*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

Last day for Black Friday Drugstore Freebies!

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Many of us have taken the last few days OFF of couponing to relax.  But if you are planning to ignore all the freebies happening at the drugstores (ending today) because you don’t need them, please think about getting those items specifically to donate!

Here’s what Time2Give Team Member, Crishelle, wrote in:
Well, now that we’ve filled up on all our Turkey Day goodness, it’s time to work it all off.  I don’t know about you, but I worked it off all day & night yesterday since Walmart and Toys R Us had decided to stay open all night for Black Friday!!!  But in the midst of all my exhausting saving, I was choosing what to give as well…..how are you working off your pumpkin pie?  Here are some freebies to consider:

Walgreens Freebies:

7up, A&W, Canada Dry, or Hawaiian Punch 2 liter $.99 ~ Get $1 RR = FREE
Advil PM 4 ct $.99 ~ Get $1 RR = FREE
Scunci No Slip 14 ct, or no damage 18 ct hair elastics $1.99 ~ Get $2 RR = FREE
Oral-b indicator toothbrush $2.25 ~ Get $2.25 RR = FREE
Gum eez-thru flossers 90 pk $2.25 ~ Get $2.25 RR = FREE
Robitussin To Go 2 ct $2.49 ~ Get $2.50 RR = FREE
Thermacare neck, shoulder heat wraps trial size 1 ct $2.49 ~ Get $2.50 RR = FREE
Fiber choice fruit tablets 10 ct $2.49 ~ Get $2.50 RR = FREE
Nivea For Men shave gel 7 oz $2.99 ~ Get $3 RR = FREE
Crest 3d white vivid toothpaste 4 oz $2.99 ~ Get $3 RR = FREE
Planters Nutrition 9.25 or 9.75 oz, Cashews 9.75 OZ, or Mixed Nuts 10 oz $3.49 ~ Get $3.49 MIR = FREE
Secret Scent Expressions body splash 3 oz $3.49 ~ Get $3.50 RR = FREE
Old Spice fresh collection body spray 4 oz $3.99 ~ Get $4 RR = FREE
Just For Men 2-in-1 shampoo & conditioner 8 oz $4.99 ~Get $5 RR = FREE
Gillette Fusion proseries skin care 1.7-5 oz $5.49 ~ Get $5.50 RR = FREE
Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength Toothpaste 4 oz $2.99 ~ Get $3 RR
Use $1/1 from Walgreens Diabetes Booklet or from 10/31 SS
(makes it FREE + $1 Profit)

CVS Freebies:

  • Phillips in-ear Headphones or Universal Remote Control $6.99 ~ Get $6.99 ECBs (LIMIT 1)
    (makes it FREE!)
  • Eucerin Daily Skin Balance $6.99 ~ Get $6.99 ECBs (LIMIT 1)
    Use
    $2/1 PRINT or $1/1 PRINT
    (makes it FREE + $2 Profit!)
  • Old Spice Fresh Collection or Gillette Odor Shield deodorant $4 ~ Get $4 ECBs (LIMIT 1)
    (makes it FREE!)
  • Herbal Essences Hydralicious Shampoo or Conditioner $3.99 ~ Get $3.99 ECBs(LIMIT 2)
    Use
    $.50/1 from 11/14 RP
    (makes it FREE + $.50 Profit!!)
  • Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste $3.99 ~ Get $3.99 ECBs (LIMIT 2)
    Use
    $1/1 from Walgreens Diabetes & You Mag or $1/1 PRINT
    (makes it FREE + $1 Profit!)
  • Excedrin Migraine, PM or Extra Strength 8ct – 99¢ ~ Get 99¢ ECBs (LIMIT 1)
    Use
    $1/1 PRINT
    (makes it FREE + $1 Profit)
  • Listerine PocketPaks 3pk $2.99 ~ Get $2.99 ECBs (LIMIT 1)
    Use
    $.50/1 from 1/03, 3/07, 4/11, 5/16, 8/01, 10/10 RP
    (makes it FREE + $.50 Profit!)
  • Carmex Lip Balm 99¢ ~ Get 99¢ ECBs (LIMIT 2)
    (makes it FREE!)
  • Advil PM 4ct 99¢ ~Get 99¢ ECBs (LIMIT 1)
    (makes it FREE!)
  • Renpure Organics Shampoo, Conditioner or Amazing Miracle Reconstructor $4.99 ~ Get $4.99 ECBs (LIMIT 2)
    (makes it FREE!)
  • L.A. Looks styling gel $2.99 ~ Get $2.99 ECBs (LIMIT 1)
    (makes it FREE!)
  • Reese’s Singles 79¢ ~ Get 79¢ ECBs (LIMIT 5!)
    (makes it FREE!)
  • Mars King Size  $1.59 ~ Get $1.59 ECBs (LIMIT 5!)
    Use
    $1/2 from 11/14 RP *Regional
    (makes it FREE + Profit!)
  • Xtra Laundry Detergent  $1.99 ~ Get $1 ECB (LIMIT 1)
    Use
    $1/1 Blinkies found at Dollar General
    (makes it FREE!)
Hallmark Freebies:
Many Hallmark stores have their Zhu Zhu products on sale 50% off.  Use your $10 off any purchase at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores coupon (No longer available), to score a great deal!  The Zhu Zhu pets were $4.99 at my store, and the items to use with them ranged from $4.99-$14.99 (after discount).  If you bought 2 pets and used your $10 coupon – they’d both be FREE!

Target:
NYC Nail polish $1.72
Use $1/1 NYC Nail Polish – it’s a Target coupon (Expires 12/18)
Click “Personal Care” on left hand side to go straight to category
Stack it with this $1/1 off NYC Product of $1.72 or more Man. Q (try zip 90210)
=Free!


Time2Give: Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults

While we’ve been striving this weekend to stay on top of all the online deals for your Christmas shopping – I want to switch gears now to remind everyone about another important part of preparing for Christmas. Giving.

Heidi has found another great place to donate for us – and this one takes items you may not normally think about – like weedeaters!  Thank you so much Heidi – for keeping us on track during this season of giving!

Another great place to donate is the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. They have helped over 74,000 people in Tennessee, North Alabama, and Northwest Georgia. They are a social service agency that provides services such as Family Violence and Sexual Assault, Pregnancy Counseling, Adoption & Foster Care, and Services for the Elderly. This is a great option if you have gently used furniture or other household items that you no longer want. They have put together a wish list, though they said they will take things not listed as well.   Here are some things they are in need of right now.  (Click Read More to see the whole list)

Cleaning equipment:

Rug shampooer
Vacuum cleaners
Mops, brooms, dust pans
Laundry and cleaning supplies(must contain no bleach )
Stacking washer and dryer
Dishwashing liquid

Household items:

Restaurant-style can openers
Irons and ironing boards
Wall shelving
Gently used furniture:(Chairs, sofa, tables, lamps, etc)
Twin sheets/pillow cases/blankets
Towels and washcloths
Food storage baggies
Aluminum foil, plastic wrap
Bake ware
Paper goods
Pots and pans
Dishcloths and sponges

[Read more...]

To Give or Not To Give?

Posted By: Time2Give Team Member, Heidi

To give or not to give?

This afternoon as I was checking out at Publix (once again saving more than I spent!), the cashier asked me if I wanted to donate money to the local food bank.  I automatically said yes and she put on a donation of around $5.75.  After I paid the final amount, I looked a bit closer at the poster talking about the food donation.  In front of the “Bronze” donation I had made, it showed 6 cans (tuna, veggies, etc.) that my almost $6 would provide.  Before learning about couponing I would have thought that was pretty good, but once I saw that I immediately regretted my donation – NOT because I don’t want to give, but because if I had spent that same amount of money buying food to donate I could have easily ended up with 4 or 5 times as much food as they showed!

This time of year, many grocery or retail stores are doing a similar thing.  Sometimes I believe it’s a great idea (donating a few dollars to St. Jude Children’s hospital, for example), but today I realized that we have the potential to do so much more good!  I don’t know if Publix literally picks out those 6 cans they show on the sign and donates them to the food bank, or if they are showing approximately what that money could buy, but unless the food banks themselves use coupons or are able to shop at a heavily discounted price, WE have the potential to make the money stretch farther ourselves!

For less than $1, I bought 1 jar of mayonaise & 2 boxes of pasta to add to my donation pile.  At only $.24 apiece, the box of pasta will make a much larger meal than a can or two of tuna!  And instead of paying full price for cans of vegetables, I frequently see them on here for less than $.20 apiece.  If the choice is either do nothing or give $5, of course we should always give what we can.  But we have an even better option!  We can take that same money and easily end up with 4 or 5 times the amount of food that our $5 would otherwise produce.  Just a thought!  :)

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What are your thoughts? Discuss your favorite ways to give in our Time2Save Community Forum under the topic “Time2Give: Holiday Giving”!  (See the right sidebar, at the bottom)

Weekly Donation Ideas: 11/11

This week’s Cheap Donation Items list is brought to us by Crishelle.  She has a beautiful heart for giving – and we appreciate her so much!  Please take a moment to read her short story below.  It touched my heart and reminded me of an important truth. (Sniffle-Sniffle…)

The holiday season is a time that is especially close to my heart when it comes to giving. Growing up, the only way we ever had a turkey to cook for Thanksgiving or gifts under the tree (or even a tree itself) was if someone gave it to us. Now that I’m all grown up, I’ve noticed one of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen others make is to think that if they can’t help in some large way they can’t do enough to help at all. That is simply not true.

I remember one particular Christmas when my Mother explained to me that there would not be any gifts that year. I was in fifth grade and I had a brother who was in kindergarten and another around three. My Mother told me they had asked for help but that there wasn’t enough help that year to go around. I was very protective of my little brothers growing up and was devastated for them. But I really remember thinking as a kid, why were we not good enough to get something. I felt like if only I could have done something different I could have fixed it.

However, I believe it was actually Christmas Eve (although I am not really sure) when we received a visitor. Apparently some people donated some last minute items and one of the volunteers decided to dress up like Santa in order to hand them out. I will never forget that Christmas. My brothers opened a couple of cars and I had some color books and we all got socks. Nothing expensive or exciting, but someone had cared and that spoke volumes to me even at such a young age. My point is, don’t think if you can’t go big, dont go at all. Just do what you can and know that in some way you have helped someone out big time! This holiday season, please donate what you can. Here is a list to help out.

Chef Boyardee Pasta and Microwave Bowls $1
Use $1.25/4 from 10/17 SS or $1/5 from ConAgra Home Mailer
or $.75/2 from 10/3 SS (EXP 11/14)
(makes it as low as $.25)
Land O Lakes Margarine ($.92)
Use $.50/1, $.50/2 PRINT
(makes it as low as FREE!)

Maruchan Yakisoba ($1)
Use $.50/1 from 10/10 SS
(makes it FREE!)

Mueller’s Pasta ($.74)
Use $1/2 PRINT
(makes it $.24)

Campbell’s Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup ($.68)
Use $1/4 PRINT or 0.25/4 from 11/7 SS
(makes it as low as $.43 ea)
Martha White Cornbread Mix $.50
Use $.55/2 from 8/8 RP or PRINT
(makes it FREE)

Totino’s Pizza Rolls $.98
Use $.35/1 from 9/12 SS or $1/2 PRINT
(makes it $.28) Ronald Mcdonald house has a freezer and also needs individual meals for those who cant make it at meal time
*Campbell’s Select Harvest or Chunky Soup – .99 cents
Use $.50/2 from 10/10 SS or
Use .50/1 PRINT or
Use .$1/2 Select Harvest PRINT
(makes it as low as FREE)

*Carnation Evaporated Milk – $.69 cents
Use .50/2 PRINT or from 9/26 SS
(makes it .19 cents each)

*Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup – .49 cents
Use $1/4 PRINT or $1.50/3 PRINT
Use .40/4 from 9/12 SS
(makes it as low as FREE)

*Colgate Toothpaste – $1
Use .75/1 from 10/31 SS
(makes it .25 cents)
Crest or Oral B Products $2.99~Get $2.99 +UP Reward
- Oral B Action 40 Manual Toothbrush (1 ct.)
Use $.75/1 Oral-B from 10/10 PG or $.75/1 from PG MIR Booklet
Stack with $1/1 Oral-B from Rite Aid PRINT
(Makes it FREE + $1.75 Profit!)

- Crest Whitening Plus Scope Outlast Toothpaste
Use $1/1 Crest from 10/31 PG or $.75/1 Crest from 10/10 PG
or $1/1 Crest from Nov. Essence
(makes it FREE + $1 Profit!)

Select Crest Products $3.49~Get $2.50 +UP Reward
- Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste or Rinse
Use $1/1 from 10/31 PG or $.75/1 from 10/10 PG or $.50/1 from 10/10 PG
or $1/1 from Nov. Essence
Stack with $1/1 from Rite Aid PRINT
(makes it FREE!!!!)

Nivea Body Wash or Shower Gel $3.99~Get $1 +UP Reward
Use $3/1 PRINT or $3/1 from 10/17 RP
or $3/2 from 10/17 RP or $1/1 from 10/17 RP
or $2/1 from Oct. All You
(makes it FREE!!!!)

Select Garnier Products~Get $5 +UP Reward wyb $15
– Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Care BOGO 50% off
Use $2/1 Rite Aid PRINT
– Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo $3.99
Use $1/1 PRINT or $1/1 from 10/10 RP
Stack with $2/1 Rite Aid PRINT
– Garnier Nutrisse Hair Color $5.99
Use $3/1 from 9/12 RP
Stack with $2/1 from Rite Aid PRINT
– Garnier Herbashine Hair Color $5.99 ****SEE DEAL HERE
Use $3/1 PRINT from 9/12 RP or $2/1 from 10/10 RP
Stack with $2/1 Rite Aid PRINT
(makes it as low as FREE!!!)

Hormel Microwave Dinners $1.99~Get $1 +UP Reward
Use $1/1 from Rite Aid PRINT
(makes it FREE!!!)

Halls Cough Drops or Defense 2/$3~Get $1 +UP Reward wyb 2
Use $1/2 from 10/10 SS or
$1/2 from Nov. All You
Stack with $.50/1 Rite Aid PRINT
(makes it $.25)

Maybelline 40% OFF
Mineral Power Foundation $4.97
Use the $3/1 PRINT or from the 11/7 RP
Stack with the $2/1 November Video Values coupon
(makes it FREE!)

Lady Speed Stick Deodorant $1.99
Use $.75/1 PRINT or $1/1 from All You Fashion/Beauty
Stack with $1/1 Rite Aid PRINT
(makes it as low as FREE)

Mars, Wrigley’s, Nestle or Wonka Single Serve Candy 2/$1.00
Use BOGO Snickers Marathon Single Bars from Aug. All You
stack with $1/4 Rite Aid PRINT
(makes it as low as $.25)

Target Highlights:

Stove Top Stuffing $1
Use .50/2 Stove Top stuffing mix (Target coupon)
Stack with $1/2 PRINT *Sign up for e-newsletter
(makes it FREE!)

Campbell’s Condensed Cream Soups $.75
Use $1.50/3 PRINT
(makes it $.25 ea)

Rayovac Batteries $1 (in Dollar Spot)
Use $1/1 PRINT
(makes it FREE)
Ronzoni Pasta $1.39 ($.69)
Use $.50/1 PRINT or $.50/1 PRINT
$.50/1 PRINT
(makes it FREE!!!)

Vigo Saffron Yellow Rice $1.29 ($.64)
Use $.50/1 from 10/3 RP
(makes it FREE!!!!)

Beech-Nut Stage 2 Baby Food $.55 ($.27)
Use $2/12 from 8/1 SS
(makes it $.10)

Hunt’s 100% Natural Tomatoes $.97 ($.48)
Use $.45/3 from 10/3 SS
(makes it $.18)

Stove Top Stuffing Mix $.99
Use $1/2 PRINT
Stack with $1/1 Target PRINT
Also qualifies for $4/5 Butterball Turkey WYB (4) Participating Products from Nov. All You
(makes it FREE!!!)

Time2Give: Place to Donate Food & More

With winter coming – many families will find their current hardships even harder to bear. Donating free & cheap food and supplies we get while couponing is a great easy way to help out! We have begun to offer a weekly list of free & cheap items – perfect for donating – but we’d also like to share with you some good PLACES to donate. A huge thank you to Heidi for putting together this list – and for both Heidi and Crishelle who will be compiling our weekly lists!

Places to donate food or other items

In case you were wondering what places in the area need donations (and what kind of donations to send where), here is a list that might help. I live in Chattanooga, so a few of these are specific locations in this area, but most cities should have something similar so it should apply everywhere.

Food banks

  • Non-perishable food items such as canned and boxed goods
  • Specifically in need of canned pasta, oatmeal, grits, canned beans (other than green beans), Ramen noodles, Vienna sausage, jello, cake mix, frosting, condiments
  • During the holidays they have drop-off locations in area malls, grocery stores, and local businesses

Community Kitchen/Soup Kitchen

Salvation Army

Local Animal Shelter

  • Old newspapers, pet items (food, litter)

Ronald McDonald House

  • Food, paper products, cleaning products, toiletries, and operational items
  • They house the families of long-term sick children staying at TC Thompson (premature babies, kids with cancer, major accidents, etc.)
  • This site tells the specific items they are in need of www.rmhchattanooga.com/downloads/WishList92010.pdf
  • I noticed one of the items is salad dressing – those are free/cheap frequently, so this would be a great item to donate!

Chattanooga Room in the Inn

Chattanooga Rescue Mission

We know that there are many more places that need donations – so please help us make this list more complete by adding any you know of in the comment section.

Animal Shelters in Need of Old Newspapers!!!

 

 

 

I just got an email from one of our local animal shelters asking us to get the word out.  Many animal shelters are in need of old newspapers.  If you are looking for a way to get rid of all those Sunday papers you have stored up this is a way we can make a difference.  This is a way we can give and it really isn’t costing us anything at all.  I am sure there is a puppy or kitten out there that would like to say Thaks!