Coupon Class Open To The Public: Newport News, VA

If you live within driving distance of Newport News, VA I would love for you to come and check out one of my coupon classes!

On October 24th at 7 p.m. The Colony Friends Church will be hosting a coupon class open to the public.  Their address is 284 Colony Road Newport News, VA 23606. 

The class will last until approximately 9:30 and will be LOTS of fun!  The cost is $10 per person and it includes a workbook, a big table of coupons you can select from and possible door prizes!

I am not requiring people to pay ahead but I do need an idea of a head count.  So if you would like to attend drop me an e-mail using the “contact me” form above and I will get you on the list.

I am looking forward to meeting some more of my readers!  And a big thank you to Colony Friends Church for hosting!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Columbus Day Ship

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal.

Next week is Columbus Day so Will and I decided to make a ship with things we found around the house. For past crafts, visit here.

Columbus Day Ship

Materials:

1 Sponge
1 Straw
Construction Paper
Marker/Scissors

Directions:

1. Cut the sponge into the shape your child chooses.
2. Cut 2 small holes into the sponge where the “masts” will go.
3. Cut the straw in half and put each half into each sponge hole.
4. Cut 2 triangles out of the construction paper and allow your child to decorate them.
5. Poke 2 holes into each triangle that the straw will “thread” thru.
6. Sail your “ship”.

 

Educational Acitivites:

  • Language Arts: Sing the nursery rhyme “Row Row Row Your Boat” while letting your child play with their craft. You can also teach them the rhyme “Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue in Fourteen Hundred Ninety Two””. Rhyming words are a HUGE kindergarten skill.
  • Math: 1. Dicuss the shapes involved in this craft (paper triangles, straw is a cylinder, whatever shape you choose to make the ship).
  • Social Studies/History: Discuss with your child the reason we celebrate Columbus Day.
  • Science: Place the “ship” in the bath tub and have your child blow on it. Then measure how far the ship “sailed”. Discuss how their breath is like wind and that you can make things move without actually touching them.
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Kids Frugal Fun- Fall Lacing Fun

Each week Mom on Dealz brings you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal! Lacing activities are excellent ways to improve fine motor skills and kids love them!

Fall Lacing Fun

Materials:
Cardstock, Poster board, or Paper
Single Hole Punch
Ribbon
Scissors
Pencil, Crayons, Other Decorating Items

Directions:
1. Draw and cut out desired fall shape (football, leaf, apple, pumpkin, leaf, ear of corn, acorn, etc).
2. Punch holes around the edge of shape about 1 inch from the side and 1 inch spaced apart.
3. Wrap tape around each end of your ribbon to help make the activity easier.
4. Have your child lace the ribbon through the holes of the shape.

 

Educational Activities:
-Language Arts: 1. Write descriptive words or draw pictures of things you see during Fall (We practiced writing L for leaf on our shape). 2. Make up fun and rhyming Fall songs and sing them while your child laces. Then have them ID the rhyming words. Example given below.
-Science: Discuss weather changes that Fall brings and discuss the shapes and forms of the common natural objects of Fall (leaves, etc).
-Math: Create a pattern in the middle of your shape (such as circle, heart, triangle, circle, heart, triangle, etc).

Leaves around us falling down
Yellow, orange, and sometimes brown

Pumpkins, apples, and some football
I’m so very excited it’s time for Fall!

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October & November Available Coupon Class Dates

Thanks so much for being patient as I sorted out my schedule for the next little bit.  I thought I was going to have an opportunity to get back into the theater for the holidays but it doesn’t look like the show is going to be a good fit for me so I will hang on until 2012. 

Meanwhile that means I can spend more time with you teaching coupon classes!

I am looking for people to HOST coupon classes.  These are not dates that I already have classes scheduled.  If you are interested in having me come to your home, church, community group or pretty much anything else I would love to talk with you about it.  You can find the info and how to contact me here

The dates available for October are the 1st, 5th, 8th and 19th.  It is first come first-served for these dates and some of them have classes pending but nothing confirmed.

I also have some dates available for November.  The ones currently available are November 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th and 12th.

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Welcome Extreme Coupon Viewers

You know how something can be so good and so bad at the same time (a minute on the lips a lifetime on the hips)?

That’s how I feel about Extreme Couponing on TLC.  Hate the show, but love that it shows people that they don’t need to pay full price for things.

Here are some of the behind the scenes things they don’t show you:

– These couponers spend hundreds of dollars buying coupons online
– They generally spend atleast the time of a full time job preparing and shopping
– They generally are eating alot of unhealthy food with their extreme saving

So much for “reality.”

Some parts of the show are true- you can save hundreds of dollars using coupons.  You can stockpile items so that when times get tough you have a cushion.  You can donate items and make a profound difference in people’s lives.

But those things shouldn’t require 30 hours a week.  You shouldn’t need to buy hundreds of copies of coupons.  On average I save 50% off of my groceries and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Would 50% be enough of a difference for you?  I want to help!

Here are some steps I would encourage you to take if you are just beginning couponing:

1.  Get something to organize your coupons.  It does NOT need to be expensive.  At most Targets there are little accordion size folders in the $1 bins.  That will work just fine for your first few weeks.

2.  Get used to printing coupons.  Coupons.com, TheCouponNetwork.com and RedPlum.com are all sites that have lots of printable coupons.  You can go through and see if there are items your family already uses. 

3.  Get the Sunday paper.  Whether you have it delivered, get the coupons from a friend who doesn’t use them or pick up a copy at your local store (check the dollar stores) the newspaper is a great source for coupons.

4.  Pick a store to start.  Do not get overwhelmed running from store to store trying to get deals.  Take a moment, go online and find the coupon policy for your favorite grocery store.  Take some time to understand their limits and how you can save big.

5.  Find a blogger who has your local stores deals.  I would love for you to come check my site every day (or you can sign up and have the deals e-mailed to you).  An easy way to keep up is to follow me on facebook- I promise I will not update a ridiculous amount of times every day.

6.  If you can, take a coupon class.  While some couponers are self-taught it is SO much easier to attend a class and have someone explain it to you.  I do teach them in Hampton Roads but if you aren’t in VA or NC take a look around, you might find someone in your area who loves to teach as much as I do! 

Just remember everything is baby steps.  You are not going to save 90% on each and every trip- especially if you buy meat, fresh fruit or fresh veggies. 

Please enjoy Extreme Couponing for it’s entertainment value but realize that real life is not nearly interesting enough for a TV show!

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Extreme Couponing Season 2 9/28 Premiere

It is beginning again.

TLC’s Extreme Couponing begins again on the 28th of this month.

And while I continue to battle with my love/hate relationship with the show, many of you will watch it for either education or entertainment purposes. 

So I wanted to reach out to my readers and remind them that this is EXTREME.  Most good couponers save about 50% on their groceries and are very happy with those results (I know I am!)

This is one of the reasons I teach coupon classes in Hampton Roads- I want to show people how to reasonably coupon.  Your stockpile doesn’t need to take over your home! 

If I am home in time Wednesday night (I have a class to teach!) I will be on my facebook page talking to you guys about Extreme Couponing to see what you think.

Thanks for being great couponers who treat others with respect at the store and still save big!

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An Alphabet Refresher: What Does It All Mean?

Couponing has a lot of abbreviations that us bloggers use to save some time when we do the match ups.  Without knowing what they mean it can be confusing.  So here is a list of the most common ones:

BLINKY = In Store Smart Source Coupons (these are the ones on the machines attached to the shelves with the blinking lights)

BOGO/B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free

CATALINA = Coupon printed at register after purchased, long narrow coupons

DND = Do not Double

ECB = ExtraCare Bucks (CVS)

GM = General Mills (Newspaper insert)

MIR = Mail in Rebate

OOP = Out of Pocket

P&G = Proctor & Gamble (Newspaper Insert)

Peelie = Coupon you peel off package

RP= Red Plum (Newspaper Insert)

RR = Register Rewards (Walgreens)

SS= Smart Source (Newspaper Insert)

STACKING = Using stores allow multiple use of coupons – manufacturer’s & store coupons or rebates.

TEAR PAD = A pad of coupons or MIR near a product or on display

UPR = Up + Rewards (Rite Aid)

WYB = When You Buy

I hope this helps! If you see any other ones let me know and I will add them to the list!

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