By Sarah Whitman
Clipping coupons and cutting costs just got a little bit easier thanks to a group of Tampa stay-at-home moms.
Kati Kiefer, Kelly Willey and Susanna Collins are the thrifty minds behind the popular savings site Truecouponing.com. The trio will offer a free workshop at 10 a.m. July 10 at First United Methodist Church of Land O’ Lakes, 6209 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. All are welcome to come and learn.
“I’ve learned a lot from the site and I’ve heard you can learn even more from the workshop,” said First Church member Regena Sipiala. “I wanted our congregation and people in the community to be able to learn ways to save money.”
Truecouponing.com is updated daily with the latest tips on savings and deals. Everything from giveaways to extreme discounts appear on the site, which receives more than 400 hits a day. Stores featured regularly include Walgreens, Winn Dixie, CVS and Albertsons.
Katie Kiefer of Truecouponing.com started the site on a mission to spread the wealth. She is a home-schooling mother of four with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Florida. Willey and Collins, who later joined in helping with the site, are also well educated about finance. Willey has a degree in the subject and Collins has spent years trying to master the family budget.
The women do not charge for any of their services, including workshops. More than 100 people have already registered for the Land O’ Lakes class.
“Couponing is a blessing and I believe my ministry is to help others easily learn to save too,” Kiefer says on the site.
Willey was thrilled when Kiefer taught her the art of couponing.
“I have always been frugal with money and with grocery shopping,” Willey says. “When our youngest daughter was born our income decreased by 40 percent and we had to cut corners in new ways. With coupons, our grocery bill went from $650 a month to $200 a month, including diapers.”
Sipiala helped bring the workshop to Land O’ Lakes and is excited to meet the coupon masters in person. She can’t wait to find out what great deals are just around the corner.
“They post coupons for things you can get for free,” she said. “I try and look at the site at least once a day. I’m ready to learn.”
To register, go to www.truecouponing.com or call Laura Rolston at First Church, (813) 996-3533.
Free kids meals: Kids eat free at IKEA through July 5
Swagbucks: Use Swagbucks as a search engine and be awarded with Swag bucks to trade for prizes and gift cards.
Coupon sites: Use coupons.com and redplum.com to sweeten your deals.
Stacking: Stacking is when you use two coupons for one item.
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