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Welcome to In Good Cents, where you can find new ways to save, including Indiana deals to help you cut your budget on everyday necessities from diapers to dinners and everything in between.
If you’re new, I recommend you start saving with these articles:
- Couponing for Dummies: Quick Crash Course in Couponing
- Couponing Terms & Abbreviations
- How to Read a Blog
- How to Extreme Couponing: FREE Online Tips & Instructions
- Frequently Asked Questions: From Blogging to Couponing
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I’m Beth, the owner of In Good Cents and author of Online Couponing in a Day for Dummies. While I enjoy seeing how much money I can save, I absolutely love sharing my couponing tips & tricks and seeing how excited they get when they save money.
I Bought My Husband and Didn’t Use a Coupon
I met my husband, Scott, in 2002. I actually bought my husband (well, kind of) and I didn’t even have a coupon! I had just moved to Indianapolis after college, which I received an e-mail from Match.com with his photo and a little bit about him. Something about what he wrote caught my eye and I ended up paying $24.95 to join Match.com and write him! It was something I never thought I’d do, but it does make for a great story. Two years later we were married and not long after that, Ady, our oldest daughter joined our family.
I Shocked Those Who Said I’d Never Have Kids
Ady was a BIG surprise. When I was in college, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and told I’d never be able to have children. I guess God works in mysterious ways and, obviously, that doctor had made a mistake, because after Ady, we also added our daughter Izy and our son Daelan to our family. Along with our 3 children, we’re also crazy enough to have 3 HUGE dogs – 2 weimaraners and 1 vizsla.
My family is the most important thing in my life, but when they aren’t around and I’m not blogging, here’s a few other things I use to fill my spare time:
- I need a support group for my reading addiction and buy books for less to fill my personal library
- I love music and dancing, though I can’t carry a tune to save my life
- I love taking pictures and may have one too many cameras
- I talk way too much (I blame my ADHD)
- I enjoy cooking, especially baking
- I have a warped sense of humor and don’t take life too seriously (it’s too short!)
It All Started With Free Chocolate
I didn’t start out to be a “savings educator“. In fact, I just did’t get it at first. One day a friend of mine was sitting with me at the park and asked, “Did you get your free chocolate and toothpaste at Walgreens this week?”. I looked at her like she had lost her mind and said, “Yeah right, Walgreens is giving away chocolate and toothpaste.” She patiently explained to me and handed me some coupons.
I was scared out of my mind. I left my children at home, in case they accused me of stealing and I had to make a run for it. But, they happily took my coupons and I took the chocolate and toothpaste paying only $0.34 tax out-of-pocket! I was in shock, but still scared out of my mind and totally confused on how this could possibly be legal. I told my mom who became a professional deal shopper over night, while I was still hesitantly snagging up the free items each week at CVS and sometimes Walgreens.
It took me a while to get where I am now, but I did it and you can too!
I Wrote a Book: Online Couponing in a Day for Dummies
If you need a crash course on how to coupon, Online Couponing in a Day for Dummies is the best place to start! Only 100 pages long, it’s a book you can read in one day to get the skills you needed to start couponing and find great ways to save on everyday necessities online.
It Takes a Village
As In Good Cents grows, I find I can’t manage it all alone, so I have some wonderful helpers who also share great deals:
- Scott, Accounting & Advertising
- Susan, Assistant Editor
I know getting started can be overwhelming. If you have a question, please contact me! I’d be more than happy to help you out.