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Friday, June 19, 2009

~ Our Story ~

We are excited you have expressed interest in our company and the world of couponing. We’ll start with a brief introduction. Time 2 $ave was started by Kasey Trenum and Kelly Thompson. We are two stay at home moms who started couponing out of financial necessity. Both of our families are involved in construction and with the housing bubble bursting, we needed to find a way to contribute to our household income and still be able to stay at home. We did some research and started with a few coupons. After seeing that we could make a difference by keeping more of our money through savings on our grocery bill, we dug in deeper. We spent many, many hours researching blogs, deals, coupons and store policies. As our knowledge increased, so did our savings. Currently, we save around 75% on our weekly purchases from what we used to spend. Then, interest came from fellow shoppers and store employees. Just as we had seen people in the news that could save hundreds, so had they. But they’d never seen it in person. People began stopping us in the store and asking us questions about our coupons or store deals. We were surprised when others began following us to our cars wanting to know how we’d accomplished so much with so little. Finally, requests started coming in from people wanting to go shopping with us or meet us during our strategy planning. While all this attention was a little embarrassing, we decided to humor them (and ourselves) by teaching our first couponing class. We’d hoped 25 people would come and were shocked when over 200 attended. We realized there was a much greater hunger for our information and people were looking for hope during a struggling economy. We spent time in prayer about what the next move should be and finally felt it was time to step out on faith…thus Time 2 $ave was born. Were we ready for what lay ahead? Only by the Lord leading us and directing us have we been able to move forward. He has opened many doors that were impossible to us. We have found favor and been humbled all at the same time. It is so exciting to hear the story of a first time coupon user who has saved twenty or thirty dollars on their grocery bill. We rejoice with them and feel our family has expanded. There continues to be many benefits that we didn’t anticipate, but are honored to be chosen to bring a message of hope…”for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
This is today's devotion from Proverbs 31 ministries.

Am I the only one who struggles with this?

R-E-S-P-E-C-T That is What He Needs from Me!
Written by:Renee Swope
"However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." Ephesians 5:33 (NIV)

I have a confession to make: when my husband JJ and I got married over 15 years ago, I took out the words "honor and obey" from my wedding vows. I didn't say I would submit to my husband either. I vowed to "submit my ideas and dreams" to my husband and trust God's leadership in our marriage.

I had some serious issues going into marriage. I was a young Christian, who was afraid of the "S" word, and I wanted to make sure God and my witnesses didn't catch me in a lie. Like many women, I was terrified that if I submitted to my husband I'd become a doormat and lose myself somewhere in the middle of letting my husband lead. I regretfully remember one time JJ told me it was easier to let me lead because it wasn't worth the argument to him.

You'd think that's what I wanted - to get my way - but it wasn't because my husband became apathetic. Soon I realized I was losing respect for my husband and it was mostly my fault. I wanted him to lead, but when he tried I'd often criticize how he led. It was a mess.

One day I was praying God would change JJ and make him more decisive, more confident, more protective and, well, just more what I wanted him to be. God strongly impressed on my heart that my criticism wasn't getting me any closer to my desired result. In fact, my frustration with JJ only contributed to his own doubt as a man trying to follow God and lead His family.

God's also reminded me that I was fueling Satan's flaming darts of condemnation aimed at my husband's heart. I was joining efforts with the one who wanted to take out my husband as the leader of our home. Through prayer, God showed me that my husband needed me to be his greatest cheerleader and his biggest supporter verbally, emotionally and spiritually.

God challenged me to keep my mouth closed when JJ did something I didn't like or led in a way I didn't want to follow. He encouraged me to tell my husband all the wonderful things I appreciated about him and use the power of my words to build up and not tear down my man.

I started doing what God showed me. I looked for and found things in my husband that I valued, things I had started to overlook. I got intentional about finding things I respected and letting God take care of the rest. I made choices to honor him in big and small ways. And you know what? I discovered so many things about my husband that were worthy of honor and respect.

We've been through a lot together and our marriage is stronger because of it. I have followed God as I trusted many of my husband's decisions that scared me: job changes I didn't want him to make; financial investments that seemed too risky; parenting issues that were hard. It hasn't been easy, but it's been amazing to watch God make and mold my husband into the leader of our family, a leader I truly respect. And because of prayer and trusting God, I am more comfortable following my husband's lead than I ever thought I'd be!

Dear Lord, I want to respect my husband and build Him up with my words. Help me to measure my thoughts carefully and come to You with my complaints. I want to become my husband's biggest cheerleader and watch You do Your thing in His life. I know this is possible as I depend on You to live Your life through me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Application Steps:
• Tell your husband that you believe in him!
• Don't point out his mistakes, just fill in the gap.
• Ask God to show you ways to serve your husband.
• Don't ever say "I told you so." • Say "I'm sorry" and mean it when you dishonor him.
• Say "I forgive you" and mean it when he dishonors or hurts you.
• Tell your husband that you thank God for giving him to you (and be sure you do).
• Let him overhear you telling someone something you appreciate about him.
• Support and encourage his decisions.
• Praise him when his decisions turn out well and encourage him when they don't.
• Tell you husband each day about one thing you are thankful for - about his character, his work ethic, his provision, his humor or something he adds to your family.
* Several of these ideas are from What A Husband Needs from His Wife © 2006 by Melanie Chitwood.

What do I value and respect about my husband?
How often do I criticize or encourage him?

Power Verses:
1 Peter 3:15, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." (NIV)

1 Peter 4:8, "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." (NIV)

Proverbs 17:9,"He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends." (NIV)

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FREE ENTREE at Lone Star
Visit Lone Star over Father's Day weekend, June 19 - 21, and all dads will recieve a certificate for a FREE entree to use when they visit June 22 - 26, 2009

FATHERHOOD IN GOD'S EYES This Father’s Day, celebrate the dads in your life, including your Heavenly Dad. Pass along this collection of free devotionals here from Walk Thru the Bible designed to bring all the men in your life closer to the father heart of God.

Free $10 Gift Card for Father’s Day at Outback.
Take dad to Outback for Father's Day and at the end of the meal Dad will walk away with a free $10 gift card to use on his next trip. Click HERE for more info.

Free Shake at Johnny Rockets
Chocolate, vanilla…what will it be? The purchase of an entrée is required, click HERE for coupon.

Free Entrée at T.G.I. Friday’s
Through June 22 you can take Dad out for lunch or dinner and get his meal free. Friday’s has a buy-one-get-one free entrée coupon that will entitle you to a free entrée. Click HERE for coupon.

Papa John's FREE Chickenstrips!
Get FREE Chickenstrips when you buy any large pizza with three or more toppings at regular menu price. Click HERE to order online.
Use the promo code 61909A

Click HERE for the above coupons from Simple & Delicious.

HERE for Souper Salad coupon.

Click HERE for coupon Kashi TLC Bars.

Click HERE for coupon for $1.50 off Kashi Waffles.

Click HERE for $3.00 coupon Therma Care.
Food Lion 6/17
Coupon Deals

Ball Park Meat Franks B1G1 at $3.35
-$1/2 Ball Park Franks RP 6/07 (makes it $1.17 ea)

Food Lion Pasta 89¢ ea
-$1 off any Food Lion Pasta printable (makes it FREE)
Qualifies for Food Lion House Brand Deal

General Mills Cereals Cheerios B1G1 (price not listed)
-$1/2 General Mills Cereals printable
-$1/2 Cheerios, various types SS 6/14
-$1 off Cheerios printable
-.55/1 off Cheerios printable

Smart Option Pizza 79¢ ea
-$1/3 Food Lion Pizza’s printable

Don't forget to check out the FLIPS (Food Lion Internet Printables). They are really good this week!
Thanks Jenny at Southern Savers for the highlights. Click HERE for full ad with matchups.

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