day job to pursue blogging and freelance writing full-time. In addition to writing here, she also a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly, The Simple Dollar, Frugal Travel Guy, and U.S. News and World Report Travel.  Her work has been featured on The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Forbes, Lifehacker, Yahoo!, and many other online publications.

In March of 2015, Greg was also able to leave his full-time job as a mortician to work on the family business. With both of us now at home, we are seriously living the dream!

If you want to know more about us, check out these awesome posts:

Start Here: 5 Keys to Financial Freedom

The 5 Financial Habits that Changed My Life

Quit Your Day Job: How to Start a Blog

What I Want My Kids to Know About Money

We invite you to join the club here at Club Thrifty! All you have to do is “Stop spending. Start living.”™ Do it today!

(For more information about other websites that have published our work, check out our “Around the Web” page!)