About

Where have you landed, what’s a mashup, and who’s behind this site?

About this site

Mashup Mom launched in January 2009 to provide couponing, frugality, and work-at-home strategies and advice. Since I’m based in the Chicago area, you’ll find a lot of Illinois grocery store matchups here — but those of you outside of Illinois will also find so many ways to save, everywhere from national drugstore chains to Amazon.

What’s a mashup?

Mashups take information from two different places, and mash, or combine them together to create something new. Mashup moms (and dads, and everyone!) mash up their lives in many ways: We mash up money saving and money making strategies; we mash up coupons with sales with Catalinas; we mash up online sales with coupon codes and multiple ways to save.

About Rachel

I’m a former librarian, now mashing up a new career as a freelance writer, editor, workshop leader, blogger — and mom to two boys!

My most recent book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Couponing packs everything I know about couponing into one step-by-step guide, for those of you who are newer to the process, who want a handy reference, or who are dipping into different areas such as apps, online savings, or shopping for organics or other special diets. I hope this also helps those of you who have wanted to get your friends and family into couponing — just refer them to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to help them get started!

Most of my earlier writing was for librarians, and my last library-related book, What’s the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros, helped focus my thinking on alternative career paths and how to make work-at-home — well — work.

This led to my first book on couponing and saving, Point, Click, and Save: Mashup Mom’s Guide to Saving and Making Money Online, which discusses the best ways to combine (or mash up) money-saving and money-making strategies to help us ride out today’s turbulent economic times.

Stick around

And we’ll mash up the savings and strategies — together!