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Posted at 2:11 AM on May 27, 2010 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

May 27th, 2010

I am so happy that you have come to I am THAT Lady!  There are so many frugal blogs out there these days, and I am so excited you have found mine!  Let me introduce myself; my name is Lauren and I am 32 years young.  I have been married to my husband for 10 years and we have 3 beautiful children together; ages 7,3 and  1 and another baby on the way!  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 Coupons 101 Video Series, this should help you get started off on the right foot!

 

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This website is me :)  I can be a bit goofy and forgetful…..I have 3 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 watching my Coupons 101 Video Series – this helps you get started, where to find coupons, how to match those coupons up with.
  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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Due to the Increased time that it takes to run ‘I am THAT lady’ – I have partnered with some fabulous contributors that help out on a weekly basis:

  • Charla Roth – Rite Aid and Walgreens Deal Scenarios and Price Chopper matchups.
  • Rachael Stahl - Writes our Cooking with the FREE & Cheap Recipe Series and CNY Page
  • Andrea West – Tops Deal Specialist
  • Laura Zinck Covington – Rite Aid Matchups + in store deals.
  • And of course – my fabulous husband who watches our children, post reviews and Amazon deals.  And deals with my craziness :)

You can find me on: 

Pictures are taken by Chawn Crawley from Port City Photography.

Comments:

  • Kelly Green says...
    Posted at 7:56 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kelly Green
    Kelly Green
    Jun 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Lauren! I went to your seminar at the Y today and think you have a great thing going here. I appreciate your thoughtful outtlook of glorifying the Lord by being smart with your finances! I am also trying to work less to be home with my children more and can’t wait to see how much I can save with your great ideas! Thanks a bunch!

  • Jamie says...
    Posted at 6:39 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jamie
    Jamie
    Oct 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks for adding my blog to your blogroll!

  • Jodi Marvin says...
    Posted at 12:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jodi Marvin
    Jodi Marvin
    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    LOVE your blog! I am from Oswego myself and in my frustration with finding match ups for our local stores, I came across your site! :o) I will be visiting here very often. THANK YOU! :O)

  • Megan says...
    Posted at 12:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Megan
    Megan
    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I just started with coupons about a month ago, and I can’t tell you how helpful it is to see how you and others stack coupons and share your match-ups so I can try the transactions myself. I really appreciate the time you take to outline your shopping trips– many thanks!!

  • Jessica says...
    Posted at 9:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jessica
    Jessica
    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Lauren! I just had to say thank you so much for the info you provide daily!! I walked out of Price Chopper today with $161 in groceries and paid only $72. I couldn’t have done it without your match-ups. I am so appreciative of the time and effort you put into each update. Thanks again!!!

    • Iamthatlady says...
      Posted at 10:02 pm by I am THAT Lady: Iamthatlady
      Iamthatlady
      Mar 08, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      awesome job Jessica! You are so welcome!

  • Tammy622000 says...
    Posted at 3:40 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tammy622000
    Tammy622000
    Mar 08, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    i am trying to become that lady too. i feel the lord has me and my sister’s to your web sight. thanks for helping us. tammy

    • Anonymous says...
      Posted at 3:41 pm by I am THAT Lady: Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Mar 08, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      you’re so welcome Tammy! I am so happy you are here!!!

  • Catherinepurvis says...
    Posted at 5:30 pm by I am THAT Lady: Catherinepurvis
    Catherinepurvis
    Mar 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Trying to become a smarter shopper, to help my family out. I think its great that u are doing this. I went to Tops, and Rite Aide today, but couldnt not get a coupon policy. I was hoping to find out how I can get one. Thanks!!!

  • Nicole says...
    Posted at 1:46 pm by I am THAT Lady: Nicole
    Nicole
    Apr 02, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Hi there I just wanted to say that I am a fan of yours and thank you for all that you do to get us the latest deals. I am a mother of four children and I am new to couponing and I am still getting organized. I am not as good as you yet! I follow your page everyday for the latest deals and matchups! Thank you for all you do and congratulations on your new baby!

  • LuAnn Duke Kinney says...
    Posted at 4:04 pm by I am THAT Lady: LuAnn Duke Kinney
    LuAnn Duke Kinney
    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Where do you get all of the coupons? Or rather do you have to have a coupon for each item, or can you use multiple ones in combination with store or other websites coupons, they still say manufacturer on them. I really admire you, I just have to learn from scratch & understand how many tranactions it takes or how many coupons you use, if it is deodorant, do you have a coupon for each one, if you have 40 or more. Our budget is very limited now since I lost my job . Any advice would be grately appreciated.

    • Ldineen says...
      Posted at 8:22 pm by I am THAT Lady: Ldineen
      Ldineen
      Apr 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      I don’t know if this totally answers your questions, but in general, most stores will allow you to use 1 manufacturer coupon in combination with the in-store sale. So if Oscar Mayer hot dogs are on sale for 2/$5 you can either buy just one pack for $2.50 and use 1 manf. coupon also. Or you could buy 2 packs for $5 and use 2 manuf. coupons (this is assuming your coupon is for something off of one package.) If there is some great deal on something and you also have a coupon for it and you want to buy 10 of them, then you will need 10 manufacturer coupons. I don’t really stockpile like that. It’s stressful to me!! LOL! But a good example is that this week my local insert had a coupon for $3 off Bic razors that my husband uses. Our Kinney has them on sale for $3.99. So I asked my neighbors and family for the coupon if they didn’t want it and I ended up buying 5 packs for .99 a piece. It was a great deal, but I had to hunt up 5 coupons in order to make the most of it.

  • Ldineen says...
    Posted at 8:14 pm by I am THAT Lady: Ldineen
    Ldineen
    Apr 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Hi! I’m not sure where you are located, but I am SOOO happy to have found this site! I have never seen a blog that features the same grocery stores that I have in my area. I am so excited to see Wegmans and Price Chopper!! Thanks so much!

  • Jamie813 says...
    Posted at 7:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jamie813
    Jamie813
    Apr 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I am really excited that I found this site and I can’t wait to get started, but I am definitely feeling overwhelmed. I don’t know what anything means, the abbreviations, I don’t know what matchups are…is there some sort of “couponing dictionary” somewhere? =)

  • Brittni says...
    Posted at 12:09 am by I am THAT Lady: Brittni
    Brittni
    Apr 27, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I am excited to get started and ready to save $$$. like you me and my soon to be husband have decided that we would like me to be a stay at home mom but we do want to have money to afford a nice home and cars and be able to take our family on nice trips, and heaven forbid get them through college. :) so i am defiantly ready to get started and hopefully make it through. i do agree that it seems like a lot of effort but really is it worth it to get all of the above to happen i think so!!!

  • Rachael says...
    Posted at 1:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Rachael
    Rachael
    Apr 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Can I ask where you’re located? Also, do you print coupons online? If so, what are your favorite zip codes to get them from? I live in Indiana & I like to think I do OK with obtaining coupons, but just so I can follow along with your posts, to better understand them, I think it would help me to know where you are in comparison. Thanks & keep up the wonderful work you do!

  • Thelaskowskis says...
    Posted at 3:04 pm by I am THAT Lady: Thelaskowskis
    Thelaskowskis
    May 03, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    i love your site… it really disappoints me though, that i too live in central new york, but i don’t get even half of the coupons you mention.. like this weekend, you talk of the revlon make up at rite aid.. i don’t have those coupons. i do have a revlon nail polish coupon, but not a make-up coupon. it happens ALL the time ?!?!?!

    • Anonymous says...
      Posted at 3:05 pm by I am THAT Lady: Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May 03, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      yeh, they all vary per region. I may not even get all the coupons that I
      post on, but I know that others do. You can always buy them from ebay or a
      clipping service if you really need them.

  • Kelly Kopaniasz Whitsett says...
    Posted at 4:39 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kelly Kopaniasz Whitsett
    Kelly Kopaniasz Whitsett
    May 04, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I love this blog because even though I watch that show it never really tells you how to get to were they are and you have been very honest. I really just want to be able to manage what money we have versus what my family really needs and how to get there without sacraficing what my kids love the most. Thank You

  • Porsche Steele says...
    Posted at 10:05 pm by I am THAT Lady: Porsche Steele
    Porsche Steele
    May 05, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I want to thank you for all the information you have given us. It definitely helps. I live in southern CA and I couldn’t find any bloggers from here. Can you think of any at this moment?

  • Tennrental says...
    Posted at 11:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tennrental
    Tennrental
    May 05, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    As of right now you are a god send. I relocated at the end of Jan and started my new job in Feb. Sadly I lost my job on Monday. I have been using coupons for a couple weeks now and trying to get the hang of it. Your videos are very helpful! The one question I have is where do you find the coupons for soda? I’ve never been able to find any.

    • Anonymous says...
      Posted at 11:35 pm by I am THAT Lady: Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May 05, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      they come every once in a while, there were some Pepsi ones that came out
      last Sunday

  • Mary Beth says...
    Posted at 2:25 am by I am THAT Lady: Mary Beth
    Mary Beth
    May 15, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I am SO grateful that there are the sites out there, like yours. I was laid off in January and we’ve been struggling! I saw that show on TV, and thought that I could learn this! Well, I am thoroughly feeling like I am drowning! I hope to be able to learn by doing the research, and all the tips from any that are willing to share their wisdom. Thanks!

    • Anonymous says...
      Posted at 2:28 am by I am THAT Lady: Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May 15, 2011 at 2:28 am

      welcome Mary Beth! I pray that I can guide you through this journey and
      hope to give you some relief from your financial strain!

  • Eileah cotelesse says...
    Posted at 3:34 am by I am THAT Lady: Eileah cotelesse
    Eileah cotelesse
    May 15, 2011 at 3:34 am

    thank you so much for this site and your videos my husband is going to school right now and only works part time making $4 less an hour so its been really hard being able to buy the stuff for the house… you make it easy im going to reorganize all the coupons ive collected over the last 3 weeks. :)

  • Bekk1962 says...
    Posted at 1:27 am by I am THAT Lady: Bekk1962
    Bekk1962
    May 29, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I used to coupon years ago when my kids where little, but i am wanting to start it back up. I have noticed though that you don’t get as many coupons with the Sunday paper like back in the day, and their expiration dates don’t last as long as they did back then either, so sometimes the coupons i print off will expire before i can use them up. Does anyone have any suggestions? It may not be worth me doing this.

    • Anonymous says...
      Posted at 1:31 am by I am THAT Lady: Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May 29, 2011 at 1:31 am

      It is totally worth it! With the decrease in Sunday paper coupons we have
      seen a HUGE explosion of FREE printable coupons. I would recommend watching
      my coupons 101 video series at http://www.youtube.com/iamthatlady

  • Angela Williams says...
    Posted at 4:53 am by I am THAT Lady: Angela Williams
    Angela Williams
    Jun 01, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I am new to couponing and your site is really helpful so thank you. I was just wondering if you know of any coupon sites for the Fort Worth, Texas area. I can’t seem to find any, so it would be great if you could help me. Thank you

  • Cheerchick51442 says...
    Posted at 5:39 am by I am THAT Lady: Cheerchick51442
    Cheerchick51442
    Jun 01, 2011 at 5:39 am

    First off let me say that I love your website and it is so helpful for someone new to couponing. I just have one question…where do you find all your coupons? I live in western Iowa and it is so hard to find coupons and to find grocery stores with double coupons etc., so it is a little fustrating but im learnng more everyday. Thanks for everything!!!

  • Anngehrett says...
    Posted at 6:32 pm by I am THAT Lady: Anngehrett
    Anngehrett
    Jun 02, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for not being ashamed of Christianity. We must share the gifts we are given with others. We can be a blessing in the lives of many if we use the talents God has given us. Proverbs 3:27. Thanks again. :)

  • Wendy says...
    Posted at 3:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: Wendy
    Wendy
    Jun 05, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Hello,
    I just wanted to say that I am inspired to save money. I was tought how to bargain shop by my Mom and I LOVE your site! One thing I wanted to share with you that I found. If you recently got a target catalog in the mail titled “Big Honkin’ Deals” They have Nexcare kids “strawberry shortcake” bandaids on sale for $.98 and in the same ad they have a target $1.00 off kids nexcare bandaids. And then, in the paper today there’s a manufacture’s for $.55 off ANY nexcare product. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure it will work.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 05, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      I am so glad you are here Wendy!

  • Lisa says...
    Posted at 11:04 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lisa
    Lisa
    Jun 08, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Thank you so much for this website. I have it bookmarked and check it often throughout the day! My case-it binder (thank you so much for that recommendation by the way) is on order and my first coupons have been clipped and tucked away in their respective 9 card baseball sleeves. I have a stupid question! Do you use the front and back of the sleeves for different coupons? In other words, do you put two different coupons in the same pocket, back to back, to double the use? Just wondering if that is a normal way to organize or not. Thanks so much for all of your help!!!

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