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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Time 2 $ave ~ Time 2 Give ~ Time 4 Hope

It's not just getting a deal, it's about making a difference!!

Those of you who have already attended a workshop know that Time 2 $ave isn't just about saving money.  God has spoken a vision of ministry in our hearts to teach people how to save for their family so that they can then turn around and make a purposeful committment to give to others.  Thus creating hope in the lives of hurting people.  We received the testimony below today and had to share it with all of you.  What an inspiration of a heart to bless others. 

I attended a workshop at the end of March @ Allen Elementary in Soddy Daisy. When I left I was so excited! Not only because I could help my family save money, but because I felt like I could do something else...something MORE!! I think it is awesome how you followed what God was leading you to do regarding giving, and am excited to say your workshop has been an answer to my prayers!!

My son Nikolas, who is 3 1/2 was diagnosed last year with Wilms Tumor. This is a form of kidney cancer. You can read his story at

On our year long journey I have come to realize how a cancer diagnosis, while not something you wish to encounter, can be a 'blessing in disguise' - we just have to ask God to pull the mask off and reveal the blessing to us!! I have become more patient with my children, appreciate the 'mundane' things, and am more quick to lend a helping hand. When Nik was diagnosed, he was admitted to TC Thompson and we were blessed with wonderful nurses and doctors. Not only that, the Ronald McDonald House Family Room was right there on the Oncology floor - not even 2 minutes away from our room. If you have never heard about the Family Room, go to This small area was a great place for me to go get a cup of coffee, take a real shower, or just sit and get my thoughts together. While there I could also wash my clothes or get a snack - sometimes even a full meal. When we left the hospital, I knew I wanted to help Ronald McDonald House Charities, but wasn't sure how.

Nik started chemotherapy at TC Thompson Oncology Clinic and, again were blessed with wonderful clinic nurses and staff. Chemo days are not easy for anyone - The patient, for obvious reasons, and for me as a caregiver, the days were long. While OUR days were long, we were blessed because Nik had his chemo administered via a push, and was not hooked up to an IV for hours, some kids were there 8, 10, sometimes even 12 hours! The longest part of our 'chemo days' were waiting for the blood work to come back letting us know if Nik's counts were high enough to get his dosage. I am thankful to say he was able to get all of his chemo and was never admitted to the hospital - he even overcame the dreaded Swine Flu!! He has been in remission since October and just yesterday he had his port where the chemo was administered removed!!

Many times while we were in the clinic we would visit the kitchen for something to eat or drink. The kitchen was stocked with sodas, juice, Little Debbies, cereal bars, and some non perishables like microwavable mac and cheese, soups, and peanutbutter. This got me thinking how hard it is for a caregiver to be in the clinic over the lunch hour - while these foods are good, they don't really 'satisfy'. I have petitioned businesses, churches, and organizations to commit to supplying a full meal to the clinic - with zero luck.

The good news is though, with the gift of knowledge of how to save money by using coupons, I can make a difference at both the Ronald McDonald House Family Room AND the TC Thompson Children's Oncology Clinic!! I plan to take $20 each month and use it with my coupons, of course to get things that are needed - from food to laundry soap.

I began praying about 6 weeks into Nik's journey how I could 'give back' and am excited and thankful God lead me to your workshop so I can.

Thank you again for this great opportunity to share blessings!!

~D. S. ~ married 15 years with 3 children, working PT, saving money on my groceries and making a difference to cancer families!!!!

 Our vision is to inspire consumers across America by creating Hope.

Time 2 Save = Hope 4 your family’s finances
Time 2 Give = Hope for your community
Time 4 Hope = Hope for eternity

Walgreens Highlights: 5/2 - 5/8

This week at Walgreens has a few good deals on bodywash, deodorant, and cereal!  For my money, I think I'll be doing the Nivea deal at CVS instead - where they're on sale for $4.88.  If we don't get that $4 coupon in tomorrow's paper y'all, I'm gonna cry.  Then after I cry, I'll redo those scenarios for you guys.  Check back if that happens!

BEST Register Reward Deals:

Nivea Body Wash $5.59 : Buy $15 ~ Get $5 RR
Buy (3) Nivea Body Wash = $16.78
Use (3) $4/1 coupons from the 5/2 RP (We didn't get them.  Snag some on Ebay!)
Pay $4.78 ~ Get $5 RR
(Makes it FREE + 22¢ Moneymaker!)

Donate $1 to American Cancer Society ~ *Get a $2 Revlon RR*
Revlon Tweezers: BOGO 50% Off @ $2.99 (2nd will be $1.49)
Buy (6) Revlon Tweezers = $13.40
Use (5) $1/1 Revlon Beauty Tool from 4/25 SS
Use $1/1 Revlon Tweezers from May Walgreens Coupon Booklet (Deducts 6x)
Use $2 RR from donating $1 to American Cancer Society
(Pay 40¢ for all 6 pair of tweezers!)

Softsoap or Irish Spring Body Wash $2.99 ~ Get $2 RR
Use 75¢/1 Softsoap PRINT
50¢/1 from 4/25 SS
(makes it 24¢ -  49¢ ea!)

Pepto-Bismol (Tablets or Liquid) $4.99 ~ Get $10 RR wyb *3*
Use (3) 75¢/1 from 5/2 Proctor & Gamble
Pay $12.72 ~ Get $10 RR Back
(makes it 91¢ ea!)

Kelloggs Cereals $2.50 ea ~ Get $2 RR wyb *2*
Buy (2) & use $1/2 PRINT or from 4/11 RP
Pay $4 ~ Get $2 RR
(Makes it $1 ea!)

U by Kotex 2/$7 ~ Get $3 RR wyb *2*
(Tampons 18pk, Pads 14 to 18, Liners 50 or 60)
Buy (2) & use (2) $1/1 PRINT or from April ALL*YOU
(makes it $1 ea!)

Hallmark Card Deal: See HERE

Best Coupon Deals & Fillers:
*Fillers are needed when you have more coupons than items.  RR count as MFR coupons, so to pay with these, you often need to throw in a cheap item to even out the ratio.

Royal Pudding 25¢ ea (w/in-ad coupon)
Scotch Tape or Scotch Mailers 39¢ (w/in-ad coupon)
Butterball Chicken Broth 50¢ (w/in-ad coupon)
Walgreens Asprin 49¢ (W/in-ad coupon)

Sure Deodorant 2/$3 (w/in-ad coupon)
Use (2) $1.50/1 from the 5/2 SS
(Makes it FREE!)

Pert Plus $1.99
Use $1.50/1 from 5/2 SS
(makes it 49¢ ea)

Lindsay Olives 99¢ (w/in-ad coupon)
Use $1/2 PRINT
(makes it 49¢ ea)

Dawn Dish Liquid 99¢ (w/in-ad coupon)
Use 50¢/1 from 5/2 Proctor&Gamble
(makes it 49¢ ea)

Coffee-Mate Liquid Creamer $1.50
Use 75¢/1 PRINT
(makes it 75¢ ea!)

Transaction #1 (for those w/ Nivea Coupons):
Buy (3) Nivea Bodywash + (2) Sure Deodorant = $19.78
Have cashier scan Sure Deodorant Coupon from ad
Use (3) $4/1 Nivea Coupons from the 5/2 SS
Use (2) $1.50/1 Sure Coupons from 5/2 SS
Pay  $4.78 ~ Get $5 Nivea RR Back

Transaction #2:
Buy (1) Softsoap Bodywash +(2) Kelloggs Cereals = $7.99
Use 75¢/1 Softsoap PRINT
Use $1/2 Kelloggs PRINT
Use $5 Nivea RR
Pay $1.24 ~ Get $2 Softsoap RR, $1 Kelloggs RR

Total Paid: $6.02
Total Item Value: $28.77
Total RR Leftover: $3 Worth!

My advice?  Save those for a more exciting week!  Otherwise, pick up some of those good coupon deals listed above and use your RR to pay for them.  If you need to add a filler to be able to pay with your RR (Since they do count as a MFR Coupon) - pick one of the handy filler suggestions listed above.

- Thanks, WildforWags!

$2/1 Oscar Meyer Lunchmeat Coupon!

Oscar Meyer is giving away $2 Off Coupons for any lunchmeat product - all you have to do is go HERE to "Like" them on Facebook and enter the Wienermobile Contest.  Make sure you score *2* of these coupons by using your Back button after you print!  Now where to use it....

Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh Tubs: 2/$5
Use (2) $2/1 Coupons
(makes it 50¢ ea!)

While you're on Facebook, stop by and visit us at the Time2Save Facebook page!  We'd love for you to join our community - it's a great place to give and get tips, meet some fellow-couponers, and just get support!

FREE Listerine at CVS this week! (5/2-5/8)

Listerine will be $3.99 ~ Get $2 ECB this week at CVS
I'm not sure exactly what kinds are included - but if whitening rinse is part of the sale, you can get it for FREE with this *HOT* coupon!  Go to and type in zipcode 01364 to pull up a $2/1 coupon instead of the $1/1 you may have seen earlier.

Buy (2) Listerine Whitening Rinse $7.98 (The limit is 2)
Use (2) $2/1 Printables
Pay $3.98 ~ Get $4 ECB Back
(Makes it FREE!)

Old El Paso Coupon + Bi-Lo Catalina!!!

It's that time again......  Old El Paso Catalina Time!!!

I LOVE this catalina!!  This was the first catalina deal I did after I started couponing last year, and I worked it until it couldn't be worked no more.  You can't get coupons on meat very often, so I like to save up a few of these catalina coupons until meat goes on good sale, and then get my meat for FREE!  It comes around ever so often, and not it's right in time for Cinco de Mayo.  Here are the catalina details.....

Purchase Old El Paso Items and Save $$ on your next Meat/Chicken purchase.
Buy 3 ~ Get $1 Off,  Buy 6 ~ Save $3 Off  (Through 5/16)

Items Include:
Taco Shells
Taco Seasoning
Heat & Serve Sides
Refried Beans
Dinner Kits

★Go HERE to print a NEW 60¢/2 Coupon!

Deal Scenarios: 

Buy (6) Heat & Eat Sides for $1.25 ea
Use (3) 60¢/2 Printable Coupons *They may double
Pay as low as $3.90 ~ Get $3 OYNO
(makes it 15¢ ea considering the catalina!)

If you can find the Buy 2 Old El Paso - Get 1 Taco Seasoning FREE Peelies, you can do this:

Buy (4) Heat & Eat Sides @ $1.25 ea
Buy 2 Taco Seasonings (FREE)
Use (2) 60¢/2 + (2) Free Seasoning Peelies
(Pay $2.60 ~ Get $3 OYNO = FREE + 40¢ Moneymaker!)

CVS Highlights: 5/2 - 5/8

This week at CVS is GREAT!  I'm so excited about the Nivea Deal and also snagging some cheap kids vitamins.  More free toothpaste (of course) and since the Depends are free - you may as well get them and if you don't need them donate them!

Best ECB Deals:

Nivea: Buy $15 in Nivea ~ Get $5 ECB (Limit at least 5)
Buy (4) Nivea Bodywash = $19.92
Use (4) $4/1 Coupons (- $16)
Pay $3.92 ~ Get $5 Extra Care Bucks!
(Makes it FREE + $1.08 Profit!)

Reach Floss: $3.99 ~ Get $2 ECB (Limit 2)
Use BOGO from 1/3 RP
Use $1/1 PRINT or from 1/3, 3/7 RP, 4/11 RP
Buy 2 Floss. Use BOGO + $1/1
(Pay $2.99 ~ Get $4 ECB = FREE + $1 Profit!)

Depends for Women Variety Pack: $6.99 ~ Get $6.99 ECB (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 PRINT *(Must register)
(makes it FREE)

Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength Toothpaste: $2.99 ~ Get $2 ECB (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 from April All*You or 75¢/1 from 4/25 SS
(makes it FREE)

Crest 3D White Rinse or Toothpaste - $3.99 ~ Get $2 ECB
Use $1/1 Rinse from 4/18 RP or 75¢/1 from 5/2 SS,
(makes it as low as 99¢)

Aleve:  $5.99 ~ Get $3 ECB
$1/1 from 3/21 SS or PRINT
(makes it $1.99)

Ben Gay Cream, Gel or Pads: $5.99 ~ Get $3 ECB
Use $2/1 from 3/14 RP
(makes it 99¢)

Rimmel Cosmetics: Spend $10 - Get $3 ECB
Use $1/1 from 4/18 RP or 5/2 RP
FREE RImmell Makeup Q from April All*You (expired yesterday, but if your store accepts exired Q's....)
(makes it a great deal)

Gillette Venus Embrace or Breeze Razor: $9.99 ~ Get $6 ECB
Use $2/1 from 5/2 P&G
(makes it $1.99)


SoBe LifeWater - BOGO
(makes the both FREE)

Swanson's Broth BOGO
Use various coupons HERE

Ponds BOGO
Use $1.50/1 PRINT(IE) or PRINT (FF)
(makes $1.89 ea)

Sundown Vitamins or Disney / Marvel Kid's Gummies - BOGO FREE
Use $1/1 Marvel Kids PRINT, $1/1 Sundown PRINT, or $1/1 Disney Gummies PRINT
(makes it around $2.49 ea)

- Thanks to Robin over at PinkCouponCafe for help in compiling this list!

*HOT* CVS Nivea Bodywash Deal!!!!!

For the last couple weeks we've been getting FREE or cheap Nivea Bodywash & Lipcare by working the Buy $15 ~ Get $5 ECB month-long deal.  (See HERE & HERE)
Well, hold onto your socks guys - it get WAY Better!

- This week, the Bodywash will be on sale $4.88 (Thanks, WeUseCoupons!)
- The 5/2 RedPlum will have a $4/1  Nivea Bodywash and a $1/1 Nivea Lipcare!  (Fingers crossed that it's not regional...)

Do this deal:
Buy (4) Nivea Bodywash = $19.92
Use (4) $4/1 Coupons (- $16)
Pay $3.92 ~ Get $5 Extra Care Bucks!
**Makes it FREE + $1.08 Profit!**

If you still have the BOGO coupons from the May ALL*YOU....

Buy (2) Bodywash @ $9.76 + (2) Lipcare @$5.98 = $15.74
Use BOGO Bodywash + $4/1 Bodywash (- $8.88)
Use BOGO Lipcare + $1/1 Lipcare (- $3.99)
Pay $2.87 ~ Get $5 Extra Care Bucks!
**Makes it FREE + $2.13 Profit!**

The limit on this says 3 times, but I've seen others say it's at least 5.

Note on regional coupons: If you are in an unlucky region - head over early and often to TheCouponClippers or Ebay to buy the coupons you didn't get.  They are cheap and fast - give it a try!  

- Thanks, MavenofSavin'!

Vista Print: FREE Photo Book!

A couple days ago, I told you all about getting 140 Free Customized Labels from Vistaprint - but I just found out they're offering a FREE Photo Flip Book as well!
You'll have to pay Shipping - but it's still a good deal on a thoughtful gift for someone (or yourself) and I'd so much rather do these online than stand at the drugstore doing them!

Go HERE to start making yours now!

Vistaprint has several other FREE Product Samples as well!  Check out what you can get right now (All customized with your logo or message for FREE!)

~FREE Mousepad  HERE
~FREE Tote Bag  HERE
~FREE T-Shirt   HERE
~10 FREE Invitations HERE
~100 FREE Postcards HERE
~Pad of Notepads or Sticky Notes HERE
~25 Checks  HERE
~250 Business Cards HERE

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