Now you know all about RedPlum, here to share her money saving secrets is their Mom Saver-in-Chief Lisa Reynolds, who is also the host of Diva Toolbox Radio” ‘Viva La Value’.
Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-Tell us about yourself and your radio show. How did it get started and where can we listen to it?
Lisa Reynolds(LR)-I’m a busy working mom of two young boys who loves gathering with friends and family over good meals and fun activities, taking chess lessons with my sons, and actively participating in my church community. I also love to cook, and try to keep my meals to less than five ingredients or less than 30 minutes. I live with my husband, Robert, and two sons, Robert, 8, and Ryan, 5, in Northville, Michigan.
We launched our online radio show, Viva la Value, in October 2009 and have been gaining momentum ever since. My show helps people achieve a value lifestyle through real savings, tips, coupons and coupon codes. You can listen to Viva la Value on and get more information the show at www.redplum.com/vivalavalue.
BSG-You suggest buying everything on sale and using coupons. Any favorite techniques or places to check for coupons?
LR-Always share savings with a friend. People are passionate about scoring great deals, and women always like to brag about their finds. Word-of-mouth is a great way to find deals. Another easy technique is to look for online coupon codes. Coupon codes at redplum.com save consumers dollars or percentages off on everything from clothing to restaurants to books and movies. This savings coupled with additional online offers and even free shipping offers, makes online shopping not only convenient and a time saver, but a cost saver, too.
You can also start an office coupon swap, or with your neighbors. Have your co-workers or neighbors bring in coupons that they may not be able to use and share them. Especially staple items like aspirin, cold medicine, etc. – everyone can always use these items. You may not be able to use a coupon for diapers but your co-worker or neighbor with a newborn may need it and you can share it with them.
BSG-You say you inherited your bargain hunting gene from your mom –who is a great cook – and from your grandma who lived through the Great Depression. Any tips they shared with you?
LR-Never buy anything that’s not on sale and don’t go to the store without your coupons! Seriously though, there are many tips I’ve learned through the years that really don’t require a lot of time and effort. For example, stock up on sale items. When you see an item on special, or a savings is featured with your loyalty card and you have a coupon –stock up. Sixty-six percent of coupon shoppers say they are often able to combine coupons with other in-store specials, sales or frequent shopper discounts.
BSG-You like to keep meals simple using five ingredients or less. Any tips you want to share about meal planning?
LR-I advise people to plan meals using their store’s circular. Many savvy moms create meal plans based on what their local stores advertise that week. Using coupons for items that are already on sale that week saves you even more.
BSG-What mistakes do most people make when they’re trying to save time and/or money on meals?
LR-I think the biggest mistake people make is not looking for deals out at all, and making the assumption that it takes too much time. In fact, the average family can save at least $1,000 per year by spending just 20 minutes a week seeking value from a variety of sources. So, you just have to be willing to look and spend a little time doing research and planning your shopping trips.
BSG-Any recipes you’d like to share with us?
LR-My kids and I have been making kabobs a lot lately — fruit kabobs and chicken & vegetable kabobs. They’re easy and fun to make, taste great and the kids love to help. I also love do-it-yourself pizzas because they’re kid-friendly and you can make them as healthy as you want because you’re adding your own ingredients. You can purchase store-made pizza dough or easily create your own.
BSG-Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
LR-We have more tips for getting the most for your money at our savings and lifestyle website: www.redplum.com.