{Part 2} Couponing at 18: Elizabeth’s Journey

Here’s a different take on couponing that you don’t hear about often!

If you didn’t read the first little installment - go HERE.

I just wanted to start out by saying thank you to everyone who left a comment. I really appreciated the kind words!

Now, I would like to tell you a little about my very first experience using coupons. I was looking through all of my ads and I found an ad for Dawn dish detergent, and it was FREE.  I was so excited that I decided to leave the house at 9 p.m. to go and pick up my free detergent.  I arrived at CVS very excited to have found my first deal.  When I went in to pick my free detergent I found many other deals with my coupons. I checked out and decided to look at the Walgreens ad.  That’s when I realized that some of the items I picked up were cheaper there.  I felt SO SAD!

I went home and told my parents I wasted their money. They gave me a hug, and told me that I still saved a good bit of money, and I will save even more with experience. I am not going to give up, and I am going to do better next time! Stay tuned for next week, and I will fill you in on my progress in the coupon world.

Your thrifty friend,

Elizabeth Clayton

*New Feature* Couponing at 18: Elizabeth’s Journey

Here’s a different take on couponing that you don’t hear about often!

We’d like to introduce you to a new regular feature you’ll be seeing on Time2Save. I want to let our guest do most of the talking – so I won’t say much, save that we met her just recently and she is such a sweet blessing of a young woman we asked her to share with you. We’d like to bring her into your lives in a small way each week – as she takes us on a journey with her.

Hey everyone, my name is Elizabeth and I am so excited to be able to share with you.

I am eighteen years old, a full time college student, and I work.   However, family comes first for me. This is why I decided to find a way to help my parents out. Like almost everyone my parents are struggling financially and every little bit helps. I learned about a coupon seminar from my sister-in-law and I thought this would be a great way to help out.

I arrived at the coupon seminar very excited, because I knew this would be an amazing chance to help my parents save money. I learned that it is possible to save hundreds of dollars monthly by using coupons. Which to me is so amazing!!! Okay, I’m off to try what I have learned so far. Wish me luck!  Thank you for reading my blog, and I will keep you posted on my journey through the couponing world.

Your thrifty friend,

Elizabeth

What Now? 11/29 (Drug Store Edition)

The “What Now?” posts are a starting place for newbies (like you!), with great store deals using PRINTABLE coupons (and this week’s insert coupons) only.  We know your coupon-collection will grow, but in the meantime, here’s a list just for YOU!

1) CVS,   2) Walgreens,  3) RiteAid

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We’re so glad you are here!

If this is your first visit, we’d like to thank you for stopping by.    We are excited to have the opportunity to serve you and hope the information we provide guide you as you enter the world of couponing. 

Like most, the effects of our nations economy hit our family’s hard.  As a result, we attempted to save our family money by eliminating family vacations, taking our children out of extra curricular activities and buying only store brand foods.  However, the savings didn’t add up.   

Out of great skepticism we started couponing.  After hundreds of hours of research, months of practice, and many trials and errors our tenacity paid off.  We began to see our grocery bill dwindle each week as we learned how to use coupons effectively.  Ultimately, we cut our grocery bill from $150.00 – $200.00 a week down to $30.00.

Now, to keep this in perspective we don’t LOVE COUPONS.  We don’t wake up every morning excited to cut up coupons or jump on every deal that we can find.  Simply put – couponing just happened to be the tool that brought hope to our family’s finances.  Most importantly it has afforded us the incredible opportunity to give into the lives of others in ways we never imagined. 

You’ll see quickly that we want to offer our community much more than just grocery/drug store savings.  Only a small part of our life is spent at the grocery store,   .  We want to speak encouragement to each of you, bring you content that is relative to your life, introduce you to thousands of others in our community and have FUN all at the same time!

If you have thought about using coupons, or attempted without success, don’t quit now.   Learning an entire new mindset to shopping doesn’t happen overnight.  It will take time to understand the process, take one step at a time.   I (Kasey) remember the first time I saved $12.00 on my grocery bill, I floated out to the parking lot to my car.  We encourage you to celebrate those moments, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy how great it feels to save.  

From our own experience, it’s important to keep couponing in perspective in our lives.  We remind ourselves that couponing is a tool that helps our family’s finances not a tool that takes over our lives.  For us that means that we don’t chase every deal and we don’t go to every store.  Our goal is to shop one grocery store per week, and if time permits one quick drug store trip.

Below I have listed helpful tools to help you get started

Step By Step Power Point Tutorials:

Helpful Links:

  • How to use our site here.
  • Printable Grocery “Buy Price” List here
  • Learning the lingo short version here & detailed version here.
  • Links to Printable Coupon Sites here
  • Newest Printable Coupons here
  • Store Deals here
  • Problems Printing Coupons here
  • 2011 Newspaper Insert Schedule here
  • Rainchecks – Don’t Pass them up! here
  • Catalina’s – What are they & what do I do if they don’t print here.
  • Freezer help printable list here.
  • How to work a Cataina here.

Don’t Miss These Hot Deals!

  • Photo Deals here
  • Freebies & More here
  • Hot Deals / Flutterbuys here
  • Two great ways to earn free gift cards and a quarterly check in the mail here.

Thanksgiving Family Funnies

Of course the most important part of Thanksgiving is to look back and to reflect on all the blessings in our lives.   At the same time in the midst of all the thankfulness, when family gets together there is bound to be something hilarious that happens.

Everyone is thankful, full, and sooo sleepy.
Gary, Kasey, and Caleb Trenum napping at Mi Mi’s house on Thanksgiving.

1. My mother (Kasey’s) has become a texting, facebooking, picture taking maniac. Today, she got a mischievous streak and took the picture above and posted it on facebook.  This was a surprise to us!  

 

My husband gave me permission to share this as long as I clarified that he had a very full tummy at the time. 

2.  My grandmother has alzheimer’s and lives in a nursing home.  Although her memory isn’t the best, she’s still in good health so she was able to leave the nursing home to spend Thanksgiving Day with us.  It had been a while since she saw my kids, so we had to introduce them to her several times. 

Okay – here’s the funny part.  My daughter was sitting on my husbands lap when my grandmother came around the corner,  to ask  her name again.  As my grandmother bent down to hug Morgan,  she poked my husband in the tummy and asked very innocently if  he was pregnant while she was laughing.  She was so cute because she was completely serious and walked away excited as if a new great grand baby was on it’s way.   Again – my husband asked that I stress he was very very full.

It’s your turn ~ some of you have to have a great family funny.

 

 If you haven’t already shared with us on facebook, 

Time 2 $ave Let’s encourage each other. What is something that at times you’ve found difficult to give thanks for…but looking back you know it was used greatly in your life? Click HEREto share on Facebook.

*Money-Saving Monarchs*: A cool new feature!

Don’t you love having insider knowledge on extra deals going on at your store?  You know – like when you find out there’s an amazing clearance on makeup, or an unadvertised bargain, a cool catalina, or some awesome coupon booklets hiding in the produce aisle….  I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

Wouldn’t you love to have more of that kind of store-specific reporting?  ME TOO!

That’s why we’re very excited to present a new feature: Money Saving Monarchs

What is a Money Saving Monarch?  Basically – a store expert or the “Queen” of a grocery/drugstore.

  • A Money Saving Monarch is a frequent shopper of a particular store, someone who’s in and out at least once or twice a week.  This person can report on things they find:  extra deals, clearances, found coupon booklets/tearpads and catalinas
  • They can help by spreading the word by posting on Facebook, or in our BlogFrog Community Forum (See bottom of sidebar) and leaving comments on the weekly grocery posts.  Also – they can email me tips to time2saveworkshops@gmail.com
  • We’ll list all the MoneySaving Monarchs on a special page of the Time2Save Website – with a picture of each store leader and a few lines about themselves.

If this seems like a fun way to share deals – let me know and I’ll get you started!

What Now? 11/22 (Drug Store Edition)

The “What Now?” posts are a starting place for newbies (like you!), with great store deals using PRINTABLE coupons (and this week’s insert coupons) only.  We know your coupon-collection will grow, but in the meantime, here’s a list just for YOU!

1) CVS,   2) Walgreens,  3) RiteAid

The CVS list is printable – but you will need to go to the original post HERE to use the printable feature.  The whole post, however is printable just by clicking the green Print/PDF button at the bottom!

Well – are you ready to get some free stuff guys???  The beginning of the week at CVS is a little slow – you can grab some free Advil, Excedrin, and cheap cereal.  But then – starting Thursday – the 3-Day Black Friday ad begins… and you are going to RACK UP!!!

CVS Highlights for 11/21 – 11/27

Week – Long ECB Deals:

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