Who’s the Face Behind Print Me Coupon?

Well that would be me, Gwen Bauer. And my family…you will see them time to time as well, they are my backbone.

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I started a career in advertising as soon as I saw how much fun my cousin (Thank you David for the inspiration!) was having working for Leo Burnett and Severn Worldwide. He got me an internship gig one summer while I was in college. Coming from a small town in Indiana and traveling to Chicago for work was a huge dream. Non-the-less, to work in the Leo Burnett building…OMG! My internship helped me finalize my major of a BS in Graphic Design accompanied by a minor in painting and a minor in art history.

These experiences lead me to my first job as a Jr. Art Director for The Rosen Group in Chicago. Later I worked for Ogilvy & Mather and then for DRAFT (currently DRAFT FCB). I bounced around from the production room, to Production Artist and then finally to Art Director on the Kellogg’s account.

Print Me Coupon begun after my husband and I put together our skill sets. He’s a Software Engineer and then with my history you can probably figure out the rest.

When I am not selling coupons for Print Me Coupon, I am a mom of two toddlers. Need I say more. 😉

Second, I am a Group Fitness Instructor. Currently I teach at Lifetime Fitness and the YMCA. I also lead a free yoga class at Knox Presbyterian Church. I workout to support my habit of eating my husband’s high calorie, buy yummy, food!

We love being involved in our community, going on adventures near and far and spending time with family & friends. We also love owning a business and teaching our kids that hard work will help you get that much closer to your dreams. I dream a lot but one of my biggest dreams was to have a business. My husband’s big dream is to have a successful business that makes money. Hoping his dream comes true too!

If you want to know more about us or Print Me Coupon, send us an email: gbauer@printmecoupon.com or feel free to call us: 331-213-7032

We greatly appreciate all the support we have received for Print Me Coupon!

Thank you so much,
gwen

P.S. Don’t forget to LIKE us today on Facebook

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Adding an Email List to your Business Facebook Page

We collect emails for our weekly coupon updates. We are now expanding (whoo-hoo!) our Facebook pages into “regions” to further grow and publish coupons closer to home for our consumers. We started with a general Chicago Facebook and recently added a Chicago Western Suburbs and Northwest Indiana one.

So with that being said, we wanted to add to our Facebook pages a link for Joining our Email Lists. We use iContact for our weekly emails. We did not know how to go about this so we sent their IT department a request to learn how. They are amazing and sent us an email back with in 24 hours with directions. We are sharing the directions with you! If you have questions, we might be able to help but if not, we are confident iContact can.

Oh and if you don’t use iContact, your email provider probably has similar directions they can share with you! Best of luck! Print Me Coupon

DIRECTIONS FROM iCONTACT

To create a Facebook sign-up form, kindly follow the steps.
1. On the iContact homepage, click on “Contacts”.
2. On the sub menu, click on “Sign-up Forms”.
3. Click on “Create Facebook Sign-up Form”.
4. Add in the necessary information and preferences.
5. Hit save when done.

Once you have finished creating your sign-up form, you can now post your sign-up form to your Facebook page. Kindly follow the steps to post your sign-up form.
1. Log in to your Facebook account.
2. Go to the iContact Facebook application. http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=166303603381066
3. Click on “Adding a Sign-up Form to A Facebook Page”.
4. On the pop-up, click on the page you would like to post your sign-up form to.
5. Click the “Add Page Tab” button.

Kindly disable your browser’s pop-up blocker before doing the second set of steps to post the sign-up form.

1 YEAR FREE Advertising On Coupon Website www.printmecoupon.com

How do you let the world know who you are, what you sell and why they should support your business? Read about Coca Cola. The answer is simple, you ADVERTISE!

However, is it really that simple? It cost lots of money. So my question is How do you let the world know who you are, what you sell and why they should support your business with LITTLE MONEY?

No matter what you do, you end up spending money–and if not time-but in reality time is money.

We have set the ground for our online advertising business Print Me Coupon. We have over 300 businesses on our site, regular traffic and several thousand email addresses for our database-which sends out an email every week with updated and new coupons. We have about 800 Facebook followers and about 5,000 Twitter follows. We are ready to take our business to the next step.  We want to grow and accomplish our goal of offering businesses an affordable and successful advertising medium. We set up our program so no business is left behind regardless of their budget-every business can have the opportunity to advertise.

We need to expand our business listings, build our email database and grow. Here’s what we are going to do:

Give away 1 YEAR FREE advertising on our online coupon website www.printmecoupon.com
(In the event you are not familiar with our business…Print Me Coupon is another vehicle for businesses to advertise online, build SEO and gain new customers. Consumers get access to free coupons to print or redeem through their mobile device.)

We are testing this promotion in the Chicago Suburbs-mostly Naperville. (However if you are a business owner and come across this blog, call us 331-213-7032, we will work something out.)

There are no “catches”…no hidden fees, no contracts etc. If you are a business owner and interested in setting up an account, feel free to call us 331-213-7032 OR below are directions to set up your account on your own. It’s easy and takes about 10 minutes.

Steps to set up your free online advertising for one year on our coupon website:

1.  Visit: www.printmecoupon.com
Click “Add Your Coupon” button-top right corner, orange button

2. Click the Basic Plan button. Each page after will take you through having you put in a username, password and your business information. It is all fill in the blanks with one option to upload your logo as a jpg file.

3. On the billing page, after you fill out the credit card  information there is a Promotion Code box. Enter in: 1YRFREE
Your card will not be charged but validated for liability purposes. We have a confirmation page so you can check everything before finalized.

NOTE: You have to enter in your credit card even though the first year is free for liability reasons-holds you liable for the coupons you post. And of course we hope you continue to advertise with us after the free first year. We have auto pay to make it easy for you and us.)

4. Fill in the blanks for your coupons. If you need help with an offer, call us. Your coupons are live immediately.

Hopefully our promotion is a “win win” for all of us.  You have to start somewhere if you want to become the next Coca Cola!

Print Me Coupon
331-213-7032
info@printmecoupon.com

Print Me Coupon Saves The Day!

A couple times in the past month, we have received an objection to our online coupon program. “Our corporate office has forbidden us to do any coupons through a 3rd party.” …..”WHY?”

In the end, comes down to the daily deal sites, one big one that originated in Chicago, which we will not name but you know who we are talking about. Several businesses are very upset with what the daily deal has done to their business personally and their category as a whole.

One prospect said to me last week, “XXXX (daily deal site to not be named) has ruined my business, my regulars and the entire restaurant business! I will never do a coupon anywhere again.”

Never is a long time, so we hope Printmecoupon.com can change his mind as well as many other businesses that have been tainted by the daily deal regime.

You can coupon and discount and make money while building regular customers. Goes back to how we USED to coupon. Remember that? 20% off used to be a great deal. And if you liked the place, you would go back and become a loyal customer.

Today, we have lost the loyalty and expect everything at 1/2 off. Let’s face it, businesses can’t afford to give 1/2 off and then share another 1/2 of the remaining profits with a vendor.

This is where we come in, to save the couponing day!

Our program starts out at just $20/month. Businesses can post any coupon or special they would like. So if they want, they can offer a 50% off deal (and keep ALL the profits!). We set up the cost so that businesses can get a quick ROI. Shouldn’t be hard to make back the $20/month. (FYI: for more locations the pricing is a even bigger break. 3-10 locations is just $25/month)

Printmecoupon.com is very easy to use, within a few minutes, a business’s coupons are out to the masses. And consumers can search by product or zip code to find deals. It’s a “win win” for everyone.

Printmecoupon.com is going to save the coupon day!

Plumbing Issues?

Lesson Learned: Sometimes it pays to hire a professional…. especially when it comes to your plumbing needs!

We were so excited to finally own a house that needed a little bit of work. With our love of food and cooking, we just HAD to have an updated kitchen! Brilliant idea…remodel the most expensive room in the house on a small budget with having a 5 month old to tend to. Oh and work full time etc.

First…rent books from library on plumbing, electrical and tiling. Second, skim them and then skim the web. OK, we are ready. We dug right in, ripped out the cabinets, dug up the floor, the whole shebang. Time to move the plumbing from one wall to the island. Side note…can you believe that this house had all the appliances on one wall! An island in the center and then nothing on the other wall. You bump into each other non stop trying to cook or do dishes or just get into the frig.

Our plan was to move the sink and dishwasher to the island; keeping the other appliances on the back wall and then build out the other wall with cabinets.

Floor is open and we stare down at the plumbing. Uhhhh, what do we do next???….Call Jack with J. Blanton Plumbing! Within a couple hours, Jack was here, told us what we got ourselves into, gave us a estimate and in two days they had 3 guys here and plumbing work all done.

Yeah so we chickened out or in our defense, ran out of time. 🙂 It took 3 guys about 8 hours to get the project done. Would have taken us 3 weeks!

Huge relief because we are 100% sure the plumbing is done correct. Wish we would have planned having J. Blanton take care of the project from the beginning, but we have to learn the hard way. Sharing this with you so you don’t have to. OR if you need a good honest plumber, call Jack, him and his son rock!

 

 

Next coupon “free hugs & kisses”??

POSITION :
Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma

JOB DESCRIPTION :

Long term, team players needed, for challenging, permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to
primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES :

The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs some money.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 kmph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from
the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets
and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be a willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION :

None.
Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :

None required unfortunately.
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION :

Get this!   You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that
passing matric will help them become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS :

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and
no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love,
and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

Maybe the next coupon on Printmecoupon.com needs to be a “free hugs & kisses” coupon for parents to print and redeem…hummm.

Hair and Wine

So tonight as I was cutting my husband’s hair, I started to think about how much money we have saved over the years. I was thinking about the money because earlier today I mentioned I would like to go to Napa Valley sometime. I am always trying to figure out a way to convince my husband that 1. Yes, we can afford this and 2. Why we have to do this. Anyone else the same??

As I am cutting his hair, I also started to think about, why am I still doing this job? Here we have a coupon business with lots of  hair stylist as clients. Then I remember that in my second life I wanted to become a stylist. And then cutting his hair lets my creativity come out a little. Beats my full time job of being a cow to feed our baby. 🙂

Back to the hair cutting and how I can convince him that we need and can afford a trip to Napa. So, I have been cutting his hair for about 11 years. And do the deed about 1/month. I googled the average price of a guy’s haircut and from a barber it is about $10 but from a salon about $25. We’ll pick somewhere in the middle for the sake of this estimate and go with $15.

11 years…1/month…$15 per cut=====$1,980

Hummm, think that would be enough to cover air fare and lots of wine in Napa huh.

Now don’t start cutting your hubby’s hair just to get a vaca out of the deal. Keep using our coupons to visit PMC stylist BUT do find something in your life that you want to “do yourself” and save for that much needed vacation.