Amie Voith has turned bargain hunting from a coupon-clipping hobby to a 21st century calling.
For two years, the Loch Raven Village resident has run Economoms Baltimore, a blog featuring deals and tips for moms on a budget. Last week, she turned her deal-hunting into a full-time gig with Certifikid, a family-oriented daily deal site.
We spoke to Voith about her blog and she shared some of her secrets.
Tell me in a nutshell what Economoms is. How did it begin?
I created it about two years ago when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I started looking into how much baby and kid stuff cost and what kinds of events are out there for families, and I was like, "Wow, this is pretty expensive. I can see how this can start adding up."
So I had this idea that if I'm in this position, other moms are probably thinking the same thing, and maybe I can find an audience if I wrote a blog and I could find other moms that felt the same way.
So that was kind of how Economoms was born and basically my motto is "Living and playing locally at great prices." The idea is that as parents we can definitely go out and have fun and do fun activities and still wear cute clothes and do all the things we want to do as families, but you don't have to spend a ton of money to do it.
And because I live in the Towson area, a lot of what I write about is Towson focused.
What sort of places have you been able to feature? What are the coolest things you've been able to write about on your site?
Probably the most popular feature that I do is a weekend outlook and it just lists in bullet form all the activities that are going on for the weekend that are free or very cheap. So like if something costs even $10, $15, I usually don't feature it. I usually only put out those things that are free or two or three bucks, something like that.
You can go out for a whole weekend and have a good time and not worry about spending money. That's probably one of my most popular features and then also if there's like a big event coming into town like the Sailabration ... I'll kind of take a look through their marketing events and scour through them to find what's free and I'll compile that for my moms so they don't have to sort through everything.
What sort of feedback do you get from your moms?
I think they really like it. They appreciate the fact that they don't have to take the time to go through all this stuff and find it. It's just presented to them in a really quick, easy-to-read fashion.
They're appreciative that somebody else is doing it for them and they get a quick snapshot.
And you're not just helping them, you're helping yourself, too.
My daughter's 18 months old, her name is Macy, and we follow my tips all the time. We go to farmers' markets, we go to the events in Towson, which are free. We went to the Sailabration last weekend and walked around. I'm writing about stuff that I'm already doing, so it's a really natural fit.