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Melissa is a mom of 2 and savings specialist who enjoys getting a good deal. She uses her site as a ministry to help moms fight the rising costs of the economy by showing them ways to cut costs through couponing, shopping for sales and frugal tips. She believes that couponing is a privilege not a right and works closely with manufacturers and retail stores to bring couponing to a level that is beneficial to both. Melissa also enjoys working on Social Media campaigns for major brands. She believes in creating a personal relationship between the brand and their consumers. She is very much into taking the corporate out of the brand and bringing it down to the level where consumers can feel comfortable interacting and taking the brand seriously.  Melissa has been married to her husband Daniel a.k.a. The Consumer King for almost 17 years and her family is very much involved in her blog.Melissa is a  Savings.com Deal Pro and All You Magazine Savings Star.

My Story:

I am 37 years old and I just celebrated 17 years of marriage with my husband on October 7th. I have 2 children & 2 dogs,. We live in Edmond,Oklahoma. I have also been a member of Edmond Road Baptist Church for over 30 years where I participate in the music ministry. I was a stay at home for 12 years and started my site to help friends and family learn how to save money. It was a great hobby for me and it felt great being able to contribute to my family.

In 1996 my daughter was born and the Dr’s told us she had a 50/50 chance of living. After spending a week in NICU we were able to bring her home.At that time our insurance did not cover pregnancy and on top of that we had the expensive bills from the NICU Unit. I was a nervous wreck on what we were going to do.

In 2005 my husband was rushed to the emergency room on Easter morning and was later diagnosed with a degenerative disease called “ankylosing spondylitis”. Our life was totally about to change. Since there is no cure for this disease we have spent lots of hours in and out of the hospital, several surgeries and more meds than I can count on my fingers. My once small time hobby of pinching a few pennies here and cutting a few coupons there turned into a necessity. The Remicade infusions that he takes are $8,000 every 6 weeks. This is just one of his many meds .Without insurance it would be a scary situation. My mom has Klippel-Feil Syndrome which she has had from birth. Basically she has fusion of the last 2 cervical and all of the thoracic vertebrae which causes Scoliosis. The last 3 ribs in front are also fused. She also has a splitting of the Spinal Cord in the cervical area about 1 to 2 cm. In 2009 my mom got very sick and had to go on disability. In Jan. of 2010 we made the decision to have my mom move in with us.(2011 My mom is now living in her own apt.)This has been a struggle both financially and emotionally for our entire family.

In 2011 our home was taken by a flood and we lost pretty much everything and had to start over.But I have a strong Christian faith and God has helped us get through this tremendously. He has helped me see that there are many families out there struggling just like us and has blessed me with the ability to help teach others about my frugalness. That’s when my hobby became a ministry.

In 2013 we had two big blows. My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with AS, the same disease as my husband. Watching your child go from a healthy bright upbeat child to someone who is constantly in pain is not something I wish on anyone. One month later I lost my job. I was absolutely devastated. I have 2 people in my home with huge medical expenses and I am the only bread winner in my home. Little did I know that God was actually answering a prayer. It was always my dream to blog for a living but I was completely terrified that I could not do it. Losing my job gave me the push I needed to launch what is now a successful career in blogging and brand consulting. I am now working with major brands more than ever and I have more time to meet with my fans face to face.

In 1996 Morestealsanddeals.com was formed which is now called ConsumerQueen.com. The original purpose of the website was to help other families struggling and in very similar situations like us feel good about being able to contribute so much just by clipping a few coupons. ConsumerQueen.com has grown extensively over the past several years with thousands of  members across the United States. While members get great deals and awesome savings on things that their families use every day, many members “pay it forward” by donating some of the name brand items that they receive for free or at a very low cost to local churches and shelters. ConsumerQueen.com has been and always will be a free site for all who wish to register. Deals are broken down by store and explained so people new to couponing and those who have years of experience can all understand every deal. Every member is encouraged to post deals and to brag about their shopping adventures. We now teach our members how to save money in certain areas so they can spoil themselves in others. With our money saving tips you can feel good about indulging in life’s riches.

I think my eyes were really opened up about couponing the day I walked out of a local Albertsons towing 3 grocery carts behind me that totaled $1880 and I only paid $19. I was able to provide enough groceries for my family and had plenty left over to donate to my church as well as the battered women’s shelter. Now this was one of my more extreme shopping trips but still to this day I am able to usually save 50 to 75% off my grocery bill if not more. I have been invited to do interviews with several local TV stations and newspapers. I currently do “The Deals of the Week” on the Jack and Ron morning show on Kiss 98.9FM every Wed. morning  as well as All About You which is taped and aired Wed. nights. We have also been featured on the Today Show as well as newspaper and magazine articles.We are looking to expand our media exposure as we feel the more people we can reach the more people we can help.

It’s not about how much money “I” can save, it’s about how many more people can we reach and help! Anyone can be a “Coupon Queen” it just takes a little bit of dedication and self discipline. Now that I am working full time I do struggle with not being able to do as much shopping as I use to but feel good knowing that I am still helping others. One day I hope to find a job working from home, making the same salary I am now and still have the insurance benefits. I now work for Fast Fixin as their Internet Marketing Manager full time and still run my blog.

*UPDATE*

God had provided my dream job and I am now blogging full time at home. Want to know more about our family? Check out Mom Thoughts.

Below are a few links you may want to check out:

Our Media Page: (Interviews etc).

Our You Tube Savings Videos

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  • Carol Blair May 30, 2011, 8:48 AM

    As a newly unemployed mother and grandmother I have a few questions.

    Do you use baseball card holders to hold your coupons? If so, where is the cheapest store to buy them?

    What type of binder, brand name, holds your coupons?

    Which store, if any, have you found has the best store policies for coupons?

    Last, I tried to print some coupons but instead of going to my printer, the coupons are going to my fax. Can I print them from the fax?

    Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me as I start this adventure to save our household and my daughter’s household of 4, money.

    Sincerely,

    Carol Blair

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  • Carol Blair May 30, 2011, 9:17 AM

    I found the information on the coupon book and inserts by looking to the right of you web page. I am sorry that I did not look at it sooner. I guess I was just sooo excited to get started. So I guess the answer to 2 of my questions were right in front of me.

    Sincerely,

    Carol Blair

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  • Emily Priddy August 19, 2011, 1:09 PM

    Hi Melissa! I wanted first to say thanks for this wonderful resource you have made available. It has definitely helped my family save money when we needed to the most! I also came across something regarding online promotions/giveaways, etc. and laws about them and wanted to send it to you since you regularly have so many great promotions. Hopefully I am just being overly cautious! http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-promotions-and-the-law-what-you-need-to-know/

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  • Lauren Koecher September 14, 2011, 1:36 PM

    Hello. Thanks for doing this site. I have been playing around with the idea of couponing for awhile now but am struggling a bit to figure it all out. First off I live in the Bartlesville area and I have to shop at two seperate stores for me and my husband and our 11 year old daughter I have a gluten intolerence and additive and preservative sensitivity so I have to shop at food pyramid for myself and usually will shop at walmart for the rest of the family because my grocery bill is high just for me because of the nature of all the foods I am not allowed to have. My question is it still possible for me to coupon? I am so confused about how to start. Number one I am horrible at math so that is against me big time. Where is the best place for me to start just the sunday paper. Or should i make a list of all the products in the house that I use and try to find coupons that way. Any help you could give me would be excellent. Thanks for listening.

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    • Princess Karen September 15, 2011, 10:52 AM

      Lauren,
      Princess Theresa actually does a Food Pyramid post weekly with all the deals also. I do recommned getting the Sunday paper since there are coupons in it that you can still use, you use soap, shampoo, etc. There are more and more Gluten free coupons and products available in regualr stores now. If you do not find coupons for your favorites I would recommend writing, emailing or calling the companies and see if they offer coupons.

      Princess Karen

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  • Sharon September 17, 2011, 9:12 PM

    Thank you for letting your Queen Mum come to the Swazi 5K in Bethany today… I was surprised and excited to see her, meet her, and register for door prizes :~) I didn’t win, but my runner daughter did – glad you guys could come and spread the word!

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    • Queen Mum September 18, 2011, 5:00 PM

      Sharon, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to being there next year!

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  • Rupi September 28, 2011, 4:44 PM

    Hi!

    I came across you on twitter and am truly inspired by your story. What you have done for you and your family sounds wonderful and is very uplifting. I applaud you for your efforts to help others save money too as I share the same goal!

    Take care,

    Rupi
    @koopik

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  • Kim Beaumont November 2, 2011, 10:41 AM

    I am with SC Johnson, A Family Company. We would like to send you some samples and are requesting a physical mailing address.

    Thank you for your attention.

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  • jennifer jones December 11, 2011, 2:32 AM

    thank you! i lived in edmond for 2 years, now i’m in lawton, it’s nice to know there is someone fairly close by that can scope out deals for me, lol

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  • Kymbrlee from Mom It Forward January 6, 2012, 12:25 PM

    I love your “Good for you, Good for your wallet” section!

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  • Jackelyn Vongsouvanh March 13, 2012, 4:04 PM

    I started couponing back in October, 2011. I have use your website consitently. I want to thank you for the information you provide each week, it makes it a whole lot easier to plan my shopping trip each week.
    Keep up the great job of posting the deals for us, I really appreciate your time and effort.

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  • Jessica Travis May 30, 2012, 10:14 AM

    Wow…

    God Bless You!

    My name is Jessica Travis and I am 18 years old. I just read your story and am deeply touched! I am inspired by your positivity and faith! Not only are you having some hard times, but you’re making time for couponing AND running a website?! That takes some serious time and effort. Go Ms. Melissa!

    Hope everything takes a turn for the better for you. Sounds like you definitely deserve it. Praying for you and your family.

    Jessica

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  • Sandy October 16, 2012, 8:24 AM

    Melissa,
    Thank you for sharing your life with us, I also have a child who was on remicade infusions and remember how expensive it was but now she is on humira injections which cost 1500 every two weeks so I hope but clipping coupons here and there it will help!!!
    Thank you

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  • richard martin November 6, 2012, 5:12 PM

    what happened to the hispanic style dinners banuit makes/or made?

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    • Princess Karen November 7, 2012, 7:31 PM

      The Banquet meals are still out there. You might want to check with your store to see if they can order certain kinds for you. My son just ate a Tamale one for dinner tonight!

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  • Matt Kent November 13, 2012, 3:23 PM

    This story is incredibly inspiration Melissa. I have seen others mistake God’s lessons for treachery. It is amazing to see that you got the message and are carrying out a ministry in response. Keep up the good work!

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  • Chris July 26, 2013, 12:58 PM

    Melissa, I just got the opportunity to meet you IN PERSON here at our Champions for Kids office. What a great first impression! You have a kind heart, and obviously know what you are doing to help us all save money. And, in turn, you are helping us all have more time and resources to also give back to others. I just read your story on your blog and now am even more amazed by you! I love your energy and sweet spirit!

    –Chris

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