My name is Karen Hoxmeier. I own and operate MyBargainBuddy.com. As a stay-home mom with 3 kids, I’ve always been a bargain hunter and a coupon clipper. When I got my first computer in July of 1999, my “hobby” spread to online shopping. I was surprised by all of the great deals I came across, products marked down 90%, coupon codes for $20 off $20 or more, etc. I passed these deals along to my friends and family via email.
In November of 1999, I came across a place called Homestead, that allowed people to build their own free websites. No programming knowledge was required! If you could “drop and drag” you could have your own website! I thought it would be fun to post my “finds” on a webpage. I named my site “Karen’s Finds”. It had about 4 pages of deals and coupon codes.
After a couple months, I discovered that Homestead sites were not compatible with WebTV and certain other web browsers. Another problem was that the pages looked different, depending on what browser you were using. A page that looked ok to one person, would have pictures or text overlapping to another person. I decided to learn html code and move my site off Homestead.
I bought an HTML “how to” book and did a little research online. After lots of trial and error, I made my own website! In January of 2000, I registered the name MyBargainBuddy.com. As time went by, I added more categories, pages, links, and offered a free email newsletter to my visitors. I never imagined my site would grow as much as it has. MyBargainBuddy.com has been featured on TV, radio and in several newspapers and magazines.
All these years later, I still love finding bargains. Helping others do the same is very rewarding. I enjoy hearing from people who use my website. That’s what keeps me going! If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, I’d love to hear it!