Welcome to TrueCouponing.com!
True Couponingsm is a method for using consumer coupons for groceries, home and personal care products. We bring the FUN back into the mundane Grocery Shopping Trip!! Come to a free training class and learn how to save for your own family while being able to bless others as well!!
Hi there! I’m Kati and to lay-it-all-out-there… I’m a follower of Christ, Wife to one, Mom of four, and deal sharer to all!! We are trying to be the best stewards of what God has given our family. Couponing is a blessing, and I believe my ministry is to help others EASILY learn to save, too!!
My background is this, I earned a B.S. in Accounting at the University of South Florida, and managed a multi-million dollar payroll and Fixed Assets for Baxter International Healthcare before deciding with my husband, James, to homeschool our four children. In addition to homeschooling, I worked part-time as an accountant for Bell Shoals Baptist Church (our home church), and volunteered in several community associations when I first founded True Couponing. In other words, I have a very busy life! The True Couponing method works for my family and this website allows me to share it with you. Basically, True Couponing, is NOT the old-school way of using coupons that I found –and you also might have found– so frustrating and demotivating. On this website you’ll find the easy method to coupon, our workshop schedules, current coupon match-ups, and you’ll learn all the lingo like “match-ups.” You’ll also read testimonials from people I’ve personally trained and shopped with, but my own testimony is the first I’ll share. I’m a homeschooling mother of 4, three sons and one daughter, and the wife of a big guy (he stands 6’4”). Our grocery bill was $600 a month, which I thought was great budgeting and rather low. But once I figured out True Couponing and started using it (out of necessity, due to a paycut from James’ job in Jan 2009), our monthly grocery bill, including household and personal care supplies, was reduced to a mere $200 a month. This is a system I can use even though I’m homeschooling four different grades, sharing the work-load on this blog, and volunteering in several community associations. “True Couponing is truly doable!”
~Neat “God Story”…
So I started teaching my friends how to coupon back in July 2009. I started this blog in Jan 2010 when my Aunt (Hi Tutu!) suggested posting one post on a blog instead of trying to email various people with BCC (to preserve email identities) with the weekly items I was going to buy! Also, so that everyone could opt in (and out) without needing me to update my email list. Well…2 hours east of me in Orlando FL was a person who would become a dear friend, Melisha, who also started a Coupon blog and teaching Couponing workshops! In just 10 short months we would help and encourage each other to the point that she jumped on board the TrueCouponing Train!! She now teaches all our workshops in the Orlando area and posts on the blog alongside myself. She is a woman of God and a Coupon Enthusiast! But I’ll let her tell you how it all came to be…
Hello! My name is Melisha. I am very blessed to be Mom to 5 wonderful kids ages 18 – 6. I have been married to my best friend and high school sweetheart, John, for over 22 years. I enjoy serving at Eastpoint Fellowship as the leader of our Women’s Ministry and singing with our Praise Team. My hobbies include my computer (and all geeky things), photography and the beach. Above all else, I am a follower of Christ and try to please Him in all I do.
I graduated from Auburn University in 1991 with a degree in Elementary Education specializing in Mathematics. (I have always had a thing for numbers!) After teaching for a few years and starting a family of our own, we decided I would quit my job to stay home with the children. We were always running out of money before the next paycheck came. For years we did not manage our money God’s way. We accumulated a lot of credit card debt, and our grocery bill had grown to an enormous $350 per week! Something had to change.
In January 2009 my husband informed me there was no money for a vacation I had my heart set on. That was the “last straw” and what motivated me to get serious about our family’s budget. I began researching ways to save money with coupons. Over several months and using a method much like the current True Couponing method, our grocery budget decreased from $350 to $70 per week. That was a savings of over $1000 per month for our family! Friends and strangers began to ask me to teach them how to save this kind of money. Soon, God had led me to teach classes and start a blog to help even more people.
A few months after I started my blog, I was contacted by a lady named Kati from Tampa. I was so excited to meet a person who shared my heart and calling to minister to people using a coupon blog (who knew?)! We began helping each other behind the scenes and our friendship grew. Ten months later we both felt God calling us to work together to help even more people with this ministry. I am so honored to be a part of this very special True Couponing Team!
Reach Melisha or Kati by commenting on ANY page on the site, or by clicking HERE and filling out our “Contact Us” form.
~ Meet Our Moderators ~
As TrueCouponing.com has grown, so has our need for help! So we enlisted the help of some really dear friends and avid couponers to assist our readers when you have questions or concerns (sometimes they can get back here sooner than we can!). We are a tight knit group who all share a passion for couponing, love Jesus and want to bless others out of our abundance. Did you know you can help us out, too? Yes! PLEASE comment on the site! Answer a question when you see it, let us know your thoughts and give us suggestions. We have lots of “honorary” moderators who we converse with regularly via Facebook and emails, and it brings such a peace to know that our site really is a community of people helping each other by taking the time to motivate and teach each other here directly. We love you guys! (…and now with all this help, we don’t have to stay up all night long, too!)
Kari has been one of Kati’s best buds for over 30 years (they met when they were only six)! She helps maintain our email list subscriptions and helps with comments on several different store lists. Her hubby, Doug, worked at Publix for several years so they are loyal shoppers there for sure.
Summer is married to the Youth Pastor at Melisha’s home church, Eastpoint Fellowship. Even with the busy life of a Youth Pastor’s wife and Mom to 3 gorgeous children, Summer finds the time to help us out with Facebook, some store lists, our Regional Differences Orlando posts and more.
Debbie is one of Melisha’s closest friends. You may recognize her from helping at Orlando area workshops! She also helps to communicate with the Orlando Sentinel, so anytime you have an issue with your Orlando area newspaper, she will most likely be the one you hear from! Debbie has learned about all kinds of behind-the-scenes things and is always there to help us with just about anything we need (too much to list!).
Karen has a really neat story of how she came to help TrueCouponing. She hosted a workshop! She was sooo passionate about helping people and couponing for her own family that we asked her to help us online! You will see her moderating comments mostly on the CVS and Publix lists because those are her two favorite stores! Karen has a knack for couponing and helps us with numerous tasks (too much to list!).
Makayla is Kari’s daughter, who helps out mostly on weekends and some evenings. She is learning couponing early to get a good start on smart spending for the rest of her life!
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Christine is one of Melisha’s closest friends (their families have been friends for over 8 years!). Believe it or not, Christine was pretty much a non-computer person until she came to help us. She is a naturally frugal person with a huge heart for service (sounds like the ultimate True Couponer, right?). Now…well, she isn’t afraid of computers anymore, that’s for sure! Her attention to detail and ability to quickly learn new things has made her a gem to us on the site!
Brandy started helping TrueCouponing at Orlando area workshops, and now helps to keep up with our Facebook page and hunt down deals. She is married to a Worship Leader for their church and home schools her two children.
Cindy first started helping TrueCouponing when our requests for workshops became too great for Kati and Melisha to handle. She was primarily the Pinellas county speaker because that is where she lives! She now helps to moderate comments on the site, so you can pretty much talk to her from any post! She is also a home schooling Mom to 4 kids.
Jill has known Kati for several years through their home school community. She loves Walgreens as much as Kati! You will see her comment on any of the Walgreens lists because she can help to take the confusion out of Drug Store couponing!
Missy is our newest team member and met Melisha at their church. She always has a smile on her face and a song in her heart (she loves to sing!). Her positive outlook is contagious to anyone she meets. Right now she is learning all kinds of things to help on the website and is already a true asset to our team!
~ Event Coordinator ~
~ Workshop Speakers ~
Loretta Mion came to TrueCouponing as a direct God-send! She has had a heart for motivational speaking since she was a little girl. And she loves the Lord with a passion that is contagious! Combine the two and you are in for the best workshops ever!! In her own words, this is how she came to know TrueCouponing: “Through my dear friend Susanna, I had been using the TrueCouponing method for about 8 months at that time, so it was exciting to actually be a part of the core team. As the Lord continued to expand TrueCouponing the need for more speakers became apparent and I was asked to help with our increasing demand for workshops. I welcomed the thought of public speaking…yes, I actually love it! I also love the fact that I can share the TrueCouponing message of savings for yourself, blessings for others. I am so blessed to be able to share couponing techniques that help families help themselves and in the process help others. I love that TrueCouponing methods teach people to be the hands and feet of Christ. And I so enjoy making it fun! I have been blessed by a wonderful, supportive husband for just about 23 years. Together we home educate our children, 2 have already graduated and 3 are still in the process. Prior to children, I proudly served as an United States Army officer and have jumped out of perfectly good airplanes! Blessed to be a blessing.”
Have a coupon question? Check out our FAQ’s or email Save(at)TrueCouponing.com!