About I am THAT lady

Posted at 4:09 PM on Oct 26, 2011 by I am THAT Lady: Mark

Oct 26th, 2011


I am so happy that you have come to I am THAT Lady!  Let me introduce myself; my name is Lauren and I am 33 years young.  I have been married to my husband for 12 years and we have 4 beautiful children together; ages 8,4,3 and a 10 months!  First and foremost, I am a Christian woman who is striving to do the best with the money that God has entrusted to me, my husband and I love to help others learn how to be wise with their finances through budgeting, coupons, and money saving tips.


In 2007 Mark and I were very comfortable with money, he is an actuary and has always made a great living for us, and I was driving a Pink Cadillac with Mary Kay Cosmetics.  I had earned my Cadillac within a year of starting Mary Kay and I was making a pretty good living, the only problem was that we were in a LOT of credit card debt and I wanted to be a stay at home mommy to our son (then 18 months old). We felt it best that I quit my job with Mary Kay so I could stay at home, only to realize that financially, we could not afford it.  We were running a deficit every month; it was hard to pay the bills and buy diapers and groceries. We had purchased our home as a 2 income family, and now we only had 1 income.  I remember sitting on our bed one night looking at our bills and crying.  It was such a dark and desperate time for me, I wanted to help out financially but we were just in too much of a hole, I saw no hope….

We decided I had to go to work full time at night as a server at a local Steakhouse, I went to work every night and wasn’t able to put my son to bed at night.  I was so sad having to miss out on that every night, I forgot what he ate for dinner and what his favorite bed time story was.  We prayed about it and took a look at our budget again, we figured that if we could cut back our grocery/eating out spending to $200 per month, I could stay at home.  We had never budgeted before, we bought what we wanted and if we couldn’t afford it we would put it on our credit card.  We figured we had been spending on average $1,000 per month on eating out and groceries for our family of 3, so cutting that down to $200 was a SHOCK to me, but I love a challenge!

I had never used a coupon before, but I had heard about them :).  I googled how to use coupons that night and was so impressed to find websites that teach you how to do it.  I stayed up late that night trying to figure out how to make it all work.  Two months later, I was able to quit my full time job and stay at home with my son!  A few months into my couponing, I had many friends that wanted to know how to do it.  I taught my 1st coupon seminar in my living room to 6 people, these seminars have grown into news appearances and large 100+ people seminars.  I am truly blessed to be used to help free others from financial strain.

‘I am THAT lady’ came along in June of 2010 after years of teaching coupon seminars I just couldn’t keep up with the demand, so I decided to start ‘I am THAT lady’ so I could reach a broader audience.  The name of the website was born out of the idea of being THAT crazy coupon lady – you know, the one you get stuck behind in the grocery line.  I still am that person and you can see that through my weekly shopping trips.  I also bring some of my teaching into ‘I am THAT lady’ through my book ‘How to Coupon Effectively‘, this should help you get started off on the right foot!




This website is me :)  I can be a bit goofy and forgetful…..I have 4 children, a house to clean, a family to feed, friends to hang out with, a church to be volunteering at, coupons to cut and organize, shopping to be done,  and am running this website.  So I apologize for the typos (because you will find them) and I want you to have fun reading!  But I can guarantee that after following ‘I am THAT lady’ you will be a PRO at saving money, even if you do look a little crazy :)

Here at ‘I am THAT lady’, you can expect to find more than just coupons and deals.  I aim to teach you how to make couponing actually SAVE you money, and occasionally offer you some fabulous giveaways!  I like to teach tips on how to Decorate your Home for Less , how to keep you from spending too much money on Daily Deal Sites, and also Cook recipes with the FREE & Cheap items that you find with coupons.  I see time and time again that people start using coupons and start spending more and more money, this is where budgeting comes into play.

  1. Being located in Central New York,  you can find deals for local stores like Price Chopper, Tops, Wegmans, and Kinney Drugs.  These coupon matchups go up every Saturday so you can prepare your shopping trips the night before the sale starts on Sunday.
  2. If you are not local to me I write about National Stores as well; you can find weekly coupon matchups for Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Kmart, and Walmart.  The drug store deals are posted on Saturdays. The other store matchups are updated on Mondays.  Every store is updated throughout the week as well as deals pop up.
  3. You should start off by purchasing my ebook ‘How to Coupon Effectively‘ this helps you get started, where to find coupons, how to match those coupons up with and more!
  4. You can also check out my FAQ page for frequently asked questions from other readers.

There is a lot of information on this website and in the world of couponing, but just take it one step at a time and in a few months you will be a professional teaching others!  I am just an email away so please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you!

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Co-owner – Recipe creator – Amazing Dad



Mark is my husband who recently quit his job in corporate America as an Actuary to pursue our dream of working together at home. Mark currently writes most of our recipes, does photography for them, and does a LOT of behind the scenes work.  He is the BEST dad to our four children, loves spreadsheets with a passion, and is an amazing drummer.

He is a great online deal finder, but not a great couponer (he leaves that to me).  He has a passion for helping others get out of debt which helped us launch our new website MarkandLaurenG.com





  • Stephanie Floyd says...
    Posted at 8:34 pm by I am THAT Lady: Stephanie Floyd
    Stephanie Floyd
    Feb 03, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Not sure where we are suppose to post our comments on the new website….I think it looks great! Nice and updated. I like the added sections of recipes and DIY ideas.

  • Julie says...
    Posted at 10:42 pm by I am THAT Lady: Julie
    Mar 09, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you for all of your postings. I am a mother of 3 young boys and work full time and you make it soooo easy for me to save money grocery shopping even with my busy schedule. I look forward to your weekly matchups, especially for Tops where I seem to save the most when pairing savings with gas points :)

  • Michele Erickson says...
    Posted at 12:00 am by I am THAT Lady: Michele Erickson
    Michele Erickson
    Apr 01, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Do you have an upcoming seminar in the Upstate New York area? I love this site, a lot of good information!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:55 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Apr 01, 2013 at 8:55 am

      I have one in Albany on 4/26 and will have one in Oswego on 4/19 –

  • Dee says...
    Posted at 12:32 pm by I am THAT Lady: Dee
    Apr 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I was just wondering since you updated your I Am That Lady website I no longer can get the top of the page to show up on any of my computers. It starts at the recipes and no longer shows any find your stores, coupons, etc. Is that just the way it is now? Thanks

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 3:11 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Apr 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Dee – we are getting this report from many people but cannot figure out the issue. To help me, can you tell me what operating system you are running (Mac, Windows etc.) and what browser. This will help us troubleshoot the problem.

  • Mary says...
    Posted at 1:56 am by I am THAT Lady: Mary
    May 03, 2013 at 1:56 am

    This is all very overwhelming to me, but I too am seeking out of desperation to help use the money God is providing us wisely so that I may stay at home with our children. Your website looks very hopeful for me. Thank you so much for your time, commitment and generous heart!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:22 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      May 03, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks so much Mary for stopping by! If you need anything don’t hesitate to email me :)

  • Brad says...
    Posted at 2:32 am by I am THAT Lady: Brad
    Jun 24, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Thank You for the money saving tips:-)

  • Lois says...
    Posted at 8:31 am by I am THAT Lady: Lois
    Sep 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

    thank you for all your hard work,,,I will use the coupons to help our food pantry

  • Deb says...
    Posted at 4:06 pm by I am THAT Lady: Deb
    Nov 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you for all of the hard work that you do. I was wondering when you typically post the upcoming week’s deals for ShopRite.

  • Debbie says...
    Posted at 8:15 pm by I am THAT Lady: Debbie
    Dec 06, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I really love everything about your blog and FB page. Just started following you on Pinterest. Looking forward to a “I am that Lady” new year with lots of bargains to be had. :)

  • N.G. Nauen says...
    Posted at 9:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: N.G. Nauen
    N.G. Nauen
    Apr 07, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I saw that you where teaching at the News
    Paper here in Syracuse, N Y but it has steps to get in the front door and I do not think a wheel chair will be able to climb the steps.
    I cut the coupons out for the Aides and
    Nurse’s Pampers are a hot ticket Luv’s are
    not Plus I do not have them well orgised
    sorry about the spelling.
    I know about those plastic page’s that you
    can put Baseball card’s in or Val told me told that you could put coupon’s in also.
    Is there any place cheaper that sell’s them the good one’ not the cheap cheap ones?

    Thank to every one Who help’s Other’s under stand this

  • N.G. Nauen says...
    Posted at 9:37 pm by I am THAT Lady: N.G. Nauen
    N.G. Nauen
    Apr 07, 2014 at 9:37 pm


  • Rose says...
    Posted at 8:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: Rose
    Jun 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I am new to this blog, and I would like to start using coupons as well! But every time I find coupons and try to print them thru the coupon printer, I can’t print them. This is because my Canon printer and the internet are two different, totally separate networks. Is there any way if can ‘save’ the coupon then print it when I connect to my printer? I hope I am making myself clear!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:30 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Rose, I am not sure how to fix that. Have you called customer support for your printer and is there a way to put your printer and computer on the same network?

  • Kelly Johnson says...
    Posted at 5:58 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kelly Johnson
    Kelly Johnson
    Aug 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Please subscribe me to your daily newsletter. Thank you!

  • Annie says...
    Posted at 10:47 pm by I am THAT Lady: Annie
    Oct 07, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Can’t wait to start getting this news letter.

  • Tai @ HisandHerMoney says...
    Posted at 11:50 am by I am THAT Lady: Tai @ HisandHerMoney
    Tai @ HisandHerMoney
    Oct 09, 2014 at 11:50 am

    This post was so very inspirational to us. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • linda amadon says...
    Posted at 5:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: linda amadon
    linda amadon
    Dec 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I just love all that you do.you really keep us posted..please don’t go on railroad tracks…nice picture though. Tell the kids no no.thanks to all for what you do!

  • Samantha says...
    Posted at 9:14 pm by I am THAT Lady: Samantha
    Feb 09, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I tried to download the freezer plan…but it didn’t pop up like the gluten free plan. Can you assist me? Thanks.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:54 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Feb 10, 2015 at 10:54 am

      You will get the meal plan in your email.

  • Barb says...
    Posted at 5:53 pm by I am THAT Lady: Barb
    Feb 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I just realized that you live in Central New York! I live in Syracuse. Small world! BTW… Love your site and blog!

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 6:44 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Feb 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Barb – I actually live in Oswego :)

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