I am thanking Leandra @ Coupons Are Great for posting about this! I am a few days late in the game but after reading about it I had to jump on it too! It’s a great way to see other people’s blogs and learn all sorts of information that others have to share on their blogs. While I am in the process of a Blog Makeover I was a bit hesitant to join in but I could not pass it up Its a great way to meet new bloggers!
Anywho I am Lauren a stay at home mom of 3 little ones, ages 5, 3, and 2 months and a college student. My husband in is the military and when we first moved away from home things were tight, I used coupons at the commissary when I went shopping and would buy extra when it was really really cheap, but back then I did not stockpile like I do now. When my son was about 6 months I ended up getting a job to bring in more money and I worked at a fast food place. I hated it, and knew there had to be something better out there then being exhausted from working from 6pm till 2am and getting up at 730 in the morning. Then I was browsing online one night and came across hotcouponworld.com and saw a post about FREE Crutons at Acme! I knew we had one not to far from us and gathered all the coupons I had(about 10 of them) and off I went to Acme. So I started my new way of shopping in 2008 by couponing like crazy! CVS was where you could find me a few nights a week and Acme since they are right next to each other. After a few months of seeing how much I could get for almost nothing at CVS and how much I could save at Acme I learned about couponing at the commissary to make it even better since they allow overage. After couponing for a few months friends were asking me how I was doing it and what I was doing so I started this blog in attempts to keep a 1200.00 budget for the year of 2009. Part way threw the year life got complicated with going to school and getting pregnant and ready to have a baby that I stopped posting for a few months. In Jan 2010 I really had begun missing my blogging and started back up again, I once again attempted to do my 1200.00 budget but a new baby can really ruffle a house schedule so at the moment I am only posting deals and freebies I find while at home we are still sticking to the budget, I just dont have enough time in my day to post my actual shopping trips everytime I go to the store.
My whole life I can remember my mom using coupons, her thought was if you could save a buck why not just use the coupon so I grew up knowing about coupons. My mom had a stockpile and would stock up when things were cheap and when I was out on my own with dh it seemed odd not to have a full pantry but finding my own coupon niche has been the best thing ever. We have overflowing cabinets and a stockpile of diapers for the new baby that I wish I had with the other 2. I dreaded the time when wed be down to 2 diapers with the other 2 and I am loving that now I just walk out to the garage and get them:)
I started my blog out originally to track my savings along with people asking me about the deals I was doing and now I am loving that I can tell other people about all the great deals and freebies that I find out there and also share information about cool products with people and give them a chance to win them when I do a giveaway.My husband also says the b says his favorite benefit of my blog is that he does not have to hear me talk about my deals to him all day long LOL, although he does Love the benefits of couponing. I love being able to share the knowledge I have with others.
This blog party got me excited when I saw it because it gives others a chance to see my blog and for me to share information with many other people. This blog Party is AWESOME! and along with being able to meet many new people the prizes are great! The prizes that I would love to win are
US 39-Gift certificate for any 2 nights stay at any Hilton Garden Inn
US 40- 3day 3 night stay at Holiday Inn Main Gate
US 4- Baking Magic For Kids (My kids would LOVE this!)
Other prizes I am interested in are USC 12, USC27, USC 3, INTL 2, INTL 40
Thank you so much for stopping by! I am excited to meet new people and help you all save money:)
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