Friday, March 25, 2016

Saving Big with Coupons

It is common for new college students have sticker shock on the cost of college housing, books for school, not to mention college tuition.  However, there are ways to save on basic living expenses.  Just remember the following acronym:

Sunday paper- purchase or have a friend or family member mail you the coupon pages.
A list of items bought on a regular basis, food, health and beauty aids, and basic household items is a must to know which coupons to be on the watch for. 
Visit the stores on or near campus and follow what deals they have each week.  Check to see if they have a mobile app for your phone to see their ads and online coupons.  Some stores only have flyers and then the coupons will need to be cut out.  Sign up for their free rewards cards.  Some stores even give special rewards on your birthday!
Items you don’t normally buy….beware of these coupons and don’t allow yourself to get swayed into buying them or you will just be spending and not really saving.
NEVER go shopping when you are hungry or without your coupons.
Go to the store with a list and coupons and stick to it.

Balance your couponing time with your school work.  The whole reason you are going to school is so you can make more money in the future, so….school needs to come first!
Invest in an inexpensive printer to download and print coupons from sites such as Dealspotr, Red Plum, and Smart source.
Get your roommates in on couponing and split the bill. With a combined effort you might be able to purchase $100 worth of products and pay only $25 each!

Whenever you can “stack” coupons do it!  Combine a store sale with online coupons, rebates and newspaper coupons to maximize your savings.  Krazy Coupon Lady is a great site that does a lot of the work for you.
Instead of going to the store whenever you want, plan on going once a week.   Most local grocery stores will offer BOGO (buy one, get one free.)  Combining this with coupons and you will save a lot!   Look for sales on items for which you have coupons, as well.
The occasional splurge:  use coupons for pizza, or other takeout food when there is no time to cook or you just need a little treat.
Have knowledge of the coupon policy for the stores at which you shop. 

Check your receipts:  Sometimes you can save up to 20% on your next purchase just by filling out a short online survey!
Online coupon codes…use these for saving on laptops, printers, textbooks, and anything else you might need for school or your dorm.
Use the in-store weekly ads.  Use rebate apps and send in your purchase receipt to get money back!  Use your student ID whenever possible for saving on purchases and ask if you don’t see posted discounts.
Purchase a 2” Binder with page protectors labeled my month and file coupons by expiration date to make them easier to find. 
Organize schedule to fit in an hour or so a week for clipping, filing, and searching online coupons.
Name brand verses store brand:  Most of the time you will spend less on a store brand item when using a coupon than when purchasing a similar store brand item.
Save money and enjoy your college experience with less financial stress by using coupons!

Essay by Alycia Carey, participant in the Dealspotr scholarship giveaway at .  

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bag Brag

Another Crochet student of mine has finished her it is time to Brag!! Angela finished her oversized bag in record time. She simplified the pattern on her own. Instead of two front, two back and one bottom panel, She made a front and a back and incorporated the two side panels into the bottom panel. She was able to save a few steps as she was joining the pieces together. I love the colors! Angela is super creative and makes beautiful quilts. She has also taken my knitting classes....she is one multi-talented lady!!
Visit Angela's Blog at

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Bag!!

As a crochet and knit instructor I just love getting to see the completed projects of my students.

I want to take a few minutes and brag on one of my students, Stephanie. She made this wonderful crocheted bag with a double strand of cotton yarn. I believe it was made in seven separate crocheted pieces that she joined together. It is one big bag that will hold everything but the kitchen sink....maybe even that too if you just squish a little. I love the tassels she made to individualize her bag. She added a bit of bling and some flip flops which I found out she is a bit partial to. Stephanie is a busy lady...Wife, Mother, Sister, full-time teacher, and friend. Despite all her obligations she finds time for her "Crochet Therapy."....Way to go Steph!!

Crochet On my friend!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Yarn Sculpture Bowl

Yarn Sculpture Bowl

This is a wonderful way to use up those scraps of yarn!
I am teaching a kids craft class this week at the Community Center and this is what we are making....a yarn sculpture bowl! This is such a fun activity for anyone age 2 - 92! You really get to get all sticky with glue and just make a real mess! Isn't that half the fun of creating art?
This is really easy to do: Materials needed are a blown up balloon, 2 disposable bowls, yarn, scissors, and glue (I used Elmer's Glue)..
First, blow up the balloon and set it tied side down into the bowl. (This just keeps the balloon in an upright position and allows your hands to be free to create your magic.)
next, cut many pieces of yarn, at different lengths...cut more than you think you will need.
Then pour a good amount of glue into the remaining bowl. Dip each piece of yarn into the glue and place over the top of the balloon in any pattern you choose. Just make sure that the pieces of yarn overlap eachother.
When you have completed your design...allow the glue to dry overnight. After glue is completely dry pop the balloon and remove it .....and your masterpiece is complete!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Crochet Creations of one of my Students

I wanted to highlight one of my student's work she has completed. Marsha and I have been meeting now for several months at least a couple of times a month. She and another student, Ella, and I meet at a local Barnes & Noble and make many fun items.
The first item is an afghan that she made using 3 different neutral colored yarns held together and crocheted at the same time.
This afghan is made from multi-colored yarn ...I believe she used 2 strands at a time...I love the Autumn Colors.
This is a cream scarf made from chunky weight yarn....very warm!

Another chunky weight yarn scarf in a beautiful rust color.

A trio of scarves...these make lovely gifts.

A close up of one of her afghans.

This was a fun little project. Ella brought a completed toilet paper cover to class without instructions for how to crochet it. We figured out how to make them just from looking at the example that she brought. This is the one Marsha crocheted. This turned out so cute....I just love the flower and ribbon she added.

I just love sharing my love of crochet with others!! What a great way to
meet people and make lasting friendships...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cupcake baby set

The newest addition to one of my Etsy Shops....

The bib is backed with recycled denim and trimmed in hand crocheted lace. Onesie is appliqued with matching cupcake, sprinkle beads, and a button cherry. Socks are trimmed with hand crochet beaded lace. This would make a wonderful baby shower gift for any "sweet" baby girl!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A little Quilt piece....of love

This is a little quilt block I made to send to Spirit Jump. What is Spirit Jump you ask? It is a non-profit Charity that helps Cancer patients to receive a little Spirit Jump of their own. This block is for a quilt that is going to be made for a lady named Karen Jo. 40 individuals are making a 7" x 7" quilt block, (each their own design), and sending them to an individual who has offered to sew them together into a quilt. Anyone who is artsy or craftsy can make an item for someone and send it to them. Even if you aren't artistically talented, you can purchase an item and mail it or make a monitary contribution. This is such a wonderful program to help others get through the trials they are facing with cancer. All "Spirit Jump" purchases from my Etsy stores will receive a discount.

Visit,, and for the details.

To join or learn more about Spirit Jump you can go to