Become a Blogger in 7 Days Online Workshop Begins on June 14th!

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Have you always wanted to start a blog or website, but weren’t quite sure how? Maybe you’ve looked at online tutorials and found them too overwhelming to even start? It’s time to quit looking and start creating! The Become a Blogger in 7 Days online workshop will get your site up and running in as little as a week. That’s right- a WEEK!

Become a Blogger in 7 Days is geared towards absolute beginners. The written lessons are packed with screenshots and will walk you through each step of creating your site. Unlike other beginner classes, Become a Blogger in 7 Days will teach you how to set up your site to leave room for maximum growth and monetization.

In addition to the written lessons, you’ll receive access to an exclusive Facebook group for 30 days. Why just 30 days? I’ve learned over the years that there are two things that will push you to succeed: time and money. If you take a free class, do you place as much emphasis on it? Of course not. The same goes with time. By creating the limits, you’ll work much faster and put more of an effort into it.

The Facebook group is a place for you to ask questions, receive assistance, talk out any issues you may have, and receive support from people going through the exact same thing that you are.

So, what are we going to cover in Become a Blogger in 7 Days? Everything you need to know to get your site up and running. This class is based on setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog, and we’ll also go over how to use it to create a static website. The lessons include:

  • Assessing Your Expectations
  • Basic Terminology
  • Choosing Your Domain Name
  • Purchasing Hosting
  • Setting Up Your Site
  • Creating Your Header
  • Installing Plugins
  • Creating Menus
  • Customizing Your Site

Each lesson has a short assignment that will help you grow your site and prepare for the next lesson.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • A computer and internet access (you won’t be able to do this from a tablet or phone)
  • At least an hour a day to devote to each lesson
  • In addition to the class registration fee, you will have to pay for one year of hosting and your domain name (around $72).

This class will run from May 4th-10th and is limited to just 25 students! If you cannot complete every lesson that week, don’t worry. The Facebook group will remain open until June 4th and you’ll have access to all of the lessons and information until then.  You can also elect to purchase an optional 60 day membership to the group so that you have a place to ask your questions.

When you register, please make sure and enter the name you use on Facebook, along with the email address you use to log in.  This will allow me to invite you to the group where you’ll receive all of your lessons.  You will receive a response within 24-48 hours of registering.  If you have any trouble with registration, please email me at alicia@thesensiblefamily.com.  

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Become a Blogger in 7 Days Online Workshop

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Have you always wanted to start a blog or website, but weren’t quite sure how? Maybe you’ve looked at online tutorials and found them too overwhelming to even start? It’s time to quit looking and start creating! The Become a Blogger in 7 Days online workshop will get your site up and running in as little as a week. That’s right- a WEEK!

Become a Blogger in 7 Days is geared towards absolute beginners. The written lessons are packed with screenshots and will walk you through each step of creating your site. Unlike other beginner classes, Become a Blogger in 7 Days will teach you how to set up your site to leave room for maximum growth and monetization.

In addition to the written lessons, you’ll receive access to an exclusive Facebook group for 30 days. Why just 30 days? I’ve learned over the years that there are two things that will push you to succeed: time and money. If you take a free class, do you place as much emphasis on it? Of course not. The same goes with time. By creating the limits, you’ll work much faster and put more of an effort into it.

The Facebook group is a place for you to ask questions, receive assistance, talk out any issues you may have, and receive support from people going through the exact same thing that you are.

So, what are we going to cover in Become a Blogger in 7 Days? Everything you need to know to get your site up and running. This class is based on setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog, and we’ll also go over how to use it to create a static website. The lessons include:

  • Assessing Your Expectations
  • Basic Terminology
  • Choosing Your Domain Name
  • Purchasing Hosting
  • Setting Up Your Site
  • Creating Your Header
  • Installing Plugins
  • Creating Menus
  • Customizing Your Site

Each lesson has a short assignment that will help you grow your site and prepare for the next lesson.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • A computer and internet access (you won’t be able to do this from a tablet or phone)
  • At least an hour a day to devote to each lesson
  • In addition to the class registration fee, you will have to pay for one year of hosting and your domain name (around $72).

This class will run from May 4th-10th and is limited to just 25 students! If you cannot complete every lesson that week, don’t worry. The Facebook group will remain open until June 4th and you’ll have access to all of the lessons and information until then.  You can also elect to purchase an optional 60 day membership to the group so that you have a place to ask your questions.

When you register, please make sure and enter the name you use on Facebook, along with the email address you use to log in.  This will allow me to invite you to the group where you’ll receive all of your lessons.  You will receive a response within 24-48 hours of registering.  If you have any trouble with registration, please email me at alicia@thesensiblefamily.com.  


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*Due to the nature of this workshop, absolutely no refunds will be provided.

2013 Extreme Christmas Savings Workshop

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IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR THE 2013 EXTREME CHRISTMAS SAVINGS WORKSHOP!!!! 

We’ve cut down to only ONE workshop in Springfield this year and it’s GOING. TO. ROCK!!!!

What’s the Extreme Christmas Savings workshop you ask?  It’s the workshop that kicked off Gateway to Saving almost NINE years ago!  I’ve now taught it over FOUR HUNDRED TIMES!!!! 

In this 3-hour workshop, we go over ALL of the hottest deals, store policies, and I even go over the Christmas list of every attendee to tell you where you can find the best deals, what price you should pay, and even details on the items.

Because we’re doing just ONE session, seating is extremely limited!  There’s also an early bird discount going on through tomorrow of just $15 per person! 

WAIT- AND THERE’S MORE!  This year, we’ve got some GREAT prizes to give away!  FREE gifts are even better than discounted ones!

Want to come?  I promise you’ll have a BLAST and learn SO much!  We’ll definitely help you save your registration fee on just ONE item on your list.  Everything else is just PURE EXTRA CASH IN YOUR WALLET! 

BUT WAIT- THERE’ S MORE!  When you register for this workshop, you also get put on the presale list for the Black Friday workshop!  AND, you’ll get a special ticket price!

Registration is required to guarantee a seat- don’t wait, this will fill up FAST!

Here are the details:

  • Friday, November 15th
  • 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • McAlister’s on West Battlefield (intersection of Battlefield and Kansas)
  • Early Bird Price: $15

Register Here: 2013 Christmas Savings Workshop

Questions?  Email me!  classes@thesensiblefamily.com

Ultimate Couponing I, Extreme Christmas Savings, and Sensible Earnings Workshops Scheduled

I’m excited to announce that all of the fall workshops for the Springfield area have been scheduled, and there are early bird specials. There has not been an opening in one of our Ultimate Couponing workshops since JUNE, so register quickly if you’d like to attend.

There are only two Extreme Christmas Savings workshops scheduled in the Springfield area this year. Last year, we had over 800 attend the Extreme Christmas Savings workshop, and this year we’ve only got room for 80. This is by far our most popular workshop, as it can help you cut costs on everything. Half of the class is spent teaching you how to shop online, sales cycles of particular stores, earning cash back for your purchases, how to shop (and AVOID) Black Friday, and how to effortlessly find the best deals on common items. The other half is spent analyzing YOUR Christmas list. Simply bring in your rough draft and we’ll go over it, telling you when and where to buy each item to cut the costs by 50%-80%. I bring in my receipts and lists from the past several years so you can see exactly how much I personally save.  I gave almost $5,000 worth of gifts (real stuff) for $360, and I earned and additional $200 back in cash and gift cards!

We guarantee you’ll save the cost of registration on just one item on your list. There will also be lots of prizes and gifts!

**If you’ve taken the Christmas workshop in previous years, it will benefit you to take it again. A lot of stores have changed their policy, there are a lot of new programs in place, and your list is different. Let me help you save!

This year’s Black Friday workshop has been scheduled and registration information will be announced soon.

There are only four openings left for a Christmas Savings home party. Hostesses will earn some GREAT rewards this year. For information, email classes@thesensiblefamily.com.

Ultimate Couponing I

When registering, you are registering for a seat in the workshop. Due to high demand and seating limitations, tickets are ineligible for refunds or transferring. NO children will be permitted without prior authorization.

**Register by October 10th for just $12 (cost raises to $18 on October 11th)**

The first 15 to register will receive a FREE copy of our 82 page Ultimate Couponing Ebook. You will receive your download link immediately after registration.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri

Cost: $12 through October 10th, $18 through October 17th, and $25 at the door.

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Christmas Savings

It’s that time of year again! The workshop that started it all and is still the most popular is back!

Our Christmas Savings workshop will help cut your Christmas gift list by at least 50%. We’ll tell you when and where to buy the items on YOUR list- so bring it (or at least an idea) with you! Already taken it? You’re probably looking for different items this year- we guarantee to save the cost of registration on just one item on your list.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 before October 16th, $20 from October 17th-23rd, and $30 at the door (if seating is available)*

When registering, you are registering for a seat in the workshop. Due to high demand and seating limitations, tickets are ineligible for refunds or transferring. NO children will be permitted without prior authorization.

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Sensible Earnings

This workshop is ever changing. While some information is standard throughout, most of the information provided is geared to the interest of that day’s attendees. With hundreds of hours of information to present, we pare down each workshop to provide each group with only the most pertinent information. If you’ve previously attended a Sensible Earnings workshop, we urge you to attend again in hopes that you find a job that suits you perfectly.

When registering, you are registering for a seat in the workshop. Due to high demand and seating limitations, tickets are ineligible for refunds or transferring. NO children will be permitted without prior authorization.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $18 in advance, $30 at the door (if seating is available)*

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Christmas Savings

It’s that time of year again! The workshop that started it all and is still the most popular is back!

Our Christmas Savings workshop will help cut your Christmas gift list by at least 50%. We’ll tell you when and where to buy the items on YOUR list- so bring it (or at least an idea) with you! Already taken it? You’re probably looking for different items this year- we guarantee to save the cost of registration on just one item on your list.

Monday, November 5, 2012
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 before October 29th, $20 from October 30th-November 5th, and $30 at the door (if seating is available)*

When registering, you are registering for a seat in the workshop. Due to high demand and seating limitations, tickets are ineligible for refunds or transferring. NO children will be permitted without prior authorization.

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Freelancing 101 Workshop THIS Wednesday

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Gateway to Saving will be holding a Freelancing 101 workshop on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Springfield. 

The increase in internet business has led to a high demand for freelance positions.  A freelancer is simply someone who contracts their skills to businesses.  This workshop will teach you how to start your own freelancing business, hone your skills, obtain proper licensure, find clients, set rates, basic bookkeeping, and more.

You can turn almost any skill set into a freelancing opportunity.  Some of the popular freelancing jobs include:

  • Technical Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Blog Posting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Virtual Assisting  (encompasses all office skills)
  • Newsletter Development
  • Photography
  • Event Planning
  • Business Writing
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Data Entry
  • Business Consulting
  • Financial Planning
  • Personal Shopping
  • Personal Assistant
  • Copywriting
  • Document Design
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Proofreading

This class will help you kick start your work at home career!

Freelancing 101

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the door (if seating is available)*

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This class is part of the Gateway to Saving Work at Home Series.  This does not require attendance of any other workshop in order to attend.  It does expand deeply on the freelancing topics covered in Sensible Earnings.

Reminder | Ultimate Couponing I Workshop tomorrow night: BOGO Tickets!

Come and join us for the Springfield Summer Ultimate Couponing workshop tomorrow night.  If you register before noon tomorrow, you will get one free registration for each paid registration with the coupon code JulyBOGO

Friday, July 6th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if seating is available)

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Reminder: Ultimate Couponing I Workshop Tonight- and how to get FREE seats!

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The Spring Ultimate Couponing Workshop for Springfield will be held tonight!  We were fortunate enough to have a donor sponsor some free registrations at last minute.  If you’d like to come, click here: Upcoming Workshops and use the code SPRINGFREE at checkout.

These are VERY limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  If you’ve registered and are unable to attend, please email classes@thesensiblefamily.com so that we may pass your seat on to someone else.

Registration is required to guarantee your seat.  There will be no free registrations available at the door.  The cost at the door is $20 per person if seating is available.

See you tonight!

Coupon and Stockpile Swap + Ultimate Couponing I Refresher Deal

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Before the Ultimate Couponing I workshop on May 16th, we will be holding a coupon and stockpile swap.  Bring in your extra coupons and items you won’t use (must be new and non-expired) and trade them for ones you will!

The swap will be held from 5:00-5:45 at the McAlister’s on West Battlefield.  Please email classes@thesensiblefamily.com if you plan to attend.

If you intend to stay for the Ultimate Couponing workshop, you must register hereUpcoming Workshops

The Ultimate Couponing workshops changes frequently.  If your couponing is struggling or you’d like to learn the newest information on saving with AND without coupons, sign up today!  If you’ve previously taken a Gateway to Saving Ultimate Couponing workshop, you can refresh for just $4 with the coupon code REFRESH.  (You must have taken Ultimate Couponing I offered by Gateway to Saving to use the coupon code.  All registrants will be verified.  No admittance will be allowed for misuse of coupon code, and no refunds or credit will be given)

New Workshops Scheduled | Sensible Earnings and Ultimate Couponing I

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May is such a hard time to schedule workshops around graduation, end of school activities, and spring sports.  I will only be offering two public workshops in May, and seating is very limited in each. 

The summer is the best time for many to begin working from home, and it’s also when some of the best coupons come out!

We’ve done over 700 workshops in the past 5 years, along with many large conferences.  You’ll learn more in these three hour classes than most 2-day conferences. 

Sensible Earnings

Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $18 in advance, $30 at the door (if seating is available)

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Ultimate Couponing I

Bring 3 Friends, Get In Free!

To take advantage of this offer, simply email classes@thesensiblefamily.com with the names of your friends after they have registered online. This must be done by March 16th in order to qualify for the promotion. (Each registration may only be applied to one promotion.) DO NOT REGISTER YOURSELF USING THIS LINK- we’ll take care of it via email.

Take a class somewhere else and feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or confused? Get in for half price when you bring your receipt (or other form of verification). Email classes@thesensiblefamily.com for details. We want you to save- not spend!

Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
McAlister’s Deli  
1711 W Battlefield St., Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if seating is available)

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Ultimate Couponing I Workshop in Springfield Tomorrow!

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Ultimate Couponing I

Bring 3 Friends, Get In Free!

To take advantage of this offer, simply email classes@thesensiblefamily.com with the names of your friends after they have registered online. This must be done by March 16th in order to qualify for the promotion. (Each registration may only be applied to one promotion.) DO NOT REGISTER YOURSELF USING THIS LINK- we’ll take care of it via email.

Take a class somewhere else and feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or confused? Get in for half price when you bring your receipt (or other form of verification). Email classes@thesensiblefamily.com for details. We want you to save- not spend!

Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if seating is available)

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***Please check the website and Facebook page the day of the workshop for any weather related cancellations.

This Week’s Workshops: Budget Gardening and Sensible Earnings

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We’ve got a couple of GREAT workshops in the Springfield area this week!  Join us for our newest workshop, Budget Gardening, on Wednesday, March 7th.  The March Sensible Earnings workshop will be held this Friday, March 9th.  This is currently our most popular workshop!

For more information, please see the full descriptions below:

Budget Gardening

Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Gardening can be very expensive, but there are many ways to cost effectively start and maintain a garden.  Whether you are looking to grow a container garden, start a large backyard garden, or reduce the cost of an existing garden, you’ll learn to produce more for less.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if seating is available)

*Note:  If you have taken the Grocery Budget Bootcamp, you will receive some duplicate information.

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Sensible Earnings

 Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

This workshop will introduce you to hundreds of legitimate work at home opportunities.  If your dream job is to work from home, this is the class for you!  Check out the full description here:  Sensible Earnings

March 9th 
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $18 in advance, $25 at the door  if seating is available

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New Workshops Posted | Ultimate Couponing I, Budget Gardening, and No Coupons? No Problem!

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We’ve added a couple of NEW workshops to the schedule, in addition to an old favorite.

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Bring 3 Friends, Get In Free!

To take advantage of this offer, simply email classes@thesensiblefamily.com with the names of your friends after they have registered online. This must be done by January 15thin order to qualify for the promotion. (Each registration may only be applied to one promotion.)

Take a class somewhere else and feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or confused? Get in for half price when you bring your receipt (or other form of verification). Email classes@thesensiblefamily.com for details. We want you to save- not spend!

Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if seating is available)

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Budget Gardening

Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Gardening can be very expensive, but there are many ways to cost effectively start and maintain a garden.  Whether you are looking to grow a container garden, start a large backyard garden, or reduce the cost of an existing garden, you’ll learn to produce more for less.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if seating is available)

*Note:  If you have taken the Grocery Budget Bootcamp, you will receive some duplicate information.

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No Coupons?  No Problem!

Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Join us for the first public No Coupons? No Problem! workshop!  Until now, this workshop has only been presented in small segments at conferences and events.  This is BY FAR the easiest and most efficient way to save on your purchases.

In this workshop, we will go over marketing traps set by stores that are designed to get you to spend more.  Grocery stores are known as the ‘Marketing Masters’ and are better at taking money out of your pocket than a casino.  Learn what to look for and how to avoid it to save up to 50% on your purchases- and not have to mess with a single coupon!

We will also talk about efficient ways to build your list and plan your menu. We also cover how to save on meats by discussing the best price points, which cuts to buy, and how to preserve.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri 

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