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Hi, My name is Hollie Pollard, aka the Common Cents Mom.

Well I probably have lots in common with many who will visit here. I am a woman on a mission. My mission here is to share the story of one mom and how I save  in ways that make sense and save me cents. I will also share stories of the community I love dearly. I write from the perspective of a Muslim mother.

I am  also a  parent raising a special needs child. I blog, tweet, and look for great deals and great brands that can help me spend less. I do review products and websites that my readers would find useful. I love when I can share a great tool, brand or site that is great on the budget.

As a Muslim woman I am about avoiding interest at all costs, avoiding debt as much possible, making sure I am giving to others, and still finding ways to thrive in this world.

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. At one time I was married and owned 5 homes and even a ranch. I know first had what it means to begin again with nothing. I have survived divorce, fire and a natural disaster  and know what each can do to a person and their pocket book. I now earn a middle income wage.

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 10 yrs as an adult), Montreal, Truro,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.

You can reach me:

Email me at

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy reading.


PS. Some interesting stats:

Common Cents Mom is one of the top 20 blogs in the GTA written by one person according to Alexa

Common Cents Mom is one of the top  20 Money blogs in Canada.

Common Cents Mom is also the number 5 Muslim Mom blog globally according to Alexa.

Common Cents Mom on Twitter is one of the top 50 Tweeters in the GTA with over 4,000 followers

My current klout score is 65 and increasing each month.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2009 2:29 pm

    Nice to meet you! I hope you are enjoying the UBP09!

    When you get the chance stop by and say hi. I’m writing about living an abundant life (on a budget).

    Enjoy the Party!


  2. April 9, 2009 5:31 am

    Look at you Hollie – long time no visit – love the new site, the new name and are you working now? belated congrats (I think?! 🙂 – I have a lot of catching up to do…I like that you link Attack of the Redneck Mom – I’ve always loved her site and her tales.

    Take care and how’s my fave Toronto imp? She must have grown like a weed sine I last saw a pic of her.

  3. holliep permalink*
    April 10, 2009 4:12 pm

    Thanks Holy, stop by any time! Girl you know you are always welcome!

  4. bob permalink
    September 1, 2010 3:08 am

    are you still muslim?

  5. Hollie permalink*
    September 1, 2010 3:30 am

    Yes Bob I am. For those of you who don’t know earlier this year I was thinking I could re-embrance Christianity. It seems God had other plans. I am a practicing Muslim.

  6. March 31, 2011 12:36 pm

    Hi Hollie

    Wow. Your story is amazing — and inspiring. It’s an honour to get to know you on twitter. I’ll be coming back to often.

    Sincerely Pam @writewrds

  7. Gloria permalink
    April 1, 2011 10:28 pm

    i like to read ur articles Hollie Bear.!!!!!!! Soon Rachel will be writing for u and U will have to pay her. heheheh. Commencentsdaughter.. lol im trying to keep u with u in facebook and in ur blog. go girl go..!

  8. June 9, 2011 9:10 pm

    Salam alaykom sis,
    mashallah !! love your story and love the idea you have on this blog
    Keep it up 😉


  9. Wally permalink
    August 24, 2011 6:07 pm

    Hi Hollie!

    I love your blog, you’re doing a great job sharing your experiences and tips for people looking to save money.

    I was wondering what resources you’ve found for people without credit cards. I’ve found coupons and has interac for daily deals now, but I’m still looking for more.

    Can you help? Thank you!

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