A Cut Above

Saving money can be hard to do, but people of all ages could benefit by increasing their couponing skills.

Amie Libby, M.S., service coordinator for Lutheran, is a wife and mother of four active children. She commutes from Cherry Creek to Jamestown for work each day, serves as president of several groups and still makes time for couponing.

“(There are) a variety of ways for a busy, or not busy, person to save money both in the store and online shopping,” said Libby. “I look at it as free money. I don’t use every coupon out there and I don’t go out of my way, but if it’s available and it’s going to work for me then I use it.”

TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” television show drew attention to the practice of saving money by keeping an eye out for coupons. But, couponing doesn’t have to be extreme. Libby said she’s not an “extreme couponer,” but she has found many ways to save time and money on household items. She also has a network of friends with whom she exchanges ideas and coupons.

“It makes it fun,” said Libby. “We save coupons for each other and give each other the heads up on sales.”

Libby said that couponing is particularly helpful for seniors who are on a tight budget.

“It’s a way to take a fixed income and increase it by using coupons,” said Libby.

That’s why Edgewood Communities, on the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown, will host a free seminar on ways to save money with coupons. On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Libby will present an “Easy Couponing. Shop Smart. Save Money” seminar in the Lutheran Chapel.

“I feel there are things out there that people maybe haven’t thought of or that they thought weren’t feasible, but I’m going to show them how it’s feasible,” said Libby.

“Most of us are on a fixed budget and we are looking for ways to stretch our dollars,” added Patty Eckwahl, director of marketing at Lutheran. “We thought it would be fun to share what Amie has learned so others can benefit. There will be time following the presentation for the audience to participate and add new ideas they have discovered.”

The seminar is part of the “Best of Times, Celebrating Life After 60” series, which according to Eckwahl, was started because she has learned that adults who plan well for their senior years, age well.

“We plan for other milestones in our lives such as college, weddings and family, but preparing for retirement is just as vital,” said Eckwahl. “We began the seminar series last year to highlight topics that will help people to age well. We’ve included light-hearted seminars on humor, as well as more serious topics such as understanding Medicare insurances and caring for a person with dementia. Our goal is to help older adults create the most rewarding lifestyle by maintaining their health, a zest for life and independence.”

To register call Eckwahl at 720-9122. In the case of a cancellation due to a snow storm, the event will be rescheduled for the following Wednesday, March 6, at the same time and location.

Edgewood Communities is located on the Lutheran Campus at 715 Falconer St. in Jamestown. For more information about the seminar or Lutheran Housing, visit www.lutheran-jamestown.org/senior-housing.