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Heather’s Savings Story

by Freebies4Mom on October 13, 2011 9:00 am

Why should you SAVE? Why do I SAVE?

Being frugal is smart. It doesn’t matter what your income is, because how you spend your money reflects on what values you have. Smart people save money in many different ways. I save money by taking advantage of freebies to help me stretch my budget on consumable products like food, household items, and entertainment. I blog to help you save money too so that you have more money to SAVE for your future.

I grew up shopping at garage sales, bought my groceries in college using clipped coupons, and hunted down diaper deals when I became a mom. My desire to save money on everything my family purchased became even more important as we tried to adjust our household budget when we welcomed our second son in 2006 and lived on one income. I scoured magazines to learn how to save more money and was introduced to online resources and blogs like Baby Cheapskate. Angie’s blog was the first blog I read on a regular basis, and I didn’t even realize that it was a blog at first!

As I learned new ways to save money with free samples, coupons, rebates, giveaways, and sweepstakes I was so excited about what I was learning that I had to share it with my friends. I sent out a weekly email to my friends who were also looking for ways to save money, and they started sharing my weekly email with their friends until I was sending out hundreds of emails every week and was warned by my email provider that I was sending too many emails.

I had to take my freebie-sharing to an online format – but how could I do that if I didn’t know the computer programming language that websites were built upon? I knew I couldn’t afford to spend money on building a website, I had to learn how to do it myself for as cheaply as possible. A computer-savvy friend gave me the push I needed to start a blog and the initial cost was only the price of the domain name I purchased http://Freebies4Mom.com. I blog from my own personal experience, but I blog to help my readers because there is nothing more rewarding for me than hearing that I’ve had a positive effect on another family by helping them save money.

Four years later my blog is now my own business that provides for my family and is helping us achieve our financial dreams – to be debt free, save for our children’s college education, and save for our retirement. I want to continue sharing what I’m learning about fun ways to save money without feeling deprived, because my readers deserve to be spoiled with freebies!

I’m at Save Up ’11 in New York City, a gathering of bloggers who are learning how to help you save more money! The conference is sponsored by Savings.com and they’ve encouraged me to share my personal savings story along with my fellow Deal Pros. Hear more “Savings Stories” like mine during the Livestreaming Event at 3:15 pm CT today plus there’s a free Couponing Class before that at 2:15 pm CT. Register for this event on Facebook for a chance to win an iPad 2.

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Jennifer Rockefeller October 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Thanks for sharing your story.  Your  so smart,and being frugal is smart!!

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stack October 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Your readers certainly appreciate all your hard work and honesty(about when you are sponsored to make offers) Though I only get about half of the samples and coupons I request that you most,thats way more thn I would get without your great website-and the free after rebate offers I would never see.Thanks

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Debbie October 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Great post and really inspirational. I have learned so much from SaveUp!

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Lori Downs October 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Four years! Wow time flies! So happy for you that this has worked out to be what you wished for!! While I may be hiding in the background here I’m still reading and taking advantage of the great deals you post! Thank you!

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Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thanks, Lori – hope you are doing well! I’m still sad you aren’t blogging along with me but you know you can startup again any time!

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