Blogger Hall of Fame
ShopAtHome.com is excited to announce its 2012 Blogger "Hall of Fame" featuring our blogger partners to celebrate and honor them!
Our bloggers do a fabulous job finding great deals for
their readers, couponing and helping families stretch their dollars. Be sure and check out
their tips below and visit their blogs. Feel free to leave a comment on their blog, fan their
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getting to know all of you!
My frugal journey started after the birth of my first child. My husband was an active duty Marine. We were young (still are!) and were not prepared for the many responsibilities that come with adulthood and parenting.
In all honesty, our focus was way more on materialistic things – making sure that the kiddos looked adorable and that we did too. Going out to buy new clothes and driving flashy cars were at the top of our list. We worked hard to make it look, at least on the outside, that our lives were perfect.
The sad truth was that we had started digging a big financial hole – one that was going to be very difficult to get out of. I was depressed on the inside, but I just ignored that feeling and pushed it to the side by purchasing more and pretending.
Soon enough, our credit card debt was out of control, and a vicious cycle had begun. The more depressed I became, the more I spent.
I began blogging, under the name of Hip2Save, as a way to chart a new path for myself and to get my spending habits under control. My family and friends were my readers and my support base.
Blogging gave me the courage to try out new behaviors, use my imagination, and explore new possibilities. At the same time, it helped me shift my priorities: Family and the simple pleasures in life came to the forefront, and material things took a back seat.
Learn more about Hip2Save and enter for a chance to win one of 12 $25 Fandango gift cards!
Collin's Tips on Couponing:
Back in 2002, I was a stay at home mom with a new baby and married to a full-time Marine. Being a young stay at home mom is not easy, as I’m sure many of you know. I dealt with feelings of sadness after having my first child at 20 and of course, that made me feel even more depressed because why wasn’t I happy? I had a new baby boy. What was wrong with me? I felt like a horrible person. These feelings of loneliness and depression led to secret and uncontrollable spending until I discovered coupons.
What couponing did for me.
Couponing made me feel like I was contributing in a huge way.
Couponing made me feel like I was part of a community.
Couponing helped me give back, which in turn gave me a sense of purpose.
Couponing helped me stop the secret spending.
Couponing helped me climb out of the massive hole I had been sitting in for so long.
Couponing steered me out of my depression. Couponing saved my life.
For more tips on how to save money, visit www.hip2save.com