{Part 5} Couponing at 18: Elizabeth’s Journey

Meet Elizabeth – a sweet girl we know, who recently started couponing. We all kind of want to be her momma:)
See the first 4 updates she sent us HERE.

Hey everyone! I hope that your Christmas went well! Also Happy New Year!!!

Recently I made a life change by moving into my own apartment! This is a very exciting and potentially scary process. However, I am really excited to start a new chapter in my life. This will also be a chance to use MANY coupons.

So, the first thing I needed to buy for my apartment was toothpaste and laundry detergent. I found toothpaste for $3.99 at Rite-Aid and recieved $3.99 in Rite-Aid +UP Rewards. I was so excited to find this deal that I bought ten tubes of toothpaste! Then, I used my Rite-Aid Rewards to buy laundry detergent that I had coupons for. I don’t really have anything for my apartment yet. So, if anyone knows of any good deals on anything you think might help me, I would really appreciate your comment. Thank you very much for reading my blog.  Happy New Year!

Stay tuned for next week, and I will put your comments to good use on my next shopping adventure.

Your thifty friend,

Elizabeth

{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

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The Saturday Savings Report: 9/18 (Come Link Up!)

This just in!   If you’re looking for a spot to share your shopping trips & stockpile runs – come by the Time2Save News Desk every Saturday to leave a comment or link-up!  We LOVE hearing your stories, so spill the beans!

Here is my favorite couple of hauls from this past week!

First, I went Febreeze crazy at CVS!
I found a ton of 75% OFF Febreeze in the clearance section and danced all over the store!  I’ve found these at BOTH CVS’s in my town – so check yours out and bring your 8/29 P&G Coupons!

(4) Febreeze Luminaries $3.75 (Reg. $15)
(1) Febreeze Noticables $2.50 (Reg. $10)
(1) Febreeze Noticeables Twin refill $2.25 (Reg. $9)
(1) Febreeze Pet Odor Spray $1.62 (Reg. $6.48)
Total = $21.12 + $2 Tax

I used $4/$20 + (4) $4/1 Luminaries + (1) $1/1 Noticeables + (1) $1/1 Refill + (1) $1/1 Spray
WOOPS!  They Owed me $0.12, so I had to throw in a plastic summer plate :)
(I saved $96!!!)

Then I swung by Food Lion to see if there were any Aquapods left – and some sweet, generous person had left EXACTLY THREE on the shelf!  So I was able to do the freebie deal:

Buy (3) Aquapod 8-Packs: $1 ea  (Reg. $2.79)
Pay $3 ~ Get $3 Off Your Next Order Catalina
(makes them FREE!)

Your Turn!

Are you a frugal blogger?  If so come link-up here every Saturday with your favorite savings story of the week!

How to participate in the Saturday Savings Report:

  1. Write a short blog post about your Savings Adventure.
  2. Leave a direct link to your savings post.  Not a blogger?  Leave a comment in the comment section!
  3. Make sure to include specific info like which store you shopped – so other readers can try out your brilliant plan
  4. A link back to this post would be awfully appreciated!

The Saturday Savings Report: 8/28 (Come link up!)

This just in!   If you’re looking for a spot to share your shopping trips & stockpile runs – come by the Time2Save News Desk every Saturday to leave a comment or link-up!  We LOVE hearing your stories, so spill the beans!

This week I’ve only made one little Bi-Lo run & swung by CVS for some free Vitamin waters – I have more shopping to do, but here’s my small haul so far (Notice the Airwick Boxes are empty, that’s cause I deployed them into the boys rooms & bathrooms already :)

(4) Shamrock Milk Chugs = FREE
(1) Bestlife Butter Spread = FREE (Raincheck from prior week)
(2) Lactaid Milks = $.38
(2) Ideal Sweeteners = $.34
(2) Packs Chinet Lunch Plates = $1.16
(4) Airwick I-Motion Compact Kits = $1.96
(1) New England Coffee = $1.99
(20) Vitamin Waters @ CVS = FREE
Total = $5.83
Total Before Coupons/Sales = Appr. $48
See the Bi-Lo deals broken down HERE & HERE. See CVS Deals HERE.

Your Turn!

Are you a frugal blogger?  If so come link-up here every Saturday with your favorite savings story of the week!

How to participate in the Saturday Savings Report:

  1. Write a short blog post about your Savings Adventure.
  2. Leave a direct link to your savings post.  Not a blogger?  Leave a comment in the comment section!
  3. Make sure to include specific info like which store you shopped – so other readers can try out your brilliant plan
  4. A link back to this post would be awfully appreciated!