{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,

{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,


{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,


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!

A “Tall Order”!

We got this email a little while back – and wanted to share:

“I just wanted to share a copy of my prized receipt from Publix. They had an awesome sale this week and it worked great for me.

I spent $54 and saved $258.  This is my 17y/o son standing beside it to show just long it was.

Have a great day!! Thanks for teaching me these techniques. I have loved it and we love out donation box that we have set aside for The Ronald McDonald House. We are making a visit to them this week with 2 boxes of goodies.  I cant wait.  I’m a single mom and love to help others, but never had the means to do it until now.  Its awesome and the kids have really gotten into with me.”

Sandy -what can I say?  You’re downright inspiring!  Thanks for sharing your fun picture and encouraging words, getting emails like this is one of our favorite things!

Do you have a picture or story to share?  We love to hear them!  You can email us or leave it on our Time2Save Facebook Page to encourage the whole community!

Time2Save & Time2Give Reader Testimonies!

As a community, we try to encourage each other not just in our struggle to save money – but also in our calling to give to others in need.  When you’ve come from a place of need into a place where you are able to give – you know what a joy it is!  So I have a few “Saving” and “Giving” testimonies to share with you today:

Terri French posted this on our Facebook Wall:

“Woohoo!!!! First time shopping while couponing. Spent $102 for $301 worth of product.”

Rose Thompson Smith got all this for $3.24!  Way to go Rose!

And now for a story we received from a sweet lady this week (Grab a Kleenex!):

“This last Sunday in our life group meeting (some call it Sunday School), a lady told us about an unchurched family, where the dad has lost his job, they have no car, and there are 4 children ranging from 8 to 16.  School is about to start and then I actually found out that the oldest son and his dad were sharing the same pair of shoes.  It was through the love of Jesus Christ and the Ministry that you have brought to some of our church ladies that enabled us on Thursday morning to take 2 boxes of slightly used clothes and 2 boxes of food and staples, and school supplies to help this family.  My husband said that they were so appreciative.  I would have never thought 3 weeks ago that we would be able to do this.  God has truly blessed us.  Thanks again for all you have taught me.   The bible says that before we start telling, to start by showing.  I believe that we truly got to show Gods love this week.”

Kathy Smith