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TLC’s EXTREME COUPONING – Did You Watch? What Did You Think?

29 Dec

I almost forgot about the “Extreme Couponing” show on TLC and I was so glad that I recorded it.  My husband and I just finished watching it.  I have some mixed feelings about the show and the “extreme couponers.”  For those who did not watch the show took you in a day in the life of four extreme couponers. 

Nathan Engels – Villa Hills, KY – Cartographer
Nathan started clipping coupons four years ago when he and his wife took a closer look at their finances. Now, debt free with more than 10,000 items stockpiled in his garage, Nathan is preparing for the biggest haul of his life. On his latest visit to the supermarket, Nathan is leaving with over 2,000 items – his most massive checkout to date. With 1,100 boxes of cereal, 300 toothbrushes and 60 bottles of hand soap, Nathan is looking forward to topping himself and saving thousands of dollars in the process!
Retail value: $5,743.00 Nathan’s cost after utilizing his coupons: $241.00 – 95% savings!

Joanie Demer – McKinleyville, CA – Stay at home mom
For Joanie, clipping coupons started out as a hobby three years ago. But just three months in, she quickly discovered the financial gratitude associated with smart shopping. Now, Joanie is known as “The Krazy Coupon Lady” and to satisfy her daily coupon cravings this stay-at-home mom collects more than 500 coupons each week by doing something most women won’t do – she jumps in dumpsters! During her latest trip to the supermarket, she fills four carts full of 250 items including 40 boxes of pasta and 20 liters of soda.
Retail value: $638.64. Joanie’s cost after utilizing her coupons: $2.64 – 98% savings!

Joyce House – Philadelphia, PA – Retired Nurse
Through careful planning and smart shopping, Joyce hasn’t paid for a toothbrush, toothpaste or deodorant in 34 years. The savvy saver has been on her own since the age of 12 and at 15, was a single mother using coupons out of necessity. On her latest trip to the supermarket, Joyce brings along her daughter to teach her the basics of extreme couponing and ends up walking out of the store with hundreds of dollars in savings.
Retail value: $230.38. Joyce’s cost after utilizing her coupons: $6.32.

Amanda Ostrowski – Cincinnati, OH – Storage Facility Manager
Amanda is a full-time Storage Facility Manger in Cincinnati, OH who spends up to 70 hours a week researching in-store promotions, clipping coupons and surfing the internet for the latest and greatest deals. She already has a stockpile of products from previous couponing ventures worth up to $15,000. But this extreme saver is most proud of her collection of toilet paper – over 3,000 rolls – enough to last the average couple about 40 years! Now, with the help of her husband, Amanda is preparing for her largest checkout ever consisting of nine baskets of food, beauty and pet products including 218 boxes of pasta, 268 containers of noodles, 100 bottles of sport drink and 150 candy bars.
Retail value: $1,175.33. Amanda’s cost after utilizing her coupons: $51.67.

The one who I could relate to the most was Joyce, the coupon diva.  In many ways we were similar.  I do not go door to door to get coupon inserts, but my friends and family save their coupons for me.  Her style of shopping is close to mine.  I stockpile, but not to the extreme of needing separate rooms to keep my food or items in.  I admire her desire and she looked like she enjoyed what she did.  What a great way to get out everyday and walk and collect your coupons!

I also must comment on Nathan, although he was the most extreme as far as his shopping and savings.  I loved how he donated all the boxes of Total cereal to his local food bank.  That was awesome!  I would have loved to seen more of that trailer go right to the food bank.  😛  Not sure what one person will do with over 300 toothbrushes.  That is one thing I love about being able to coupon and find great deals.  I find joy sharing with not only my family but my friends and strangers, people who are in need. 

So, if you watched, let me know what  YOU thought.  🙂


Remember the CHRIST in CHRISTMAS

24 Dec

We live in a day when it is more politically correct to say Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings instead of Merry Christmas.  I came across this video and it touched my heart with the beautiful message.  I wanted to share it with my friends, family and all of you.  I hope to share and education more people in remembering the true meaning of Christmas and keeping CHRIST in Christmas! 

Merry Christmas!!

AVON Foundation for Women

13 Oct




Shop my online store under the Fundraising tab and see how YOU can make a DIFFERENCE. 

100% of the net profits will be donated to either the

  • AVON Empowerment Fund to end violence against women.
  • Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

Depending on which product you choose to buy.  I thank you for your support and helping us change the world!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1 Oct

HAPPY October 1st! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For women, getting your mammograms…..and the ability for people who cannot afford to have a mammogram done is so very important. For my St. Louis based buddies here are the numbers to contact through SSM Breast Care to see if you qualify for a FREE MAMMOGRAM.
St. Charles: 636-947-5617
Southwest: 636-496-2803
Southcentral: 314-768-8697
*Call for details and see if you qualify for the program. Read the attached sheet to see if YOU qualify.
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Where is the educational value?

16 Aug

Tonight Grace and I decided to start the week off right so we started her homework right when she got home.  Many times we would read the directions together, I make sure she understands what to do and then I let Grace do her work.  I am always close by for her questions or if she needs help.  This is what Monday’s homework said:

Make your own words:  Cut out from newspaper or a magazine all the words ending in _op (i.e. shop, stop,…) 

Challenge:  Place tally marks next to each word if you find it again.  Which word(s) did you find more of? 

REALLY?  I was thinking so many bad things in my head, but I could not say them with Grace sitting there.  REALLY?  You want my daughter to sit and look through a magazine or newspaper and look for words ending in _op?  What is she learning?  She knows how to cut.  She know how to spell.  She understands the concept of forming words.  I just felt this was a silly waste of me and my childs time.  I said a few half way pleasant things and helped Grace look .  We looked for 15 minutes and found 3 words.  They were all the same word, shop.  Guess what this meant?  We got to use tally marks!  The challenge was complete and so were we. 

Please do not misunderstand me, I love the teacher and school my daughter attends.  It just seems sometimes the homework is not challenging.  It is just busy work.  Do the teachers sit around and discuss days they don’t have homework scheduled?  Someone then stands up and says, “Let’s just have them cut those days.”  Make the cutting stop!  I was telling my husband I remember cutting projects as a child and I thought it was a good memory.  Grace is telling me she is doing a lot of cutting.  ha ha 

I am always looking for sites that have educational worksheets to challenge Grace.  I came across a pretty cool one tonight I would like to share.  I liked how it was set up plus it seemed to cover all ages.  I mainly looked under 1st grade and that had great worksheets.  Click the dragon below to check it out! 

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