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"Without a doubt, I love being home for my children...whenever they need me. What I wish the most for them is that they find true happiness and fulfillment in their lives, in their personal relationships and in their work. I hope that through my example, they can realize that they aren't limited to just working at a 'job' their whole lives, but that they have the choice to go out and find work that they love, and are passionate about.

Karen Murray, Yantic, CT

 
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Karen Murray
 
EP: Karen Murray
  • Mother to 3 children, ages 5 to 8
  • Partner to Joe Murray, a UPS driver
 
Contact Info:
Karen Murray
Hearthside Enterprises
P. O. Box 233
Yantic, CT 06389
Phone: (860) 887-1328
Fax: (860) 823-1413
Email:
URL: http://www.angelfire.com/ct/hearthsidemom
 
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EP Title(s):
  • The Coupon Lady
  • Consumer Advocate
Previous Career: Social worker with abused children for 8 years, home daycare provider for 3 years
 
Degree: Bachelor of Social Work, Masters of Child Welfare
 
Work Hours/Week: averages 15
 
Years : 3 years
 
Profile Date: 2/00
Home Career Highlights
Hearthside Enterprises
 
Home Biz: Hearthside Enterprises, consisting of:
  • The Coupon Lady: I teach classes through local Adult Ed. programs and to social service agencies on how to save money by using coupons, bargain shopping, doing inexpensive activities with your kids, etc.
  • Consumer Advocate: I work as an independent contractor to link the owner of 2 local grocery stores and his customers so they can both get what they want...low-priced, fresh groceries in a pleasant setting, and a successful grocery store business.
 
Top Products/Services:
  • Classes on couponing and refunding, bargain shopping, inexpensive activities to do with your children, being good to yourself as an at-home mom, cherish your child, etc.
  • Weekly email list available by subscription, for all the good deals in the grocery and department stores in my area, and the coupons available to go with them.
  • Private classes and coaching on couponing and refunding.
  • Coupon boxes for sale.
  • Consumer advocacy for the grocery store, but also to the general public in their dealings with shopping isues in most stores.
 
Primary Market: Mothers and others who want to save money.
 
Mission Statement: My mission is to touch the lives of as many mothers and families as possible, and teach them how to save money and appreciate their time together more.  
 
Client Endorsement: I have had a few women write or call me to tell me that thanks to my couponing class, they will not have to go to work part-time, outside the home, because now they shop more wisely and can save money to stay home to care for their families. Plus, they think it is a blast to get items free or for pennies by using coupons!! And I do too!
 
Home Career Defining Moment: My greatest home career related achievement is described below:

Last December (1998) I approached the owner of a local grocery store and asked him if I could teach one coupon class in his store that would be free to the community and to him. All I asked in return was help with publicity. He did better than that -- he hired me to teach 6 classes per year (free to the public) and after the first set asked me to be his Consumer Advocate for his new store that is opening on Feb 6th. I jumped at the chance and spent last Fall hooking him up with many different civic groups, PTO's, church groups, etc. where he and I would go to meetings, he would introduce himself to them, tell his background, tell about the store, and ask for suggestions from the groups as to how he could make his store what they wanted. (I am using my background and contacts from my previous work as a social worker to do this) Our local community ate this up -- imagine a grocery store owner that asked for their input? Unheard of in these parts!!! I was able to go to the meetings with him, and didn't have to speak, just be introduced as his Consumer Advocate. Now the new store is opening soon, and I will also teach the coupon classes there, and in February I will be in the store every day for a few hours (I can make my own schedule) talking with the customers and making sure they are happy. He wants me to stay connected to the store as an independent contractor (which I prefer as well) so that I represent the people, not the store, and they know that.
 
The coupon classes have been the most popular of all the classes I teach (I teach a whole shopping system, and save a lot of money usuing coupons and refunding...$5,400 in 1998) and in trying to get publicity for the store, I have actually been getting a lot for myself as 'The Coupon Lady." I have been interviewed in a local paper, had one radio interview with another scheduled for April, and have been on cable TV twice...all in the last 8 months! I am having a ball! I love what I am doing, and the man I work with is great and very understanding about my wanting to be available for our kids as much as possible.
 
Two of my favorite things in life are helping people and saving money, and with the two types of inter-related work that I do, I get to help people and teach them to save money...and I couldn't be happier!
 
Home Career Advice: Do your work well and with passion!!!
 
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Mention the EP Profiles and you'll receive 10 % off coupon class booking or private consultation within Connecticut (sorry, services are local only at the moment). Just send a message to Karen at with the subject heading "EP Profiles" and your preferred contact info, and I'll be in touch soon!
 
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A Voice of Experience

EP Motivating Force:
I saw so much pain and neglect in the lives of the children that I worked with as a social worker, that it convinced me my children needed me at home for them. But I always wanted to contribute to the family income in some way so continued to look for a way to do that. When I started teaching the Coupon classes, I was hooked into a passion for helping mothers save money.
 
EP Musings:
I think that the positive traits that are being handed down to my children through my home career are: passion about work, independence, creativity, self confidence, and entrepreneurial skills. They already talk about having their own businesses some day (my daughter wants to open her own ballet school!).
 
EP Advice:
Remember why you became a work-at-home parent in the first place -- to have more time with your family. It is easy to get so involved in work that you love that family gets placed on the back burner. I try to balance things I do for my work with the family. For instance, I tell the kids in the summer that I will work for a few hours in the morning, and then we will go to the beach in the afternoon. Or, if I have to make a run to Staples, or the grocery store to pick up some bargains, we will go to a playground on the way home. That way they come to understand that Mommy has to do my work, but can also have fun with them too.
 
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More & Misc.

 
Favorite Pastime: Reading books on Home Business/ Motherhood, walks in the woods
 
Favorite Biz Bookmark: www.bizymoms.com
 
Favorite Review Site: www.refundcents.com
 
Coolest URL: www.Ebay.com
 
Favorite Search Engine: Yahoo
 
Favorite Quote:
"Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day,
teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime."


-- John F. Kennedy

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