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Monday, June 22, 2009

Many of you have asked how we started teaching couponing workshops. We wanted to share a short version of how God's faithfulness brought us here.

~ Our Story ~
We are excited you have expressed interest in our company, Time 2 $ave 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 did not anticipate, but are honored to be chosen to bring a message of hope…”for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
Keep in mind that we are two stay at home moms with a 5,4,3,2 & 1 year old between the two of us. We can teach you how to "save more by spending less."
What a blessing to know that learning to coupon is a guaranteed lifetime investment. Wouldn't you like to have just 1/2 of the money that you have already spent this year on grocery / household items back? Think of the difference it would make, and how many bills it might pay. In the month of January and February I (Kasey) kept all of my receipts and saved my family over $1,600. Praise God that he made a way when there seemed to be none.

Kelly got an email from her husband's uncle about a website called Grocery Wiz. I haven't tried it yet, but thought it might be helpful.

Check the Sunday ads and weekly ads before you do your grocery store shopping use them to check the supermarket prices to do supermarket comparison.
Also, before you do your supermarket shopping look for new grocery stores in your area to add before you go to the grocery store
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PUBLIX EARLY PEEK starting 6/24

BOGO’s -matchups coming soon
Tostitos Tortilla Chips, Assorted Varieties, 14.5 or 19-oz bag (Excluding Baked!, Light, and Natural) BOGO $4.99
Curly’s Chicken or Pork With BBQ Sauce, 18-oz tub BOGO $5.69
Oscar Mayer Beef Franks, Regular, Light, Bun Length, XXL or Jumbo, 16-oz pkg BOGO $3.99
Mangos BOGO $1.00
Mt Olive Pickles, Selected Varieties, 16 to 46-oz jar or 4-pk. 3.7-oz cont BOGO $2.79
Kraft Barbecue Sauce, Assorted Varieties, 16.25 or 18-oz bot BOGO $1.39
Lawry’s 30 Minutes Marinade, Assorted Varieties, 12-oz bot BOGO $2.85
French’s Classic Yellow Mustard Squeeze Bottle, 14-oz bot BOGO $1.69
Lipton Family Size Tea bags, Ice Tea Brew, 24-ct box (Excluding Decaf) BOGO $2.65
Post Cereal, Assorted Varieties, Selects, 13 to 16-oz, Grape Nuts, 17 to 24-oz, Grape Nuts Flakes, 18-oz, or Trail Mix Crunch, 17-oz box BOGO $3.99
Kellogg’s Cereal, Assorted Varieties, Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, or Froot loops, 14.9 to 17.5-oz box BOGO $3.99
McCormick Pure Ground Black Pepper, 4-oz can BOGO $3.59
Betty Crocker Potatoes, Assorted Varieties, 4.6 to 6.6-oz box BOGO $1.59
Green Giant Canned Vegetables, Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, Corn Niblets, Cut Green Beans, or Sweet Peas, 4-pk 11 to 15.25-oz can BOGO $4.99
Crystal Light Drink or On the Go Mix or Iced Tea Mix, LiveActive or Immunity, Assorted Varieties, 10 or 12-qt cnstr. or 10 or 14-ct box BOGO $3.99
Ragu Pasta Sauce, Assorted Varieties, 16 to 26.3-oz jar BOGO $2.19
Emerald Deluxe Mixed Nuts or Almonds or Cashews, Assorted Varieties, 10 or 11-oz cnstr. BOGO $5.79
Nabisco Ritz Crackers, Assorted Varieties, 13.66 to 16-oz box BOGO $3.49
Trident or Stride Gum, Assorted, Sugar Free, 4-pk, 14 or 18-ct pkg BOGO $4.29
Land O Lakes Spread, Fresh Buttery Taste, 2-ct. 7.5-oz or 15-oz tub or Soft Margarine, 15-oz tub BOGO $1.89
Breyers Ice Cream, Assorted Varieties, 48-oz ctn BOGO $4.99
Claussen Pickles or Spear or Sauerkraut, Assorted Varieties, 20 to 32-oz jar BOGO $2.89
Kraft Velveeta Cheese Product, Regular or Made With 2% Milk, 32-oz box BOGO $5.39
Arm & Hammer Toothpaste, Assorted Varieties, 6 or 6.3-oz tube (Excluding Advance Toothpaste) BOGO $2.99
Kotex Pantyliners, 40 to 64-ct pkg or Tampons, 18-ct pkg BOGO $3.19
Lysol Disinfectant Trigger Spray Cleaner, All Purpose: Lemon Scent, 4 in 1 Pacific Fresh Scent, or With Bleach, 32-oz bot or Antibacterial Kitchen, 22-oz bot BOGO $2.69

*** Early preview is courtesy of nrpeace17 and mcatwood on HCW ***


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