Monday, December 28, 2009

End of the Year CELEBRATION: Day 3

I am SO excited to spend the next FOUR days celebrating YOU!

I sincerely believe that I have some of the most kind readers of any blog in the blog-o-sphere! I have LOVED spending the last year teaching coupon classes, blogging, bumping into many of you at local shopping venues, fielding questions- and all around talking SHOP with you! As much as I have enjoyed encouraging you along your journey to savvier savings, I have been just as encouraged! Thank you for the kind comments and emails, and especially the success stories that many of you have shared- they've definitely hit the spot!

It really tickles me to spend the next FOUR days thanking you for a wonderful 2009 (1.1.10 is my one year blog-o-versary) by doling out $50 gift cards... because, lets be honest, gift cards are the best!

TODAY'S GIFT CARD GIVE AWAY IS: $50 to CVS!!!

Each day between NOON & MIDNIGHT you may enter to with the $50 gift card of the day! The winner of the $50 gift card will be announced the following morning (using Random.org) just before the following day's $50 gift card give away is announced! *Today you may enter earlier if you are reading this before noon.

Here's how to enter: (be sure to heighten your chances of winning by entering more than once!) *If you are reading this post in your email or through a feed reader, please leave your comments on this blog post instead of in my email! Thanks!

1. Sign up to become a FOLLOWER of Sharpen Your Scissors, this is the most sincere form of flattery to a blogger!

2. If you are already a Sharpen Your Scissors FOLLOWER than flaunt your follower status and share how long you've been following Sharpen Your Scissors!

3. For each friend/family member/co-worker/neighbor that you recruit to become a FOLLOWER of Sharpen Your Scissors you will receive another entry to win!
(Make sure to enter separately!!!)

4. Share with me what/who convinced you to begin spending coupon.

5. Link this page to your blog, Facebook page or Tweet about this give away! (I'm @mrsdavewebber on Twitter!) Then let me know that you've put out your broadcast!


***All WINNERS will have 24 hours to contact me, or I will select another winner... All gift cards will be mailed out 1/2/10!

The WINNER for the $50 to CVS will be announced
by NOON tomorrow 12/29/09!

134 comments:

Sandy

I think I attended a class back in February or March....and now have an AWESOME stock pile! With six kids I can't THANK YOU enough!!

Mom C

Hi Laura, I've been "extreme" couponing & a follower since June and I've learned so much. My white elephant gift at our family Christmas was a huge bag of products! It was the hot gift of the exchange. Even my husband got in on the act by adding some of my stockpile to his white elephant gift! Thank you. You've made a huge difference in the way I think about coupons and shopping!

Mom C

It was Elaine Carter who invited me to attend your class I've never looked back since! BTW, I love CVS!

Susan

We've got two kids headed off to college in the next couple of years and I wanted to start watching our budget more carefully. The coupon savings really do add up!

Becky C

I heard you speak at a MOPS group in the spring '09, then I hosted a class in my home. I have been completely hooked ever since!

Susan

I've been a follower since October.

mooosley

I've been reading your blog for at least six months.

mooosley

I've always used coupons, but in the past only used them here and there. It wasn't until I found your blog and other sites that I started learning that I could take couponing to the next level and seriously slash my grocery budget. This was a huge help over the past year as our income was drastically reduced at the same time welcoming our fourth child!!

Erica

My friend recruited me to be her coupon buddy. She dragged me all the way up to Saginaw to attend a class. We've been rocking the coupons ever since!

Nikki

I'm a follower! I started reading your blog about 6 months ago, and I love it!

Nikki

My mom always used coupons, so I guess I got it from her. Now I'm the one introducing her to sites like yours!

M

I am a follower!

M

I've been couponing ever since I've been married-- my mom was a couponer, so I learned from her! And my dad liked to go out to eat at restaurants w/ coupons, so now we never go out unless we can get a deal!

M

I'm posting it on facebook again today!! I hope I win one of these, i LOVE CVS!

coley

I've been following since the beginning of December, but have using coupons since July. I started couponing in hopes of saving some money for christmas, and it has changed my life!

Kim

My friend urged me to start couponing in April of '09 and she invited me to one of your classes as well. You got me hooked and I haven't looked back! :o)

ashley

Following since August!

Carrie

OK, I'm a follower now as well as getting your RSS feed.

ashley

You did actually. Someone posted your blog on theknot.com and I was amazed!

susansanford

I have been a follower since attending your class on 3/21/2009.

Carrie

YOU did! I think I took your first class. Now, one year later, I have such a big stockpile that I have a new goal of buying only what I really need!

susansanford

A friend from my church circle got me hooked on couponing. She would share details about her deals and I wanted in on it.

Staying Lean

I have been following you since your Yeah Yeah giveaway whenever that was! I found you through Macomb Money Savers.

Staying Lean

I have been couponing since July. My husband has not worked full-time most of our marraige and we struggled last year with bills and only shopping at Aldi's. Someone suggested couponing when it was easier for us durign the summer and the start of this winter has been much easier due to stockpiles and working pharmacies.

Rebecca

I didn't start using coupons regularly until I found all the helpful blogs that made it easy to save tons of money. Thanks!

Audrey

My husband and I are going "Gazelle Speed" on Dave Ramsey's advice. I started getting into couponing to help our grocery budget. Now I can get name brand stuff for cheaper that I use to get generic!

Anonymous

Hi Laura,
I've learned so much from your blog and your coupon class! I've been a loyal follower since last summer, and I've saved a ton of money...yay!

PAM

kim

I didn't start using coupons until I went to your class, now I am hooked and will not shop without my coupon box. I just love saving money. Thanks for everything. CVS is by far my favorite store to shop.

Benjamin & Lillian

I'm a follower

Anonymous

I used to spend coupons several years back (I even sewed myself a coupon holder, which was adequate at the time), but stopped practically altogether because it was time consuming and I didn't feel I was saving enough money to make it practical. Then, quite by accident, I found your blog and now have many blogs I read daily. I've saved so much money, and I can't go into a store now without some preplanning and without my coupon box!

I love CVS the most because of their ECB program (it makes saving money so easy!). You taught me to roll over my ECBs and now I do it all the time. Love it!

Thanks, Laura.
PAM

Leesa

I'm a follower and love your blog!

Leesa

I really needed to start saving money and I never seemed to stay within my grocery budget. I started researching online how to save money for groceries. Well, it led me to a few awesome blogs... your's being one of them. I can't thank you enough for you taking time to post and giving such awesome advice!

Leesa

I posted about your giveaway on my Facebook! Thank you so much for such an awesome giveaway.

Oakley

I have been following you since October...when I first learned that these savings were possible. Thanks for all you do!

Oakley

My friend, Julie, convinced me to start couponing. I had always tried to clip coupons but never knew how to have the savings I am seeing now. She posted on facebook once about spending like a dollar at Wags for tons of stuff and I just had to know how she did it!

shannon

Im a follower

Kathleen

I have been following your blog for a few months. Thanks for all the great coupon tips.

shannon

I first started coupon shopping when I was a kroger one night. A woman in front of me had over 400.00 in her cart and only paid a little over a hundred.. after that I was hooked.

Candice

I've been using coupons since I started shopping on my own...BUT I didn't know how to use them properly till I started following your blog in July! Now I am beyond addicted to seeing how much I can save!

Kathleen

It was Heidi, our caseworker for our adoption, who got me onto your blog and couponing. It was her video about saving on name brand formula and having a stockpile of it as well.

Carrie

I've been a follower for several months! E-mail in profile. ;)

Carrie

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/thegirlburgan/status/7127965945

Carrie

The thing that started me on spending coupons was going through Financial Peace University in 2006. We've been cutting back and getting more for so long that serious coupon spending was really long overdue! Then your class showed us how to do it.

pixie13

Follower for a couple of days now.

pixie13

blogged
http://pixie13-justconteststuff.blogspot.com/2009/12/quick-giveaway_28.html

Amy

I'm a follower!

Joy

I've been following for several months. I hope to attend a class next year.

Amy

I learned about coupons from my mom

Lisa

I am a proud follower.

DonnaS.

I have been a serious couponer since I had my daughter almost 3 yrs ago. That is when I became a stay at home mom, and decided I was going to try to get everything free or as cheap as possible by using coupons. I have definitely succeeded, and have a fantastic stockpile!!

Lisa

I started couponing 3/09 when my son was 4 months old. I became a SAHM and needed a way to help with our family budget.

Chrys

I began serious use of coupons when my husband and I both lost our jobs. I dabbled here or there with them but not like I do now.

Sarah

I have been reading your blog for a while, but just became a follower!!!!

Sarah

Three boys, and just my paycheck! I decided I was done paying full price for toothpaste! Started CVS'ing and have been hooked (addicted) ever since!

Anonymous

have been following since September 09! Love it!! :)
ksweatland3@aol.com

Megan

I've been a follower for a few months. :)

Megan

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/meg1620/status/7131079953

Megan

And Kim (http://theskimmys.blogspot.com/) convinced me by telling me about your blog and others like it. :)

Gina

Faithful follower. Actually it's funny. I used to check about five diff blogs, now I only check yours!

Gina

My mom did coupons when I was in elementary school but it always seemed like a lot of work. You showed me it's not hard and convinced me to use them!

Saving in the "D"

I am an avid follower!

Saving in the "D"

The person that convinced me to spend coupons is you, Laura. I took your class at the Wixom Library! Thanks!

Saving in the "D"

I linked this page to my blog! Thanks so much for all these giveaways!

Anonymous

HI Laura, I have been follwing since the very begining thanks to my wonderful sister Alissa.
Tammy

Anonymous

And I am so excited that when we move to Texas at the end of the week we will have a CVS. I have alreaday signed up on line and am having my card sent to our new address. I have mastered Wallgreens and can't wait to do CVS!
Tammy

Amanda

I've been following since summer 2009

Amanda

I began couponing to bring down our grocery bill since I am a stay at home mom!

Amanda

I posted your giveaway on my Facebook page!

Katie

I have been a follower since summer 2009, thanks for all you do.
catherinesmith83@aol.com

Doreen

I'm a Follower!! :) purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

Crystal

I've been following for 2 months:)

Doreen

I started to be couponing since following helpful blogs and learning how people stack their coupons/register goodies together! purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

Crystal

As a full-time working mom with one child and another on the way I had convinced myself that I was too busy to do coupons. Not to mention that seeing someone buy 10 cans of pringles seemed excessive. But, I decided that if I don't have to work - I won't! And I decided to take steps to saving as much money as I can. Cutting coupons may not enable me to quit working, but it does provide money for other needed things!!

Doreen

I'm following you on Twitter & tweeted: http://twitter.com/luvscontests/status/7133451854

purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

Kate

I'm a follower!

Kate

I love your blog and have been reading it for a couple of months.

Kate

I heard about you through the Nest, realized all the potential savings just waiting for me. The rest is history...

Dianna

I've been a follower since your first official class in Jan. 09. Thanks so much Laura!

ldholmes

I am a follower. Since the spring/summer.

ldholmes

I looked more into coupons a little over a yr ago when I saw a lady ahead of me at Target spend 10 $2.50 electrosol coupons and walk out spending less than $2 on 10 boxes - I had to find out more!

ldholmes

I tweeted too!

Amanda

I just found your blog from using my cousins blog list

http://pixie13-justconteststuff.blogspot.com

Thank you fro such a nice blog and good information.

amanda_dillen@yahoo.com

Julie E

I have been a follower for about 6 months! Love your blog and loved taking your class!

Anonymous

thanks so much for helping my family save some dough! sroach48@hotmail.com

Heidi

You and Nicole definitely got me started on my couponing journey! I owe it all to the Webbers! :)

wickmilm

I'm a follower.

wickmilm

I've been using coupons I think about eight years

rebecca

I became a follower about a month or two ago, but I've been reading your blog for much longer than that!


gitrecca at gmail dot com

rebecca

A lady in my church encouraged me to start comping things at walmart, and then I started reading thrifty blogs and just jumped in! It's worked out wonderfully, for the most part!


gitrecca at gmail dot com

Becky C

Laura, you were the one who convinced me to get serious about coupon shopping. Thank you so much!!

RM

I've been frequenting your blog for the past couple months, but just became a follower today!

Anonymous

Lisa amburgey wrote:

You are the first blogger I have followed. I came to your class in November. I am just gettting started. My goal for the new year is to build my stockpile and cut my grocery bill. Thanks.

Anonymous

I've been a faithful reader since 4/09.

-Melissa Anderson

Anonymous

I started couponing after seeing Frugal Coupon Living on Dr Phil.

Can't wait to win that gift card!!

-Melissa Anderson

Sunnie

My bank account was what prompted me to start couponing---and CVS is my favorite couponing spot!!!!
Sunnie

Anonymous

You convinced me I could use coupons and save a ton of money. I took one of your classes about 6 months ago. Since then I have been a coupon addict~

Kara03

Kristin

I decided to start couponing when I got PG. I realized just how expensive everything is, and how much money I'd be wasting without taking the couple minutes to clip coupons!! I don't even know how much I've saved, but I know on one trip I saved over $50 alone when I had just started and I was so pleased!! Now, I have to build my stockpile!!

nurseforjeff24

I began couponing ths year due to extreme financial need. I never realized the savings I could get by using coupons. I am sole support for a family of 6 and this had really stretched my budget. For the first time ever I managed to survive Christmas WITHOUT charging anything due to coupons and bargains posted here. Thanks so much.

k2k

I've been following you since sometime in the summer of 2009
krkury at gmail dot com

k2k

YOU convinced me to start couponing. My friend Amy had a class at her home and I was unable to attend. I started following your blog and several of your recommended blogs and figuring it out. I think it was better to take your class with a little experience behind me.
krkury at gmail dot com

Mikekimpohlandfamily

I am a very proud follower and have been for some months now.

Mikekimpohlandfamily

When I was younger my mom used coupons, when I went on my own I didn't much get into the couponing thing. Maybe a coupon here or there. Then after my husband and I got together we used coupons here and there, began needing to really crunch to save money (him laid off and all), then one day I was reading "The Parent Journal" which has been a fav of mine for years, only to realize the article I was reading was from someone from the church we began attending in August of 2008 (your article), as well as those who publish the mag attend too. I instantly began reading your blog, emailing with you, and then as you know approaching you at church one day to say who I was, after I had given you that helpful juice box straw idea.

So really what got us into avid couponing was a series of events that lead us to your site.

Mikekimpohlandfamily

I posted on FB

Anonymous

I have been following for several months now, my wife has been following longer, but we do it all together.

mikecpohl@att.net

Anonymous

My wife pretty much summed up how we became a couponing family. "A series of events that lead us to you and your blog"

mikecpohl@att.net

Megan

I'm a follower for about 5 months now and still having fun :)

Mom to Alexa, Elyse and *Audrey*

I am a follower :)

Kelly

I posted on facebook.

Mom to Alexa, Elyse and *Audrey*

I was inspired by one of your followers, Heidi. Once I learned how much she was saving, I couldn't not find out more, and when I learned more, I couldn't *NOT* be a couponer! Thanks for everything this year!

Kelly

I've been following for a couple of months now. I found you through a friend of my moms!

Kelly

What has convinced me to start me to start seriously couponing was pay cuts at work and a decrease in my husbands work hours. I worked in retail for a while and to see the deals ppl used to get made me a bargain shopper :) Now, I can add coupons to those bargains and save even more!! Your site has really helped cut my grocery bill for my family of 3 boys and a husband!!

Nikki Van Dis

Hey Laura,

You convinced me to start spending coupons and I am so greatful! Thank you,

Nikki Van Dis

MRS.YANKSTER

I posted your site On fackbook !!
Thanks Mrs.Yankster

Macomb Money Savers

I can't remember how long I've been following you - since this summer, I think! You do such a tremendous job! :)

Macomb Money Savers

I just advertised your giveaway on my Facebook Fan page...
(my hubby would love a CVS card to work his deal magic!)

Jessica Tucker

Hi,
I just became a follower. I found your blog through Macomb Money Savers. So far, I really like what I see. :)
-Jessica Tucker
jessijill1313@yahoo.com

Jessica Tucker

I also shared your website on my facebook page "Jessica Lewis Tucker". I love CVS, thanks for the gift card chance.
jessijill1313@yahoo.com

Mommy

I am addicted to CVS...and visit mulitple times a week, I have at least five of them on my way home from work.

Mommy

I just became a follower.

Jessica Tucker

What/who convinced you to begin spending coupon?

I use to use coupons occasionally, although once Macomb Money Savers came and spoke at my MOPS meeting I really started using coupons. I'm glad she shared her knowledge and gave me the opportunity to find blogs like yours. Thanks!
jessijill1313@yahoo.com

Mommy

i saw this on Macomb Money Savers ...Money Saving Mom convinced me to give coupons a try. :)

Anonymous

I am a follower!
Deven

Anonymous

Thanks Laura! I attended your class in October; and now I am hooked on coupons!
Deven

Melissa

I started doing the coupon thing after hearing a talk from macomb money savers. I love it!

Lydia

I grew up with a Mom that used coupons so I always thought it was a good thing. However, I came across Money Saving Mom's blog by accident one day and that has transformed the way I shop. I always have been a "saver" and we are on a pretty tight budget so it was just the "right" thing.

sjens

Love your blog.

Angie

I have been a follower since October.

Angie

My friend, Kim, inspired me to start using coupons about 5 years ago. It's amazing what can happen when the coupons get paired up with the sales.

Angie

I just posted this page on facebook.

blueviolet

I'm a brand new follower. I just started following today.
doot65[at]comcast{dot}net

Sara DeBord

Signed up to become a follower...posted a pic and everything!

Sara D

Posted a link on my FB account...I have lots of coupon cutting buddies!!!

Sara D

What made me begin spending coupons? My husband and I split accounts so we could actually keep track of our spending (too many receipts all over the other way), and I got stuck with groceries...so my money became more personal!

MRS.YANKSTER

Iam not sure how long I ve been folling your blog But I love It ,and the cooking tips as well Mrs.Yankster