Welcome to the Poor Girl’s Guide to fabulousness!

about us…

A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago, is a website, bible, survival kit and go-to guide to living in Chicago on a budget. Our specialties include: DIY crafting, decorating tips, entertainment/party ideas, recipes and all things budget-friendly in Chicago. Our mission is to scour the windy city for the best events, deals, coupons and money saving secrets, so you don’t have to.

Poor Girl’s Guide an LDC publication.

More of what you’ll find on PG:

  • Local events
  • Coupons
  • Sales
  • Entertaining /Holiday ideas
  • Recipes
  • Crafts
  • DIY tips
  • Home decor
  • Designer looks for less
  • Money saving tips
  • + More

founding “Poor Girl”:

Lauren (Wulf) LaRoche

By day, and by night for that matter, Lauren LaRoche is a designer, writer and avid bargain hunter. Using her passion for writing and love of a good deal, she combined her two favorite things and started the website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago in 2008.

On A Poor Girl’s Guide, you’ll find local events, sales, money saving tips, DIY crafts, entertaining ideas, recipes and more. A Poor Girl’s Guide is a website, bible, survival kit and go-to guide to living in Chicago on a budget.

Even if you’re not a resident of Chicago, Lauren hopes A Poor Girl’s Guide is a great resource for thrifty gals (and guys) everywhere.

Lauren has been a contributing journalist to CBS Local Chicago, Examiner, AOL On Sugar and Shecky’s Media, Inc.

Lauren lives in Chicago with her husband Matt and official Poor Girl Pooch, Honey B.

inspiration behind it all:

As the old saying goes, “There’s nothing like learning from the master.” As mothers go, mine is not only the master at finding a good bargain, but the best mother you can find. One of the most valuable lessons (pun intended ) I’ve learned from her is how to stretch a dollar without skimping on what you want.

Here’s to getting the most out of life…and not your pocketbook.


Lauren (Wulf) LaRoche

Founder/Executive Director


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Poor Girl’s Guide is published by LDC

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