Reader Spotlight – Teacher Appreciation That Won’t Break The Bank

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Today’s Reader Spotlight is from Donna, who shares a great way to put those coupons skills to work for those end of the year teacher gifts. I love this idea. It's fun and a fun change of pace that any teacher would love!

Take it away, Robin!

I know the end of the school year is approaching and I wanted to share a cute idea for a teacher gift.

Each grade representative at our school collects a generous donation from each family to provide the teachers with a sizable cash gift at the end of the year.

But I always like to give my children's teachers a personal gift from our family. Usually it is a basket filled with I tems I have collected over the school year using coupons.

This year I decided to try something a little different. Each candy gram cost about $8, using coupons, sales and free Bath and Body Works travel size items.

I punch holes at the top of each page and tie them together with curly ribbons!

I'm sure the chocolate really helps after a long school year!!

Such a fun treat that I am sure any teacher can put to use 😉

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Reader Spotlight – Tips On A Smooth Checkout

Unknown-1This week's story is from Monica. She shares some tips and ways to make the shopping trip a bit easier for you and your cashier. Hopefully some of these tips come in handy for some of you!

Take it away Monica!

My name is Monica and I live in Glen, Mississippi - a tiny dot on the map in the northeast corner of the state.  I shop at Publix in Florence, Alabama, which is about an hour away, but it's definitely worth the drive.

Yesterday I went to Publix and saved 70% - the cash register had run out of tape and didn't print the bottom of my receipt and I didn't realize it until I was already in the car but  I spent $108 plus tax and saved just over $250.  As par for the course, I used 100+ coupons.

 I was talking to the cashier and asked her if she hated couponers and she said, "Not when they're like you!"  I asked her what she meant and she said when couponers are organized it makes her job so much easier.

 I wanted to share what I do to try to make the lives of the cashiers easier and make my trips less stressful:

1.        If I'm getting any item free because of a coupon (such as the flat bread this week) then that's the last things I let them scan and I give them those coupons first - so they don't have to hunt for a price.  I do the same thing for any items with a rain check.

 2.        After I give them the free coupons then I hand them the store coupons, then competitor and the manufacturer coupons last.  My particular store doesn't accept any competitor coupons now, but when they did that was always the second group.

 3.        I only shop early in the mornings when the store is not crowded because I generally buy a lot of products and use many, many coupons.  A long line and grumpy customers is not what I want to leave the cashier with.

 4.       I refuse to argue over a coupon.  If, for some reason, the cashier rejects one or two I usually let it go.  I may put the particular item back but for the most part I just take a deep breath and smile and say, “Ok.”

 5.       I used to take a binder full of coupons with me and I would spend half my time flipping through the binder but I no longer do that.  I still have my binder but it’s not what I use to shop at Publix.  Currently I use the list of what’s on sale from I Heart Publix and the day before my trip I clip whatever coupons for products I am going to buy.  I paperclip the like coupons together and organize them in a small box in the same order as the store.  I only buy items if they’re on sale and if I have a coupon so my coupon box becomes my shopping list.  When I put an item in the cart I transfer those coupons to one of three envelopes – that are labeled either Publix, competitor or manufacturer.

 6.       As I am transferring the coupons to their envelopes I check the dates and also to be sure I am buying the right items in the correct quantities.

I honestly don’t remember the last time I had a coupon rejected at Publix and I use well over 100 on each trip.  The transactions also do not take as long as one would think because I do try to be organized when I go.  Anyway, hope this helps and have fun!  Couponing is the most fun I’ve ever had saving money!

Thanks so much for sharing Monica!

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Reader Spotlight – Reaching a Balance

reader-spotlight-balanceToday’s Reader Spotlight is from Bryan. This is Bryan's second time in the spotlight and this time he is reminding us that sometimes you have to remember why you coupon. I hope this helps you find your balance!

Take it away, Bryan!

I have been couponing for a couple of years now.  Like many, I had previously dabbled with coupons, but honestly, I wasn’t that good.  I remember being ecstatic when I shaved a dollar or two off of my total.  Then I was shown how to COUPON and a whole new world of savings opened up for me.  I was even featured in a reader spotlight in 2012.

I became VERY good at getting things inexpensively or even free.  I would rush across town after work to pick up free dog treats from Family Dollar, and then swing by RiteAid for cheap mouthwash.  Then I would chase a deal at WalMart and another at Kroger, pick up paper towels at CVS and pasta at Publix.  All in one evening.  Ah, those early days….

And now I am a few years in, and I have learned SO much from my experiences and from iheartpublix.  I thought it might be worthwhile to share some basic tips for those just starting on this journey.

  1. Learn the cycle for each item that you commonly buy.
  1. Learn what you really use.
  1. Don’t make a special trip for something that you don’t use.  (I drove across town for those free dog treats at Family Dollar – that was a great deal – except I don’t even have a dog)
  1. Your time has value (and so does your gas).
  1. Your goal is to spend less than you did before couponing on the things that YOU need, not to have impressive ”savings”.
  1. Pick your stores.  Choose one supermarket and one drugstore.  Whatever you need will eventually cycle on sale at either your chosen supermarket or your chosen drugstore.
  1. ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HUMAN.  So what if you miss a fantastic deal or skip a week (or more) of couponing?  You are still doing better than you did before.  If you need a break, take it.

Now I find myself making two or three purchases a week (instead of twenty).  And I take a week or two off when I feel like it.  Maybe I miss a deal here or there, but there will always be another….

Such a great reminder and perfect for old pros and for folks just entering the world of couponing. I always try to remind people that there will be another deal...life is way to short to stress about missing a deal--enjoy the savings!

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Reader Spotlight – Saving On More Than Junk Food!

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Today’s Reader Spotlight is from Jacki, who reminds us that there are coupons for things other than just junk food. You can save money on lots of different things, you just have to determine where you can save the most!

Take it away, Jacki -

I was hesitant to begin couponing because of the lifestyle that my family and I lead.  We live what some would call a "green" lifestyle (although I just call it normal!). We eat mostly plant-based diets, and our food allergies prevent us from eating most processed, pre-packaged foods. So for many years I didn't think there was a place for me in the world of couponing. When I became a stay at home mom three years ago, I finally decided to give it a try.

At first I did only coupons I could print from my computer - I figured I had nothing to lose just by trying it! I used I Heart Publix to learn how to match up the coupons with BOGOs to get the best deal. I was shocked to find that I was soon saving almost as much as a spent every week on groceries!  Soon I was asking family members who got the newspaper to save their coupon inserts for me, and eventually got a subscription for myself as well.

I find that I save the most by stocking up when there is a good deal on something I would buy anyway.  Even if I don't need the item right away, I set aside money in my grocery budget every week so I can stock up on such items when there is a good deal so I will have them when I need them. The things I buy the most with coupons include pet supplies (especially cat litter and dog treats), applesauce, baby supplies (baby #2 due any day!) and frozen vegetables. There are things I coupon for that our family probably doesn't go through as quickly as the average American family, like paper towels (we use mostly washable rags), but I do still use them occasionally, so it's nice to pay less for them when I do buy them!  Another example of this would be disposable diapers - we use cloth by and large, but still occasionally use disposables, and it's nice to not have to pay so much for them when I need to buy them!

I am so grateful to I Heart Publix for showing me the basics of couponing and making it easy to understand. The first time I ever made a trip to Publix I was so nervous that I must have checked and double-checked my stack of coupons 20 times!  Now I coupon with ease, and I love that Publix is so much more coupon friendly than other stores in my area. Thanks, I Heart Publix, for all the hard work you do!

Couponing is really for anyone...you just have to figure out what you can save on!

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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

Reader Spotlight - Resolution To Save

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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