Sunday, December 4, 2016

Getting Back In The Coupon Game: Put Me In Coach

Hello Couponers,
   Today, I decided to start back couponing after a four year hiatus. I credit my desire to start back couponing to my cousins Tonnell Holcombe and Syletta Woodard. They have posted major hauls over the past six months that makes me miss the craziness of figuring out the best deal. I am working on my doctorate degree and I am always stressing and reading, so today I decided to take a break and clip coupons. I realized how much I missed it and it's actually a stress reliever for me. So this post won't be long, cause I only have a few minutes to spare. I decided this time to only clip coupons of items I use.
     In the past, I got good enough to where my stockpile was full of all types of stuff. Today, I clipped household items like lotion, detergents, personal items, etc. and it made me want to reach a goal of completing a major haul. I only went to one store this time, which was Dollar General, however, the AirWick in the photo is much cheaper at Publix, I later found that out from my cousin. This is a small haul, but I saved a total of $10.55. Anything counts, so if you are a new couponer, take time to read the rules of the manufacturer and the retailer. I would also suggest taking a coupon class so you can learn the basics to awesome savings. Happy Couponing! ~ Carla M. Pennington 12/4/16

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What is "HAPPINESS?"

Happiness can be defined by many things, but regardless of how much money you make, how many friends you have or how well you get along with others; many fell to ask themselves if they are "truly" happy. I was lead to write this post because in the past two months, God has poured so many blessings on me that I can't keep it to myself - HE is a "wonderful" friend indeed- God that is :) Skipping through a lot of chaos that eventually lead me to find my happiness; I felt compelled to encourage others who may feel that the world is against them: they do not have enough money to enjoy their life, or every time they check their mail - its a bill needing to be paid or whatever your issue may be. No one knows what others go through, but I can attest... "With God, ALL Things Are Possible."

I wanted to share 5 things I did to finally achieve the happiness I have today:

1: Set a GOAL: When setting a goal you have to have your mind 'made-up' that regardless of what comes or goes, you will not allow yourself to get distracted from your GOAL.

2. FOCUS on YOU: I know we have all been raised to help others in a time of need, but what about YOU? If you are placing all your attention on someone else, then how can you make YOU happy? You can't!

3. Worship: Spending time with God first thing every morning seem to make all my cares and worries disappear - as if I was in the world by myself; just me and GOD. Oh, what a wonderful feeling it is to be HAPPY. As I was awaken each morning, I knew that was my first blessing of the day, cause he didn't have to wake me, BUT he did - so the world got another chance to see God's greatness shine through CARLA. SN: I don't look like what I've been through.

4. Faith of a Mustard Seed: Faith without works, is what? DEAD... If you don't have faith that your dark nights will soon become beautiful days, then you have not experienced the God I know, cause when he moves the rain and you can only feel the mist sprinkle upon your face - YOU know that YOU know that YOU know - those stormy days are over!

5. Prayer: "Pray without ceasing... In every thing give thatnks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning YOU." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 Be thankful for the GOOD & be thankful for the BAD! God has designed a place for you and you have to allow whatever process he has set forth for you to take it's course.

Set a goal, FOCUS on YOU, Worship God in EVERYTHING you do, have FAITH that he will move all obstacles in your way and last, but not least, PRAY.  When I developed this plan for my life, I found my HAPPINESS, now go forth and develop a plan that works for YOU!

- Dedicated to all those you are seeking Christ to answer their prayers

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Pain Behind MY Smile: Weight Lifted & Lost!

As I brought in 2013 with a different outlook on life, I quickly reflected over the past year-and-a-half of my life. In October 2010, I loss my best friend (my grandmother) to cancer. Never had I experienced such great sadness & while mourning of her loss, food helped eased my madness. The more I cried, the more I ate & before I knew it, I was at my heaviest weight. The struggle was real for someone like me, striving hard to be the best woman I knew I could be.
    With love & care from family & friends, I moved back to my home state to get back on track again. No one really knew the thoughts that ran through my mind; it was like a horror movie that would never end; picking at a wound, while blood ripped through my skin. Quickly, I became as confused as a child, which lead to me having,
"The Pain Behind MY Smile."

    Confusion, Pain, Sorrow, Sadness, Depression, Anger, Fear & Madness were emotions I felt, even when smiling & talking to others; I never could just be my old self. I often questioned God, "Asking him WHY," but little to my knowing, the process I encountered, was like a worm, inside of its cocoon, spinning into a beautiful butterfly.
    On June 2012, I decide to take my life back, by making a promise to myself that I could & would get back on track! I ventured on a weight loss journey with a dear friend - with her motivation, encouragement and kick-butt workouts; the 'curved' path you see, got me 'straight' on track again :)
    A word of encouragement for those living with no hope; trusting & believing in God is what help me the most. You may be judged by many, when you put on your clothes, but defeating a workout is when you feel great & can boast ;) As this new year has begun,  I plan to continue this journey, cause when I was delivered from, "The Pain Behind MY Smile: I LOST 40! Be encouraged, stay focused & live life to the fullest!

Special thanks to my supporters, you know who you are ;)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Buy One Get One (BOGO)

I found it odd that most coupons in my Sunday's paper are for products that are Buy One Get One (BOGO), however it is the best way for me to have a successful coupon trip! I was asked today, "Are you a shelf clearer?" My response, "NO, I am considerate of others, however if it is a BOGO, I may have to clear the shelf :)"

The most important rule as a couponer is to ONLY PURCHASE ITEMS YOU USE, in my opinion it doesn't make sense for me to purchase CAT food if I have a DOG o_0

My trip to WalMart this past week was in my opinion the BEST ONE YET! I was able to purchase $100 worth of items for half the price, total of $50.39. My weekly routine in my coupon adventures, are purchasing my Sunday paper, clipping ONLY the coupons I find useful for my household (it's best to have a friend to share and swap coupons with) & searching for all the BEST deals in my area. Then off to shop I go! The second most important rule in couponing, NEVER TAKE KIDS / SOMEONE WHO WILL BE A DISTRACTION! Couponing is a tricky hobby - if you do not pay close attention to the ounces or quantity of an item that is listed as a SALE item; you will end up spending more than you planned! WE WANT YOU TO SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sometimes You Get Lucky

      A creative approach to couponing that is helpful & stress free, is to search your local store's sale paper or online database, so you cans compare store prices and to ensure that you are getting the most of your product at the cheapest amount. Sometimes you get lucky and have a coupon for an item that is already on sale! This means you are getting the name brand item at its lowest price possible!
       As I flipped through Family Dollar & Dollar General sale paper, I realized that two of their sale items, also had  a coupon in the past Sunday's paper. Note: It is best to purchase your Birmingham, Mobile Press Register or local newspaper on Sunday's at Dollar Tree. Regardless of how much the newspaper company may charge for you to purchase a Sunday paper at the kiosk, Dollar Tree sells their newspaper for only $1. Below is a breakdown of the items I purchased from Family Dollar & Dollar Tree. Always remember that couponing is a stress-free hobby that allows you the opportunity to save.

Retail Value $37.17 ~ Paid $23.92 ~ Saved $13.36

Tide $5 on sale - $2 coupon = $3 per item (Family Dollar)
Dr. Pepper 10 - FREE with a coupon inserted in Sunday paper up to $1.99 value
Scott Paper Towel 9pk $5 on sale - $1 coupon = $4 per item (Dollar General)

Buy One Get One (BOGO)

Today, I ventured out to Publix in Tuscaloosa, AL, to purchase a few items for the Thanksgiving holidays. I was surprised to see so many items I needed for Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) until I lit up like a Christmas Tree :) In the shopping spree, I only purchased BOGO items, which in turn is good, if not, better than finding the perfect coupon for the items you use!

The steps I took in selecting the items I needed were visiting Publix website at On this site, it allows you to create a printable grocery list. The icons are labeled 'BOGO' and 'Weekly Ads'. As I scrolled through the sale items, I simply put a star by the items I am interested in purchasing. BOGO are a great way to increase your stockpile (items stored in a cool dry place for future use), but only purchase items that you or your family will use! There is no need to purchase cat food, if you don't have a cat, lol! Below is a photo of the items I purchased, along with my total savings.

Paid $27.94 ~ Saved $24.26 (Publix)

Items Purchased:
Cool Whip Topping
Elbow Macaroni
Spaghetti Noodles
Publix Brand Sweet Tea
Sargento Mild & Sharp Shredded Cheese
Publix Brand Small Chocolate Milk
Publix Brand 2% 1/2 gallon milk
Aunt Jemia Pancake Syrup
A-1 Steak Sauce
Pam Cooking Spray

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Use of Multiple Coupons & Multiple Transactions

Today was the first time I used more than four coupons on a purchase. I checked, which is a well-known site that breaks down each stores weekly sales with the coupons from previous weekly circulars. I absolutely love this site!!

After I checked and matched the weekly sales with the coupons I had collected from previous weeks'. I went to WalMart to purchase the items I needed (most items were on sale). Upon my arrival I realized several coupons could only be used for one transaction, so this was my first trip to have to purchase items divided into two transactions - in order to purchase the amount of a particular item I wanted, while following WalMart's coupon rules :)

Tip of the day: The best way to organize your coupons is to get a large binder, baseball card holders (can be purchased at Target for really cheap) and dividers. Categorize each divider and place your coupons in the baseball card holder under the appropriate section. You'll find it useful the more you coupon to have a large category and break it down into sub-categories, for example PERSONAL ----> Body Wash or Toothpaste.

My couponing experience is beginning to become a way of life! The more coupons you use the more you save! Below is my photo of 20 items purchased for $23.50 over $20 in savings!