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Please Welcome New Staff Writer Stacy Layman

by Jason on August 23, 2011

I’m really excited to introduce a new staff writer to readers of Redeeming Riches.

Please welcome her in the comments below and spread the love by ReTweeting the post.

Stacy Layman and I belong to the same church.

I had the privilege of working with Stacy on a massive community project called Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana.

She was our graphic designer and did a fabulous job bringing life to the guidebook!

Through that, I found out that Stacy had a personal finance blog.  So I thought I’d ask Stacy to contribute to Redeeming Riches, and thankfully she agreed!

So let’s get to know Stacy a little more:

You currently blog at  A Layman’s Guide to Being Thrifty – How did you get your start and how long have you actually been blogging?

My husband and I experienced 16 months of unemployment.

In that time, we had to get incredibly creative on how to cut costs.

I had several people encourage me to blog some tips and stories, so A Laymans Guide to Being Thrifty became a formal blog.

I have been blogging those experiences for the past few months.

Can  you tell us a little more about your faith?

I have been following Christ fully since I was 20 years old.

I had a lot of head knowledge prior to having a convicting conversation with a friend. Since then, I have been actively pursuing a relationship with Christ and sharing his love to others.

My husband and I, along with our three kids, have been attending Bethel Church in Crown Point, IN since 2007. I’m in choir there and serve on Bethel’s mom’s group leadership team.

What are some lessons you hope to share with readers here at Redeeming Riches?

It’s my hope that I can share some creative tips on ways to save money.

I thought my husband and I were extremely frugal prior to his unemployment. It was when we faced desperation that we had to brainstorm ways to be even more savvy with our money.

I hope to share our experiences and lessons learned so that readers can apply them to their lives. Some of these tips may be to an extreme, but hopefully it will provoke readers to really see what they can live without.

Why do you think these are so important?

I’ve had so many people tell me they are at the end of their ropes as far as saving money.

They are still finding themselves struggling even though they are doing all that they can. When I mention something we’ve done, whether by choice or by circumstance, they find additional ways to be thrifty.

What is one unique thing that many people may not know about you yet?

I have a love for Wheel of Fortune. I grew up watching it with my grandmother. I tried out for the show in 2004 and made it to the finals, but I was not selected to be on the show.

If others want to connect with you and your blog, what should they do?

  1. Visit A Layman’s Guide to Being Thrifty
  2. Find me on Facebook
  3. Follow me on Twitter
  4. Email me: shortyred919 [at]

Thanks Stacy, we look forward to reading more tips from you…and hopefully seeing you on Wheel of Fortune some day!


Stacy Layman is a wife to Rusty, a mother to three, and a follower of Christ. She is also a freelance graphic designer and an amateur in many creative endeavors. She currently lives in Hobart, IN.

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