Let me introduce you to the second new contributorto Budget Smart Girl, it’s Georgine Kaczmarek who started a site called Georgine Saves http://georginesaves.com/ She’ll be here every month to fill us in on the world of deals both online and in stores. Here’s a short interview with her.
Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-Tell us about yourself and your background?
Georgine Kaczmarek (GK)-I have been a professional penny pincher for over 40 years. I started when I was a teenager when I sent away for free premiums and I’ve been saving ever since! I live the suburbs of northern NJ with my husband, and have 2 married sons, one grandson, and another grandchild on the way. Saving money has always been my passion.
BSG-When did you start your Web site?
GK-The website was started in January 2009.
BSG-Any particular reason you decided to launch it?
GK-After my multiple appearances in magazines and on TV interviews had positive reader/viewer feedback, I decided I wanted to reach more people and offer them saving tips and timely deals. With our struggling economy, just about everyone can benefit with saving money, even if just a little bit here and there. Over the years I have given lectures and taught adult education classes on the art of using coupons, but my site allows me to give more because I post deals and tips all day long.
BSG-If someone’s new to deals and rebates, what are some beginner tips?
GK-Be sure to have your coupon codes ready for online ordering. Most likely, if there is a box asking for a coupon code, there is one available. Search for one if needed. For rebates make sure to save your cash register receipt, mail-in rebate form, and packaging. Too many times you do not have the right materials to qualify for the rebate. Be very aware of the date the offer is valid and must be postmarked by. Make copies of your submission including the address it was sent to and the dates you mailed them. And, most obviously, clip coupons! While it may be a little time consuming, the savings add up!
BSG-I love the idea that you include a list of Sunday coupons on the site, any suggestions for how we can get our hands on them if we don’t buy or subscribe to one?
GK-If you need coupons from Sunday newspapers ask friends, neighbors, and relatives to save you theirs. Check the local library… many have coupon exchanges. There are loads of printable online coupon sites to join as well. Keep your eyes opened in stores for special displays that have coupons, and also on the shelves near the actual product.