About I am THAT lady
Posted at 4:09 PM on Oct 26, 2011 by I am THAT Lady: Mark
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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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About our team:
Site Manager – Deal Specialist
My name is Keri and I have been happily married to the same guy for 31 years. I live in rural Iowa– and not very close to any city! It is almost a 200 mile round-trip just to go to the closest mall! I have 4 kids: a 29 year old daughter who is a paramedic, a 22 year old son who is a bomb tech in the US Army, a 16 year old daughter who will be a senior in high school, and a 14 year old daughter who will be a freshman in high school. The last two keep me very busy going to their school activities and sporting events! I also have 2 grandsons who are 7 and 3 years old, and they get to spend their days with me while their mommy and daddy are at work! Having 4 kids, I had to learn to be frugal! I like finding the best deal I can before I make any purchase! I follow sale ads, watch for coupons, find clearance items and more to save as much money as I can.
Working with I Am That Lady and Lauren and Mark is a dream come true for me! I work for the best people with the best website around! I have learned so much about saving money and, in turn, I have been able to help others save!
One of my favorite things to do for I Am That Lady is to find the best on-line deals! Since I have to plan ahead to even run to Wal-Mart or Target, I do a lot of my shopping on-line and know how important it is to find the best deal and save money!
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
Social Media Manager – Editor
Erin Margolin is a mom, writer, editor, and social media manager.
Day to day, though, Erin is a wife to husband Dan and mama to three girls (twins and a singleton). She carpools, moderates homework time, loses countless hands of Uno (to the twins…not Dan) and sometimes finds time for Words With Friends, the overwhelming list of books on her nightstand, and the occasional glass of Kendall Jackson chardonnay.
Amazon Deal Finder and Coupon Specialist
Jennifer Campbell: I am a stay at home mother to three beautiful children! Our son is 5 and our daughters are 3 and 1. My husband and I met while in college, he played football and I was an Athletic Trainer, in my hometown just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. We spent four years moving to various locations on the East Coast (from Destin, Florida, to Fort Drum, New York and a few others in between) during his time in the Army.
About a year ago we decided it was time to settle down and raise our family so we found our way back to Maryville, Tennessee and we now call it home. We have been married now for almost 6 years and though our life has been a crazy whirlwind we love where we are right now. My family is my entire world and couponing is my way of helping provide for my family since my husband was the sole source of our income. I am so blessed to be working for I am That Lady because I get to spend time with my family and take care of my children while helping so many people find great deals and save money in all areas of their life!