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Edmonton Sun Linda Hoang
Edmonton Sun Linda Hoang
Edmonton Sun Linda Hoang

Published in the April 30, 2013 issue of The Edmonton Sun.

Linda’s social media column can be found every Tuesday in the Edmonton Sun.

Get some deals from Frugal Mama

You might remember the inaugural Tweeter Profile was done on local youth worker Mark Cherrington, whose tweets offer raw insight into tough issues surrounding homeless youth. I had hoped to do a Tweeter Profile – highlighting interesting Edmonton tweeters and bloggers – about once a month but the city and its never-ending social media stories kept bumping these profiles back.

For the second Tweeter Profile, I’d like to introduce you to Frugal Edmonton Mama: Lori Godin (@frugalyegmama), whose money-saving tips have amassed her blog so much of a following that its become her income.

Name: Lori Godin

Age: 28

Joined Twitter: Sept. 22, 2010

Followers: 3,359

Website: www.frugaledmontonmama.com

Godin started her blog Frugal Edmonton Mama in 2009. She’s dubbed herself the ‘frugalista’ and writes about shopping, saving and life as a frugal mother.

“There are some blogs out there that will post every single coupon and every single deal, it could be anywhere. I wade through all of that and post things that are a little bit more relevant to moms,” Godin says.

“I think people have an impression that being frugal is being cheap and it’s absolutely not. I’m not cheap. I will shop for what I want and I won’t sacrifice what I want but I will compare prices.”

Godin signs up for countless e-mail newsletters and she browses through weekly online flyers to find the best deals and coupons to share with the community.

“Probably the most popular sales or deals that I post are anything related to Costco,” she says, laughing. “People love Costco.”

Like her blog posts, Godin’s tweets also centre on deals, saving tips and activities for a frugal lifestyle.

“There’s always going to be an audience when we’re talking about ways to save money and that audience has just grown since I’ve included frugal activities to do with kids, local activities, different recipes and things like that,” she says.

She also likes to tweet questions to the Twitter community, often striking up online parenting conversations.

Godin’s blog is her job. The stay-at-home mom spends about 30 hours a week on the blog.

She’s got nearly 4,000 Twitter followers and more than 10,000 fans on her Facebook page.

Last week, Godin was part of a panel of local mom bloggers sharing tips and inspiration.

She’s also been asked to speak to different mom groups and community classes.

Joining Twitter has helped Godin grow her blog and connect with other Edmontonians and she’s looking forward to continuing those connections.

‘Why should people follow you?’ I asked.

“If they’re looking for practical ways to save money or easy ways that aren’t going to mean you need to be an extreme couponer and take all this time out of your day, then I have some tips that can help with that,” Godin says.

@Frugalyegmama Tweets of the Week:

Okay. Anyone who is pregnant and living on the tums – you need to get the Tums Freshers. I’ll never feel the same about tums again!

We have strict rules for dinner – no tech. Lunchtime? Tech away. I’m on the laptop at the other end of the table working. #noguilt

Tonight we crossed a good 30% off on our Spring to do and organize list. Efficiency Rockstars.

My Kids Clothing Shopping #Secret Tip to get Kids clothes at Wholesale prices: HYPERLINK “http://www.ow.ly/kv3dx” www.ow.ly/kv3dx #frugal #shopping #YEG

Four Ways I’m using my iPhone to Save Money on Groceries & Life HYPERLINK “http://www.dlvr.it/3HfDcj” www.dlvr.it/3HfDcj

Click here to read the column on the Edmonton Sun website!

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