Saturday, February 20, 2010

Welcome to Maven on a Mission!

Thanks for joining us today for the Savvy Shopping and Saving Seminar. I hope this blog will help point you to the things that most interested you during our time together. I have a passion to know and inform others of information that is accessible to all but often known by few. That is why I have named this blog "Maven on a Mission." My husband gave me the name "maven" a few years ago, and I found it rather endearing (mainly because my man knows me so well). According to "Wictionary," a maven is "a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. I desire to be resourced and to resource others...and that is my mission with this blog. I will probably not be the primary blog you will consult for savings information...but I will do my best to pass along what I learn as I learn it...because that's what a maven does.

Feel free to email or comment on this blog with any follow-up tips or questions as you embark on your own adventure in savvy shopping and saving. I will post more in the coming weeks. Feel free to add me to your Google Reader (or whatever blog feed you choose to use). I will post when I can, but I recommend you add the blogs below to your blog feed to get the most up-to-date deals and coupons.

My Favorite Money Saving Blogs:

Money Saving Mom


Fiddledeedee (I mainly read her Wednesday Publix match-ups, but she also does "Organic Fridays" that are helpful as well)

Helpful articles about today's topics:

Staying on Budget using a Cash System

Making the Most of the "Buy Ahead" Principle

Calendars that Work (for monthly menu planning)

Where to find the El Sentinel

Best Deal I Found so Far on Orlando Sentinel (New subscribers...but you may want to wait and ask what the person selling them in the grocery or drug store is selling them for. Shoot for $1.00 or less per week for Wednesday-Sunday subscriptions.)

Couponing 101

Getting started at CVS

Making CVS work for You

Getting started at Walgreens

Coupon Terminology and Target Basics

SC Johnson $5 Rebate (can be done up to three times)

Great sites for ad previews:



iheartpublix (usually posted on Mondays)


Have fun exploring...and go do a deal this week. Start small. Learn one system...the one that motivates or intrigues you the most. Once you learn one system well, you can pick up others more easily. And feel free to email with any questions. I'm a maven. This is what I love.


  1. Hey Kim! So glad you started a blog! I'll be back often to check out your updates. We sure do miss you guys!

  2. Kim, you did an awesome job communicating about how to be a savvy shopper. I'll be following you and sharing deals that I find with the group in the comments of your posts to help out.

    Had to head out early to get Samantha down for her nap, but wanted to add another helpful CVS tip...scan your Extra Care card in the automatic coupon scanner machine in the store (ask the cashier where this is if you don't see it) and it prints out more coupons for you. Some aren't that great, but sometimes they have store coupons to match up with sales and manufacturer coupons...and sometimes an extra bonus: yesterday I got one for a $5 off of $15 purchase which is a GREAT coupon!

    Erin Hardison

  3. This is awesome!! I get confused with all the double coupons and all their abbreviations, because I don't get it yet. ANy thoughts? I was looking at Totally Target and I didn't quite understand all the little letters to explain the coupons!

  4. i accidentally let a $10 ECB expire this week at CVS....major bummer! do you have a way or system that works for you to remind yourself of when things expire? pretty blog backdrop!

  5. Brooke, check out this page for more abbreviation help:

    I will email you a "couponing 101" that I handed out at my seminar yesterday.

    Jenn, ask if they will accept your expired ECB. I found Tennessee CVS stores to be very flexible with expiration dates. Remember when they let us use the Revlon coupon expired when we went at Christmas? You should ask.