Coupon Class Returns To Ringgold Depot March 20

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Shelley Fow hosts The Ringgold Coupon Class which is entering its 2nd year at the Depot offering classes on how to get the most out of using coupons.
Shelley Fow hosts The Ringgold Coupon Class which is entering its 2nd year at the Depot offering classes on how to get the most out of using coupons.
Shelley Fow will be returning to the Ringgold Depot on Thursday March 20 to teach her third Ringgold Coupon Class.  Classes have become a hit for local residents who want to begin learning how to begin using coupons to make savings at local stores.  "Alot of people, who may have never seriously used coupons, could be leaving valuable savings at the register," explained Fow,  "taking a class, covers all areas to help you earn the largest savings possible.
"  The class is open to both beginners and shoppers who may have their own system of using coupons but want to learn about new ways to save.

Shelley Fow has been couponing for over 4 years beginning with an initial goal of saving 25% on her family's grocery budget.  After her first month of putting her system of collecting and organizing coupons she had collected over $1000.00 in savings.  "I was surprised to be able to bring home $1,300.00 worth of goods and only spend $288.00"  After a year of success in saving on her own Fow was offered the chance to begin teaching others.  "My husband and I both work full time, I have teenage kids, so I don't expect to spend the equivalent of another full time job just to coupon," said Fow. "I don't teach what a lot of TV shows try to promote which is doing nothing but couponing in order to go to the store just to clear shelves," said Fow.

"I have been teaching classes in the Chattanooga area for a little over three years. I began teaching classes at McKee Foods and word of mouth spread," said Ms. Fow.  After some employees faced a reduction in hours during the recession, Shelley Fow was able to provide a series of workshops that helped offset the cost on family budgets. "What a family spends on groceries can be one of the highest areas they have budgeted after housing or car payments and of those, groceries is the only one you can control and easily slash without simply 'doing without'," explained Ms. Fow.  

Since her first classes three years ago, the interest in her workshops have spread and caught the attention of the Ringgold Convention and Visitors Bureau last spring.  After two successful classes in 2013 the CVB Board has continued support for the event that promotes shopping in downtown.  "Word of mouth seems to be the biggest driving force behind the on-going request for this workshop," said Ms. Fow. "Individuals have a friend or family member or co-worker that attended and they see the excitement in their eyes and hear the stories on how much they saved, so naturally, someone would want to do the same."  After each class the most frequently received message on the Ringgold Coupon Facebook page is always, "When is the next class?"

Shelley Fow uses her own personal examples on what small changes can do for families who struggle with things like retirement or planning vacations. "Take a moment to think about this - if a person, in their mid-thirties, saved $250 per month on couponing and took just half that, or $125, and invested it into a Roth IRA, that IRI will be worth approximately $364,000 when this same person hits retirement age," she explained, "All I can say is, Wow!"

The Ringgold Coupon Class will be held at the Historic Ringgold Depot on Thursday, March 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now for $15 per person and will be sold at event for $20 per person.  Attendees are encouraged to bring writing materials for note taking and outlines for the presentation will be provided.  For more information about the event contact the CVB at City Hall by calling 706/935-3061.

Chattanooga Chamber Leads State In tnAchieves Mentor Recruitment

The Chattanooga Chamber's staff led Tennessee in the goal to recruit mentors for this year's tnAchieves mentoring program. In its third year, the program pairs high school seniors with professionals and other volunteers to ease the transition from high school to college. Mentors began meeting with their students this month. With a goal of 387 volunteers, Hamilton County signed up ... (click for more)

Julie Baumgardner Honored As 2017 Chattanooga Area Manager Of The Year

Julie Baumgardner, president and CEO of First Things First , has been named the 2017 Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year .  She will be honored with the award during a luncheon  June 7 . Member organizations of Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year (CAMOY) award this annual honor, now in its 32nd year, to recognize an executive manager who has made significant ... (click for more)

State Says "Beef" Between 2 Bloods Gangs Started Over A Female And Led Eventually To Shootings At College Hill Courts

The state presented testimony on Monday about a feud between two Bloods gangs that allegedly eventually led to a 16-year-old shooting up a unit at College Hill Courts - killing one woman, injuring another, leaving a child paralyzed and injuring a member of the other Bloods gang. A city police gang expert said the bitter rift between the Athens Park Bloods based on the Southside ... (click for more)

Search On For Chad Cook, Missing Since Early Monday Morning After Going Dirt Bike Riding On Walden's Ridge

Walden's Ridge Emergency Services has been assisting the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office searching for a missing person from Hamilton County since 10:30 a.m. Monday. Chad Cook, 38, was last heard from by family members at 2 a.m. Monday. Family members reported to Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office personnel around 2 a.m. that he, along with two males and one female, were ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oh Yes, I Loved West

One of my most beloved friends died early Saturday morning at the age of 67. Then again, West Oehmig’s only brother – King – died a couple of years ago at 63 so it wasn’t by happenstance I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s famous line: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Here are two brothers who lived larger than any other pair I can ... (click for more)