{Part 4} Couponing at 18: Elizabeth’s Journey

If you didn’t read the first little installment - go HERE, and the second one is HERE.

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Thank you once again for all of your comments. They are really helping to find the best strategy for shopping.

However, I wanted to do this blog a little differently. I have been talking to a lot of people and asking them if they are excited for Christmas. Most of the time the answer I got was that they weren’t really excited for Christmas.  They are stressed about all of the presents they need to buy and they want to get everyone the perfect present.  So, I have decided to remind everyone what the true reason for the season is.

It is is about the birth of the one who saved us all from eternal damnation. God loves us so much that He sent his only son to die for our sins. I know I am not worthy for this present God gave to me.  So, I am going to celebrate the best gift I could have ever received on Christmas. The birth of my Savior.  Praise be to God!  Merry Christmas, and I wish you and your families the very best Christmas!  Luke 2:1-14

Your thrifty friend,
Elizabeth

{Part 3} 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, and the second one is HERE.

Hey it’s Elizabeth again…. I just wanted to start out again by saying thank you so much for your comments. They really helped!!!!

This time I looked at this website before making a list.  That helped so much!!!!!! I felt like they had made a cheat sheet for me!  After writing my list of what I was going to buy, I gathered all of my coupons and put them in a pencil pouch holder. I arrived at Bi-Lo and I felt a little overwhelmed. However, I figured out that if I stick to my list I don’t feel as overwhelmed.

I got all of my items and went to the check out line. I was very excited to see all of my hard work put into action. Then she handed me the receipt. The orginal price was $118.16 and the price that I paid was $48.33!!!!!!!!!!!!   I was so excited that I did a dance in the middle of Bi-Lo.  Stay tuned for next week savings.

Your thrifty friend,

Elizabeth

{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
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  • Two great ways to earn free gift cards and a quarterly check in the mail here.