Local woman creates money-saving blog

(Saving with 6abc - Amy Buckman)

February 8, 2010 11:01:05 AM PST
Kaley Ehret, of Souderton, Pa., didn't use coupons at all, until her husband was laid off while she was expecting their second son, about two years ago. That's when she started checking out money-saving blogs online.

"When I first started,I felt like I was shop-lifting because I would go into a store and pay cents for things that were $30, $40, $50. But it isn't, it's legal," Ehret says. "It's defintiely addicting once you get started."

Now, Ehret has her own site, Cha-Ching on a Shoestring, where she shares all sorts of money saving tips.

She showed us a Maybelline mascara that she got for free, by combining coupons, a store discount and a rebate. And she also had a bag of groceries, including Gatorade, chips, tuna packets and more, that also didn't cost her any money out-of-pocket. She posts her stratgies, along with where to get the coupons and freebies on her blog.

And her money-saving tips have paid off in a couple of ways.

"I actually kept track of how much money we saved last year from coupons, and freebies and cutting costs and we saved over $5000," Ehret says.

"It's been really cool to be able to be in a situation where, even when money was tight for us, we were able to help others through the blog," she says.

To check out Cha-Ching on a Shoestring, click here.