I could spend hours talking with Erica Hall, Aurora mother of two and the saving machine behind DenverMetroMoms.com. She has hundreds of fantastic tips and tricks to save families money. But, she hasn’t always been so bargain savvy.
“Before (my son) Jack was born, I spent like $300 on baby items at Target. I saved 50 cents on diaper wipes. I bought diapers for $9.99 a package and used a $1.50 off coupon, so I paid $7.50 and I was so proud of that. Then, I stumbled on these coupon sites and realized, I can get diapers for four dollars a pack or less,” Hall said.
Hall’s goal is to save families 50% or more on their shopping tabs. She does it using several methods, including joining store mailing lists, stacking store and manufacturer coupons, and using the site and app. for Savingstar.com. It allows her to upload coupons straight to her loyalty card.
“Rather than coming off your bill, it goes in a bank and you can redeem those for Amazon gift cards or into your Paypal account,” said Hall.
SavingStar is also linked to college savings site upromise.com, so Hall is simultaneously saving money for college for daughter Amber, 9, and son Jack, 2.
DenverMetroMoms provides meal plans, all kinds of coupon opportunities, and deals that are specific to our community. Hall’s daughter has the bargain bug, too. She helps by filing all her mom’s coupons in a big blue folder.
“I know if I help her, I get a bonus in my allowance and I like extreme couponing just because. It’s for the fun of it!’ Amber said.
Thanks to Erica and her family for taking time out to share savings secrets with us!
On another note, I have a couple of bargain alerts of my own to pass along; Prices are now about as low as they’ll go on Summer items. So many stores have clearance sales running now. At Old Navy, I found women’s Summer shorts and skirts for $1.97 and sunglasses for $2.50. TJ Maxx had a couple of bins filled with shoes, house wares, and toys. I found women’s leather gladiator sandals for $2 and – possibly the best bargain I’ve ever claimed – a pair of pebble-grain leather Cynthia Rowley designer boots, $250 retail for $3.00!!!! I couldn’t believe it.
Grocery stores have great end-of-Summer sales going right now. I got a great shatterproof “sea glass” platter for 20 cents, a set of tumblers for 15 cents, and jelly shoes for my daughter for 50 cents.
Happy hunting! Don’t forget our CBS4 Deals off the Day, and please leave your finds in “comments.”
About The Blogger
– In her Brooke’s Bargains blog Brooke Wagner writes about finding bargains and saving money for her family. She calls it one of her favorite hobbies. Blog entries cover everything from the latest steals, deals, and freebies to cheap family activities, saving for college, and what to buy right now.