Thursday, April 28, 2011

Super cute giveaway!

I've recently stumbled across a great site.  Fantastic handmade items, great for daydreaming about!  Someday I will be able to actually make a purchase...  In the meantime, though, they are doing a fun giveaway!  Check it out here and give the owl a name.  Yup - that's all you have to do, just name the adorable owl doorstop & you're entered to win it!  Hurry though, they are picking the winner TOMORROW at 10 pm.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Interview with MrCoupon!

A few days ago I posted about a great opportunity I had to interview Nathan Engels, aka MrCoupon.  If you are a fan of TLC's "Extreme Couponing", you may recognize him from there.  He is also the man behind (a site I have totally fallen in love with!).  I also had the chance to ask his mom a question as well - double the fun, folks!  This was my first interview opportunity, so I am thrilled to be able to share it with you!  Without further delay, here ya go!

How did you get into couponing?  My wife and I got married and realized we were deeply in debt.  So we cut up our credit cards and set a grocery budget.  In order to stretch our budget we looked to coupons to help us!
What is the reaction of friends and family members to your couponing and stockpiling?  They love it.  My friends joke they have the five finger discount when they come to our house!  They have five fingers and seems to leave with their fingers full LOL. 
What is your best couponing tip for new couponers?  I have really only have TWO!  I call them to two “O’s.  Online and Organization.  Both are super important.  Get online and get organized!
What is the one thing you would warn them against when starting out?  I actually made a video about that here:
I read in another interview you gave that a large portion of your purchases are donated - have you found that couponing allows you to give back to the community in other ways as well?  Sure we do many free coupon classes and raise awareness about debt and how it destroys people.  If you are curious about our TLC donations, check out these threads: and here

And for your mom:  Do you have any advice to other family / friends of couponers & stockpilers?
Get online!! Go to couponing sites & forums.  By using online coupon forums, like, you get thousands of other people helping you to find great deals!  Great preparation  = tons of savings!
Great tips for us all! If you haven't yet, definitely go check out - great tips for beginning couponers as well as the more experienced.  Not to mention great people and a lot of fabulous ideas to make your life a little more beautiful!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Great Giveaway!

I've never been a "shoe girl".  I'm just not that into shopping for shoes.  Same thing goes for clothes, for the most part (unless they're clothes for my guys).  I'm kind of hard to fit, and I just never could justify spending the money.  So what's the point of this little revelation?  I do have one MAJOR obsession weakness - I love love LOVE cute bags.  I don't buy them often, but when I can - watch out!  I love going & wandering through purse sections of stores, just dreaming.  There may or may not be some minor stroking of the leather.... I'm not gonna say.  So, after that admission on my part - I have got great news for any other purse fiends enthusiasts out there!  Go here and check out this giveaway!  Real Moms Real Views and Kelly Moore Bags are giving away one of these GORGEOUS bags!  They are a fantastic way to hold all those essentials we women are known to carry - cameras, kid stuff, guy stuff, and still have room for our own necessities!  I know after checking out the website I'm in love for sure!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stay Tuned!

I have to admit, we don't have cable right now - it is one of the things that just didn't make the budget.  I don't often miss it (my other half doesn't feel quite the same way about it), but I am a bit bummed that I haven't been able to watch Extreme Couponing on TLC.  I'm not sure that I'd watch it often, but at least once in a while.  I'd try to catch it online, but I also don't have sound on my computer right now (speaker malfunction - new ones are also not in the budget right away).  In any event, I was given the opportunity to interview Nathan from Extreme Couponing (aka Mr. Coupon) - stay tuned for that, I'm sure you won't want to miss it!

Friday, April 8, 2011

All About Boys!

I am surrounded by testosterone.  Yup, that's right - I'm the only girl at my house.  Don't get me wrong, I love it, but there are those moments that I just wonder what on earth to do to entertain the kiddo.  His dad is easier, but that's a whole different post!  Well, if you're like me and sometimes look at those little men in your life and just shake your head (you know how it goes...) then go here and check out a FANTASTIC blog event that's geared JUST FOR BOYS!  I know I'll be there!  Giveaways, activities, craft ideas and SO much more!  It all starts April 22, so mark your calendars to check it out - I'm sure you'll be glad you did!