Tuesday, December 29, 2009

End of the Year CELEBRATION: Day 4

I am SO excited to spend the next THREE 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 THREE 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 KROGER!!!

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 your best couponized grocery shopping experience!

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 KROGER will be announced
by NOON tomorrow 12/30/09!

120 comments:

coley

Ive been a follower since december!

coley

The best experience i had has to be my first. Not so much for the savings but for the feeling i got walking out. It was like a whole new world had opened up to me!

Zales127

This is truely a sign I am suppose to follow this blog. I have some errands to run today. I only have 1 stop at the grocery store..and for what....CROUTONS! I have everything on hand here now to make them so I can check that stop off my list!!!!! THANK YOU!!!

Sandy

I have my favorite K-mart receipt taped to my kitchen cupboard. I smile each time I look at it - THANKS Laura for blessing our family!!!

Erica

My best grocery couponing experience had to be when I walked out of Meijer with bags of groceries for under $10 and the cashier was amazed. What a great feeling!

Kelly

I've been following since the end of October, beginning of November. I love to come here for tips and the wonderful recipes! You are truly and inspiration!

Kelly

Make that AN inspiration!

Michelle

I am egarly awaiting the first class I am avaialbe to attend in my area.

Anonymous

My best experience was just before Christmas when I saved $100 on a $220 order!! Even the cashier was amazed!
ksweatland3@aol.com

Staying Lean

I found you through Macomb MOney Savers and have been following you since your Yeah Yeah giveaway.

Sarah

I have been reading every day for about 2 months and became a follower yesterday!

susansanford

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

Sarah

Kroger is definitely my best opportunity for low out of pocket by couponing! I have done fantastic there in the past multiple times. Thank you for the give aways.... it is fantastic~

susansanford

Favorite couponing experience...hmmmm....they are all my favorite. Probably topping the list is when I walked out of Meijer with 3 tote bags full for just $6.00! Now if they would just give me credit for bringing my own bags!

Gina

I'm a follower!

Gina

My best coupon experience had to be at walgreens. I spent close to $100 but only spent $4 out of pocket. I got lots of Garnier Fructice products for free! And I think that was the first time I had gotten such a great deal that it had me hooked!!

Staying Lean

I track my progress on my blog which for two and half weeks has been deleted. However I just went to my cache site and my last recorded savings for the week of December 7th-11th was pretty impressive an overall savings of close to 82%. Two trips to CVS and WAGs, one trip to Grand Blanc Kroger, Waterford VGs and Waterford Meijer. spent $76 and got $410.58 worth of goods and groceries, including rock salt for the driveway, tons of personal products and a lot of cold medicine.

Saving in the "D"

Hello again - I have been a follower for a few months and love your blog!

Saving in the "D"

My best shopping experience from using coupons is one recent visit to Walgreens in which I received $36 dollars worth of products for only $9.21 (80% savings) and then I received $13 in Register Rewards!

Saving in the "D"

I also made a post on my blog about your giveaway! Thanks again!

Anonymous

I have been listening to the "savings" stories and have gotten some good deals myself. First thing that crosses my mind is "do I have a coupon for that?"
lmohr311@yahoo.com

Nikki Van Dis

My favorite coupon experience was the first time that I did three crazy transactions at CVS to get $100 worth of stuff for about $4.

Nikki Van Dis

frugalmomof2

2009 has been an experience like no other. I Have helped my family of five to save over $2500-$3000 on groceries this year thanks to your website and others who have contributed to our frugal shopping.

Mary

My best couponized grocery experience is when I save $35 dollars for the first time. My goal is half, but it was a huge step to work it out to save that much.

Anonymous

I just added up my grocery receipts for December and have saved anywhere from 40-67% on my groceries for the month. That is a huge help for a single mom with teenage boys who eat a lot!!! Thanks for the help. Lori @ canolel@charter.net

Jenesa Lyn Niswonger

I just learned yesterday that one of your winners was the one who introduced me to your blog! (ksweatland3@aol.com - give her another entry!) She was the one who left a class flier in our breakroom in November and I've been hooked ever since. I'm also happy to have found some fellow followers here at work to share tips and deals with.

k2k

I've been following your blog since late summer 2009
krkury at gmail dot com

Rebecca

I love Krogers! I had such a high from saving so much money the first time I shopped there with coupons. My husband is amazed when he sees how little I spend on groceries now.

Rebecca

I'm a follower and have been officially for a couple of months although I started reading your blog much earlier. Thanks!

Jenesa Lyn Niswonger

One of my favorite shopping experiences was just this past Sunday, when I snuk out of the house in the wee hours of the morning before the kiddies got up . . . and when the shelves were freshly stocked at Wal-mart. On top of ad-matching, I was looking for deals on my soon-to-be expiring 12/31/09 coupons. Dozens of coupons and free items later, my $260 bill plummeted to $180!! That is quite a feat for a store that doesn't double coupons and already has prices lower than the other grocery stores in our area.

Crystal

I've been following since Nov 09!

Crystal

Two weeks ago I went to Meijer armed with 28 coupons. I saved almost $40.00. That felt really good!

ashley

Following since August :)

Dianna

I've been a follower since January.

ashley

My best experience has been going on for a few months now. I pay $0.98 for a 4 lb. (Or some where near 4lbs.) of cat food every week at Meijer. There is a $5 off coupon on their website for Purina One cat food and for a while they had $1 stickers on the bags so they were free! The coupon expires on 12/30, so sad!

KSweatland

I have been following since Sept 09 and now have so many friends that follow also! ksweatland3@aol.com

Anonymous

I've been following since August/September 2009.

Merri B

Carrie

I've been a follower for a whole day!

Carrie

My favorite couponing experience is when we were doing FPU...and behind me in line at Kroger was a couple from FPU that saw me clipping coupons in class every week. They couldn't believe it when I GOT MONEY BACK on a cart full of groceries! (which must've been a mistake because Kroger doesn't normally do that, but I couldn't figure out what happened...) They were amazed!

Nikki

I've been a follower for about 6 months now!

Nikki

I'm having trouble recalling a single most favorite shopping trip. I think I usually get the best deals at my super Kroger - its pretty rare that I don't walk out of there with a bunch of free stuff!

Anonymous

i've been a follower since September!
Stephanie

Benjamin & Lillian

I'm a follower

Jen@Scrapingirl

I am a follower.

Jen@Scrapingirl

I've been following you for about 4 months.

Jen@Scrapingirl

I once bought 4 large pert plus(49 cents each), 4 Reeses cups(free), one pack of chinet plates(free) and one Dove deodorant(free) for $2.00!! It was when Kmart had their double coupons up to $4. I was so excited. :) Thanks for helping us save TONS of money.

M

I'm a follower- have been for a few months.

M

linking to facebook!

M

Best Kroger trip was last summer- spent about $40 (it was a big trip too== lots of groceries) and saved about $110!!

Candice

My best couponing trip was to "Super" Kroger! I save 93%! Woot, woot!!

kim

I just love "Super" Kroger!!!!!! I try to save more money every trip I make. I never leave home without my coupons.

kim

I have been a follower since September of 09 and love every second of it.

lisa.jane

Thanks for your help with learning how to save $$ (and post comments). I've been following for a couple of months, and went to your class in November.

knskalski

I'm a new follower and love your blog!! :)

Charity Lemke

I have been a loyal follower for about 2 months! Love it!

Audrey

My best couponing (as a starter) was saving 26.00 at Meijer last week and getting free crackers and eggs.

Deanna G.

I think I've been a follower like 2 days or something, so I'm a newbie :)

Deanna G.

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/calidreamin87/status/7171078514

Megan

I've been a follower for a few months.

Megan

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/meg1620/status/7171659957

rebecca

I have been following you for a couple of months now, but reading for much longer!

gitrecca at gmail dot com

rebecca

I think I really enjoyed my first ever Kroger Mega 10 sale! It was last year and I had just started couponing. I got SO much stuff for under $10!

gitrecca at gmail dot com

cheapmom

I bought 6 blocks of Kraft cheese yesterday at VG's for $2!!!

Heidi

Hard to decide my fave couponing experience...either my trips to Super Kroger or Kmart doubles! Coupon bonding is so fun! :)

Kate

I'm a follower!

Kate

I've been following since August.

Anonymous

Love, Love, Love following your blog!
-Lori

Anonymous

I love stocking up on toiletries during Kmart doubles...I can't wait for their next round!!!
Lori

Kate

My best purchase so far...Meijer $30+ of food for $5.98!

Mikekimpohlandfamily

I have been a follower for months now and Love it.

Mikekimpohlandfamily

My best coupon experience would have to be when we first started out months ago and went to Kroger in Howell. My husband had a cart and I had a cart. Their policy is only 3 like coupons so we each usually shop. There was a lot of "Free" Yogurt involved. Both carts were full at the end with bags and our grand total together was $1.02 spent.

Mikekimpohlandfamily

I blogged on FB

Mikekimpohlandfamily

I tweeted on Twitter

Anonymous

I have been following you since september

Anonymous

I have been a follower for a few months now.

mikecpohl@att.net

shannon

I have been visiting your page since july

shannon

my best coupon trip was to vgs in howell they are doubling up to a buck right now. I had a whole cart full and paid 9.85.. yay

germanjules

my best trip was when a man behind me said that his ex-wife would never use coupons. i told him that it was the thing to do now-a-days. then my order at kroger rang up to $68, i handed the cashier my kroger card, down to $37, then i handed over my coupons...down to $19!!! the man then told me, "Your husband is one lucky man."

I walked out of there all smiles!

germanjules

i found you through macomb money savers...following you since the great shepherd's pie recipe, you are on my google reader

ldholmes

I'm a faithful follower!

ldholmes

I just found the receipt for my best trip ever - It was from Kroger in Aug... started at $182 and walked out paying $32 - This included 36 boxes of Kleenex that we've broken into big time this winter - among other things the receipt for this trip was 3 1/2 feet long!

ldholmes

I tweeted!

Julie E

I have been a follower for about 6 months! Love your blog!!

Julie E

My favorite coupon experience is when I got bags of groceries and only spent $15! Fun!!! :)

Robyn

i've been a follower since...yesterday! but i've frequented your blog for a while now!

Robyn

my favorite coupon experience ever was just recently at target...i spent only $20 and bought several bags full of food items, a blu-ray DVD and five clothing items! it was great...i've had some great experiences at kroger too!

kathleen33va

I am a new follower, my sister in law kim (pohl)has been putting your site on her facebook almost every week. she flaunts her savings to me and i get really jealous, thought it was about time to get serious and start coupon using as well.

Heather

I've been reading your blog for a few months now and became a follower yesterday. Love your recipes and other money saving tips.

wickmilm

Follower

wickmilm

I feel good anytime I save money or get a product free.

Leesa

I've been a follower for a few months!

Leesa

The last time I went grocery shopping at Meijer was pretty awesome! I had about $230 worth of groceries, diapers, and a couple of Christmas gifts. I ended up only paying around $120, got back $7 in catalinas, and a few high value coupons including 5% off my next grocery purchase. I was so excited!

Leesa

I have been posting about your giveaways on my Facebook all week! I just posted about this one, too.

DonnaS

I am a follower and read this blog daily! I tell all of my friends about, too! :)

Rachel

I follow your blog!

Rachel

My favorite coupon grocery shopping experience was when I paid NOTHING for my holiday coffee creamer and got coupon overage! Woo hoo!

Rachel

Tweet, tweet! http://twitter.com/rnoelhaney/status/7178515351

Amy

Can't forget my first awesome Kroger Mega Event with the 10 for $10s... so many $5 in my pocket! And those great Angel Soft 4-packs...

Jen

I'm a follower!

Jen

I went to kroger the other day and got tons of organic milk/cheese and eggs that were all on markdown and with coupon combo I saved almost 80%!

Jen

I tweeted. @jenlholt

Joy

I'm a follower. Hey random number generator: Pick me. Pick me. :)

Joy

My best couponized grocery experience has been at the Kroger in Howell (where they double coupons up to $1). I buy a lot of fresh food, and I'm pretty brand loyal, so not all coupon deals work for me. But I still save 55-60% of my bill with my Kroger card and coupons.

lovin Him

I have been following about 6 months and learned lots!

lovin Him

My best couponized grocery trip was at Kroger last week - got 10 pkgs of Wholly Guacamole for free with my 10 coupons! It freezes great so w are stocked for a bit

Anonymous

I *heart* this blog!
Jessica M.

Mikekimpohlandfamily

YA! My sister-in-law was finally able to become a real follower. Glad you are here Kathy.

lisarabicht

Hi Laura! I have been following you for a couple of months now.

At Christmas I earned $25 ECB from my shopping on Black Friday. I used that to buy my daughter's MP3 player for free!

lisarabicht

One of my favorite couponized shopping experiences was getting my Greenworks Laundry detergent for .99 each at Meijer (reg price $9.99!)

lisarabicht

Another favorite couponized shopping experience was at Walgreens when they had a register rewards that when you buy a Gillette Series shave gel for $1.99 (use $1.00 coupon, making it .99) and then receiving a coupon for a free shave gel! That made them .50 each!!!

lisarabicht

Another favorite deal was getting my daughter's Intution razors for her for Christmas for free! Rite Aid had them on sale for $1.99 on Black Friday and with my $2.00 off coupon I purchased $30 worth of razors for FREE!! Merry Christmas to me!!

lisarabicht

A favorite of mine is when Walgreens had Ziploc bags on sale for $1.99, I spent a coupon for $1.50 off two, buying 4 for $5. Then, I submitted my receipts to SC Johnson for a $5 rebate...making them FREE!

Zales127

My best couponing experience so far has been at Kmart. My total was 214.97..after coupons I paid 47.41! This was before they started limiting coupons to 10 per day!

Zales127

I also get alot of coupons for leaving feedback with companies. If you have a problem with a product..dont hesitate to contact them. I recieve a lot of coupons this way. And its not just complaining..I write and tell a company if I really like their product too. I get a lot of free coupons this way and usually save them for one big trip. Last year I had a bill at Target for 195.00 and I walked out not paying a penny!!!

Lisa

I have read your blog since 4/09 and became a proud follower a few months ago.

Lisa

One of my favorite couponing trips was when my husband saw me in action paying under $5 for the groceries in my cart.

Charity Lemke

My favorite shopping experience was at Meijer. It happened to be very busy and I took out a whole stack of coupons which I was sure would annoy everyone in line behind me but by the end they all wanted to know how much I had saved and the guy behind me said "good work, keep up the good work". It was a fun trip:)

Carly

I have been a follower since I took one of your coupon classes last spring.

Theresa

Follower since May!

monica

I have been following you for about 2 weeks! thanks for all the great informaion.