Prairieville ‘mommy’ shares deals through site

Michael Tortorich
Maggie Howes of Prairieville operates My Baton Rouge Mommy, a Web site devoted to finding deals throughout the area. “I do all the research and hard work so my readers can come to one place for get their daily fix,” she said.

Everyone loves to get a good deal.

A new Web site has been spreading, mostly by word of mouth, that features a host of deals from around the area.

Maggie Howes of Prairieville is the lone owner and operator of the site, which is called My Baton Rouge Mommy, and located at MyBatonRougeMommy.com.

Living just minutes outside of Baton Rouge, the mother of three decided to focus the deals on the site to the entire Capital city region.

A stay-at-home mom, Howes takes care of the finances for her family, which includes her husband, Bryan, and three daughters, Baylee, Skylar and Isabella. The girls are 12, 7 and 1 and a half years old.

Howes said she started noticing that she was always looking for ways to save money in any way possible.

She said she used to assume that she had little control over groceries and household costs.

Howes launched her site in June after spending time working “behind the scenes” to develop content and the template. It was the first blog she had ever done.

Only a month later, people began to notice and word spread about the site.

She received another boost when local television reporter Emily Turner featured Howe’s site.

“I spend anywhere from 6-8 hours a day working on the site,” Howes said. “I work mostly when my 1 1/2 year-old is napping, during the day and at night when everyone is sleeping.”

Though she is the sole editor for the site’s posts, she said a group of about 20 other mothers across the nation swap ideas for it.

“This allows me to have ‘eyes’ on lots of deals that I personally may not have had time to search,” Howes said.

Aside from the network of other mothers, Howes searches forums where others talk about deals.

She also subscribes to various companies’ e-mail lists, which she said are often filled with offers.

Howes also uses social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to find deals.

“I do all the research and hard work so my readers can come to one place to get their daily ‘fix,’” she said.

Howes has high hopes for the site.

“I would like to become the place where local people can come to find all the best deals in town,” she said.

Howes added that her site has the potential to become a one-stop shop for bargains on groceries, retail, dining and more in the greater Baton Rouge area.

“If I save someone $40 or $400, I have done my job,” she said.

Howes also believes in “paying it forward” and helping her community.

“I encourage my readers to give in many ways, including donating free items they have gotten to a food bank or church,” she said. “I would love to use my site as a medium to help our local community.”