Reader Spotlight – Financial Relief And Stress Relief

July 17, 2014 

things are looking up Reader Spotlight   Financial Relief And Stress ReliefToday’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from Carrie, who survived some devastating setbacks in her life with the help of coupons!

Couponing for me is not only a way to help save money…….. It is so much more!

Back in early 2013 my husband and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary. We were doing very well, I had a great job as a manager of a chain restaurant, and my husband was progressing in his line of work. We had moved into a lovely house just a stroll from town. The house was a bit older, but had cute character, and a neighborhood that the girls could really grow up in safely! We had just bought a great car (that I still have and am still so grateful for), and everything was looking up!

My salary was by no means 6 digits, but we lived peacefully middle class, with savings build up in the bank, and were basically very comfortable. I had began lightly couponing, mostly for diapers – some here, some there, knocking $20-$45 off my totals.

In early 2013, my promotion at work fell through. It was a little disappointing, but I roll with the punches. All of a sudden my entire savings account was drained in a mere 2-3 weeks! I had no cushion and needing answers I started looking into it.

I cant explain the amount of physical pain I had inside when I had found out the worst news…. My husband had gotten caught up in drugs with some of the people he worked with. My response to this was: my way or the highway. I took all his access to our money, the car keys, and he called out sick for two weeks to go into detox. On top of everything, he got the phone call I was dreading…his employer let him go.

Worst of all, I had become very ill and couldn’t work for a week. Here we were – no food, hoping for a miracle. I took the knowledge I had built up from casual couponing and put it to the test. I couldn’t afford food, but regardless we had to eat!

I remember my first big shopping trip to Publix. After coupons I spent $12, and got $118. Of course this didn’t mean that we were getting back on our feet, but it eased the stress a bit. Slowly but surely we started putting all the pieces back together.

During this time, couponing was more than financial relief…it was stress relief too! It was getting away from the past due bills, and leaving the depression in the house, it was having a sense of control over my finances, at least while I was at the store. As silly as it sounds, some nights when I would lay awake, I would think to myself, “At least I can feed my family.” We left our house for something like half the price (and an 8th of what we had), and we cut off everything that we could spare.

Suddenly my couponing got lots of attention, and I started shopping for others. They paid me a certain percentage, and I saved them money with coupons. icon biggrin Reader Spotlight   Financial Relief And Stress Relief It was a hit – I was able to earn enough money to survive, and then a miracle happened, my husband got another job, doing what he loves!

Now we live in a lovely, yet affordable home. I took a position as a full time waitress, which actually increased my income!!!!!!! My husband is still at the same job doing what he loves, and drug free for over a year and a half now. My girls are so happy and loving life.

I once read that poverty is not a judgement it is a condition that can happen to anyone at any time, and if it was not for my coupons, I would not have been able to stay afloat, and the end results would have been horrid. And yes, I still coupon every week, and I will forever!

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Reader Spotlight – Finding A Coupon Yoda

July 10, 2014 

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Today’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from an anonymous reader who learned about couponing because of a random and impromptu coupon class –  and couponing has helped her to make financial strides in her life!

I grew up in a large family and a small town. We did not live a lavish life, didn’t get everything new or what we wanted but there was always enough. Mom used coupons, shopped the sales, submitted rebates and shopped at yard sales for clothes when she couldn’t sew them.

When I left home, I did a little comparison shopping but generally just bought what I needed at a big box store. My husband and I were blessed with two boys and decent jobs with good paychecks. We lived a life that included credit card debt as a normal thing. A few years ago, my husband decided leave his job to follow his dream of owning his own business.

The economic downturn hit and that along with other business issues had us using credit cards to cover routine purchases. Right around that time, our church sponsored a family event on a Saturday morning and even though the boys protested, I pressed them to go with me. A speaker who was to have covered the emergency preparedness class was unable to attend. Two ladies generously agreed to an impromptu “couponing class.” They provided the basic tools including web sites and coupon sources.

The next morning I bought two newspapers and began scouring the internet and shopping. I over did it at first – trying to get all of the deals but I was hooked when I was able to buy 7 tubes of Crest tootpaste with EXACTLY 38 cents. Using couponing as a part time job for the past four years, I can see an end to our financial difficulties.

We have learned how to prepare great tasting and healthy food at home. We all realize that our budget won’t always allow wants to be filled, however when an item is on sale with a BOGO and I have a coupon, it is possible. My whole family understands sales cycles and that a deal will come around again soon enough and if the item is frozen, we were recently gifted with a freezer that I am putting to work.

I thank God for all my blessings and coupons make it possible to share with others without spending much cash. I am most thankful for two ladies willing to stand up in front of people and share on that Saturday morning. I have been asked to present a “how to coupon” program at work and perhaps it will help others. I Heart Publix will be one of the top sites I recommend to the group for my area – thanks for all you do. I hope that everyone can find their own “coupon Yoda” to train them – like I did!

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Reader Spotlight – My First Couponing Trip To Publix

July 3, 2014 

 Reader Spotlight   My First Couponing Trip To PublixToday’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from an anonymous reader who had a very successful first couponing trip to Publix…check it out!

I have always been a bargain hunter and have appreciated using coupons. We moved to Florida a few years ago and shop at Publix & Winn-Dixie mainly for their BOGO’s and other good sales. Most of our other grocery shopping is done at Aldi’s and Walmart.

Just a few weeks ago, I was using a coupon at a pet supply store and was talking to the lady who was ringing me up about the coupon I was using. I mentioned to her that I had not known that Publix took Winn-Dixie coupons and was curious as to how people were getting $5 off $30 or $50 purchase Winn-Dixie coupons (aside from ones occasionally found in their weekly ads). She turned me on to a couponing website, and after further research I found I Heart Publix.

So, here is my first week’s experience at Publix thanks to the couponing websites I’ve found:

Before coupons and any discounts, my grocery total would have been $45.40.

My out-of-pocket cost minus all coupons and discounts was $18.00.

That means that due to coupons and discounts, I had a savings of approximately 60% on that first Publix shopping trip!!!

Thanks so much for sharing! You did great…keep up the good work!

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Reader Spotlight – Living Within Our Means

June 26, 2014 

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Today’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from Liz, who started couponing young after watching her parents go through bankruptcy. Their example really impressed upon her the need to save money and live within her means…and she is doing great!

When I was younger my parents never couponed. I never even heard about coupons being used except maybe by a few people, and then I just thought it was to save pennies here and there. But I was so wrong about the freedom and savings I could get using coupons.

My parents never really worried about saving money, and I never really thought about it much. We ate out all the time, bought whatever we wanted at the grocery store and I guess I went along with the lifestyle so cluelessly thinking everyone paid $200 for groceries. When my parents filed bankruptcy several years ago, that really hit me, how important it is to live within your means. I was determined to never ever get into debt and to do better than my parents once did.

When I started college, I still lived with my parents and after several finance classes, and looking for ways to save money, I came up on some freebie sites that got me really excited about getting free things. Little did I know later on I would coupon my way to free or nearly free items each week at the grocery store!

My mom and I started couponing together, and it was a lot of fun, but time consuming and kind of got in the way of school. When the show “extreme couponing” came out I learned a lot and my mom and I really enjoyed enjoyed watching it together. Even though many of the practices on that show are looked down on, I enjoyed learning about coupon binders, price charts, and saving larger percentages on my grocery trip.

When I first moved out, I had a hard time. I was taking 5-6 classes at time, and was blowing through my savings because I just didn’t have the time to coupon, or to go get coupons. I kind of fell out of it for about 6 months. I was paying $50-60 a week for groceries and necessities and felt like I wasn’t getting hardly anything.

I tried to keep up with couponing but wasn’t really good at it yet, and felt like maybe it was just too much trouble and felt helpless. Luckily my husband for over a year moved in with me, but we were still living on an extremely tight budget (which we are still living with). We realized that we had to do something, and that is when my couponing picked back up. But in all fairness, I have had more time since I have only been taking one or two classes a semester because I am finishing up my bachelors degree.

In the past year or so, I have gotten better and better at coupoining, but in the past 6 months especially I have done my best ever grocery trips. I have now gotten to the point of saving up to 50%-70% on my grocery bill. Our weekly budget is $50 for groceries, toiletries, etc. I haven’t paid over $50 for groceries for my husband and I in probably a year, but the great thing is we went from $50 for $60 with coupons to my best trip ever – $110 for $52 and $79 for $21!

I have a coupon binder busting at the seams, notebooks, price charts and spend hours and hours every week couponing – and I am only 22. I am so excited to see what deals will come to be in the future and I am happy to say that my husband and I are completely debt free. We live within our means but still have all name brands, and an abundance of food every week, and are very happy.

Couponing gives me a satisfaction and helps my self esteem and has helped tackle my depression head on. It gives me a purpose, it helps me give back to those I love and are in need and I am thrilled to be doing it!

Thanks so much for sharing, Liz!

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Reader Spotlight – Couponing In The Meantime

June 19, 2014 

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Today’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from an anonymous reader who started couponing after she lost her job. Not only did she learn how to save, but her story also has a happy ending!!

My story is probably quite similar to others… I lost my job…I am the wife and the breadwinner in my family. My husband works, so at least we had that. But without my income, we were in over our heads.

After job searching for a while, all of my job leads seemed to dry up and I found myself with a lot of free time on my hands.

I started watching TLC’s Extreme Couponing on Netflix, and I was hooked. Not hooked on couponing, but hooked on the entertainment value of the show. I started asking my husband to watch a few episodes of Extreme Couponing with me, and being a good sport, he obliged. We went from a lifestyle of attending sporting events and the live shows at the theatre to watching Netflix.

I started doing some research on how I could “extreme coupon” for myself. I found your websites.

I was a bit apprehensive about being able to execute the deals, so I would ask my husband to come along with me on some of my grocery shopping trips. In the aisle, I would point out the item, sale shelf tag and show him the coupon or coupons that I planned to use on that item. Then I would state the final price. He loved it. He said it was like watching the show Extreme Couponing in person.

I started to get “serious” about couponing. I found a place I could legally dumpster dive for coupons. I got organized with a file folder system (photo above).

It wasn’t just the saving of money, couponing and reading your websites gave me something to do that directly affected my bottom line. I was even able to make a few donations to my local food pantry.

My bill at the grocery store went from an average of $50/transaction to $5/transaction.

The end of my story, is that after an extremely long job search, I just accepted a job offer at the same pay and a better title than before. I’m thrilled. I’m in a career field that I love. I don’t believe in working for the money. I believe in working to make the world a better and more beautiful place.

Thanks so much for sharing!

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Reader Spotlight – Preparing For A Special Delivery

June 12, 2014 

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Today’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from Jennifer, who has a wonderful story to share of how couponing helped to prepare for her family. Take it away, Jennifer!

A few years ago, my husband and I made a decision that has changed our lives in ways I could never have imagined.  Already parents of one adopted daughter, we were asked to consider adopting a sibling group from foster care.  I was not working at the time due to a business closure.  We wanted to help these children and provide them with a loving home.  After a lot of thought and consideration, we just knew it was the right thing to do for us and the children.

We were excited and a little nervous at the same time.  I had recently began couponing when we were down to one income and had a toddler to care for.  I certainly loved saving money on diapers and pull-ups!  I had researched how to save on groceries and household items and found I Heart Publix immediately.  The advice and information was life changing!  But could couponing allow us to add two more daughters to our family?

I began clipping coupons and feverishly working on a stockpile before the children were to arrive.  Meanwhile, we needed to prepare a place for them in our home with a limited budget.  Our family, friends, and community were a big help getting together clothing, shoes, furniture, toys and school supplies the girls would need.

It took months of preparation, but we finally got the news we were anxiously waiting for: a delivery date.  Yes, a delivery date.  It’s a little different than the normal delivery date, but just as exciting!  We planned a welcome home party complete with a huge banner, decorations, balloons, refreshments and family to celebrate for the big day.

Four years later I continue to shop using coupons to provide a majority of the frozen foods, dairy, packaged goods, health, and beauty products I buy.  I look forward to every Sneak Peek and Happy Report posted.  In addition to couponing, we now grow a variety of vegetables and make our own jams, jellies and pickles, too.  During the growing season I rely on my stockpile combined with fresh fruit and vegetables to feed us.

Harvesting and processing our bounty means less time to go grocery shopping.  I watch my stockpile closely and monitor I Heart Publix for the best deals to replace what’s needed.  We’re not wealthy by any means, but we’ve never struggled to provide for our children.  We even donate goods to local families in need, to our local church’s food bank, and non-profit groups like Save-a-Life when we can.

As a couponer, I’ve caught my fair share of rude comments from other shoppers and have had my days where I just want to give up.  That’s when I look to I Heart Publix and other online coupon groups for moral support.  I know what I’m doing can be a blessing to others.  I want to teach my children, and anyone else that will listen, that kindness counts!  Thank you Michelle and to all those that contribute to I Heart Publix in a giving manner!

Thanks so much for sharing, Jennifer!

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Reader Spotlight – From Walmart To Publix

June 5, 2014 

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Today’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from Tammy, who is new to Florida and couponing. She even got her husband in on the action! Take it away, Tammy!

I am new to Florida. I never thought much about using coupons…instead my husband and I always shopped at Walmart because we thought it was cheap and it was a familiar store. We would spend around $200 a week depending on whether or not we were buying meat. Every week my husband would complain about how much groceries cost. (I have definitely noticed that the price of food on the East coast is higher than on the West coast.)

Listening to your other half complain makes you kick into overdrive…so I told my husband that I was going to start couponing. He said, “if it works…please do it!” I told him I wanted to shop at Publix and he said no at first because he thought the prices were too high. I agreed…until I started couponing.

Having worked in the grocery industry for 16 years, I loved Publix from the first time I visited a Publix store. They are so clean and they always have what I am there to get…and of course their customer service is wonderful.

During my first big coupon trip to Publix, I want to say it took me two hours to get through the whole store and pick up all the items for the coupons I was using. When I filled up the first cart, I asked my husband to get me another and he looked at me like I had lost my mind! By the time we were ready to check out,  I had two carts full of groceries. We went to the check out and they started ringing the order up I believe our total came to just over three hundred dollars.

I handed over my coupons carefully and made sure that they all went through, including digital coupons and competitor coupons. By the time my cashier was done putting it all through, we paid just $68!!

All the other customers got involved…they were all asking me, “How did you do that?” My husband could not believe it either. I told them that all it takes is time and a desire to save money is all you need to save this much!

I started couponing November of last year. We are bursting out at the seems with everything you can think of and we are going to buy a freezer soon.  We have stopped shopping at Walmart unless we have to…they are our last resort because their employees are so rude and mean to us when we shop there.

Using coupons does work and now my husband even helps with shopping! He has definitely stopped complaining about the cost of food because we spend $50 or less each week at Publix. In fact, couponing is like a drug to my husband…now he loves to shop with coupons.
I want to thank I Heart Publix…I  use your site faithfully to get ready to shop. I have tried many coupon sites out there but none of them can beat I Heart Publix!

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Thanks so much for sharing, Tammy!

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Reader Spotlight – Coupons 101

May 29, 2014 

 Reader Spotlight   Coupons 101Today’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from a reader who wants to remain anonymous. Her story is a great one…I often think that if young people learned to coupon early on like she did, there would be a lot more college-age savers out there!

Growing up, I had a dad that would spend recklessly and a mom that would struggle to keep the finances in order. I always thought I was good at budgeting, until I went to college. Within the first year, I had depleted my 18 years of savings (almost $2,000). It got to the point where I was too prideful to ask my parents for money, and too broke to buy even a box of cereal. I would constantly tell my boyfriend that I could not afford to live; it was a humbling and horrible place to be.

Those emotions lasted for about a year until one day I was searching online on how to get free stuff. I came across a forum of people writing companies with compliments and getting coupons in return. Sometimes those coupons were even for free items! For two days I wrote every company that I could think of complimenting them, and within a week, the first coupons started to come in. By the end of the month, over half of the companies had sent me free samples, coupons, and thank you notes in the mail. I was blown away.

With stacks of coupons, I began looking at circulars, reading, planning, and absorbing everything I could. My first coupon transaction was at CVS and I got $74 worth of items for $20. I was hooked. After a few months, I had the drugstores figured out – it was time to move on to the grocery stores that I had a bitter relationship with. I struggled to save money at Publix until I found I Heart Publix. Now, going to Publix is one of my favorite things to do because it’s a competition with myself to see how much I can save.

Now I’m almost 22 and it’s been two and a half years since starting my couponing voyage. I have learned that I can afford to live. I have cabinets and shelves stocked with food and toiletries, and I am able to give back to others in both items and teaching them the same things I learned. As my boyfriend said just this morning, “you started couponing just to survive, and you came out helping others.”

Thanks so much for sharing! I am so proud of you for finding a way to get what you needed and more all by yourself!

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Reader Spotlight – Creative and Frugal Teacher Gifts

May 22, 2014 

 Reader Spotlight   Creative and Frugal Teacher GiftsToday’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from Marie, who has some great creative ideas for ways to take some of the expense out of those end-of-year teacher gifts. Take it away, Marie!

Time of year to say thanks to the teachers and others…with five kids in school, we are not part of the group that can send in a sizable giftcard and being somewhat crafty I like to send in an actual gift. I start collecting items for teacher gifts the summer before school is dismissed…all of which I store in a Sterlite tub purchased during a Publix BOGO sale icon smile Reader Spotlight   Creative and Frugal Teacher Gifts

This year I will “stuff” a thermal plastic mug (the kind with the lid and straw)…Publix summer clearance 1.50 …with such items as nail polish, lip gloss and chapstick, Sharpies in summer colors, granola bar, gum, crystal light packets…you get the idea…all items free or insanely cheap at Publix. If I have any fun colored paper clips or post its left from back to school clearance those may get tossed in as well. Tie a bow from fabric ribbon saved from gifts received and a card from the kids…Fun and Done icon smile Reader Spotlight   Creative and Frugal Teacher Gifts

For the teachers who are with the kids only a day or so a week but still need appreciation..I take whatever drinks have been inexpensive or free (PowerAde/ Smart Water/ ) and make a small tag with a coordinating saying…winging it at the moment…but along the lines of..”Thanks for making me a little Smarter this year”…My daughter said last year most of her teacher’s opened their drink on the spot.

Of course…if your teacher has a dog or a new baby you can ‘theme’ a gift that direction…either way all gifts put together over time from Publix can look wonderful, be thoughtful and not break your budget.

Thanks so much for sharing, Marie! 

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Reader Spotlight – It All Started With A Cat Food Deal

May 15, 2014 

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Today’s Reader Spotlight comes to us from Jon, who started couponing in a big way…by stocking up on cat food for the year! Take it away, Jon!

When I was a kid I remember my mom using coupons, back then they were only like 10 or 15 cents off! I never thought it was that big a deal, and actually thought it was a waste of time. Boy was I wrong! My niece has been couponing for a couple years and I’ve seen the Extreme Couponing show and that peaked my interest, but what really got my started was a cat food deal at Publix.

I have two cats and feed them Purina One cat food for urinary tract health and that stuff is expensive. Whenever it goes on sale BOGO at Publix, I stock up. A lady I work with also works at Publix, and I asked her to let me know when it goes on sale again because I was out and paying $8 a bag.

The next time it was on sale, she let me know. I went and got a few bags and posted my haul on Facebook. The next day, she told me about how you can stack coupons at Publix, using a manufacturers coupon and a Publix coupon on each item, and even use a coupon on free items! She also told me Publix takes competitor’s coupons. My niece then told me about a hot $5.15 off Purina coupon at the time. I ended up with 24 bags, 84lbs. My cost – $72.41 or $3.02 a bag! That is a savings of $124.33.

Not long after that, Publix had the BirdsEye Recipe Ready veggies on sale 50% off. There was a $1 Publix coupon out and a 75¢ manufacturer’s coupon. That is when I learned about overage! I got 40 bags and they paid me 50¢ a bag! That paid for all my groceries and I took home 34¢!

After just a couple months couponing I decided to start a blog, Extreme Coupon Dude, to share my hauls and teach others how to coupon. This really has become a part time job that I love doing! It didn’t take me long to figure this all out and I have to say I’ve left several cashiers scratching thier heads when I leave!

Thanks so much for sharing, Jon! 

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