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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Guest Post by Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping

Once again, it's Tuesday and Kyle from Rather-Be-Shopping is helping me out with another of his guest posts.

If you shop online, be sure to bookmark his site - he has an online coupon code for just about everything under the sun. And if you don't see what you need, email him. He'll do his best to find it for you!

This post is right up my alley as we share our home with two German Shorthair Pointers. They're not just pets but members of our family. I can't imagine not having a dog in our family (nor could my husband) even if pet ownership isn't a frugal endeavor.

Of course, I do have a lot of fun when telemarketers from home security companies call and try to sell me their systems - I simply hold up my phone, knock on the wall, and let the salesperson listen to my four-legged security systems!

Enjoy this post from Kyle!

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Love Your Pets, Frugally!

My wife and kids, and I, have a couple furry friends at our house. A Golden Retriever and a Basset Hound to be exact. Quite a combo, they look like the old-time cartoon characters 'Mutt and Jeff'!

The bottom line is that pets can get expensive, especially if you give them monthly flea and tick medicine. Since we live out in the country and have ticks, this is a necessity for us. Now if I can only keep the poison oak off their fur! Our 1 year old girl came down with a poison oak rash a couple weeks ago and needless to say we don't let her pet the dogs now unless they have had a bath.

But there are some things you can do to cut down on the cost of being a pet owner. Here are a few things we do that help quite a bit.

~ Ask Around About Vets. - The veterinarian closest to your home might not be the most affordable. When getting a new pet, ask friends and neighbors with animals who there vet is and what their experience has been. Make an informed decision about the vet you will choose. Nothing worst than picking a vet and then getting your first vaccine and physical exam bill and having it be way more than you expected. I would recommend finding a happy medium as you don't want a cheap vet who you don't trust with your pets either.

~ Buy Supplies Online. - I buy all of their heart worm medicine and flea/tick treatments from 1-800-PetMeds.com. I get if for 15% less than what our veterinarian charges for the same exact stuff. I have not had any problems with their service and they send you handy email reminders when you need to order more. They also have online coupons which I have included at the bottom of this post.

~ Groom Yourself. - I assume you already do this every morning! But I am referring to grooming your pets yourself. Rather than using an expensive professional dog groomer, you can buy clippers and give him/her a haircut yourself. I do this with our Golden Retriever at the beginning of every summer and it saves us a lot of money. Although I have a feeling that people that do take their dog to a groomer probably aren't into frugal living in the first place!

~ Get Creative / Thrift Stores. - I make my own dog toys! A little imagination and some spare parts and you are good to go. I take some old string or rope and old tennis balls, put a small hole in the balls and thread the rope through the hole and I have a great throw, chew, and pull toy that entertains both our dogs for hours. Also, keep an eye out for second hand toys, bedding, and supplies at thrift stores. We scored a great deal on a barely used dog house at out local thrift store a couple years ago.

Feel free to add your own tips. Does anyone make their own dog food? How about carry pet insurance? And of course, here are some online pet coupons to help you save even more.

1-800-PetMeds.com
Get $5 Off your Entire Online Order
Coupon Code: WEBC5
Expiration: 12/31/08
See All: Coupons For 1-800-PetMeds

PetCareRX.com
Get $10 Off your $100+ Online Order + Free Shipping through this Link
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 6/30/08
See All: Coupons for PetCare RX

Petco.com
Get Free shipping when you spend $40 or more
Coupon Code: affreg
Expiration: 6/27/08
See All: Coupons For Petco

PetSmart.com
Get $5 Off your $50+ purchase, $10 Off $75+, or $15 Off your $100+ purchase thru this Link
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 6/16/08
See All: Coupons For PetSmart

Entirely Pets.com (Minimum Purchase Way Too High!)
Get $5 Off your $150+ Online Order + Free Shipping
Coupon Code: MAY5
Expiration: 6/15/08
See All: Coupons For Entirely Pets

Target.com
Save $5 Off your $50+ Online Order through this Link
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 6/30/08
See All: Coupons For Target

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Guest Post by Kyle: Frugal Home DIY

For those of you who don't know Kyle, he's the mastermind behind Rather-Be-Shopping, a site chock full of online coupon codes. If you shop online, be sure to bookmark his site.

Read more about Kyle at my Q & A interview with him!

While it's still only a good deal if you actually need it, home repairs and improvements are a great way to increase the value of your property over the long term and your enjoyment of that home over the short term.

Without further ado, here's Kyle!

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Frugal Home Maintenance and Repair

Last week my 3-year old daughter decided to see how much toilet paper she could stuff down our toilet. I plunged and snaked the commode for what seemed like hours, all to no avail. But I was not about to call a plumber, instead I researched the problem and was able to pull the toilet, remove the HUGE blockage, and put the toilet back with a new wax ring all by myself. I probably saved close to $100 fixing the problem myself. Here are a couple excellent resources for those do-it-yourselfers out there. Followed by some useful online coupons.

~ Seek Free Advice. - While many employees at your 'big box' home improvement stores know very little more than how to tie an apron around their waist, there is always at least one expert in each department. Find out who they are and get to know them by name. They will be a great ally! Invite them to dinner, buy them a hot dog, whatever it takes. They have always given my great free advice.

~ Find a Great Resource Book. - I have one book for the do-it-yourselfer that I carry around like a bible. It is the Readers Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself manual and it is fantastic. It has big ol' pictures and great diagrams for those out there like me, who would prefer to look at a picture than actually have to read! Worth a look, and not very expensive. Now on to some useful related coupons that may help you save some money on your next home repair or maintenance project.

Home Depot.com
Save $5 Off your $50 or more Online Order
Coupon Code: DAD2008
Expiration: 6/10/08
See All: Coupons For Home Depot

Home Annex.com
Save 5% Off your Entire Online Order + Free Shipping
Coupon Code: HARBS06
Expiration: 12/31/08
See All: Coupons For Home Annex.com

Ace Hardware.com
Save $10 Off your $50+ Online Order
Coupon Code: ACEMCHE
Expiration: 6/30/08
See All: Coupons For Ace Hardware

Lowe's
Printable Coupon, Save $10 Off your $25 or more purchase
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 7/31/08
See All: Printable Coupons

JCPenney.com
Free Shipping on your $69 or more order
Coupon Code: FSH4DAD
Expiration: 6/09/08
See All: Coupons For JCPenney

Office Depot.com
Save 10% Off your Entire online order
Coupon Code: 78445094
Expiration: 7/05/08
See All: Coupons For Office Depot

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Guest Post by Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping

It's Thursday, two days later than the usual Tuesday - apologies to all - time for more great ideas and coupon codes from Kyle, the mastermind behind Rather-Be-Shopping. If you're an online shopper, bookmark his site; he's bound to have a coupon code you'll need!

And before you point-click-buy, remember: it's only a great deal if you actually need it!

Get In Shape Frugally

Three years ago, I was at my annual physical and my doctor told me I was 45 pounds overweight. Of course, I already knew this as the mirror does not lie. But I was the king of procrastination and kept telling myself, "I will start working out next month." Next month would come and go and still I did nothing. But having my doctor tell me the health risks associated with extra weight did the trick for me. After all, I want to be at my children's college graduations and weddings. So I vowed to get in shape. It took a couple years of hard work, and dedication, but I am proud to say I lost the weight and feel great about myself! Plus, I did it frugally. No expensive gym membership or home gym system. Here are a few of the things I did:

~ Find Free Calorie Burners. - Stop using the elevator, take the stairs instead. Park way out at the far end of the parking lot and walk. If you do these small things everyday, you will burn a lot more calories every week and they all count!

~ Start Walking or Biking. - The best way to burn enough calories to burn fat is to get your heart rate up for 30 minutes at a time at least 3-5 days per week. Forget the expensive gym membership, there are plenty of free ways to get your exercise. Start doing a brisk walk or bike ride around the neighborhood in the evening or early morning. Also, dust off that bike, or buy one if you don't have one! I ride my bike all the time. It is great frugal exercise. Plus, it is something fun that you can do it with your kids.

~ Give Yourself Permission. - As a very busy father of 3 small children, it was hard to give myself permission to exercise. So I try to exercise after the kids go to bed, or at my lunch break, so it does not take away from family time. By finally giving myself permission to exercise, I came to the realization that I actually became a better Dad. My mind was sharper, I did not get tired easily, and physically I could keep up with them! I now can run alongside my 6 year old son and not lose my breath. What a great feeling!

Unfortunately, I can't say I spent zero money getting in shape and losing weight. I did buy a mountain bike and some free weights. Although, both were money well spent because they helped me reach my goal and they didn't require a start-up fee and monthly dues like a gym membership. Here are a few related coupons that can help you save some money. But like Marianne says, it isn't a great deal if you don't need it! For example, try to put new tires on your old bike before you buy a new one!

Sports Authority.com
Save 15% Off Any Single Item in your Online Order (Discount Shows at Checkout)
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Sports Authority

Eastbay.com
Save 10% Off your Entire Online Order
Coupon Code: LKS18Y5M
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Eastbay

Modell's Sporting Goods.com
Save 15% Off your Entire Online Order (Discount Shows at Checkout)
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Modells

Dicks Sporting Goods
Save 15% Off your Entire Online Order (Discount Shows at Checkout)
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Dicks Sporting Goods

Footlocker.com
Save 15% Off your Entire Online Order
Coupon Code: LKS18M55
Expiration: 5/30/08
See All: Coupons For Footlocker

Fogdog Sports
Save 15% Off your Entire Online Order (Discount Shows at Checkout)
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Fogdog

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Guest Post by Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping

It's Tuesday, which means more great ideas and coupon codes from Kyle, the mastermind behind Rather-Be-Shopping. If you're an online shopper, bookmark his site; he's bound to have a coupon code you'll need!

And before you point-click-buy, remember: it's only a great deal if you actually need it!

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I really enjoyed Marianne's post last week Going Frugal: Investing in High $$ Items. I too am a firm believer that you will actually save money in the long run by investing in certain high quality items. So I wanted to take this opportunity to do a sequel to Marianne's post and add my 2 cents.

~ KitchenAid Stand Mixer - I asked for my wife's opinion on this topic and she immediately said her KitchenAid electric stand mixer. She uses it all the time for baking and cooking and she says the controls are simple, she loves the attachments, it is very well made, and should last her the rest of her life! Cost was close to $300 but she does not regret a penny of it. The savings comes from making, not buying, cookies, pie crust, breads, and much more.

~ Britax Car Seat - Before our first child was born, over 6 years ago, we did our research and everything we read kept pointing us back to the Britax Roundabout car seat. Unfortunately, it was also the most expensive one on the market. But my wife and I wanted the safest car seat available and the safety reviews, and usability, were hard to argue with so we made the purchase. At the time, we paid around $220. I think they are a bit cheaper now. It was one of the best purchases we ever made. It is very easy to install and it is so well built that all three of our kids used it. As a Dad, I loved the safety features and the kids were all very comfortable sitting in it. A couple of times we used other brand car seats on vacation and it made me really appreciate our Britax! A great investment for our family.

~ Tools - I have to agree with Marianne on this one! Every time I have skimped on a tool purchase it has come back to haunt me. This has been my experience with both power tools and hand tools. This does not mean that I buy professional grade, top of the line only, but it does mean that I do my research before I buy and make sure I am getting something that will last and not drive me crazy trying to use! Definitely worth the extra money. Quality tools will shave costs by allowing you to do your own home repairs and improvement projects.

What would you add to the list? Looking forward to your comments!

Here are some online coupons that can help you save money on the 3 things I mentioned.

Baby Center.com
Free Shipping on your $49+Online Order
Coupon Code: FREESHIP49
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Baby Center

Baby Age.com
Free Shipping on your $99+Online Order
Coupon Code: MAY99
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Baby Age

Baby Universe.com
Free Shipping on your Britax order thru this Link
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 6/02/08
See All: Coupons For Baby Universe

Target.com
Save $5 Off your $50+ order thru this Link
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 6/30/08
See All: Coupons For Target

Overstock.com
Save $15 Off your $200+ Online Order thru this Link
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 5/15/08
See All: Coupons For Overstock

Smart Bargains.com
Save 12% Off your Entire Online Order (New customers only)
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Smart Bargains

Tool King.com
Save $10 Off your $250+ order, or $20 Off your $300+ order
Coupon Code: STELLAR
Expiration: 5/14/08
See All: Coupons For Tool King

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I want to note that you might be one of those lucky souls who can find a great deal on these larger $$ items on eBay or through Craigslist or Freecycle. But you do need to exhibit a good bit of Buyer Beware know-how; there's nothing more disappointing than finding out the great deal you scored is just a lemon in disguise.

If the price of some of these items seems a bit out of reach, get creative! Do you have a close friend or family member who'd benefit from the item, too? Maybe you can buy one together, split the cost, and split the usage.

Thanks to all who've commented and shared their fave high $$ frugal investments! Please jump in and share yours if you haven't already!

Happy Savings!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Guest Post by Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping

It's Tuesday, which means more great ideas and coupon codes from Kyle, the mastermind behind Rather-Be-Shopping. If you're an online shopper, bookmark his site; he's bound to have a coupon code you'll need!

And before you point-click-buy, remember: it's only a great deal if you actually need it!

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With the price of gas seemingly rising with no end in sight, I wanted to pass along some frugal ways you can get the most bang for your buck in terms of better gas mileage.

~ Properly Inflate Your Tires. Under inflated tires will lower your gas mileage.

~ Don't Be Cheap on Car Maintenance. Use quality motor oil, change oil filter regularly, keep air filters clean. Follow your car's recommended maintenance schedule. Not only will these tips keep your car efficient but it will add to your engine's life.

~ Drive Efficiently. Avoid fast accelerations and drive the speed limit. Both of which will help significantly to help you get the most miles per gallon of gas.

~ Sell The Gas Guzzler. Let somebody else fill up your gas tank! Get rid of it and buy a more fuel efficient vehicle. Seems obvious but I know plenty of people who just keep driving their big SUV and keep complaining about the high price of gas. I don't get it.

~ Get Some Nice Shoes! Start walking more, start riding your bike to work or the grocery store. Also, start utilizing your local bus service a couple days a week. This is not an option for everybody, but if you have local bus service, use it.

If you are in need of a new air filter, oil filter, tire pressure gage, or something related, here are a couple online coupons that can help you save some money on purchases for your car. Also, if you don't have a car, I have thrown in some coupons for comfortable walking shoes! Not only will you avoid the high prices at the pump but you will get in great shape.

JCWhitney.com
Save $15 Off your $100+ order -OR- $50 Off your $250+ order
Coupon Code: DEAAEX8
Expiration: 5/08/08
See All: Coupons For JCWhitney

Auto Anything.com
Save $20 Off your $399+ Online Order + Free Shipping
Coupon Code: KEEP20
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Auto Anything

And Coupons for Shoes: :-)

Shoebuy.com
Save 10% Off your Entire Online Order + Free Shipping and No Sales Tax
Coupon Code: SHOEBUY
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Shoebuy

Shoes.com
Save $5 Off your $50+ order + Free Shipping
Coupon Code: MAY50
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Shoes.com

Eastbay.com
Save 10% Off your Entire Online Order
Coupon Code: LKS18Y5M
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Eastbay

Finishline.com
Save 15% Off your $60+ Online Order
Coupon Code: 140387
Expiration: 7/31/08
See All: Coupons For Finishline

Timberland.com
Save 10% Off your Entire Online Order
Coupon Code: SAVE10
Expiration: 6/30/08
See All: Coupons For Timberland

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Guest Post by Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping

Once again, it's Tuesday and Kyle, the mastermind behind the coupon code treasure trove that is Rather-Be-Shopping has a great guest post with current coupon codes to share with you, the Frugal Faithful.

As always, remember this before you point-click-buy: it's only a good deal if you actually need it!

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Never wear white after Labor Day, or was it Memorial Day? My gosh, who cares! I never understood those kind of fashion tips. How about we wear what we like and what we feel comfortable in. Maybe stuff like that just doesn't matter to me because I am guy. I consider myself more of a frugal fashion connoisseur. I have put together a decent business and casual wardrobe by following these two frugal fashion principles.

~ Go Basic First. When buying shirts, blouses, skirts, and pants, go for your basic black, blue, white, and grays first. They provide the most mix-and-match possibilities. You can very easily match these colors together, as well as with accessories like jackets, ties, and shoes.

~ Stick With Classic Cuts. - Stay away from the newest fad in clothing and go for the classic styles. This way your clothes will stay fashionable longer. This is especially true if you spend money for high quality clothing. This is a case where spending a little extra can actually save you some money in the long run. If you are in need of some new threads for summer, or work, or whatever else, these online coupons may be able to save you some money.

Lane Bryant.com
Save 20% OFF your ENTIRE Online Order
Coupon Code: SAVE-8PCF
Expiration: 6/01/08
See All Coupons For: Lane Bryant.com

JCPenney.com
Save 15% OFF your $75+ Online Order
Coupon Code: MGP79
Expiration: 4/30/08
See All Coupons For: JCPenney.com

Fashion Bug.com
Save 15% Off your Entire Online Order
Coupon Code: 776214603
Expiration: 6/18/08
See All Coupons For: Fashion Bug

Jessica London.com
Save $15 Off your $75+ order, $25 Off $100+, or Save $30 Off your $150+ order
Coupon Code: JLA5903
Expiration: 4/30/08
See All Coupons For: Jessica London

Chadwick's.com
Save 40% OFF your item when you buy 2 or More
Coupon Code: CH4APR
Expiration: 4/30/08
See All Coupons For: Chadwick's of Boston

Classic Closeouts.com
Save $10 Off your $40 or more Online Order
Coupon Code: SUNSHINE
Expiration: 4/30/08
See All Coupons For: Classic Closeouts

Roaman's.com
Save 20% Off your $100 or more Online Order
Coupon Code: RD12321
Expiration: 6/30/08
See All Coupons For: Roaman's

Catherines' Plus Sizes.com
Save 20% Off your Entire Online Order
Coupon Code: 776886400
Expiration: 5/01/08
See All Coupons For: Catherines

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Guest Post by Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping

First of all, a huge thanks to Marianne for giving me the opportunity to do an ongoing guest feature on her terrific blog. I hope I can bring a unique perspective to the Frugal Faithful!

A little bit about me, I reside in northern California with my wife (a stay-at-home mom) and our 3 young kids (6y, 3y, 11months). I own and operate a website called Rather-Be-Shopping.com which specializes in online coupons for over 500 stores, organized in 23 shopping categories. I also have a blog, where I write about frugal living, saving money tips, and other musings. I stay very busy but I would not want it any other way!

As I mentioned I live in northern California in the Sacramento Valley, where it gets HOT! By hot, I mean 110 degree days are fairly common come mid-July. The weather currently is starting to get pretty warm and thoughts of 110 degree days are creeping out of the crevices of my mind like a rattlesnake in Death Valley. This has got me thinking of some frugal ways of lowering your cooling bill this summer. I wanted to share some tips that I have used in the past with great success.

~ Invest In A Whole House Fan - We put one in our home a few years ago and it is great. They are typically installed in the hallway ceiling of the home. When turned on, it works by pulling in the cool air from the outside and bringing it in the house and sending the hot air into your attic and out the exterior vents. I open up the windows and sliding doors and turn it on around 9 pm and then again at about 6:00 am all summer long and it cools off the house at least 5-10 degrees. If you live in an area of the country that is very humid the house fan may not be as affective.

~ Plant A Tree - Two years ago we planted a couple Crepe Myrtle trees in front of our living room and bedroom window and this summer they will be big enough to shade the window all afternoon. Not only do they add to the landscape but they provide valuable shade. A great investment!

~ Curtain Call - Keep shades and curtains closed when direct sunlight is hitting the windows. This is a great way to keep the cool air in and the hot sunlight out.

~ Programmable Thermostat - If you don't have one, get one! They are not very expensive. You can pick up a quality one for around $50. We have a White-Rodgers brand thermostat and have been very happy with it. The cool thing about them (no pun intended) is that you can program them to have your A/C unit turned down when you are not home and then have it click back to your desired temperature shortly before you arrive. I don't recommend having your A/C set to off when you are not home because in the long run you will end up using more power getting your home back to your desired temperature.

~ Make Use Of Ceiling Fans - Run them counter-clockwise to disperse the air. This will force the air down towards the floor which creates a nice breeze. Stagnant air is much less comfortable than feeling a breeze across your face from a fan. By doing this, you may be able to stand have your A/C set at 78 degrees or higher.

~ Replace Air Filters - Dirty filters restrict air flow and make your entire cooling system less efficient. Replace them monthly during the summer months. Again, not very expensive and well worth it.

So other than living in your swimming pool, how do you keep your cooling bill as low as possible? I know this is only a partial list so I look forward to more ideas. Finally, here are some online coupons that may be able to help you save some additional money getting your house ready for summer.

Smith + Noble Blinds.com
Save 15% OFF your ENTIRE order (New Customers Only)
Coupon Code: SAVE-8PCF
Expiration: 5/28/08
See All Coupons For: Smith + Noble.com

Ace Hardware.com
Save $20 OFF your $125+ order thru this Link Only (Discount appears at checkout)
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 4/30/08
See All Coupons For: Ace Hardware.com

Gardener's Supply Company.com
Save 10% Off your $75 or more Online Order thru this Link Only
Coupon Code: None Needed
Expiration: 5/29/08
See All Coupons For: Gardeners Supply Co.

Blinds.com
Save $10 OFF your $150+ order + Free Shipping
Coupon Code: 10200509
Expiration: 4/24/08
See All Coupons For: Blinds.com

Home Annex.com
Save 5% Off your Entire Online Order + Free Shipping
Coupon Code: HARBS06
Expiration: 12/31/08
See All Coupons For: Home Annex.com

Better Homes and Gardens Store.com
Save $15 Off your $100 or more Online Order
Coupon Code: SAVE15
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All Coupons For: Better Homes and Gardens Store

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Thanks for the great ideas, Kyle, on how to lower our cooling bills this summer. I'd like to add my two cents by noting that the IRS offers Tax Credits to individuals who make home improvements that increase the energy efficiency of their homes.

Read the IRS article here which details what types of home improvements are eligible for the credits then be sure to save your receipts for next year's filing.

You'll also see at the bottom of the IRS article that purchasing a hybrid vehicle may make you eligible for a tax credit. If filling up at the gas station lately is causing you to hyperventilate- like me! - read how the tax credit could help you should you decide to go hybrid.

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!