Club C: Embracing Life with Cancer in MoCo

Marlyn Ferguson, the founder of, had one of the fastest growing blogs around that helped people save on groceries, travel, entertainment, retail and much more. But things changed rapidly in the Fall of 2012, when she became a member of Club C – the Club no one wants to join! In September 2012, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and her whole life changed, as she began to fight for her life. Marlyn shows us how she and her family live, love and laugh with Cancer, AND they share their strategic shopping skills to help others embrace life along with them!

Everyone has been touched by Cancer in some way, but many people are reluctant to talk about it, as it makes us feel powerless. We’d love to hear your Club C stories in the comments, so we can get to know each other!

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What I learned from Former Munchkin, Margaret Pellegrini

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Several weeks ago a new little 3’4″ angel joined her “Wizard of Oz” cronies in heaven.  Her name was Margaret Pellegrini (featured in the image with the Ferguson family) and she played the flowerpot girl (see below) along with several other roles in the original “Wizard of Oz” movie with Judy Garland. And through an interesting series of events, […]

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Video and "Coupon Collab" for Make-Up Lovers

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This week the Strategic Shopping Network did a coupon collaboration with The Makeup Soprano to present a video-coupon collaboration. Here’s how it works – The Makeup Soprano created a video on her favorite drug store makeup brands and the Strategic Shopping Network added the coupons and sales to help viewers save money if they see […]

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Children Learn By Watching Us... (Video)


Meet TheMakeupSoprano Our children learn by watching us and we learn so much from them as well.  I’ve been presenting a blog, for a while now, and we added a YouTube Channel this year. And all the while my daughter was watching…giving advice….and probably taking a few notes. She loves to watch every makeup […]

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Falling in Love with my Hometown...Charm City

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I was born and raised in Baltimore, better know as Charm City.  After graduating from University of Maryland at College Park I made my adult home in Montgomery County.  Actually I’ve lived here much longer than I lived there, so even though I have many friends and family in ‘Balmore,’ I had really lost touch […]

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Video - Checked One Off My Bucket List!

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Do you have a Bucket List? I used to think they were kind of silly until tonight. I realized that I was doing one of the things I had dreamt of doing again in my life and it was something so easy…I just had overcome a few obstacles first! You know my true goal in […]

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My Favorite Senior Discounts

Marlyn Ferguson of Strategic Shopping Network

I had a very special birthday this month and I became an official senior at 55.  I still can’t believe it because I feel so young.  And of course I am grateful to have another birthday after this tumultuous year of battling cancer.  So, as you may have realized by now, I like to try […]

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My Bonus Life!

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Embracing Life Without Breaking the Bank! This week I added  this new tag line to my blog,   As you might imagine our lives have changed forever after dealing with my Cancer, that is currently in remission – woo hoo! When I came back to producing the Strategic Shopping Network, I had a brand new lease […]

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Bethesda Summer Music Festival Video


Art That Fills The Soul! We love to see great performances that just fill the soul!  I think seeing great art, in any form that we love helps us stay healthy – don’t you? Here’s one of the best kept secrets in the area:  Bethesda Summer Music Festival has assembled some of the area’s most talented […]

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How-to Shop Strategically Video


Ever wonder how people save half off on their groceries, shop for free, or even ‘get paid’ to shop? Take a peek at this video and learn more about strategic shopping.  When we use the strategic shopping method versus needs-based shopping, we can save a lot of money…which leaves more cash for EMBRACING LIFE (with […]

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Staying Healthy - Asian Market (Video)


It’s important for everyone to eat good healthy food, but especially important when your body is fighting Cancer.  Here’s our video of one of the best local Asian Markets – don’t miss learning about the Dragon Fruit and seeing the Live Fish Tank…your dinner couldn’t be any fresher!! And you can check out more information […]

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