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Monday, April 21, 2008

Get to Know Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping

As promised, today is my Q&A with Kyle, the mastermind behind Rather-Be-Shopping. If you do any online shopping at all, bookmark his site; if you need an online coupon code, he's got it!

Without further ado, here's our email interview!


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How did you discover The New Frugal Mom?

I am a recovering (not really) blog hopper and am always amazed at the vast knowledge and information that is shared in the blogosphere. I just happened to stumble upon The New Frugal Mom from the BeCentsable blog where I am also participating in the Grocery Gathering, providing the online coupons section.

Can you tell me a little about your website and your blog? How did you get started online? Did you plan on making a go of it as a full-time venture or did that just happen as the site grew and evolved?

I started the online coupon section of my website way back in 2001. I was shopping online at Christmas back in 2000, and I saw a box that said, "Enter Your Coupon Code Here", I had never heard of a coupon code before, so I did some research on putting together a site that would categorize these coupons and the idea was born! I started out doing it part-time, and as my site grew in popularity, I realized that I might be able to make a go of it full-time. So in 2003 I switched over to full-time and haven't looked back. I earn a commission on sales generated through my site and links. But you can only talk about coupons for a certain amount of time before you get kinda bored, so last summer I started the Rather-Be-Shopping.com blog and it gave me a great outlet for my creativity. I do blog about coupons from time to time, but I mainly write about frugal living and making your money go as far as possible in everyday life.

How can Rather-Be-Shopping help the Frugal Faithful? I mean, we're the Frugal Faithful, not the Shopping Faithful, right?

Yeah, I am a guy who would “rather be shopping” (insert joke here), but my site is all about saving money when not only shopping but in everyday living. As a father of 3 small kids and living on a tight budget, I know a lot about frugal living and making your paycheck go as far as possible. The bottom-line is we need clothes and other basic necessities and there are ways to get the best deal possible on this stuff. This is why I blog about real ways to save money by putting frugality in practice, along with how to make extra income, and to keep things fun, I write about the adventures and mis-adventures of raising 3 active kids!

Are you and your family on your own Frugal Journey - trying to do more with less? What's been your biggest frugal/savings success?

My wife is a stay-at-home Mom and I would not want it any other way. For us, this means frugal living started as more of a necessity than a choice. But along the way, a neat thing happened, we actually found a more meaningful life by enjoying the things and blessing that we do have, and stopped focusing on the things that we "wanted" or didn't have. Saving success for my family started when we were able to take an honest look at where our money was going every month. By doing this, we were able to cut out the "stuff" that just didn't add to happiness. Expensive meals out, rarely used gym membership, and cable TV to name a few.

What kind of information do you plan on sharing here at The New Frugal Mom each week? What can we expect?

First of, I try to not take myself to seriously. So this means my posts are light hearted and may even make you laugh out loud from time to time. Hopefully, the laughs will be intended! But I am all about keeping it real. I plan on choosing a topic each week and exploring that topics and offering tips and advice that you can use in your life. That is my goal, to share information that can actually be used. No pie in the sky ideas. Then, since I am a coupon fanatic, I will offer some coupons related to the topic at hand that may be helpful. But as Marianne pointed out to me in a recent email, and advice that I agree with 100%, just because a coupon can save you 30% off the regular price, it is only a great deal if you can actually afford it and need it.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Looking forward to getting to know your blog readers and offering some tips and coupons that can help them out a bit!

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Thanks for the interview, Kyle; it's always nice to know the people behind the blogs and websites we visit everyday. And I agree with you 100% - the blogosphere is an amazing place, filled with people who genuinely want to help others by sharing information. I'm glad to be a part of it!

Tomorrow, Tuesday 4/22, Kyle will guest post here at The New Frugal Mom. I encourage all of you to check here then and also visit his site and blog, too.

Happy Savings!