This week we are featuring Latisha. I am really excited about this feature because we are featuring the best of both worlds. She is NATURAL and a COUPONER!!! I am excited to feature her natural hair journey and her couponing experiences. I hope you enjoy as she shares her experience with us.
Latisha, The Frugalicious Diva and I hail from Toledo, OH!!
In 1999, so it’s been about 14 years.
It wasn’t by choice initially. I got my last relaxer one morning and by noon, my roots were wavy. I decided I didn’t want to waste money on that anymore. So, I learned how to manage this mane of mine. I’m so glad it happened this way. I LOVE being natural!!
No, my head is too big for that!! LOL!! I transitioned, but back then I didn’t know it was called that. I just worked with what I had!!
No real regimen. I use Apple Cider Vinegar to cleanse the scalp and I use Terressentials Mud Wash to clean. No more shampoo for me. For daily use, I use a shea butter mix I made of shea butter, coconut oil and essential oils. I got the recipe from a YouTuber. It’s great for growth, shine and daily maintenance.
My Shea Butter mix. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to my hair. Oh, I love Tea Tree Oil too.
The fact that you can never go wrong with it. For me, there’s never a bad hair day. Yes, I deal with a lot of tangling, but I’ve learned to let it do what it does best, allow me to be me!!
T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, because like me, she was natural before it was popular to be. She always had beautiful hair and a beautiful, confident spirit to match.
YouTuber, Naptural85. We have the same hair texture and she’s so thorough in her videos that I was a fan immediately. She comes up with the best hair style ideas and I love the fact that she is about what’s healthy for us (hair, body, skin). Fabulous!
I started couponing in January of 2012. It was my goal to learn about it and master it and I have!! This year I want to take it to the next level and master the drug stores. They are a little more complicated, so I know it’ll be a challenge!!
I was coined, Frugalicious Diva, in 2008 by a Frugal Sisterhood Yahoo group. I was saving in so many areas of my life and I’d just bought a home. Always looking for ways to save on home and food items, it was a natural progression to learn how to coupon. Now, I teach others.
It takes up a lot of time initially, but when you get used to it, it’s second nature. I stopped physically clipping ALL the coupons and just the ones I need to use. I follow several blogs, so they find the deals (or potential deals) for me. I wish I could pinpoint the hours, but it often gets folded into other tasks. It really is a way of life!!
I get my coupons from the weekly “junk mail”, the Sunday newspaper, friends and family give me theirs and I print many online. The Internet Printables are such a great asset to the couponing game. You can take advantage of many more deals with those coupons!!
My favorite couponing store is KROGER!! They seem to have the best deals, the best coupon match ups and AWESOME clearance items regularly!! I LOVE those orange stickers that say “Manager’s Special”. It’s the best way to get free or almost free items!! Plus, I have SEVERAL stores in my vicinity, the cashiers are AWESOME and Kroger has one of the friendliest coupon policies ever!! I often get overage from my coupons there!!
My next favorite is Giant Eagle. Again mostly for the sales, but I love the fact that they accept Competitor’s Coupons. That is incentive alone to rack up on the savings!!
Getting free stuff, showing others how to get free stuff and being able to donate to many worthy causes because of these efforts. It’s nothing like helping other people!! It’s a great feeling!!
I carry a coupon binder, which was my friend’s daughter’s school binder from last year. It was in perfect shape and it zips, so I won’t lose anything out of it. I keep my coupons in their inserts and when the sale calls for them, I go to the right insert and clip what I need. I also use the Store Envelope system. That’s where you grab a bunch of envelopes and put the store name on them. The coupons I do clip go in one of these envelopes based on where I will use them. As you get more acquainted with couponing, you begin know where specific items will be on sale, so the coupons will be in the right envelope and ready to be used.
I don’t have a spouse yet, but I know my future husband will be pleased that he doesn’t have to spend money (or lots of money) on toiletry items like razors, shave gel and body wash. He will love our savings so much, he won’t complain that I’m going to the store AGAIN, he’ll gladly build stockpile shelves and put the items away, since he knew they were free or almost free and he’ll be ecstatic when I tell him our vacation is booked because of the money we save on everyday items!! LOL!!
Wow, I’ve gotten so many deals, it’s hard to pinpoint just one. So, I’ll share my biggest savings. I went to customer service to address what I thought was a mistake on a price for soup. The deal had an attached catalina and I didn’t want to lose it. I spoke with customer service and they were SO awesome. What I didn’t know was that they were going to give me ALL the overage from my coupons!! This trip to Kroger paid ME $3.36, PLUS I got a $2.00 gift card as a replacement of the $2.00 catalina I should have received. 113% SAVINGS!! Here’s what I got:
I have one for pretty much every store, but here are my favorites as follows:
Kroger – www.KrogerKrazy.com
Giant Eagle – www.
Blog: Belle Noir Magazine
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Thanks so much Latisha for sharing!
Until next time, Be Blessed!