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Upcoming couponing classes

Posted January 13, 2011

Here are the upcoming classes I am teaching that are open to the public. If you are looking to get to the next level in your coupon savings, these workshops will give you the tools and techniques you need to jumpstart your savings in the new year! There is even a new Meal Planning class added to the roster so you can figure out what to do with all those great buys!

For the full 2011 workshop schedule, Click HERE.

January 18
Meal Planning 101 Workshop
Johnston Community College, Cleveland Campus
(between Garner and Clayton, 25 minutes from
Open to the Public

This workshop will teach you all the techniques for
creating frugal, well-balanced and delicious meals your
whole family will love. Topics include menu options,
frugal meals, batch cooking, stockpiling, food safety
and storage and more. We will even be cooking up a
dish or two to sample!

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Cost: $15.00

Location: JCC Cleveland Campus, 9046 Cleveland
Road, Clayton, NC 27520

To Register: Call the Cleveland Campus at(919) 989-
2128. Pre-registration is required.

Click HERE for directions to the JCC Cleveland Campus.

January 25
Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half Class
Clayton Women's Club Fundraiser
Clayton, NC
Open to the Public

Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Cost: $20 pre-registered, $25 at the door

To register: Call (919) 239-0253 or email:

Location: Clayton Women's Clubhouse, 109 Church Street, Clayton, NC 27520

The Clayton Women's Club volunteers for Reins from Above – a therapeutic riding center, Basic Needs Ministry, Clayton Downtown Development Association and local events like Festival of Trees and the Clayton Cultural Arts Center.  The money is used to fund our scholarship project for a graduating Senior girl.


January 29
Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half Workshop
Wake Technical Community College, Cary Campus
Open to the Public

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost: $20 per person

Location: Wake Tech Community College, Western
Wake Campus, 3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC
27518 (in the Millpond shopping center with the Lowe's

Registration: Click HERE for the Wake Tech registration site.
Then click on Register Online.
Enter the word “grocery” in the key words section.
Then click on the correct class to register.


February 15
Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half
Johnston Community College, Cleveland Campus
(between Garner and Clayton, about 25 minutes from
Open to the Public

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost: $15.00

Location: JCC Cleveland Campus, 9046 Cleveland
Road, Clayton, NC 27520

To Register: Call the Cleveland Campus at (919) 989-2128. Pre-registration is required.


February 19
Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half Class
WRAL Studio, Raleigh
Open to the Public

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cost: $15.00

Location: 2619 Western Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27606

Registration will be available soon.



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  • Dragons_lady Jan 14, 2011

    Thanks Faye!!!!

  • New York Yankee Jan 13, 2011

    I'm not really sure where the right place is to ask this question....but I will give it a try here.

    Why is it that when I want to print 2 of the same online coupons from SmartSource the second one comes out with a box that is blank? Make sense? Does that mean there is a 1 print limit?

  • Oxymoron02 Jan 13, 2011

    jtaylor, there are some things sold at BJs that make having a membership worth it, but they are few. We got our membership primarily for gas savings but have found a handful of items available there that rarely go on sale or have coupons that we use and are a good deal there. Kefir is coming to mind (usually more than $4 each at the grocery store, 2 pack for $5 at BJs), and hummus. BJs is also good for stuff you didn't anticipate needing and have to get RIGHT NOW but you want a fair price. Last time we needed printer cartridges, they were the best deal.

    For most items, they're more costly than shopping the sales with coupons.

    We did a cost breakdown before getting our BJs membership, and in gas savings alone the membership would almost pay for itself. Finding the handful of good deals in there tips the scales, for us, making it a good way to spend money. YMMV.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 13, 2011

    jtaylor, there are some good deals to be found at warehouse clubs if you are careful about figuring cost per unit. The key is to make sure you are getting a good deal per lb of meat or per diaper or per oz of peanut butter. I like BJ's policy of accepting a manufacturer and store coupon for the same product. Sam's and Cosco do not accept coupons.

    Often, I find my best cost per unit on smaller sizes of items coupled with a coupon. It's even better if the coupon is doubled.

    I am not opposed to warehouse clubs, you just need to make sure you are indeed paying less per unit for those items than you would at a store that does not require payment just to shop there.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 13, 2011

    stebo - I do cover meal planning on the DVD but the majority of the DVD focuses on the grocery and drug stores. The class I am teaching at JCC is 2 hours and the whole thing is about meal planning.

    Dragons lady - not sure about teaching the meal planning again in the Fall. My Spring schedule is pretty much full at this point so I won't be adding another meal planning class until October, probably.

    dkg and dragons lady, if you would like to host a meal planning class at a church, school, neighborhood clubhouse, etc., I would be happy to chat with you about the details. (FYI - the host comes for free and gets a copy of my book or DVD as well)

  • jtaylor3 Jan 13, 2011

    HI Faye,
    What are your thoughts about shopping at places like BJ's and Sam's Club? Is it worth the savings?

  • dkg0502 Jan 13, 2011

    can you do a meal planning class in the Fuquay area sometime this year?

  • Dragons_lady Jan 13, 2011

    Faye..will you be offering the Menu Planning class again this year? I have to work that night.

  • stebo68 Jan 13, 2011

    Okay, was the Meal Planning 101 segment taped on the CD as well?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 13, 2011

    Actually, I just spoke with a church in Durham that is probably going to host a class on March 25. Not sure if it will be open to the public yet, but I will know soon.

    Regarding the CD, all the info is still current except the Rite Aid program, which you can find detailed on the front page of this blog in the Drug Store policies box. They have added a couple additional programs since the DVD was taped including the +Up program and Wellness Plus. Other than that, the rest of the info is still valid. In addition, Harris Teeter has added the ecoupons for e-Vic members since the DVD was released.