Monday, 13 June 2011

How Moms can save money right now: Exclusive Interview with money saving maven Mrs. January

Always Save Money Host Rubina Ahmed-Haq, recently sat down with Cassie Howard, AKA Mrs. January. Howard is  passionate about saving money and living a frugal lifestyle.  Howard posts Canadian deals, Canadian Coupons, Canadian freebies and more on her website called Mrs January . She is a wife a mom and a frugal homebody who loves to spend time with her family.

Rubina: How did "Mrs January" get started? 
Cassie "Mrs. January": was started in 2007 when I was bored and looking for something new to do. It was just a personal blog in the beginning, and eventually I got into using coupons.. so I posted about that. I started using coupons more and more and more and one day just decided to make my blog go from a personal diary, to a helpful resource for other Canadians that were looking to save money.

Rubina:What is one of the biggest mistakes young moms make with their finances? 
 Cassie: Not having a set budget. That, and thnking that they have to buy their kids EVERYTHING they want. Children really only need a place to sleep, clothing, and food/beverages. Anything else is extra! I

Rubina:What is your number 1 savings tip for new moms? 
Cassie: Don’t go overboard. Research what a baby (or child, even) REALLY needs, and avoid all of the extras. I also suggest using coupons, specifically on diapers. There are ALWAYS diaper coupons available.

Rubina: How do you get ready before you hit the stores? 
Cassie:I scan all of the sale flyers and make note of the good deals, and then I see if I can match those sale items with coupons to get an even better deal. Finally, I make my shopping list and then hit the stores!

Rubina: Is there a better time to go grocery shopping? 
 Cassie: Late at night or early in the morning.

Rubina: Is it important to have a stockpile of household good in your home? Why? 
Cassie: I believe so, yes. It’s important to protect your family in case something bad happens (someone gets extremely ill, loses a job, etc.). Not having to worry about groceries (because you already have a stockpile) will make those unfortunate situations seem alot easier to manage.

Rubina: What services does Mrs. provide anyone that wants to save? 
 Cassie: You can find an abundance of money saving tools on MrsJanuary. I post about personal finances, Canada coupons, deals & freebies, frugal living articles and even easy recipes!

You can find Miss January and her money saving tips on Twitter Twitter  and at Mrs. January is getting ready to launch her new E-book on Monday, June 20th, it will be jam packed with money savings tips!


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