About Me

Hi!! My name is Alice and I am a wife to an awesome husband, mom to an adorable toddler, office worker, freelance writer, dog mom to two lovable scamps, friend, sister, daughter, and blogger living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I’m originally from Washington, DC (yes, people are actually from there!) but since this is a blog you can’t tell that I don’t have a southern accent.

Yes, yes, my husband and I are the typical young married couple who are trying to live on our own, finish school, grow our careers, pay off debt, and save to one day buy a house (Update: We did!). My husband lost his job back in 2010 right before our wedding and we decided that it was an opportunity rather than a setback (see..it’s all about perspective!) so he decided it was time to finish his degree in sports medicine. At the same time, I started graduate school and continued to work full time. Phew! Two years after we got hitched he got into his dream school in Louisiana (Geaux LSU Tigers!) and we resettled in Baton Rouge.

So we launched into our married life of being broke, staying broke, living broke, paying off debts, studying hard, working hard, and being happy and content with what we’ve got. To help make ends meet I started couponing, mystery shopping, reading frugal blogs. And you know what? I love it!

I decided to start this blog in 2011 to chronicle my savings and earning adventures, share the frugal living tips I have learned, give my honest opinions and reviews of survey and mystery shopping companies that I use, post about some great deals, and give a shout out to the blogs that I follow. I realize that there are so many companies out there and tons of scams, and I kept surfing around looking for someone to give me their honest opinion and experience. So, I am only one person but here’s my two cents. 🙂

Our daughter was born in 2016 and I am loving this new motherhood adventure. Kids can be expensive but we are making it work on our tight budget. Daycare is crazy expensive and is our biggest baby expense but it is worth every penny. We work to save money in all other places that we can including used clothes, simple toys, and couponing for diapers.

I would love to hear from you!! If you have questions, comments, praise, disdain, post ideas, or want more information on anything I blog about, please shoot me an email at earningmytwocents@gmail.com to get in touch with me. I hope that this blog will help you to get a little more money in your pocket and learn to save more so you can get more out of life.

And if you are in the Baton Rouge area and want to learn how to coupon, talk about our budgets, or just chat about personal finance, please drop me a line! We all need some support and good teachers for learning to live within our means.

7 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Hi Alice, my name is Robert and I just recently got some information about CRI. The person that send the information on how it work, what I need to do. The thing I’m not to sure about is he also sent a cashier’s check for $1998.00. The letter said to deposit the check and use $1650.00 on $100 & $50 itune cards. $300.00 is mine and the $48 is for gas or transportation. Dose this sound legit and does CRI work like this. Not trying yo get scammed thanks.

      1. Hi! I got a letter similar to the gentleman above. It has CRI’s name. Is there someone there that you know that I can forward this to? They may be interested in their name being dragged into God knows what…

        1. Hi Jenifer,

          Stericycle has this message on their site at http://www2.mysteryshops.com/:

          Fraudulent letters are being sent out to the public using Stericycle’s name, logo, address, & even the former names, logos, and addresses of our affiliates. Any letter received in the mail that asks the recipient to deposit the enclosed check and then use some of the money to begin performing mystery shops is most likely fraud. If you receive a letter that looks like this using Stericycle’s name, logo, or address, please contact Stericycle’s Mystery Shop department immediately at 1-800-977-8943 x 8943 or mysteryshops@stericycle.com. We also encourage you to contact the appropriate authorities:

          Federal Trade Commission

          Website: http://www.ftc.gov || Telephone: 1-877-382-4357
          Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

          Website: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca || Telephone: 1-888-495-8501
          Your State Attorney General

          Website: http://www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag.php

          Stericycle operates under the following policies to help you identify fraudulent activity:
          All authorized communication from Stericycle will come from a Stericycle email address (“@stericycle.com”).
          We never ask shoppers to send us money.
          We will never send anything in the mail or via a shipping company (e.g. UPS) without your prior agreement to conduct a mystery shop by phone, by email, or through our web site.

          You can find out more information regarding mystery shopper scams from this FTC Consumer Alert (www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt151.shtm)

  2. Hi. Thank you for sharing some information about you and your loving family. I have 3 amazing kids and I am a loving wife to my wonderful husband. I just walked in right to your site and it really caught my attention. Geez, after this comment, I will start reading your blog posts because I want to learn more on being a frugal mom to our 3 kids. I really hope that you will notice my comment. Thank you. 🙂

  3. I really love your website! You got me pointed in the right direction when I first started mystery shopping back in 2014, your reviews of different companies (especially CRI, although they do seem to be down for the count) helped me find the best places to get started. I actually just started my own little shopping blog, although it is way more humble than this! (www.goodbuys101.com) Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

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