Couponing for the Rest of Us

Time 2 Give: Helping a Child in Need

 

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I got an email this week, that broke my heart.  I am so proud to be part of a community devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  I have included the specific needs from the email below. 

It would be great if you could leave a comment or send us an email to let us know if you are able to help.  Ya’ll are amazing, your testimonies inspire others to learn how to save so they can give.  All information will be kept confidential.  time2save@hotmail.com

 

DCS is needing to assist a local child that has eczema with specific lotions and shampoo.
The Doctor has given the parents specific products and instructions (listed below).  The family needs help, they can’t afford to purchase these items.
 

  • Cetaphil or Eucerin Cream (covering his whole body after each daily bath)
  • Only Selsun Blue for shampoo.

    I’ve included a list of available coupons for each product below.

Eucerin Coupons

Free Sample
Click HERE to “like” Eucerin on facebook.  Request your free sample of Eucerin Calming Itch Relief Treatment.  Usually the samples are teeny tiny but every bit counts!

 

Cetaphil Coupons

Selsun Blue

  • $1/1 Selsun Blue Product, exp. 3/31/12 (found in Smart Source 01/01/12)

 

They can’t afford these things and are in need of resources that could help. The McMinn County Child Protective Case Manager states "the child’s little body felt like leather, and he had scabs covering his legs".

If you can help in any way, I’ve included the contact info below.  We’d appreciate your leaving a comment or sending us an email if you are able to help this precious little boy.  It will help us as we continue to seek support.  time2save@hotmail.com  Thank you.

 

Lori Jolly-Julian, MSCP, BA, CM3
Department of Children’s Service
TN Valley Child Protective Service Unit &
Resource Linkage Coordinator
Office – 423.338.0949
SE TN Resource Guide www.cab.ebradley.net


Time 2 $ave: Becoming a Purposeful Giver

 

 

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If you’d been around for any amount of time, then you have heard how important it is to us to live a lifestyle of giving.  No matter how many times I have the privilege of giving to others, it still gives me cold chills out of sheer excitement!  God’s word is true, it is better to give than to receive!  It’s contagious, the amazing feeling of having the privilege to help someone else in their time of need never grows old.

Acts 20:35

Good News Translation (GNT)

35 I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said,
There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.


First, you might be surprised to hear – 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.

When I say giving I’m not referring to giving just at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  You see, as we learned how to coupon effectively a light came on one day.  Every week there are items that are free or nearly free at grocery stores and drug stores.  What if we started looking for items each week specifically to give?  We began to look beyond our own family’s needs for opportunities to bless others. 

Now, we have become purposeful givers.  It has become a lifestyle that is just as important to us as shopping for our family’s needs. 

To give you an idea how much of an influence you can be I’ve listed items just from Monday’s posts that would make great donation items.

Target:

·         Alpo Dog Food – $0.52 ea

·         Johnson’s baby Wash or Lotion – $0.09

·         Reach Floss – Free

Meijer:

·         Nabisco Snack Sacks –  $0.17

·         Kool-Aid Jammers 10 pk – $0.33

Wal-Mart:

·         Reach Floss – Free

·         Uno Pictionary Card Game – $0.88

·         Schick Disposable Razors – Free

·         Bic Cristal Pens – Free

Staples:

·         Avery Binders – Free after Rewards

·         Bic Mark-it Permanent Markers 5 Pk – $1 after Rewards

·         HP Everyday 100 Pk Photo Paper – $1.00 after Rewards

Kroger:

·         Soft-soap Liquid Hand soap – $0.08

Babies R Us:

·         Value Box of Diapers 72 count & Wipes 432 Count – $9.99 for both!!

This is a more expensive donation item, however if you are out shopping with a friend you could go in together. 

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What goes where?  Donation suggestions:

·         Grocery/ Personal Care Items / Household Items – Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, Battered Women’s Shelters, local church pantry, Salvation Army, United Way

·         Pet Food – Animal Shelters, Churches

·         School Supplies – Schools, Day Care, Salvation Army, Churches

·         Baby Items – Teen Pregnancy Centers, Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, Battered Women’s Shelters, Churches, Salvation Army, United Way

·         Homeless People – Make baggies of personal care items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, non-perishable food like snack crackers, Chap Stick, shampoo etc. to keep in your car.  As you see the need arise you are prepared.

 

We’ve also collected groceries at home and waited until we heard of a specific need.  I’ve given bags of groceries to complete strangers. 

 

 

Time 2 $ave + Time 2 Give = Time 4 Hope

It’s not just about getting a deal; it’s about making a difference….

 

Tune in tonight to WDEF hear about the amazing donation from Click 4 Hope & The Time 2 $ave Community to help tornado victims!!

 

 

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We launched, Click 4 Hope, a nationwide initiative, to raise money for tornado victims several months ago.  So far we, along with other bloggers across the nation who joined us have raised over $28,000!

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Check out WDEF News 12 tonight to hear about the amazing donation from Click 4 Hope & The Time 2 $ave Community!!

 

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MANY thanks to Click 4 Hope & The Time 2 $ave Community for collecting $7,000 for the Ringgold tornado disaster relief! You are a SHIELD!!

 

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The Salvation Army Chattanooga

A BIG thank you to Click 4 Hope and the Time 2 $ave Community for raising $7,000 for The Salvation Army, Cleveland TN tornado relief! We are able to continue "doing the most good!" because of you!!

 

 

The $28,000 will be disbursed as follows:

  • $7,000 – The Salvation Army Cleveland TN / Tornado Relief
  • $7,000 – The Salvation Army Ringgold, GA / Tornado Relief
  • $7,000 – Samaritan’s Purse Joplin, MI / Tornado Relief
  • $7,000 – First Baptist Church of Moody / Tornado Relief in AL

We’d like to ask that you click the buttons below -  Facebook like, tweet, Google +, stumble, etc.  Any social media platform that you participate in your efforts can help spread the word.  We will be launching a new campaign within a few days and would appreciate your help in getting the word out!  Let’s combine our reach to make a difference!

Salvation Army Angel Tree: Deadline December 10th

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Chattanooga, Cleveland, N. Georgia

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program Deadline was extended to December 10.

When I heard that the Salvation Army had Angels that had not been adopted yet, I knew the
T2$ Community would want to know.  There is no greater gift, than to give to others.

With only 4 days left there are still 313 Angels left to be adopted and many more who have been adopted that need their gifts returned.  The Salvation Army Angel Tree provides Christmas assistance for needy children, their families and senior citizens who would not otherwise receive gifts including necessities like food and warm clothing. Angels Trees are located at Hamilton Place, Northgate, and Bradley Square Malls.

 

If you live outside our area, check with your local Salvation Army and make a difference in a child’s life this year.

 

 

Volunteers Needed: 

  • Next Wednesday & Thursday 12/14 & 12/15 the Salvation Army needs volunteers at their warehouse to help with the Angel Tree distribution.
    Volunteers can sign up at www.ringbells.org.
  • Still need bell ringers through Christmas Eve. Sign up online at www.ringbells.org or call Gordon Hall at 423-756-1023.  

Did ya’ll know that your hearts to give are more than awesome and an inspiration to many!  Thank you for bringing our vision alive and your continual efforts to be a light of hope to those around you. 

Be blessed!! 

 

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In case you’ve missed our segments on Buying to Give check I’ve included them below!  The first video is about buying to give toys and such to help others.  The second video is using coupons at the grocery store to save money!

 

11/29/11 – Buying to Give!  Take advantage of online deals!
Cyber Monday came and went, but special deals will continue through the holiday season. You can use those deals to help give, this time of year. Kasey Trenum from Time 2 Save workshops joins us to help in that endeavor.

 

 

 

8/2/2011 Buying to Give at the Grocery Store.  Kasey from Time 2 Save workshops focuses on using coupons to give to the needy this week

 

 

About Us

 

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Kelly Thompson & Kasey Trenum

Yes!  You can make a difference in your family’s finances!  We entered the world of couponing out of financial necessity.  Our families needed to save money, but how could we contribute to our income without taking on other jobs?  After hours of internet research, we learned the ins and outs of how to coupon effectively and easily reduced our weekly grocery bill by 75%. 

Now, we are spreading hope to families by teaching them to save money the Time 2 $ave way.  You will discover guaranteed ways to ease your financial burdens and transform your lifestyle into giving to others.   Time 2 $ave, Time 2 Give inspires you in how to share your new savings with others who may be in need.

It’s not really about coupons, they just happened to be the tool that helped our families save thousands of dollars during extreme financial difficulty.  We aren’t Extreme Couponers, if anything we are Extreme Givers.  You see, after you learn how to coupon effectively doors of opportunity open to become a purposeful giver out of your newfound abundance.  Join our community of hope and see how you can make a difference! 

 

Time 2 $ave + Time 2 Give = Time 4 Hope

It’s not just about getting a deal, it’s about making a difference!


National Press Coverage:

Parade Magazine 11/27/2011 – 7Minute Solution: Saving More on Your Groceries

ALL You Magazine September 2011 Issue – Giving Pro’s/ Couponing for Good

All You Magazine June 2011 – 37 Ways to Save Money Everywhere: #25 Save Money at the Grocery Store and # 26 Save at the Farmer’s Market 

NPR “All Things Considered”November 2010 Interview

 

 

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Our Kiddos: Morgan, Caleb, Analyn, Cole & Ben

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TODAY! FREE Cold Stone Creamery Sample!

I almost forgot to mention this – but hopefully it’s in time for some of you to get in on the freebie!

Grab a FREE Cold Stone Creamery Sample of Sprinkled with Wishes Creations during the World’s Largest Ice Cream Social today, Tuesday September 27, 2011 from 5pm to 8pm. Sprinkled with Wishes is sweet ice cream, brownies, rainbow sprinkles and fudge!

Sprinkles with Wishes was created for September’s Make a Wish Month for the Make a Wish Foundation.  Stop in any time this month and make a $1 donation to the Make a Wish Foundation.

I have a niece that was able to go to Disney World from Make a Wish Foundation while she was battling Cancer at the age of 3.  I can’t tell you how important it was to her spirit after months in the hospital! Consider donating!

Thanks 5MinutesForMom for the deal!

 

 

 

Staples FREE 3 Pack Gel Pen – Coupon exp 7/16

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**HOT**  FREE Pilot Recycled Gel Pens

Print this Staples Coupon for 3 FREE B2P Gel Pens HERE.

B2P (Bottle 2 Pen) is the World’s First recycled pen made from plastic bottles!

Before you run out to snag your free pens,  check out this weeks hot deals at Staples HERE.

Jamie put together The ULTIMATE School Supply Deals HERE.

 


Ya’ll know if we talk about Time 2 $ave we have to mention Time 2 Give don’t miss

Donate School Supplies to Give Kids a Chance here.

 

Zulily: Cheap Educational Toys!

Zulily has some great Educational Toys, Games, and Activities available RIGHT NOW! These learning products are great for learning to read, do simple math, and review things already learned.  They would make great additions to your Summer Learning Adventures!

Go HERE to sign up for Zulily and have access to sales that are exclusively for moms, babies, and kids!

Even better!
Invite your friends to sign up and when their first order ships, you get a $15 credit!
You can use that towards a higher priced item or use it to get many items FREE! Sign up HERE.

TEDCO – These educational toys are simply awesome!  I am so excited that they are on Zulily right now.  They are all up to 45% off the regular price.  These are great for summer learning for traditional schoolers and great center or work box activities for Homeschoolers.  I use toys like these in my homeschool workboxes for my kids to do while I am doing individual lessons with the others. These Educational Toys start at $9.99! This sale is available until tomorrow, Friday June 17th.

Shure – These might simply be the best blocks and activity sets ever!  They have such fun sets that start at $10.99. These would be a great addition to your summer learning activities.  I would buy all of them if I could! This sale ends Sunday, June 19th. Go HERE to see the products that are available.

Time2Educate is written by resident homeschool expert Mandi Johnson.  She’s a blogger here, for Time2Save Workshops, as well as a wife, mommy, and educator.  She homeschools her children and is a regional Director for Classical Conversations, a Classical Christian Homeschool program.