2014 Ultimate Blog Party

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It’s the 2014 Ultimate Blog Party and we’re joining in on the fun! It’s a great way to get to know more about us and also to find out about some other amazing blogs!

About us:

We’re a happily married couple with four kids, busy lives, and ever-growing expenses, so we try to save money on the purchases we make and the things that we do in our everyday lives. We started A Savings WOW! to share our experiences, savings tips, and most importantly, our passion for helping others save money, too! We started couponing consistently and living more budget-friendly when we had our third child and went from a two-income to a primarily one-income family. With our costs continuing to rise, we wanted to be able to enjoy our lives without breaking the bank. We practice what we share here on our site, using the tips and techniques to be smarter shoppers. More recently, Jim had a stroke and has been going through therapy to regain function on the side that was affected. While he has been on leave from work, we’ve especially used our couponing skills to make sure we are using our money wisely.

A Savings WOW! is dedicated to helping you enjoy your life without breaking the bank by providing money-saving resources such as classes, coupons, deals, freebies, giveaways, and reviews. After you use the tools we give you, people will say to you “What a savings! WOW!” after you tell them how much you paid versus how much it should have been.

Besides sharing these resources online, Maria also teaches workshops and speaks to groups in the Chicago-area. Join her on Monday, April 7th from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM for a free Grocery Savings Workshop as part of Money Smart Week 2014. Register here to reserve your spot!

Maria has also been featured on various news shows sharing money-saving tips. Some of the networks she’s been featured on include: FOX, NBC, CBS, and WGN.

Let us know how we can help you put money back in your pocket. Tell us what topics you would like to see us share by leaving a comment below.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram for our latest updates!

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Money Smart Week: Free Grocery Savings Workshop 4/7/14

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It’s Money Smart Week next week and we’ve partnered with them to give you a free Grocery Savings Workshop! In the Grocery Savings Workshops, you will learn:

- Realistic couponing
– Strategic grocery shopping
– Meal planning made simple
– Simple steps to cutting your grocery budget in half
– and more…

In this two-hour workshop, you will not only learn how easy it is to make small changes that will give you BIG savings, you’ll also receive a full-color workbook that you’ll be able to take home and use as a reference.

Join us -
When: Monday, April 7, 2014
Where: Fox Valley Chamber of Commerce, 600 N Commons Drive, Suite 102, Aurora, IL 60504
RSVP: Register here

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* UPDATED DATE * Come to the Holiday Savings Secrets Workshop 11/20 – Aurora, IL

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Holiday Savings Workshop

    What will you learn?

In the Holiday Savings Secrets workshop you will learn tips and tricks to stretch the holiday budget even more this shopping season, including:

- Save money before the first purchase is made.
- Earn and get free shipping with several online shopping strategies.
- Discover tips and tricks to shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
- Get simple and inexpensive Do-it-yourself gift ideas.
- Learn frugal and fast baking tips.
- Understand ways to save during holiday meal planning.
- And much more!

    Where do you sign up?

HomeTown Community Cafe
1002 Four Seasons Boulevard, Aurora, Illinois 60504
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $10 per person

Savings Nation Grocery Workshop

If you don’t live in the Chicago area, don’t worry! Check out the Savings.com DealPro map to find a workshop near you.

Thank you for reading A Savings WOW! and don’t forget to check out our check out our Coupon Database for lots of money-saving coupons!

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Free Holiday Savings Secrets Workshop 10/26 – Aurora, IL

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Holiday Savings Workshop

    What will you learn?

In the Holiday Savings Secrets workshop you will learn tips and tricks to stretch the holiday budget even more this shopping season, including:

- Save money before the first purchase is made.
- Earn and get free shipping with several online shopping strategies.
- Discover tips and tricks to shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
- Get simple and inexpensive Do-it-yourself gift ideas.
- Learn frugal and fast baking tips.
- Understand ways to save during holiday meal planning.
- And much more!

    Where do you sign up?

Aurora Public Library
1 East Benton Street, Aurora, Illinois 60505
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Savings Nation Grocery Workshop

If you don’t live in the Chicago area, don’t worry! Check out the Savings.com DealPro map to find a workshop near you.

Thank you for reading A Savings WOW! and don’t forget to check out our check out our Coupon Database for lots of money-saving coupons!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information.

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Welcome NBC Chicago Viewers! Strategies to Save $10,000 Annually

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This morning, I had the pleasure of being a guest on the NBC Chicago’s 6 am news. Kim Vatis talked to me about strategies to save $10,000 annually. As many of you already know, using coupons and looking for deals can help you accomplish that goal easily.

To get started and to learn the easiest way to coupon and save money on your shopping is to attend one of the upcoming live workshops I’ll be teaching:
- Wednesday, October 23rd – Grocery Savings Workshop – Panera Bread, 2775 Showplace Drive, #123, Naperville, IL
- Saturday, October 26th – Holiday Savings with Maria – Aurora Public Library (Main Branch), 1 East Benton Street, Aurora, IL

Click on the photo below to watch the video of the segment:

Strategies to Save $10,000 Annually

(Image credit: Marlon Esguerra)

The apps I love and referred to in the segment are:

Valpak.com

- Valpak - The Valpak app can help you find deals on local services and products. As we get ready to transition into the true Fall weather, you can find services that can help you with what you need to winterize your home.

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- Favado – The Favado app shows you the how to stop overspending on groceries by getting notified when your favorite items are on sale. It also allows you to discover the best deals on the products and brands that you love, so you can save 50%-70% each week. I love how you can search for sales by store and by product. You can create your grocery shopping list on the app.

Shop Your Way App

- Shop Your Way – The Shop Your Way app is great because you can find deals on the different things you are shopping for, whether it’s for everyday or for a special occasion. With the free Shop Your Way account, you will also earn points that you can redeem for rewards to use towards your future purchases.

For our online shopping, we recommend looking for coupon codes at Savings.com before you buy.  Sites such as Swagbucks, reward you for searching online and you can redeem these rewards for gift cards to help offset your expenses when shopping (and don’t forget to enter to win a $50 gift card of your choice, courtesy of Swagbucks).

Before you head out to shop, check out our coupon matchups that show you what’s on sale and the coupons you can use to get an even better deal (sometimes even free or a moneymaker).  Visit our Coupon Database if you would like to search for a coupon for a specific product or brand you plan to purchase.

As Kim Vatis mentioned in our interview, the main thing is to just get started. You don’t have to be extreme when you coupon, because there is no such thing as small change. Everything adds up and before you know it, you’ve saved a lot!

Thank you for reading A Savings WOW! and don’t forget to check out our check out our Coupon Database for lots of money-saving coupons!

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Coupons provided by Savings.com

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Sign Up for the Live Grocery Savings Workshop on 9/23/13 in Aurora, IL

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We invite you to attend our live Grocery Savings Workshop on Friday, September 23rd in Aurora, IL. You’ll learn realistic couponing, strategic grocery shopping, meal planning made simple, simple steps to cutting your grocery budget in half, and more!

Realistic couponing
- Strategic grocery shopping
- Meal planning made simple
- Simple steps to cutting your grocery budget in half

Register for our upcoming workshop:

Grocery Savings Workshop

HomeTown Community Cafe

1002 Four Seasons Bouleveard, Aurora, IL 60504

Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: $10.00 per person

Savings Nation Grocery Workshop

Visit our workshop sponsor, Valpak.com for local coupons, deals, and more. There is also a
Valpak.com app available so you can find deals on local restaurants, entertainment, personal care, automotive, retailers, and more. Don’t forget to check your mailbox for the blue Valpak envelope full of even more money-saving coupons.

Coupons provided by Savings.com

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BONUS: Free Coupon Holder for Grocery Savings Workshop Attendees 8/16/13

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Valpak.com

Visit our workshop sponsor, Valpak.com for local coupons, deals, and more. There is also a Valpak.com app available so you can find deals on local restaurants, entertainment, personal care, automotive, retailers, and more. Don’t forget to check your mailbox for the blue Valpak envelope full of even more money-saving coupons.

Register for tomorrow night’s workshop:

 

Grocery Savings Workshop
Panera Bread (Meeting Room)
2775 Showplace Drive, #123, Naperville, IL 60564
Date: Friday, August 16, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $10.00 per person
Savings Nation Grocery Workshop

 

Grocery Savings Workshops:

In the Grocery Savings Workshops, you will learn:

- Realistic couponing
- Strategic grocery shopping
- Meal planning made simple
- Simple steps to cutting your grocery budget in half

- and more…

In this two-hour workshop, you will not only learn how easy it is to make small changes that will give you BIG savings, you’ll also receive a full-color workbook that you’ll be able to take home and use as a reference. You’ll get all of that for just $10 per person!


* BONUS: You’ll receive a FREE Coupon Holder when you attend tomorrow night’s workshop! Make sure to register to reserve your spot! *

Maria is just one of the nationwide Ambassadors teaching these workshops, so if you are not in the Chicago-area, visit the Savings.com website to find a workshop that is in your area. Be sure to check the Savings Nation website regularly as new workshop dates and locations are being added daily.

Lunch ‘n Learn, Other Advanced Workshops, and Fundraising Opportunities:

If you are interested in hosting one of our workshops, let us know! Aside from our two-hour Grocery Savings Workshop, we also have a 45-minute Lunch ‘n Learn Workshop, perfect for companies, parents’ groups, and more. We can also coordinate a fundraiser for your church or organization. Fill out the form below and we’ll contact you:

Coupons provided by Savings.com

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Sign Up for the Live Grocery Savings Workshop on 8/16/13 in Naperville, IL

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Valpak Mailer

If you are in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, you may have seen this insert in your Valpak envelope. We invite you to attend our live Grocery Savings Workshop on Friday, August 16th. You’ll learn realistic couponing, strategic grocery shopping, meal planning made simple, simple steps to cutting your grocery budget in half, and more!

Realistic couponing
- Strategic grocery shopping
- Meal planning made simple
- Simple steps to cutting your grocery budget in half

Register for our upcoming workshop:

Grocery Savings Workshop

Panera Bread (Meeting Room)

2775 Showplace Drive, #123, Naperville, IL 60564

Date: Friday, August 16, 2013

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: $10.00 per person

Savings Nation Grocery Workshop

Visit our workshop sponsor, Valpak.com for local coupons, deals, and more. There is also a
Valpak.com app available so you can find deals on local restaurants, entertainment, personal care, automotive, retailers, and more. Don’t forget to check your mailbox for the blue Valpak envelope full of even more money-saving coupons.

Coupons provided by Savings.com

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Register for the Back-to-School Savings and Meal Planning Workshop 8/9/13

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Register for our upcoming workshops:

Back-to-School Savings and Meal Planning Workshop

Panera Bread (Meeting Room)

2775 Showplace Drive, #123, Naperville, IL 60564

Date: Friday, August 9, 2013

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: $10 per person

Savings Nation Grocery Workshop

 

Back To School 2013

Join us on Friday, August 9th for our Back-to-School Savings and Meal Planning workshop. Following the workshop, attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to save money on your back-to-school purchases, along with the different ways to make a meal plan, all the tips and tricks to making meal planning successful, along with cooking strategies and shortcuts to help you spend less time in the kitchen, while still making fabulous meals for your family.

Topics discussed in the workshop include the following areas:

Strategic Back-to-School Shopping
Learn how to save the most money when shopping for back-to-school supplies.

The Importance of Meal Planning
Learn why and how meal planning can transform your grocery budget, but also your daily routines and the dreaded “witching hour.”

Beginner and Advanced Meal Planning Tactics
The class will walk you through the different phases of meal planning and teach you the ins and outs of 2 different “schools of thought,” so that you can come up with a meal planning plan that works for you.

Time-Saving Cooking Strategies and Shortcuts
Get practical help with how to make the most of the time you spend in the kitchen, making healthy and delicious meals in a fraction of the time!

You will receive a pamphlet to take lots of valuable notes during the workshop. So come prepared to learn, discuss and connect with others who are excited about saving money and time in the kitchen too! These workshops are only $10 per person and you will leave with resources to continue your meal planning!

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Register for our upcoming workshops:

Meal Planning and Cooking Shortcuts Workshop

Panera Bread (Meeting Room)

2775 Showplace Drive, #123, Naperville, IL 60564

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: $10 per person

Savings Nation Grocery Workshop

 

Savings Nation Workshops

Join us on Wednesday, April 24th for our Meal Planning and Cooking Shortcuts workshop. Following the workshop, you will leave with a better understanding of the different ways to make a meal plan, all the tips and tricks to making meal planning successful, along with cooking strategies and shortcuts to help you spend less time in the kitchen, while still making fabulous meals for your family.

Topics discussed in the workshop include the following areas:

The Importance of Meal Planning
Learn why and how meal planning can transform your grocery budget, but also your daily routines and the dreaded “witching hour.”

Beginner and Advanced Meal Planning Tactics
The class will walk you through the different phases of meal planning and teach you the ins and outs of 2 different “schools of thought,” so that you can come up with a meal planning plan that works for you.

Time-Saving Cooking Strategies and Shortcuts
Get practical help with how to make the most of the time you spend in the kitchen, making healthy and delicious meals in a fraction of the time!

You will receive a pamphlet to take lots of valuable notes during the workshop. So come prepared to learn, discuss and connect with others who are excited about saving money and time in the kitchen too! These workshops are only $10 per person and you will leave with resources to continue your meal planning!

Thank you for reading A Savings WOW! and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Savings.com for the latest updates! Also check out our Coupon Database for lots of money-saving coupons!

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