Moneywise Shopper was started in 2009 by Kristan Stanton. Prior to Moneywise Shopper she was a finance manager /corporate trainer for a Fortune 500 Company for 6 years. She enjoyed many successes in the finance world but with the struggling economy they closed the Consumer Lending Division of her company.
Kristan was introduced to couponing by a friend and was skeptical at first but quickly realized she could save not only her family but others thousands of dollars a year with this skill. Others heard about what she was doing and wanted to know more so she designed a training manual and started teaching classes on how to use coupons and save money on food and household items.
Moneywise Shopper has 3 main focuses:
- Feeding your family at home and not through the drive thru. Moneywise Shopper empowers people to eat at home and feed their family healthier by providing them kitchen tips, recipes, and ideas on how to use in-season produce. Helping people save on household items, personal care items, and pantry staples leaves more money for fresh produce and the ability to stock up on meat when it is on sale.
- Saving not only money but time. Moneywise Shopper shares organization tips and gives people a plan so that saving money doesn’t take up a lot of extra time. So they have more money and time for what really matters, their family.
- Giving back to our community both locally and internationally. By smart shopping, Moneywise Shoppers are able to give in abundance to local non-profits and charities. Moneywise Shopper also gives back to our military serving overseas. We organize and send them our expired coupons that they can use up to 6 months past their expiration date on our overseas military bases.
Moneywise Shopper’s website was born in the spring of 2011 and has quickly grown and is used by individuals all over the country. Moneywise Shopper has is active in social media with over 10,000 followers. Kristan writes a weekly column in The Huntsville Times and also travels and teaches Moneywise Shopper classes in Mobile, Alabama. Her high energy level makes for a fun and interactive class everyone enjoys. In January of 2012 Moneywise Shopper started a Weigh in Wednesday program on their website to encourage others to Weigh in and get healthier. The focus for Moneywise Shopper for 2012 is to say no to the drive thru and prepackaged meals and yes to trying new produce and cooking at home. Our focus will be illustrated through our classes, social media venues, website, and weekly newspaper column.
As far as her formal education Kristan has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University and studied her MBA at the University of Phoenix.