Susan Penning portraitHello! My name is Susan and I’m addicted to thrifty homemaking (as well as cheese and chocolate). I love decorating, organizing and remodeling on a dime. I especially love sharing my projects and save-a-ton strategies with all my readers.

I’m a sucker for auctions, yard sales and thrift stores. You’ll often find me transforming my “treasures” into up-to-date, functional decor.

I’m also a big softy. I adore my family and I pour my heart and soul into making our home happy, healthy, gorgeous and peaceful. Most importantly, I love God and am insanely grateful for this beautiful life. My heart’s desire is to use this blog to bless others.

As creator of Living Rich on Less, I believe that, with a little imagination and a lot of optimism, anyone can create a lovely home without spending a fortune. However, this website is not simply about making our dollars stretch farther. Rather, it centers around my quest to edit my life so I have room for the things I love and, more importantly, the people I love. At times, this proves a challenging quest, as I do adore pretty, shiny things. But as Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote,

“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.”

I’m far from perfect – to see just how far, check out this post. And sometimes my projects are epic fails. But my goal is always to help others learn something new in the process.

As far as professional credentials, my work has been featured in more than 20 different media outlets and I’ve launched my own podcast and e-book. My training includes a master’s degree in psychology and counseling, a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and an associate degree in public affairs. For more than a decade, I’ve been blessed to enjoy a rewarding career as a writer, photographer, graphic designer and public relations specialist. Much of that time was spent in the military, where I reported amazing stories and met inspiring people.

My creative gene comes primarily from my dad, an extraordinary home remodeler who can build something great out of anything! I owe my homemaking abilities to my sweet mother, a tremendous cook and seamstress. My two crazy sisters keep me from taking life too seriously. And the three loves of my life – the hubs, Tiny and our little guy – are the fuel that keeps this grocery getter movin’.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey to live rich on less …

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