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Michelle Roy

My name is Michelle Roy; I am a 29 year old mother in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I am the owner of ManitobaCouponMaven.com.

I’ve always grown up within a frugal money saving family.  We were always raised to value quality to quantity where it really counts.  I began couponing at the beginning of 2011 after seeing the TLC program Extreme Couponing.  A few months after I stopped receiving benefits from my maternity leave I had decided that I wanted to stay at home and raise my son.  No one could raise him better than I and I wanted to make sure we both reaped the benefits of that quality time spent together.   Surviving on one small income I have been able to greatly reduce our family’s costs and have invested my time money and mileage into a stockpile of items that my family will need in the near future.

Couponing isn’t about getting rich. It’s about getting the best value for your money and having more wiggle room for things that are wants rather than necessities.  You too can improve your quality of life by being careful with your money and choosing carefully where to spend it and what to spend it on.

Couponing doesn’t have to be the only way of reducing costs in your life.  I’ve found other ways too. I have always been a crafty person, a do it yourselfer I like to call it.  Simply learning to change the oil on your own car can save you a lot of money.  Small odd jobs, like minor plumbing, knowing your way around a tool box can go a long way to saving you from having to shell out cash for someone else’s repair skills.  Not only that but by being crafty you can simplify your life by reusing certain items in your home.

Gain an interest in being independent and returning to a culture of doing it yourself.  Learn how to do your own home renovations, cook your own meals, if you can grow your own food, and be your own services.  It can be as easy as picking up a book in the library to teach how or even asking mom, dad, or grandparents their experiences.  In today’s culture we are losing touch with important social connections – along with this we’re losing the opportunity to learn the stories and experiences that other people can share with us.

I hope that with this blog I can help just even one person to see just how far their money can go with planning and consideration!

 

 

Leigh Nash

Hi everyone!

My name is Leigh Nash and I am another Manitoba Coupon Maven.  I have been with my husband 15 years this June.  We have 3 children who are the loves of my life.  Madisen is 11, Sabrina is 9 and Zachary is 3.  We have a dog, a cat, a tortoise, many hermit crabs and fish.  I am a stay at home mom by choice.  I want to be the one that takes my kids to school, takes them to dance, Girl Guides, birthday parties, be the class mom, go on field trips with the classes, help out in the classroom.  I want to be the one that teaches my son his alphabet, colours and how to be a polite and courteous young man.  Couponing has allowed me to do all this and more.

I have ALWAYS been, how should I put this?  Oh I know, cheap with money.  I have no embarrassment in saying I am cheap.  That being said my family doesn’t go with out.  There is always food in the cupboard, fridge and freezer.  I always scout out the deals.  I have never been an I need this now person and have raised my kids the same way.

I have been using coupons here and there for years but only seriously got into it about 2 years ago.  My first big coupon shop was when I got hooked.  It was the Walmart anniversary sale and they had Tide on sale extremely cheap and I had coupons for $3.00 off one Tide.  I came home with 8 boxes and bottles of Tide and paid something like $12.  I was hooked.  I was paying more than that for just one before.  My stockpile started off being just in bags in the kitchen nook but I quickly realized I’d have to clear off the shelves in the basement to house everything I was getting.  I have been able to stockpile quite a few things for my family: toilet paper, dish washer soap, laundry soap, any hair care and hygiene product you can think of.

I look forward to contributing to the site and telling you all about the ways I save money for my family.

~Leigh

 

 

Michelle Louise

 

Greetings and Salutations!  I am Michelle Louise, 39 & a Single Parent of 2 living in Winnipeg.

I am a Manitoba Coupon Maven!  By nature I am a spender, however also a Bargain Savvy Shopper. My niche is that I have always had a knack for bartering and finding non advertised deals & store sales.  Living on a fixed income is not easy.  Couponing, bartering and trading allow for us to not only live well, but also provides saved money to put toward other expenses.

We are not your stereotypical Extreme Couponers as portrayed on TV.  As a matter of fact we as a group and individually are capable of doing moderate and mass donations to organizations and individuals or families in need.  We do not promote shelf clearing, removal of in/on product coupons, over printing known limited offer coupons, altering coupons, abusing coupons (after all stacking at London Drugs is a priviledge), stealing entire Tear pads for resale or trading.  We do not in any way shape or form promote the dreaded “P” ~ Photocopying…  Most Printable coupons these days have unique Identification features, such as embedded QR codes or a secondary UPC code that identifies to the Manufacturer when and where it was printed.  By purposely abusing coupons you are making it that much more difficult for those of us who rely on the savings that couponing ethically provides.

In my case it is a Health Issue that has redefined my outlook on life, there is no one reason to have to wait to modify your saving or spending habits.  People have the mistaken notion that its too time consuming to sift thru Flyers and compare prices, or attempt to clip/sort coupons and keep organized in a way that works well for them. I am here to let you know that’s entirely not true!  One of the things that I do is The Weekly Flyer Match Ups!  Every week I write an article noting the best store sales, where to get the biggest bang for your dollar with and without coupons, mail in rebates, most recently I’ve begun using Checkout 51

I am a domesticated Goddess of the Kitchen, I can bake or cook virtually anything from scratch with ease.  Waste not, want not: I make meals that can be broken down to several different options from just one main dish.  I do a fair amount of pre~cooking and keep single serve items on hand in our freezer at all times.  My stockpile is based strictly on our needs and is limited as is our shelf space. However that is my current work in progress, Upcycling, redesigning and adding shelf space (and of course on as limited a budget as I can)  Being artsy/crafty has saved me a small fortune over the years.

My hope is to show you that with a little forethought into your regular shopping habits, even the smallest changes can make a sizable difference!

~ Michelle Louise ~