Super Coupon Woman’s Ups & Downs of 2016!

2016 is coming to a close, and I am really looking forward to new beginnings in 2017. Even though I have made great strides in my Pay It Forward Challenges over the past few years, I have also endured quite a few financial struggles along the way.

The last really good year I remember having was in 2012. Some of the things I have had to overcome include job loss, lots of car issues which included car being totaled, replacing totaled car with a lemon which led to me having to get a new car with car payments to feel safer. (I hate car payments).

This year alone we endured two Wylie hail storms which caused over $8,000 in car damage and at least $30,000 in house repairs which has yet to be fixed since we rent. In May 2016 the business that I own with my ex husband (I know what???) burnt down and we lost everything causing a personal loss of $30,000. Total fire loss was over $300,000 which included several other peoples losses such as our landlord, nephew, and the business next store. Going through these struggles has made me a little down and out over the past few months.

When going through personal struggles especially as devastating as these, It’s hard to see the positive things that have happened also. There have been a lot of positive things that have happened throughout the year also. I was able to reach another $30,000 in donations which included helping 100 children with backpacks filled with school supplies, and over 50 children have Christmas this year and brings my total donations to 125,000 to my community and still going. I had a storage building donated to me from Morning Storage in Wylie, and I finished my book “Cutting Hunger One Coupon At A Time” on Amazon Black Friday 2016 which shares my Pay It Forward Mission, and teaches everyone how to coupon and other unique ways of saving money even without couponing. Everyone that has read it said that once they started reading, they couldn’t put it down and told me how good it was which makes me really proud.

Now that I have accomplished my mission and shared my story in a book that will inspire others to Pay It Forward in their communities, I will be slowing down a little this year and focusing on myself this year, as I tend to put more pressure on myself than I should. For example, I only wanted to do around 25 children for Christmas, but ended up doing over 50 because they were begging me and I couldn’t say no when in reality, I wasn’t too far off from their situation. I don’t think at anytime this year, I have had over $100.00 in my bank account.

Maybe since I have a Non Profit, people assume that I receive financial donations but since I am somewhat shy and haven’t had time, at this time I do not. I ended up being overly stressed due to a few people telling me they would send me a financial donation and backing out. There were a few other things that happened that was upsetting and left me feeling taken advantage of. This left me looking for ways to continue paying it forward, but relieving the financial struggles and extra stress as it was hard to meet up with people and when I took on more children, I ended up feeling like I let the families down because I got very few Thank you’s when I tried so hard. So through all this paying it forward I have learned a few things, and am happy to say I have came up with a way to continue paying it forward without all the stress.

I will be setting up my storage unit as a mini donation store where people can come pick out what they need, and be using very little if any of my own money. I am only allowed to use what others donate to help others or items I get free while couponing as I have spent between $8,000 to $10,000 of my own money since 2014 to help others which I have loved and would not trade this experience for anything, but know that it is now time to focus on myself and build up some savings for a rainy day. Though I am in great health, I did turn 50 this year and need to be prepared in case of an emergency ๐Ÿ™‚

In 2017, I will regroup and get more organized, hopefully learn some ways to fund raise to get back on track to helping families in my community for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other needs when they arise.

Cutting Hunger One Coupon At A Time is Here!

The day is finally here! My book “Cutting Hunger One Coupon At A Time” is available on Amazon where I share my story of going from a single mom struggling to pay the bills to donating over $100,000 to my community with the help of coupons and kindness. My book will teach you how to coupon in easy to follow instructions and give you ways to save money without couponing. If you want to start out 2017 saving more money and want to read an inspiring pay it forward story also, this book is for you!

Get it at a great price also! Amazon is running a special buy $25.00 in books get $10.00 off. Spend 25 in books, get free shipping. If you are a prime member, you can buy 2 books one for yourself and one for a gift at only 3.00 more. If you are not a prime member, you would need to spend 35 in books to get the 10 off and free shipping.

Paperback: $12.99
Kindle: 9.99

Click Here to Order Cutting Hunger One Coupon At A Time

This is a great way to support Super Coupon Woman Foundation, 10% of proceeds will go to helping others.

Cutting Hunger One Coupon At A Time Proof Has Arrived!

Hi Everyone!

I am happy to report that I have completed my new book and received my proof in the mail. I absolutely love it! Great Quality…looks Great! My book will be available through Amazon On Black Friday Paperback or Kindle. I recommend the paperback because it would be easier to refer back to on learning to coupon or saving money. This book will show you how to coupon in easy to understand terms, but also give you ways to save money without couponing. This will make a great Christmas gift for anyone wanting to save money or wanting to learn couponing. I will post a link as soon as it is ready to purchase ๐Ÿ™‚

bookcover

Paperback Version: 12.99 plus shipping
Kindle Version: 9.99

Of Course Super Coupon Woman is going to offer it at a Great Price!

Super Coupon Woman’s 4 Hour Shopping Trip!

I always work saving money into my shopping trips, but I am just now getting back into extreme couponing again. I thought I would share all the good deals that I caught this week. I have spent more than my budget this month for two reasons. 1) Up until this month, I have tried to spend as little as possible to get my debt paid down 2) We were out of Everything! Now I am stocked up on almost everything for 2-6 months! Hoping for a low spend month in July or August to even out the spending amount ๐Ÿ™‚

CVS

Did this in two shopping trips:

Spend 30 Get $10.00

4 Ozarka 24 pack water 3.44 each
6 12 pack Dr.Pepper & Pepsi 3/9

Total 31.26
Used 6.00 coupon off $30
Used 5.00 coupon for beauty rewards

Paid $21.72
Received 10.00 Extra Bucks

Bought 2 Lysol 80 Count Wipes 2/10

Paid 0

2nd Transaction:

4 Loreal Shampoo/Conditioner 3.99 Each= $16.00-8.00 Coupons
Paid 8.93
Recieved 6.00 Extra Bucks

Purchased 2 80 count Lysol Wipes 2/10-6.00=$4.00 OOP

Total Spent: $34.00
Total Saved: $75.00

Target

Purchased: 4 Loreal Shampoo/Conditioner @ $3.99 Each
4 Loreal Styling Products @ $3.99 Each

Total: 32.00
Used 16.00 MFG Coupons

Paid $16.00
Received 15.00 Gift Cards to be used @ a later date.

Total Saved: 31.00

Walgreens:

5 Colgate Optic toothpaste $3.00 Each
2 Pulsar Oral B toothbrushes $5.99 Each
2 200 Count Advil On Clearance @ $19.58 for both
1 60 Count Finish Powerball Gels@$12.99
6 Reeses PB Cups @ .69 each $4.83

Used: $13.00 in manufacturer coupons
Used: $19.00 in Register Rewards

Total Spent: 33.00
Total Saved: 50.00

Wal-mart:

4 Carry Out Dog Treats .94 each
8 Herbal Essences 2.50 each
4 Loreal Styling Products 3.99 each

Used: $29.00
Total: $20.18

Saved 30.00 plus (Herbal Essence just went on rollback for 2.50 each.

I spent 56.00 @ Albertson’s & Saved $66.00

Total Spent for Day: $162.00
Total Saved for Day: $252.00
Total Spent for Month: $525.00
Total Saved for Month: $650.00
Looks Like Saving @ around 60%

Not the best, but can work on getting saving % higher now that I have built up a stockpile.

only took the first two coupons, she said they others were different. It was not that important, I just wanted them to get the Register Rewards..Just changed my game plan a little. Second things that went wrong, I spent hours getting a list of free items available at Dollar Tree, but when I got there…they had none of the items! I have one more store to check out, just remember when checking the blogs, they may not always be accurate or your store match up with theirs (this goes for all stores, not just Dollar Tree) Have a backup game plan or be prepared to change thing up if things don’t go as expected.

P.S. I get back and there is a $5.00 off $15.00 in my email…Seriously? Looks like I will be making a trip on Sunday…Hoping for low OOP ๐Ÿ™‚

Great Father’s Day Freebies Or Great Deals for Dad 6/19

Need some great ideas for Father’s Day, but low on cash or just love a great deal? Take A Look of some idea’s I have rounded up for you:

Spaghetti Warehouse Let Dad choose from their 15-Layer Lasagne or any of our original recipe spaghetti dishes, including our signature Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Firehouse Subs Dads will receive a free medium sub with the purchase of an additional sub, chips and a medium drink.

Hooter’s Buy any 10 wings, and Dad will get 10 free boneless wings. This deal is activated when purchasing a beverage.

Medieval Times They are offering up a FREE admission for dad (regularly $54.95) when you make a full-priced adult purchase, valid on shows from June 13th โ€“ 19th. Just use promo code FBDAD at checkout. PLUS you can add on the Fatherโ€™s Day special package for $25 which will include a FREE picture of dad in a frame, commemorative scroll to honor his special day and a 25-oz beer stein (with choice of draft beer or soda).

Dollar Shave Club Sign Dad up for the monthly dollar shave club. Memberships options are $1.00 $6.00 or $9.00. Super Coupon Woman Approved…I am currently a member of the $6.00 option, but there is nothing wrong with the dollar option either.

Free Printable Father’s Day Coloring Pages Keep the children busy, and let them have their own special gift to give to dad.

Father’s Day Question And Answer Printable Cute Printable with questions about dad that they fill out with a place to add their favorite picture of dad.

Free Printable Father’s Day Cards Six adorable cards to choose from!

Free Father’s Day Printable Book Free Father’ Day Printable Book with instructions.

Free Father’s Day Printable Coupon Book Very cute idea of a free printable coupon book for day with coupons for things such as free car wash, sleeping in, yard work, and more!

Father’s Day Poems 25 Free Printable Father’s Day Poems to choose from for a cute father’s day gift to frame.

20 Easy to Make Father’s Day Gifts Very cute and creative DIY Father’s Day Gift that will be fun to make and receive. Choose from projects such as: Fingerprint mug, My Heart Belongs to Daddy Plate, My dad rocks paperweight. Did I mention they will be FREE or very cheap too? The projects requiring plate, mugs, or other container’ will be easy to find at Dollar Tree.

100 Homemade Father’s Day Gifts So you want a lot of project to choose from? This website has 100 handmade gifts to choose from that won’t break your budget ๐Ÿ™‚

Father’s Day Stach Treat Jar Very Cute DIY tutorial on how to make a stach jar with their favorite treats, cheap gift to make for dad and grandpa that they will love.

60 Free Father’s Day Printables If you are picky like me, and need lot’ of options to choose from…here are 60 free printable Father’s Day Idea’s with tutorials to choose from. Lot’s of great ideas.

Bath and Body Works Semi Annual Sale Up to 75% off!

Bath and Body Works having their semi annual sale..held onto my Christmas Gift Card to use on the perfect sale up to 75% off free shipping on $30 ๐Ÿ™‚http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=4090263&cm_sp=BAL-_-FS30-_-HEYSALE

Free Veteran’s Day Meals!

If you or a family member have ever served in the military, Veteran’s Day is a great day to spend some quality time together, and snag some great deals!

Have your military ID ready to take advantage of these offers!
It’s A Good Idea to call and confirm that the location in your area is particpating just to make sure & any details about the offer!

Here is a list for you to pick and choose from:

Perkin’s Free Magnificent 7 Meal
I Hop Free Stack of Red White & Blue Pancake’s
Denny’s Free Grand Slam Breakfast
Starbucks Giving out Fresh Brewed Coffee to Veteran’s & their spouses
Olive Garden Free Veteran’s Day Meal for the Veteran’s and 10% off entire family’s meal.
Chili’s Free Veteran’s Day Meal off of select menu items.
Apple Bee’s Free Veteran’s Day Meal
TGI Friday’s TGI Friday’s is Giving out Free Lunch between 11 & 2
Little Ceasars Get a Free Pizza between 11-2
Red Robin’s Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Fries
Cattle Men’s Free 8oz Sirloin Dinner
Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch
Golden Corral Free Meal between 5-9pm
On The BorderThey are giving away a create your own combo meal where they’ll get to choose 2 or 3 selections of soup, salad, tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, and other classics.
Cotton Patch Free Chicken Fried Chicken or Chicken Fried Steak Meal

There are still plenty more, type in free Veteran Day meals for your area in Google to take advantage of more local deals