Meet the How to Shop for Free® Team of Experts!
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to raise an awesome coupon community? Awesome mods, of course! The mods at How to Shop for Free are known for being the most helpful mods on the internet. Besides doing their best to help answer all your questions in our many Facebook Groups, they help me scour the stores and the internet, bringing you the best deals to help you save every penny you can and catch every deal. I could not do this without my amazing team!
HTSFF Team Member: April
My coupon journey started back in 2007, when I met Kathy on an online group. I would follower her post, but I will never forget the day Kathy said, “does anyone want to learn how to shop for FREE?” Well that is all it took! I am honored to say I have been a part of HTSFF since day one. My family is an amazing blended family of 6. How to Shop for FREE has helped me live on a very tight budget. I was always “frugal” as my grandma would say, but I never knew how much coupons could change my life. Anyone can do this! I am so thankful that fate put Kathy and I together. Kathy has changed my life in more ways than coupons and saving money, she is one of my best friends (sorry Kathy you’re stuck with me)! Even our dogs are besties! Join us in the forums and the Facebook groups, share your deals and ask questions! Come and save money with us!
Where you can expect to see April posting: Target forums & FB Group, Market Basket and FB group, Shaw’s and Stop & Shop as well as teaching classes for How to Shop for Free!
Follow all April’s front page posts HERE
HTSFF Team Member: Ashley
Hey, y’all.. Ashley here : ) To tell you just a little about myself, I’m an overly-caffeinated 29 year old, and I live in Rhode Island with my long-term boyfriend (AKA “hubs” as I so lovingly refer to him in posts) and our furbaby cat Posey Penelope.
I’m a lifelong budgeter, thanks to a mom who raised me as a frugal person who always looks for the best bang for my buck! I’m thankful for all those lessons now, because look at where it got me! I’ve been couponing about 6 years now, and have been blogging for HTSFF for a year.. and let me say it has been bliss! Not only is finding the deals and free samples something I loved doing prior to blogging for the site, but interacting with the awesome people and being able to teach them something is far more satisfying. And if you see some fanciful graphics around the site, those are probably my doing.. thankfully that other love of mine has been a way I can contribute my creativity to HTSFF.
I also have a love of puns, life hacks, cooking and writing recipes of my own.. especially using my stockpile, markdown items and re-using things like leftovers or things some people discard! So be sure to keep an eye out for my recipe and life hacks posts, filled with ridiculous jokes – LOL.
If you can’t find me, you can probably find me lurking in my Friendly Couponistas group.. come poke me if you need something, I’m always happy to help!
View all Ashley’s front page posts HERE
HTSFF Team Member: Cardinal (or as I like to call her “Bird”)
You can find Bird flying around the drugstore forums, in the Stop & Shop FB group as well as on the front page.
Cardinal is one of our original mods, she joined the group back in 2008. She found us after being behind April in line at Shaw’s and was so impressed with April’s savings she asked how she did it and April directed her to us. In no time at all Cardinal quickly became our Top Mod, my right arm and the Queen of all things Rebates! Ask her how she got her husband a FREE motorcycle by using rebates! Bird was our top poster for many years and that all changed a little over a year ago when she was blessed with two beautiful grandsons that now take up a majority of her time. She still pops in whenever she has a spare moment to post and is also become one of my closest friends over the years. She still won’t let me post her picture but I can confirm .. she really does exist!
Follow all Cardinals front page posts HERE
HTSFF Team Member: Carol
Where you can expect to see her post: CVS Forums, Stop & Shop FB Group and Forums, Roche Bros FB Group
Hi. I am Carol Beane (aka cabeane). I have been posting deals for HTSFF since 2011. I have pretty much couponed my whole life. I grew up pretty poor and this was a way of life for us.
I have a full time job, two teenage boys, a husband, a dog and two cats. I coupon to feed my two giants! If I didn’t I would be broke!
Couponing and blogging are hobbies of mine. I coupon and blog as a way to decompress from my highly stressful job in financial services.. (it’s too bad couponing can’t be my full time job!)
I am a self-proclaimed Stop & Shop, CVS, Shaw’s and Roche Bros expert. I know other stores as well, but these are the stores I frequent. I love helping people get the best deals and love seeing their hauls. If you have any question, feel free to ask. No question is silly.
Follow all Carols Front Page Posts HERE
HTSFF Team Member: Janice aka “JTomlin”
Janice is a mom of 2 daughters and a grandmother of 7 and is our designated Stop & Shop go to girl! If we need a in store photo, price check, ad scan or anything Stop & Shop related Janice is our source! Janice has been a loyal HTSFF follower for years but we recently twisted her arm and got her to start posting deals for us in 2015 and we are lucky to have her! If you are in Stop & Shop and see someone running around the store with a fitbit on one arm and a camera in the other chances are you spotted Janice! Ask her about her amazing weight loss story that she accomplished in the aisles of Stop & Shop.
Besides couponing teaching art is her first love. So when you can’t find her in our Stop & Shop freebies group chances are she is working on artwork. You can view some of Janice’s work on her page Do what you love the rest will follow.
View all Janice’s front page posts HERE
HTSFF Team Member; Joanne aka “Jothany”
Hi I’m Joanne and I started couponing about 7 years ago because I found myself suddenly single, always loved finding a good deal and weirdly enough – I love doing math! Although I started out doing this mostly for fun, it has grown into a way help my extended family and many friends/strangers who may not be in the best financial situation. My brother told me about a friend who was struggling and had the choice to keep the heat on or feed her kids – At that moment, I was hooked on couponing and helping anyone I can…..It’s amazing to see how 4 boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk can make a family’s week that otherwise would go without breakfast. I think everyone who coupons can make a difference in the lives of those would need a little help here and there!
I have two teenage girls who think I’m a bit crazy, and avoid me on Saturdays at all costs, or they are coming with me for my “additional transactions”! However, all their friends think I am completely cool and can’t wait to go and get some free razors and shampoo from my stockpile.
I’m pretty lucky to be situated on the North Shore and have Stop and Shop, Shaws, Hannafords and Market Basket all within a 5 mile radius, so you will find me in all the stores every weekend hunting for deals! I’m here to help with whatever questions you have and can often do price checks at any store, especially on Saturdays!
Happy Shopping and Let’s Get Some Great Deals!
View all Joanne’s front page posts HERE
HTSFF Team Member: Juniette
My name is Juniette and I am one of your How To Shop For Free mods. I am an (almost) 30 year old with a beautiful (almost) 2 year old and a wonderful (almost) perfect husband. Couponing has become a lifestyle more than a hobby and here’s why: I started couponing about 2.5 years ago when I became pregnant with our little man. Like many, I tried couponing for the first time and I failed miserably! I’m pretty sure I came home and cried because I planned too big and saved too little…I sat down, put my head to it, and tried again. The math and planning had me hooked in no time. Couponing helped me keep busy, sane, and adjust to the changes that came with being a new stay at home mommy. It helped our family afford the payments on our new home. It also helped me pay it forward to those around us that needed “a leg up” more than we did. It went slowly at first and I started with a 20% savings and built up to 50%…75%…till finally I came home with 100% savings. It was an incredible “high” and awesome achievement. I haven’t looked back ever since. Flash forward to now! Frugal living is contagious and we, in the How to Shop for Free family, are here to spread that contagion and hunt down as many awesome deals for you guys as possible!
View all Juniette’s posts HERE
HTSFF Team Member: Krystyna aka “Kryssypeas”
I’m Krystyna I’m a single mother of two and take care of my disabled sister. After my parents passed and I was forced to leave my job, coupons saved my life, and I’m determined to make them change other people’s lives as well.
You can find Krystyna posting the hottest online deals as well as in our Stop & Shop, Target and Mommies Groups.
View all Krystyna’s HOT Deal Finds HERE
HTSFF Team Member: Marie
You can find Marie in the Rite Aid Forums and in the aisles of Rite Aid!
Hello. My name is Marie Vadala (Marie V) and I have been part of the How to Shop for Free Community since February 2011. I grew up with parents that taught me the value of money and how important it was to stretch it for all it’s worth. In that respect, I have always been a sale shopper and couponer. I have been doing my version of “extreme couponing” since 2009. In early 2011 a friend posted Kathy’s NECN Appearance on a social media site and it piqued my interest. I watched the video clip and immediately headed over to the website. What separated Kathy and How to Shop for Free from some of the other sites I had seen was the fact that the forums were very interactive and I really felt like I was part of this community as I began posting deals and questions. I love that It is a “safe” place for Newbies. The other thing that I love about How to Shop for Free is the philosophy of paying it forward. As a Moderator on the site and in my real life I live by that philosophy. You never know what your small gesture of kindness can mean to someone and the impact it can have on their life.
I live in Center Ossipee, NH but grew up in Gloucester, MA. I have a dog, a cat, a full time job and serve on the Board of Directors for my Cooperative.
My favorite store to shop at is Rite Aid but I love CVS as well and am well versed in their rewards programs and policies. I do shop at other stores and am always happy to answer questions about the other stores. My only couponing regret is that I don’t live close enough to Stop and Shop to take advantage of the gas points deals on a regular basis 🙂
I love breaking down the deals, answering your questions and seeing photos of your brags. Please don’t be afraid to ask questions because that is how we learn. I’m sure if you’re thinking it someone else is as well.
Follow all Marie’s front page posts HERE
And then there is me..
I originally started How to Shop for Free on Yahoo to share deals with my friends and family. It quickly took on a life of it’s own and spiraled into a national website, book and PBS Special. I could not have done any of it without all the support and help from my team as well as all of you loyal How to Shop for Free followers. Thank You!!
You can follow all of my posts HERE and check out my book; How to Shop for Free; Shopping secrets for smart women who love to get something for nothing!
***Join Our Team ***
We are always looking to add team members to our HTSFF Family. If you would like to be part of our team please email me at Kathy@howtoshopforfree.net and include what you do best ex: Shaw’s match ups, Drug Store Scenario’s, Clearance Deal Finder etc..