Reader Spotlight – Hay For Horses, Coupons For Carmen

April 17, 2014 

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Today’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from Carmen, who turned to couponing for a bit of a different reason than many of us have…but with the same great results! Take it away, Carmen!

My name is Carmen and I own a horse training stable. The price of grain and hay has tripled in the last 3 years. I realized I was going to start running my business in the red and started looking for ways tomsave a little money.

I always shop at Publix, as my husband works for them, and usually shop the BOGOs. I never used coupons but stumbled on your facebook site. As I read and started really getting organized with my coupons and weekly flyers, I am thrilled at my savings and great stock pile of items.

Because I show horses with my students, things at the concessions are very expensive. Waters, sports drinks, and snacks are one of the first things on my list. After 2 months of couponing, I am saving a consistent $150.00 a week. Wow, I just cant believe how easy it really is! I have razors, soaps, shampoos, paper products and cleaning stuff for 6 months. We also have a big freezer so any frozen BOGOs, I stock up on too.

Thank you for all the savings! What I save on our food pays for the grain every week for my horses!

Thanks so much for sharing, Carmen! 

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Reader Spotlight – The Coupon Man

April 10, 2014 

man groceries Reader Spotlight   The Coupon ManToday’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from John, who is proud of his title: “The Coupon Man.” Take it away, John!

I’m one of the rare couponers, a male!

When we were married back in the 70′s, grocery shopping for two was simple, and evolved into the last thing we did after dinner our & whatever on Friday nights. I soon realized my wife was an impulse shopper, while I was a planner and bargain hunter.

While my wife was pregnant with our first child, our Friday night ritual changed, and I began doing our shopping solo. 35 years later I am still our sole shopper and have fine tuned my skills at stretching our grocery & sundry budget to the max!

I have used coupons for as long as I remember, at first carrying a dizzying amount on each trip, but over the years, and thanks to blogs such as I Heart Publix, I have been able to become extremely efficient in planning trips and purchases around coupons (yesterday at Target my $48.19 purchase ended up at $6.83 out of pocket all due to coupons!).

At many stores such as my local Publix, I am well known as “The Coupon Man,” a title I am proud of.

Over the years I have saved thousand’s of dollars all the while providing my family with a bountiful variety of food and essentials. My wife loves it as she simply makes her list and leaves the shopping to me!

Thanks so much for sharing, John! 

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Reader Spotlight – Couponing As A Second Job

April 3, 2014 

 Reader Spotlight   Couponing As A Second JobToday’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from Renee, who started couponing as a hobby but now looks at it a bit differently. Take it away, Renee!

My name is Renee and I work at a local library. We recently sponsored a coupon class free to the public for those interested. I have been couponing for a few months now and I was very interested in attending the class. Our “teacher” lead me to I Heart Publix. And I have to say I LOVE IT…THANK YOU. You make it very easy to match up deals with coupons for the week to make my shopping trips easier. Also I never miss any free items anymore because most of that is also listed on your site. icon smile Reader Spotlight   Couponing As A Second Job

I got into couponing a few months back – noting all the couponing shows on TV and so much more focus on couponing. I expressed to my husband that I would like to start trying to do this and see where it takes us. I had never been much of a couponer in the past….one here and there if I came across it. And I know that my husband probably thought “she will never stick with this.” But it has become something of a second job for me. I started small and worked my way up to what I felt comfortable with. I now have a very thick binder that goes everywhere with me. I have learned to shop sales, match coupons (both in store and manufacturer’s) and get the best deal. (Free if I can get it! :)) We have compiled an impressive stockpile of the items that we use the most in our family, and recently my husband reconfigured our large walk-in pantry to accommodate my growing stockpile.

We have saved a lot of money simply by couponing, using the newspaper circulars every week and also printing a large number of coupons online. We have increased our stockpile without decreasing our budget. I do not buy an item unless I have a coupon or it is on sale….preferably both. My husband has even gotten into the act. He will come to me and ask me for coupons for such things as motor oil or other things that he needs for projects or purchases.

My husband was informed at his place of employment that he would be laid off in a few months. Knowing this has changed the way I look at purchasing. Everything I purchase now will be something we have later in our pantry when my husband is unemployed.

Couponing has changed the way I look at spending. Some may think I am obsessive about it and maybe I am. But I look at myself at the financial manager of my family and this is my way of saving our money in every possible area. I appreciate I Heart Publix and the hard work that Michelle and the others that contribute to it put in so that people like me can benefit from the knowledge!

Thanks so much for sharing, Renee! 

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Reader Spotlight – Saving For Essential Oils

March 27, 2014 

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Today’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from Abi, who started couponing years ago and who has started to use her savings to pay for another type of expense…one that she feels keeps her family much healthier! Take it away, Abi!

My journey in couponing has evolved dramatically. When I first started, I was couponing to have food on the table. My husband was in Afghanistan, then back home and finances were a struggle with a newborn.

Now here we are five years later with a 1 year old and 4 year old and I have expanded how we save money. Not only can we afford food, meat, and paper products, thanks to I Heart Publix’s web site, I have been able to reduce our medicine cabinet, doctor bills, and OTC meds bills to pennies per dose.

After our baby was born I started looking at the recalls on Tylenol and even some homeopathics and decided there had to be a cheaper, healthier, more effective way to handle my family’s health concerns. I was on $100+ worth of inhalers each month (even with great insurance) and my asthma was spiraling out of control. A friend let me sample a blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils called Breathe and applying that on my chest allowed me to ease my asthma symptoms without the inhalers.

From there, I began researching and found that essential oils could deal with nearly all of our health care needs, cleaning/health/beauty needs (I now make my own natural hand sanitizer, hand soap, deodorant, hair gel, all purpose cleaner (antibacterial), allergy sticks, etc. for pennies!), and keep us out of the doctor’s office. I am so glad I don’t have to go to the doctor for my recurring sinus infections anymore! We have not been to the doctor in 18 months and with little ones, that is a huge deal! I am able to treat the first sign of illness at home and shorten or avoid the sickness altogether.

I strongly feel this has been a journey with a purpose, as I had the research and essential oils on hand when my father-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia in January. We had a Frankincense blend for him to use that helps cellular repair and he was able to shock his doctors at the hospital! icon smile Reader Spotlight   Saving For Essential Oils Thank you, Michelle, for all you do on your blog. It allows us to save so we can support our essential oil habit and stay healthy!

For more information on essential oils, Abi suggest that you head over here.

Thanks so much for sharing, Abi! 

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Reader Spotlight – The High Cost Of Teenagers

March 20, 2014 

 Reader Spotlight   The High Cost Of TeenagersThis week we have reader spotlight from Yvette, who turned to couponing to help control the high cost of teenagers –tee hee. I sometimes wonder what my budget will be once my boys get older. I guess I need to keep saving as much as I can while I can!

Take it away, Yvette!

I never really thought about coupons too much. Sometimes when I would see the high total when they would ring me up, I would think maybe I should find time to clip a couple of coupons. But we were making dO, and clipping coupons was complicated and time consuming. My husband and I worked full time and while things were a little tight, we had no problems buying things for our 4 kids. (Although I have to say I was very happy when they all stopped wearing diapers because that was a huge drain.)

Then a funny thing happened. My sweet baby boys turned into food-ravaging teenagers. Having to feed 3 hungry teenage boys (and their friends that seem to ALWAYS be around) almost doubled my grocery bills. Loaves of bread, containers of OJ, bags of chips and cookies were finished 2 minutes after they were opened. Have you ever gone to the grocery store and half of your purchases were eaten BEFORE they were put away? Happens in my house all the time. I actually resorted to hiding stuff before they unloaded the groceries!

Needless to say my budget couldn’t keep up. I started looking at the BOGOs and trying to buy from there. And while it helped a little, it wasn’t enough. Then last year one of the food-ravaging teens turned 16. Do you know what happens to your insurance when you have a 16-year old in the house? It gets high – very very high. So the choice was either drive or eat. Not a good choice. While I was trying to figure out what to do I came across I Heart Publix. What a blessing.

I have been couponing for just over a year now. It took awhile, especially down here in So Florida but with the help of I Heart Publix I have been able to save about 60% on a regular basis. The savings has been budgeted to insurance and gas. The pantry is full and there is no more last minute runs to the store for shampoo or tomato sauce. (And even better is that now they are usually free!)

Menu planning took a little longer to figure out, but now I am better organized and we are eating better and healthier. The kids now ask for something “whenever it goes on sale” instead of right now. Even the 7-yr old knows to ask for things from the ad, and eagerly awaits the publix flyer to circle the things she wants (but only if Mommy has coupons!) Thanks to I Heart Publix I am not worried about paying car insurance for the other 2 when they turn 16 next year. An unexpected bonus is that the boys now understand how easy it is to stretch their money with a little preparation and are always on the lookout for discounts when they go out. The only downside? They have become jaded and no longer get excited when I spend $40 for $135 worth of groceries. Thank you for all you do, you have been a huge blessing!

Thanks so much for sharing, Yvette! 

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Reader Spotlight – Nancy’s Coupon Box

March 13, 2014 

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This week we have reader spotlight from Nancy, who emailed in with something a bit different. She is sharing her coupon box and organization method. I know so many of you have questions about how to organize…well take a look at Nancy’s system and see if it might work for you. Take it away, Nancy!

I know people are interested in how others organize their coupons. Attached is a photo of my coupon box. I think I bought it at Big Lots. It’s the perfect size to fit in the top section of the grocery cart.

I organize it with my Upromise card up front, plus any $off Publix/competitor coupons, and any rare coupons like produce or tofu (items that don’t fit in any category & I don’t want to forget I have).

My sections in the front are in alphabetical order (for the most part):

  • Baking
  • Bread
  • Breakfast
  • Candy
  • Canned
  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Cookies & Granola Bars
  • Cooking (oils, Pam, panko, etc.)
  • Crackers
  • Dairy
  • Deli (hummus, egg whites, etc.)
  • Frozen
  • Fruit Mixes (nuts, trail mix, raisins)
  • Ice Cream
  • Juice (subdivided with coffee/tea in the back)
  • Meat
  • Pasta/Rice/International
  • Salad Dressing
  • Sauces
  • Snack
  • Soup/Gravy
  • Yogurt

I then have the drugstore categories:

  • Bathroom (general)
  • Dental
  • Drugs
  • Hair care
  • Shaving
  • Soap/Lotion
  • Cosmetics

Then:

  • Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Paper/Plastics

Pet:

  • Cat food
  • Treats
  • Litter

Finally:

  • Etc. (batteries, school supplies)
  • Target

If someone has a dog or a baby, they would have dividers for those categories.

I cut/print out the coupons that I think I have a 90% chance of using. I keep an accordion file at home to store old inserts. At the end of each month, I remove the expired coupons and check a coupon clean-out site to discard of old inserts.

I hope this helps someone!

Thanks so much for sharing, Nancy! 

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Reader Spotlight – Couponing For All The “Firsts”

March 6, 2014 

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This week we have reader spotlight from “G”, who had a big financial upset while she was pregnant with her first baby. Her family struggled to make ends meet as she was dealing with post partum depression…and she used couponing as a way to get through it all. Take it away, “G”!

Last March my husband and I found out we were expecting what would be our first baby. The year before we had lost our first pregnancy unexpectedly and hadn’t really gotten over it yet. We weren’t “planning” on trying again but we really weren’t preventing.

I had to leave work early on during the pregnancy because of some complications, which left us with one salary in very expensive South Florida. We figured we could make do with my husband working extra and pinching our pennies. We had it all planned out….I’d stay home for as long as I could after my little one was born and have my dream job of being a stay at home mom.

Well things never really go as planned. My husband was previously married and has an amazing daughter who we get half time. We were so excited to tell her she was expecting a sibling we didn’t put much thought into how her mother would react. Well, 2 months after telling my lovely step daughter, her mother filed for an increase in child support, which hadn’t been done via the courts for at least 7 years even though we already paid all her expenses. After we spent a lot of money on court fees and attorneys, our child support payment skyrocketed to $750 a month plus insurance costs. This was a blow we did not expect and sent our family downhill. We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to stay in our home (or even in the area) or how we were going to pay for medical bills.

I tried to put all of this stress behind me during the later part of my pregnancy. It all proved too much and my little one was born prematurely. I didn’t know what we were going to do. Bills kept piling up and our account kept overdrafting.

We finally brought our baby home and in set Post Partum Depression. I couldn’t get over the fact that the wonderful stay at home mom dream I had had was crushed and that I would have to go to work in a couple of weeks. I didn’t want to leave the house, get dressed, or see anyone. I wanted to curl up in my room with my baby and cry. I resented my husband’s past life. I resented his ex-wife for being able to stay at home and I would have to leave my baby with someone I didn’t know. Our relationship started hurting and I wasnt sure we were going to get through this.

This is when I came across a famous show on coupons and had this “epiphany” of doing it myself. I realized I needed to do something about it instead of feeling sorry for myself.

Now, I know I live in one of the most “hostile” places for coupons – no doubling, barely any competitors and not even Publix, a company founded in Florida, offers the same coupons deal they do up north, so I didn’t plan on being able to score the amazing deals they did on TV. Boy was I wrong!

I turned to Google and came across I Heart Publix. I have been on it every day multiple times a day since. I have been able to save my family over $500+ monthly just in groceries and just got my mother, who has recently lost her job, into it as well. I have turned this “couponer” mentality into every aspect of my life and I cannot believe how much we are saving.

It has now been 7 months since my baby was born and I can proudly say I am still at home with him. We still struggle, and are going to have to move to a different city soon just to survive…but I got to spend some much needed time with my little one.

Because of you I saved my family. Because of you I won my fight with PPD. Because of you I got to witness many of my baby’s firsts and because of you I am grateful and pay it forward daily.

Thanks so much for sharing your story, “G”…and THANK YOU so much for taking the time to share your story!! I am so proud of you for finding a way to pick yourself up and get through it. You deserve a big pat on the back–great job!!

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Reader Spotlight – Couponing For Health

February 27, 2014 

 Reader Spotlight   Couponing For HealthThis week we have reader spotlight from Jennifer, who needs to avoid certain allergens in her foods, which makes saving money at the grocery store even more challenging. Thankfully, couponing helps her to keep her grocery costs as low as possible. Take it away, Jennifer!

A few years ago when I was pregnant with my second child I had a major allergic reaction that continued for a long period of time (over a year). My hands swelled up so that I could not bend my fingers and I developed a sort of eczema with blisters that would wake me up at night wanting to tear my hands off…it was awful. My son was born with eczema perhaps as a result of this. He could not have cow products and we fed him organic baby food (waited for BOGOS and used coupons to stock pile large amounts to make this possible).

I wanted a cure at the creams and steroids the Dr. put me on where not a good long term answer. I began to look for natural cures and some reduced and almost eliminated the symptoms but I still felt tired and miserable much of the time. I had allergy tests and found out I was allergic to many foods and environmental allergens.

I began reading food labels to try and avoid known allergens or additives and many processed foods that I react to. We are not rich, I could not buy everything organic so I opted for certain fruit and vegetables and the rest of the foods just had to have a limited ingredient list. It is difficult to find coupons for foods that are not highly processed.

Thanks to you, I can save on the organic/natural items by using the Enjoy the City Winn Dixie coupons and then try to buy other foods when they are BOGO and with coupons I can stay in budget and sometimes have a little extra for items that there are never coupons for. Slowly I am becoming healthier and having more energy. I appreciate all you do to help everyone save on their groceries!

Thanks so much for sharing your story, Jennifer! 

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Reader Spotlight – Switching From Walmart To Publix

February 20, 2014 

Screen Shot 2014 02 19 at 9.03.53 PM Reader Spotlight   Switching From Walmart To PublixThis week we have reader spotlight from Tommy, who has a story that will sound familiar to a bunch of you. He and his wife were shopping at Walmart…but they made the switch to couponing at Publix and found that it is not only cheaper…but they are also happier with their shopping experience!

Take it away, Tommy!

My wife and I were regular shoppers at a local Walmart just one and a half years ago, not using any coupons and making multiple stops there just about every week. And we were raising two toddler boys. It was our routine and it was frustrating and very expensive.

One day we went to a Dollar General to buy some small insignificant items and noticed a $5 off $25 coupon on the receipt. I thought this is amazing… 20% off ! So we went back there and got a whole bunch of pasta and sauce with our new coupon. We were very happy with our savings.

We watched the coupon show on TV and thought “We could do that.” We then found I Heart Publix and began to explore shopping at a Publix more than 25 minutes away from our home.

I always thought Publix would be too expensive….and if you do not buy sales and coupon it can be. However, we looked and studied I Heart Publix and other websites and made our first trip and were amazed at how much stuff we got for our money. We studied some more, and in time became very efficient at shopping at Publix.

We take advantage of every deal they have and all the coupons they accept, especially the $5 off $30 Winn Dixie coupon. We now shop at Publix once a week, maybe twice a week if there are really good deals. We have an amazing stockpile of foods and household stuff. We are able to make many donations to our kids’ schools.

And, here is something I discovered last week. We are a middle class family and in 2013 we made $18,500 less income compared to our previous lowest income year. This was due to 3 month unemployment period for me and then my wife having to go part time because my new position is far from home. I used those three months to teach myself how to install hardwood floors in our home. I installed them and they are magnificent, plus I probably saved myself $10,000 easy.

Even with our income at its lowest in 2013, we have more money now than ever. We were able to put more down on our home to fulfill our goal of being mortgage free. We have new beautiful floors and bathrooms in our home that I designed and installed. We have more and better foods than before and here is the kicker…… we are very very happy! Couponing and shopping at our Publix in Pinson, Alabama where the employees are the best has made it all possible. So thanks I Heart Publix, you have been a very useful tool for us to live happier lives and care for our children even better than before.

Thanks so much for sharing your story, Tommy! 

I can always use more stories so please write in if you have a story to tell! Your post can be about almost anything to do with couponing. You can tell us about a particularly good or bad situation you’ve dealt with as a couponer, about how you got into couponing or how couponing has impacted the rest of your life, you can make a list of things every new couponer should know…just about anything, really! If you think it’s interesting and it has to do with couponing, email me with your idea at contactiheartpublix @ gmail.com. This is one of my favorite features on the site! Be sure and check out all the past Reader Spotlights HERE.

Reader Spotlight – Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

February 13, 2014 

 Reader Spotlight   Things Arent Always What They SeemThis week we have reader with a heartbreaking story that is probably familiar to some of you. I personally know several people in this exact same situation. More and more people seem to be in this boat and the only thing we can do is keep pushing and working. It’s my hope that all of the folks in these situations have a happy ending (and soon)!! Take it away, A.K.!

When I was putting my list together for shopping this week I was reminded of how helpful it is that Michelle “pre-shops” for me as well as clips my coupons to print. We don’t know each other personally, but Michelle has become someone that’s included in my life nearly every day. I’m incredibly thankful to her and Happy!

When my family moved to Canton, GA over six years ago, we were doing well. My husband was working for a financial institution as an attorney. Not long after moving to Georgia, he lost his job. He was unemployed for at least a year. Because of our monthly mortgage payment being so high, eventually we found ourselves turning to “SNAP” to feed ourselves and our son. I guess it’s a good thing that I’ve been a type one diabetic for over 25 years. That means I don’t have to eat much.

My husband was fortunate enough to find a position with a large bank in Winston-Salem, N.C. and has been employed with them for the last two years. This is the second time he’s been employed with his present company. He was with also employed with them when my son was born, fifteen years ago.

Unfortunately, with the job loss over five years ago, our credit was destroyed. This was a result of having to empty our retirement savings and turn to credit cards to pay our bills and avoid foreclosure. Because of poor credit after the job loss, we were unable to purchase a home in North Carolina where my husband now works, so my son and I remain in Georgia and my husband has been sleeping in his office for the last two years.

Needless to say, this isn’t an easy thing for him to do. It’s hard to keep it a secret that you actually “live” where you work. It’s taken a physical and mental toll on him to make the drive from Georgia to North Carolina and back again every week. He manages to get a few hours of sleep on the weekends while not sitting in an office chair.

I feel like I’m leading a double life. To see our home in a swim/tennis/golf community, you wouldn’t guess that I coupon so that my family can simply eat. Before my son was born, I was employed as a legal secretary. It’s been so long since I’ve worked that it’s proven to be very difficult to find employment so that I can help my family financially, so it makes me feel rewarded when I coupon to save money. When I come across freebies, I try to make sure I share with others who also need assistance. I take donations to Papa’s Pantry as often as I can because I know that some people are in worse situations.

I wish I had a happy ending to this story, but I don’t. We’re doing everything we can to avoid filing for bankruptcy, but I don’t think it will be possible for much longer. My marriage is nearly over and we’re still stuck with our home in Canton, GA. My one ray of sunshine is my wonderful son. He’s very bright. I expect he’ll have a great future. Every day when I’m couponing using I Heart Publix and I Heart Kroger, I’m reminded that I’m not alone in my struggles. I hope you know that your hard work is much appreciated!!!

Thanks so much for sharing your story, A.K.! 

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