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{But Working On It}

Just a modern day momma trying to find the balance between life's craziness and zen, with a little bit of fun along the way.

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Remarkable. That's Me.

Many people look at me, I wonder what they see. Do they see a woman, a wife, Or a simple mother of three? A remarkable being, Is what I hope to be. I’m not built like a model, Or as tall as a tree. But I am as rare as a gem As sweet as a honey bee. I am a remarkable woman, My loved ones would agree. It’s the love that I give, The hugs they receive. The food that I cook. And the goals I help them achieve. I am classy, intelligent, Ambitious and sexy. I am charismatic, creative, Selfless, and sometimes cheeky. When people look at me, I already know what they see They see a remarkable woman, a dutiful wife, And a wonderful mother of three.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In Helping Others...We Help Ourselves

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a couponing class hosted by my cousin, Francesca. The FREE class was sponsored by the Simple Truth Foundation, whose focus is to teach families the value of simple savings. These savings not only help you balance your family budget more effectively, but it also increases food pantry awareness.  Their motto is "In Helping others, you help yourself".

During this class, our instructor, "Fran the Coupon Man" (who is one of the nicest men I have ever met), answered any questions we had on couponing and gave some extremely helpful tips on how to get started.  I have got to say that the entire couponing process seems far less intimidating thanks to Fran. He made it easy to understand and totally doable for all those that already had this idea in their head about how daunting the whole couponing process can be. One very important lesson that I grabbed from the entire class was that I had the ability to help others with MY couponing efforts. Which goes back to their motto 

Courtesy of the Simple Truth Foundation

For example, if there is a great deal on an item you have coupon for, but do not need the item, get it anyway. Now you may think to yourself. Why would I get something I don't need.  But think about it.  Just because you may not need it, doesn't mean that you can't get it to help out someone else. Give the item to someone in need. Donate to a church or charity. The whole idea is to give back.  If we all embraced this way of thinking, there would be far less people/families that are suffering because of financial struggles.

One of the online resources that was introduced to us was Couponers United. If you live in the Central Florida area, they offer free classes. I suggest you sign up. On Couponers United you can learn more about its founder Mary. She has accomplished some great things and dedicates her time to helping others benefit from couponing the way she did. So go ahead and check out her site, follow her on twitter/facebook/google+. I am sure you will not regret it. Here is the site: 

Now, like I mentioned before,  couponing goes hand in hand with the Simple Truth Foundation's mission in helping others. So make sure you contact a foodbank to donate your extra items gained from all the sales. They will make sure that it reaches a family that need them the most. They also sell a guide that can help you get started with the whole couponing process and contains a lot of great resources for you to utilize.

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Here are those sites again to help you get started:

Now that you have the information you need to help you get started, let me tell you about the evening itself. The class was a huge success. It was a full house. The food was plentiful and the raffle prizes were great. My cousin did a wonderful job putting this even together.  But, then again, I couldn't expect any less.  She always goes above and beyond. So thank you Francesca (who has already saved a ton with her couponing efforts) for putting it all together. Check out some pictures of the event below:

Fran the Coupon Man

Jocy and I enjoying the food

My cousin Francesca (in blue), Her mom Vicky, Fran and me

Raffle prizes purchased through couponing

Some of the food options available
Beautiful dessert display
Have you couponed yet?



  1. I love this! Yes couponing has given me the opportunity to help my family. I've also had to opportunity to try new things that i normally wouldn't have otherwise. when people are working with a budget they tend to play it safe and buy products that they already know that they like, but couponing has allowed me to broaden my horizon and try new things for close to free or even free! The best part is when a store actually pays me to walk away with these products :) and like you mentioned, it can help us to help others. For example, i have 2 small children in diapers and my sister is expecting and i have manage to create a stockpile for myself AND for my sister, without breaking the bank! shh... don't tell anyone. Its a surprise lol Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. No problem Franky. We all had a great time. Thanks for reading

  3. This was awesome to read!!

    1. Thanks for the comment. Thank you for reading.