We have readers in real need – can you help?

A few days ago, our sweet friend Barbie went out and bought a variety of toys and offered them via a blog giveaway to families in need.  People were asked to nominate a family who was struggling this year.  If you read the comments here, you’ll know that several readers humbly nominated THEMSELVES as desperately needing  help this Christmas.

Here is an excerpt from one story:

“…still no work, we filed bankruptcy and we are still short at least $300-400 each month in bills. My husband has sold many prized items to pay bills. We knew that Christmas was out of the question. Now I count on winning prizes and on earning swag bucks. I was able to purchase a few items for my kids on Amazon with the $30 credit, but when you have three kids, it’s not much. I have a 2 1/2 year old girl, 5 year old girl, and an 11 year old boy. God has sustained us during this rough time and we pray for a few more blessings for our children who just don’t understand.”

Honest to God, it broke our hearts.

(Deep breath)  There are more.  And we know there are more of you out there who didn’t share – but are in similar straits.

We often stress that it’s not just about “getting a deal” – it’s about making a difference.  As a community, I think we can pull together to make a difference this week for some of the families in our midst who need Christmas help.  Don’t you?  OKAY!  Our goal here is to match up some of you who need help – with some of you willing to give it.

So here’s the plan!

  1. If you need help - or know of a family desperately struggling to survive this year – please leave a comment on this post with your short story, your city/state  (For those nearby who might be able to drive something over) and your email address.  (For contact purposes)
  2. If you can give help – read these comments.  If you see a family near you and you are able to help them with anything – you can contact them via email to offer assistance.

I know that this is not the most organized plan in the world – but we just had to try something -anything-  to reach out to these families.  We hope this brings some folks together to fill a need in our community this Christmas.  Perhaps you don’t have money to spare – but you have a “gift closet” full of random toys that might help a family out.  Or you may have pantry items to bring them to ease the stress of putting food on the table for a little while.

Let’s make this Christmas a little merrier and a little brighter for the families in our midst.

A Giveaway for Giving To Others This Holiday Season !

Our dear friend Barbie wants to give stuff away to strangers.  She’s a little crazy.  Crazy in a good sort of way.  Please take a second to nominate someone for this giveaway…

I have some gifts I want to find a home for and I need your help.

I have items for a Preschool aged girl.
A toddler aged boy.

A 12-14 teenage boy

A 14-16 teenage girl

Jamie had such a great idea to do a contest of sorts.  Here is how it’s going to work:  You get to nominate someone in need.  In a comment below share a little about the child in need.  (Please protect their privacy by not sharing specifics likes names or locations)  Because we are down to the wire and I need to get the packages shipped immediately this will end at midnight on December 17th.  The person who submits the entry for each child that is selected will also receive something special as well.

Donation Items: Week of 12/8

Posted by: Time2Give Team Member Crishelle
For some the Christmas season is the happiest time of year, and for others the saddest. We have had a rough one this year.

We have been fosterparents for two years now and that is coming to an end right before Christmas. We have had eleven foster children in our home over that time, some for a short visit and others longer. I have often said this is the easiest and the hardest thing I have ever done. Although I was wrong on the hardest part. Stopping is the hardest part.

Especially when we had planned on having another Christmas with our three foster children we have now. However, one left yesterday and two will probably leave next week. As much as we will miss them, though, at least I feel good, like we accomplished something that really matters. And we showed our children that the world is bigger than just the four of us.

I don’t know if we will go back to fostering later in life or not, but I do know that I will always cherish the memories of the children we have helped. I know we made a difference in these children’s lives in some small way. Eventhough we will have a much smaller family sitting around the tree this year, someone else will have a larger, happier one that they have been praying for. This Christmas I just ask you, what is on your heart? Who can you help? Make a difference in their lives. Whether it is fostering, working with children or homeless, or even a family member or neighbor….How can you make a difference?

Here is a list of very cheap items you can pick up for the sole purpose of donating to those in need:

Farm Fresh 12/8 – 12/14

Pillsbury Brownie Mix $0.49
Use $0.40/1 from 11/7 RP
(makes it FREE!!!)

Pillsbury Cookie Mix $0.99
Use $0.40/1 from 9/26 RP
(makes it $0.19!)

Pillsbury Frosting $0.99
Use $0.40/1 from 11/7 RP
(makes it $0.19!)

Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk $1.49
Use $0.55/1 from 11/7 RP
(makes it $0.39!)

Green Giant Boxed Frozen Veggies $1.00
Use $0.60/3 from 12/5 GM or 11/14 GM
(makes it $0.60 each!)

Food Lion:

Meat & Produce Deals

  • Fresh Express or Dole Salads BOGO $2.79($1.39)
    Use $1/1 PRINT or $.55/1 PRINT
    (makes it as low as $.39)
  • Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables $1.00
    Use $.50/1 PRINT or $1/2 from All The Trimmings Publix booklet
    (makes it $.50)
  • Food Lion Canned Vegetables $. 50
  • Campbell’s Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup $.50PRINT
  • Grocery:
  • Campbell’s Chunky Soup – $1.25
    Use .50/1 PRINT
    (makes it .25 cents)
  • Dixie Lily Yellow Rice – B1G1 @ .79 cents
    (makes it .40 cents)
  • Carnation Evaporated Milk – $1
    Use .50/2 PRINT or from 11/14 RP
    (makes it .50 cents each)
  • Del Monte Canned Vegetables – .60 cents
    (makes it a good deal)
  • Swanson Pot Pies – .60 cents
    (makes it .60 cents) – just a good price
  • Hot or Lean Pockets – $1.67
    Use .50/1 Lean Pockets PRINT and/or PRINT
    (makes it .67 cents)

Bi-Lo:

Best BOGO Grocery:

  • Best Life Butter ($.99)
    Use $1/1 PRINT or $1/1 from 10/17 RP
    (makes it FREE!)
  • Maruchan Yakisoba ($.50)
    Use .50/1 from 10/10 SS
    (makes it FREE)
  • Tetley Family Size Tea Bags ($1.10)
    Use $.50/1 PRINT
    (makes it $.10)
  • Swanson Can Broth ($.64)
    Use $.50/5 from 11/7 SS
    (makes it $.44 ea!)
  • Campbell’s Can Gravy ($.59)
    Use $.50/4 from 10/31 SS
    (makes it $.34 ea)
  • Swiss Miss ($.99)
    Use $.50/2 from 11/14 SS
    (makes it $.49)
  • Combos Snacks ($.99)
    Use $.50/2 from 11/14 RP
    (makes it $.49 ea!)
  • McCormick Slow Cooker Mixes or Country Gravy Packets ($.85)
    Use $.25/2 from 11/7 RP
    (makes it $.59)
  • SH Can Veggies or Tomatoes ($.49)
  • SH Mac & Cheese ($.49)
  • Lake Side Grits 2 lb ($.64)

Best BOGO Household/Pet:

  • Pedigree Plus Dog Food ($.59)
    Use BOGO from 9/19 RP
    (makes it $.29)
  • Martha White Cornbread Mix $.50
    Use $.55/2 from 11/7 RP
    (makes it FREE!)
  • Texas Toast Croutons $1.25
    Use $.55/1 from 11/14 SS
    (makes it $.10)
  • Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes $1
    Use -$1/2 PRINT (IE) PRINT (FF)
    (makes it $.50)

Publix:

Best BOGO Grocery Deals

  • Shedd’s Spread Country Crock $1.89($.94)
    Use $.40/1 PRINT
    or $.30/1, $.40/1, or $.50/1 from 11/14 RP
    (Makes it as low as FREE!!)
  • Welch’s 100% Grape Juice $3.99 ($1.99)
    Use $1/1 PRINT or $1/1 PRINT
    or $1/1 from 10/31 SS or $1/1 from 9/12 SS
    Stack with $1/1 from The Flue is Ready, Are You? Booklet
    (makes it as low as FREE!!)
  • Hormel Chili, No Beans $2.29($1.14)
    Use $.55/2 PRINT or $.50/1 PRINT
    or $.55/2 from 11/7 SS
    or $1.50/3 from 10/31 SS
    (makes it as low as $.14)
  • Betty Crocker Hamburger, Chicken, or Tuna Helper $1.57($.78)
    Use $.75/3 from 11/7 SS or $1/5 from 10/17 SS
    Stack with $.75/3 Target PRINT
    (makes it as low as $.28-if Target PRINT is a Target coupon)
  • Krusteaz Muffin, Cake Mix, or Supreme Bar Mix, Sun-Maid Muffin or Cookie Mix $2.59($1.29)
    Use $.50/1 from 12/5 SS or $.50/1 from 10/17 SS
    (makes it $.29)
  • Wish-Bone Dressing $2.65($1.32)
    Use $.50/1 PRINT
    or $1/1 from tearpad
    or $2/3 peelie
    (makes it as low as $.32)
  • Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix or Decadent Cake or Dessert Bar Mix $2.69($1.34)
    Use $.50/1 from 10/24 SS or $.75/1 from 10/24 SS
    (makes it as low as $.34)
  • Nabisco Chips Ahoy! $3.25($1.62)
    Use $1/2 Nabisco Cookies and One Gallon of Milk PRINT
    or  $1/2 Nabisco Cookies and One Gallon of Milk PRINT
    or $.50/1 Rite Aid PRINT
    or $1/2 Target PRINT
    or $1/1 from July All You
    or $1.50/1 wyb Capri Sun 100% Juice from Tearpad
    (makes it as low as $.62)
  • Campbell’s Harvest Soup $2.39($1.19)
    Use $1/2 PRINT or $1/2 PRINT
    (makes it $.69)
  • General Mills Chex Snack Mix or Bugles $3.39($1.69)
    Use $.50/1 PRINT or $.50/1 PRINT
    or $.50/2 PRINT or $.50/2 from 11/14 GM
    (makes it as low as $.69)
  • Pasta or Rice A Roni, $1.39($.69)
  • Del Monte Tomatoes $1.39($.69)

Best BOGO Household Deals

  • Vanity Fair Napkins $2.29($1.14)
    Use  $1/1 from Oct/Nov Taste of Home
    or $1/2 from Dec Good Housekeeping
    (makes it as low as $.14)

Good Grocery Deals

  • Selected Pepsi Products, 2 L, 5/$5
    Use FREE 2-liter wyb 4~ 2-liters from the makers of Pepsi hangtag
    or $1/2 Pepsi Or Mountain Dew Product wyb 1 Fresh Or Frozen Pizza hangtag
    or $.50/1 tearpad
    (makes it as low as FREE!!!)
  • Glaceau Vitaminwater or Vitaminwater Zero 10/$10
    Use $.50/1 from Tearpad or B5G1 from Tearpad
    (makes it as low as FREE!!)
  • Green Giant Frozen Vegetables 10/$10
    Use $.50/1 PRINT or $.60/3 PRINT
    or $.60/3 from 12/5 or 11/14 GM
    or $.50/2 from Sept. Weight Watchers
    (makes it as low as FREE!!!)
  • Yoplait Yogurt, 20/$10
    Use $.50/4 PRINT or $.40/6 PRINT�
    or $.50/8 from 11/14 GM or $.60/2 Greek from 11/7 SS
    (makes it as low as $.20)
  • Smart Balance milk ½ gallon 2/$5
    Use $2/1 from 10/31 RP
    or $.75/1 PRINT
    (make it as low as $.50)
  • Chef Boyardee Pasta 5/$5
    Use $.50/3 PRINT
    (makes it $.66)

*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)