Reader Spotlight – You Saved HOW MUCH????

imagesToday’s Reader Spotlight is from Amy, who has an fantastic system to make her saving REALLY work for her. So far her savings have covered a down payment for a house and three advanced degrees. The kicker... Now you tell me that saving money doesn't make a difference!

WAY-TO-GO-AMY!!!!!

Couponing can change lives. I know that it sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. Six years ago, I was teaching school and my husband was starting a new job. We were both on starting salaries, had a six-month-old baby boy with lots of medical bills, and found out that we were pregnant with a second child. Our grocery bill for the three of us was over $700 a month. Granted, that included lots of diapers, wipes, and eventually baby food, but that’s pretty outrageous (compared to what we do now).

The same month I found out we would have a second child, a special person in my life sat down with me and showed me what she does with coupons and sales. She’s so patient, and it’s a good thing, because I’m detail-oriented. I listened carefully, took notes, and made it my mission to save, save, save. I couldn’t have done it without I Heart Publix and the sale sneak peeks, deal scenarios, and menu plans.

The first year and a half that I couponed, my life changed drastically. I got a crockpot and cooked at home a lot more and ate at restaurants a lot less. I got an upright freezer and froze things that I got at a steep discount (including milk, eggs, bread, cheese, and lunchmeat). I found incredibly creative ways to store items. I was determined to make this work.

One challenge I gave myself – and it was DIFFICULT – was to move the “You Saved ____” amount at the bottom of the receipt into a savings account, down to the penny. A lot of that amount came from BOGOs, but a lot of it also came from coupons. A ton of it came from free products, because the entire cost of the product was saved, and I know I got multiples. After a year and a half, I had $14,000 in savings, and my husband and I used that money as a down payment to purchase our first home.

We’ve since had a third child, and we continue to make smart, frugal choices with our money, and we definitely don’t deny ourselves anything. We continue to put money in savings for the “You Saved” amount, and with that money over the past five years I’ve paid for two master’s degrees and a doctoral degree. I quit my dead-end job that had me going to an office every day and now I am a consultant, traveling a handful of days a month but spending most of my time at home. This means more meals cooked at home, more attention paid to the children, more laundry done, beds are made, floors are clean, pets are taken care of, and there’s a LOT LESS STRESS. We’ve even paid off all our debt except our home, and there’s really not too much left on the mortgage. To be 30 years old and that close to financial freedom feels good.

Couponing affects more than just our dinner table. Coupons change how much we spend for birthday parties, goody bags, holiday decorations, clothes, hygiene products, vacations, gasoline, craft supplies, and even home renovation projects. It changes our entire lives.

Consider the domino effect that can take place when couponing comes into play. Because of my experience with couponing, we can now work the jobs we love, run an efficient household, get messy and silly with our kids (all that free shaving cream turns into bathtub paint and outdoor fun!), and even vacation a few times a year. It takes determination and dedication, but it’s totally worth it. Schedule an hour or two out of your week and make it happen. Your whole life can change for the better.

If this story doesn't motivate you to save...I don't know what will. It definitely has me looking at what else I can do to save more moolah. Congratulations Amy...I am so very proud of you!

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Reader Spotlight – Saving Beyond Just Coupons

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Today's Reader Spotlight is from Jared. Jared talks about taking saving beyond couponing. There really is a whole world of savings...sometimes you just have to look for it!

I have written previously about how I started couponing, and cutting my family's grocery bill in half while being able to eat healthier.

Now I want to explain how couponing is just the start. See, I no longer see myself as an extreme couponer, I consider myself an extreme frugal shopper.

Whenever we decide to go by something we do a search for online coupons or deals. Want to go to a restaurant for dinner, do a quick google search for coupon. Want to go take a trip, I took the family to Disneyworld twice this year and got amazing deals both times. Want to try a new experience or take a day trip, check out Groupon, Amazon Local, Scout Mob or any of the other discount websites. Need to go and purchase something for the house, do a search and ask for price match. Shopping for clothes scan the barcode with your phone to find it cheaper online. Last month i was in a sporting good store looking for workout clothes, when i scanned the barcode i found 3 items online for cheaper (including shipping)before I even left the store, i had purchased online and confirmed shipping.

Need some involved home repairs or tree removal, why not ask your neighbors if they do too, so you can negotiate a group discount.

Ever notice how after a big storm there are tree removers around and they knock on the door seeing if you need there service. They rent those giant cherry pickers and if they can get another job in the same neighborhood then they are reducing there cost. This aslo works with any regular service such as pest control, lawn maintenance, handy men. The more jobs they can do in a neighborhood the more they can maximize there costs... so ask for a discount.
Like to have everything budgeted for the month but power and gas fluctuate, Check your providers website for deals or to set up daily notifications.

While I have always looked for the best deal, becoming a couponer showed me no matter how simple or complex the item is, it pays to do a simple search on my phone.

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Reader Spotlight – The Word Is “Coupon”…Pass It On

picture reader spotlightToday’s Reader Spotlight is from Lynn, who has a great story on how saving money got passed on to her. She took the information and ran with it. As you can see by her pictures she has been able to really put her learning to good use.

Take it away, Lynn!

It was June of 2013 and my older daugher, Michelle, called me VERY EXCITED. Apparently her best friend had contact her about couponing! I was like I use coupons. My daughter said, 'NOT LIKE THIS'!

Immediately, she started to tell me about how Carly told her about how to save SO much money. She taught Michelle about stacking the coupons on the BOGO's. How to use a Target coupon with a Mfg. coupon and how to stack Publix coupons with Mfg. coupons. And Michelle taught me! I was so tickled pink!

I had been on disability for many years up to this point and NOW the gas prices had gotten so high, that I hated driving anywhere. Well, it was a month later and I felt I really had this new trick down pat.

The next week, I came home with multipe packages of razor blades for my husband, daughter and I, Playtex tampons for my daughter and many coffee creamers. I did it with stacking the coupons. I was SO proud of myself.

My OOP cost was about $4.24. I piled the stuff on the counter on top of one another. I expressed to my husband my savings. I can't really remember now how much I saved back then, but I know it was a lot. Hubby didn't really PAY ATTENTION until I showed him my savings on the receipt. His eyes almost popped out of his head! My husband was wondering, "Aren't the stores going to go out of business like this"?  I had to explain NO, the manufacturers pay the stores for the coupons. They are NOT going to go out of business.

It was so amazing, I couldn't believe it. I was HOOKED. Never again have I shopped without coupons.

My daughter has since moved out and I have completely taken over her wall units with STOCK! As well as my garage and laundry room. I now donate as much as I can to Nana's Home for Children in my town. I am so proud to be able to contribute!!!

Prior to that, I did shop at Publix, but I also went to Walmart for their "low" prices. I say that squirming now! My savings now pays for all my gas and then some. LOL

In a year and a half, I have some stock pile! I have shared some pic's.

I could NEVER go back to not couponing!

Great job Lynn--thank you for sharing!

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Reader Spotlight – Make Lemonade

lemonadeToday’s Reader Spotlight is from Susan. I love stories where folks are able to take those lemons and make lemonade. Congratulations on a job well done!

Take it away, Susan!

Both my husband and I grew up watching our mother’s coupon and it was only natural that we would too.  It seemed that even with coupons we were still spending way too much money and we were always running out of the basic supplies.

A couple of years ago, my husband left teaching to finish his master’s degree and we felt we were prepared for the lost income.  We spent more money than we anticipated and our savings was quickly depleted.  He finished his degree and went back to work and I got sick at the same time, after some fun visits to the ER, the surgeon and one surgery later I was on the mend, but we had no reserves to pay all the out of pocket medical bills.

I noticed that many people seemed to be using printed coupons and I search the internet and found some great blogs.  It wasn’t long before I realized that that all referred to I Heart Publix.  I was able to cut our grocery bill in half and I have a stockpile of the basics.  I don’t go crazy over every deal and only plan one trip a week; sometimes I’m even able to skip a week.   Less than a year after my husband went back to work he got really sick with a an undiagnosed neurological disorder and the last two years have been every difficult for us, but the skills that I perfected with I Heart Publix we have extended to other areas of our life and even though my husband is not able to work at the moment, we are no longer struggling to the same level.  We have used our positive attitudes and are taking those negative lemons that we have been dealt and turning it into a something positive.  After watching my husband struggle through episode after episode I encouraged him to stay home and peruse on e-commerce business which is slowly increasing in sales.  We haven’t quite replaced his income, but we are getting closer.  That undiagnosed neurological disorder has turned out to be Parkinson’s and with medication it is getting under control.  I am truly grateful to I heart Publix in that I have been able to maintain a normal life for us throughout this stressful potentially negative time in our lives.

Thanks so much for sharing. We wish you good health and much success.

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Reader Spotlight – Resolution To Save

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Ok...I had planned to put this spotlight up in January but like usual...I got busy and forgot. I was going down the list in my spotlight folder (which is getting thin btw...hint, hint!) and found Karen's story next in line.

While I am a little late as far as being a New Year's resolution idea...I still think her message is valid no matter the time of year.

Take it away, Karen -

In January, Michelle asked what our new resolutions for couponing would be. Initially, I thought I had reached a plateau. I was menu planning, sticking to my list; I had ferreted out every possible source of coupons. In short, I was pleased with my savings.

However, it occurred to me an area of savings related to grocery shopping which did not include food: the gas card. Although we have been underemployed for several years, my husband and I are in a unique situation where we earn most of our income from at home work. Also we plan just one shopping trip per week and run any needed errands at that time. I decided to take advantage of the gas card deal each time it was offered to further increase our savings on gasoline. Because of that decision, I have only had to purchase gas out of pocket less than ten times in 2014. It has made a huge difference in the amount of money we’ve been able to save for home repairs this year. Not so much the actual money saved on gas but the psychological effect it had led us to put back more money.

I often see comments suggesting there are not enough deals to reach the fifty dollar minimum. Each week I shop Publix and Kroger (mainly dairy, bread, and peanut butter), and I’m limited to $45 to spend at both places. Here’s my strategy: Collect and set aside free Q’s. Old Orchard has games which I play to earn points for free juice. I also get coupons for free Powerade from My Coke Rewards, and of course lately, I’ve ordered three coupons for the 12 pack cokes. Also I get free or high value coupons from playing instant win games. During the last gas card promotion, I had over $5 in free products. Also, if there are Kellogg’s products on sale I will usually redeem points for the high value qs. I check meat and produce prices. Sometimes I’ll have Kroger store coupons for $ off meat and produce purchases. I check the coop fliers and hold off those purchases in case the gas card deal shows up during the sale cycle. Rainchecks are also used at this time if I have any. I don’t limit my purchases to just food but look for good prices on cleaning products and health and beauty items. I’ll stack manufactures coupons with store coupons for matches which are good prices, even without a sale. In the past, I’ve bought Listerine, rubbing alcohol, shampoo, and q-tips. I’m even willing to spend a few cents more if that means I have one less store to shop. Finally I’ll check staples like tomato sauce, paste, dried beans, and rice. I’ll fill out my purchases with store brand products if needed. As long as I’m within budget, and I know I’ll use an item, I don’t fret if it’s not the best deal.

Low gasoline prices have been an added bonus. I just filled my car, and I still have a balance on one card, plus another card saved. I’m expecting the deal to come up again right after the holidays. This worked so well for us this year that I’ll be doing it again for 2015.

You have a plan and are sticking to it. A great plan sets you up for success - great job!

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Reader Spotlight – Sharing The Savings

shareToday’s Reader Spotlight is from Cindi, who taught her friend Tammy how to coupon! Gotta love helping a buddy get that couponing bug. 

Take it away, Cindi!

My name is Cindi and I live in north Alabama. I have been couponing for probably 30 years and I have seen many changes with the use of coupons. Today, it is a wonderland of opportunity to save money using coupons. I have also taught a coupon class and done private teaching with friends. here is a report on one of my "students"... I have a friend, Tammy, that I have been teaching the basics of using coupons to. She has become so excited about saving money I get so tickled at her when she looks at her receipt and sees her savings. We get together every Sunday morning, bright and early, to clip and organize our coupons and binders. Speaking of binders, I made Tammy a small binder several weeks ago, using a 1 inch 3-ring notebook. She has now graduated to a 3 inch trapper style binder! When I told Tammy how to get the biggest bang for her buck at Publix using store, manufacturer and competitors coupons, and combining them with BOGO specials she was absolutely stunned. Tammy is always thanking me for teaching her how to save money using coupons and common sense.
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Reader Spotlight – Multiplying The Impact

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Today’s Reader Spotlight is from Robbin, who has an amazing story on how she has used couponing to give back. The timing is a bit off for this one but I know you guys will appreciate the message! Keep up the great work. 

Take it away, Robin!

Thank you for your site.  The closest Publix is forty minutes away from me.  I suspect that I wouldn't bother even going there (and would miss out on great deals) without iheartpublix.com to help me thoroughly plan out my visits. 
I want to say a special thank you for the part iheartpublix.com played in my family's holiday giving this year.  Yesterday my kids and I dropped off a carload of groceries to a struggling local family.  The mother had been the sole breadwinner for many months.  With two teens and two young grandkids to feed, she had gone through all of her resources.  There was good news on the horizon, in the form of a new job for her husband.  However, she said that she had no food to last until his paychecks started coming and that the local food banks were running too low to help out much.
We were able to give $300+ worth of groceries, spending less than $100.  So many charities request cash donations this time of year, but our budget is what it is.  Multiplying the impact of our charitable dollars via careful shopping and coupons felt wonderful.

Giving back is what it is all about. Thank you for sharing!

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Reader Spotlight – Big Changes While Spending Less!

 

changesToday’s Reader Spotlight is from Mel, who has an amazing story on how she responded to her family's financial hardship. Thank you so much for your kind words --remember it's all the work that you guys actually do that really makes the difference. Keep up the great work. 

Take it away, Mel!

October 1st 2013 my husband lost his job. Like many others it put us in a rough financial situation and forced some changes in our household. Until that point, I was spending $150-$200 a week at Walmart (trust me, I know) thinking I was getting the best deal. I had friends who couponed but it was never anything I was interested in.

Knowing that my family's well-being was at stake I decided to become interested and that's when I stumbled upon my favorite site, I heart Publix! I was hooked! You made it so easy to understand and execute on! I started small so I wouldn't get too overwhelmed and immediately started saving! I added in Kroger to my routine and was thrilled how I would come home with more but was spending less than I ever had! In the beginning of the year I started using cash back apps and doing mail in rebates.

Here I am, over a year later and I have come further than I thought ever possible. I never have to go to Walmart, I shop only at Publix, Target and Kroger now. I have a wonderful coupon binder and several apps that keep my lists and pricing organized and easy to pull my deals together. I also get to donate freebies and money makers to local shelters and charities!

My husband is working again, making about the same amount he was prior to losing his job after a bumpy year, and we've learned some very valuable personal and financial lessons. The most amazing part of this whole experience happened this morning. Christmas is looming and the season of free flowing money and high credit card bills is upon us, but not for me! Thanks to you and your sites my kids large Christmas gifts are already paid for, roughly $350 worth! How? Coupons, cash back apps and rebates have allowed me to save enough over this past year to walk in and buy them with no impact on my bank account! (after price matching of course)

It's likely we'll never meet, though I am from Atlanta, but you and your dedication have been instrumental in keeping my family from suffering what likely could have been a terrible situation. Thank you for everything you've done and everything you do, it means more to us faceless internet groupies out here than we could ever tell you!

By the way...I love you guys too! I love having a huge group of friends that I get to "talk" to every single day!! Thanks so much for sharing, Mel!

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Reader Spotlight – A Sharpie Is Your Stockpile’s Best Friend

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Today's Reader Spotlight is from Marie, who has a great tip to help us keep our stockpiles fresh. I never thought to do this with my pasta sauce and such...I am totally going to follow Marie's lead!

Take it away, Marie!

I have a family of eight so I buy A LOT of food. Unfortunately, at one point, keeping up with expiration dates on food was getting away from me. Getting groceries put up with kids running around or having to run off to car pool kept me from always putting up newer groceries in the back of shelves or ...you know. Hoping I grabbed the oldest cans of tomatoes to make dinner was basically a guessing game.

I solved this with the amazing Sharpie :). I keep one over the fridge and one in the pantry. When putting up groceries, I write the expiration date on boxes and cans so I know what has to get used first even if they get mixed around on shelves.

When I freeze an item, I write what it is and date frozen or cooked. I try to date items I freeze if they are tossed in the freezer in original packaging...like butter or sliced cheeses...but honestly I haven't gotten that organized yet.

When I open a jar (pasta sauce or preserves for example), I write the date opened on the item. Prevents the "here smell this" catastrophe :)

When a canned food drive comes around... It's simple to ensure I'm sending in currently dated food.

We work too hard to buy food inexpensively to have to toss it.  Honestly, dating food with my little Sharpie takes less time than scrounging around later hunting for dates ...and with my middle aged eyes I can see the Sharpie much easier than those tiny little computer generated expiration dates that are on boxes and cans (yes I have a little magnifying glass in there too 😉

Thanks so much for sharing, Marie!

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Reader Spotlight – Keeping A Grandmother’s Love Alive

grandmaToday's Reader Spotlight is from Andrea, who has a sweet story to share. Andrea is able to keep her grandmother's memory alive as she coupons.

Take it away, Andrea!

My name is Andrea and couponing has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was raised by a single mom with a lot of support from her parents. I spent most summers and school breaks with my maternal grandparents and I (mostly) felt lucky to have three “parents.”

My grandfather grew up during the Great Depression and my grandmother, while younger, grew up as one of twelve children in a rural farming community. Both of my grandparents were pros at being frugal and I can remember helping Grandma clip coupons or check out the weekly sales while I was still in elementary school.

As I grew up and got out on my own, I couponed here and there but continued to eat mostly “whatever is on sale.” Fast forwarding to my early thirties and settling in to being a wife, suddenly I was back to couponing with a passion! I get two papers, had a stack of the "Enjoy the City" books for the Winn-Dixie coupons (until they expired last December), and have built up a list of online sources for coupons on our favorite items.

This past year, those skills have been a life saver. We are supporting ourselves on my husband’s income alone while I job hunt and work on professional certifications and I know we would not have been able to stay out of debt without keeping our grocery food budget around $150-200 a month. Thank goodness my grandmother was also an amazing cook as well and taught me her secrets!

While I am profoundly grateful for the savings from couponing, it has a much more personal meaning for me. Sadly, my grandmother passed away the year before my wedding. She never had the chance to see me walk down the aisle, but more importantly, she isn't here now to help me settle into life as a wife and partner to someone, a role she was always trying to prepare me for.

It’s a little sappy, but couponing/shopping the sales isn't a just smart budget move or a needed financial tool for my family. It’s a way to keep my grandmother, her love and her wisdom here with me every day. I think about her while clipping coupons and sometimes I can almost hear her voice, giving me advice on meal ideas based on the sales.

Thanks so much for sharing, Andrea!

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