Funky Frugal: Cyber shopping diva

by Tanner Cangelosi

I have a dear friend who is always getting a great deal on glasses, shoes, vacations . . . the list goes on!

Her name is Codi Bennett, and she is a pastor’s wife, mother of four, shopping diva and a daughter of the King. I admire the way she mothers and serves her family well, on a budget!

So what did I do? I asked her to give me her secrets! She was gracious enough to share her top tips with 501 LIFE, and I encourage you to check them out, too.

You won’t regret it!

Shopping secrets:

iPhone app: “Kids Meal Deals” and “Out to Eat with Kids.” Search for your city to eat out once a week. My favorites are Zaxby’s and Chick-fil-A. – Search here every time before you buy online.

Target credit card or debit card – free shipping, 5 percent off EVERYTHING and coupons. – Cheap flying! – Best place to shop for your cruise/vacation.

Gift cards at Kroger – Double your gas points by picking up a gift card for your dinner before you head out for date night! Also use to load coupons on your card before shopping. has an easy to read chart and printable coupons from sites she recommends. She also has a great page that covers coupon lingo.

Greenbacks for Gal ( – Andrea Green, an eco-friendly mother of two, shares her love of organic food with cooking and couponing tips.

Luv a Bargain ( – Teaches how to start using coupons and shares printable coupons.

Crystal & Co. ( – Dallas mom blogger who shares ways to save and how to meal plan with easy recipes and printable coupons.

Money Saving Mom – ( Great site for coupons and ways to save money period.

Surviving the Stores ( – Site offers printable coupons for restaurants, grocery stores, retail businesses and more.

Grocery Shop for Free ( – Site has a great coupon database and details the best deals, FREEbies and coupon shopping information. – Amazon Mom membership for kid snacks and diapers in bulk! for cleaning supplies and household things. Major money savers!

Conway: Yours Truly Consignment, Inc.

Tuesday Morning:

North Little Rock: Plato›s Closet:

NLR: 1/2 of 1/2 Name Brand Clothing


A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Tanner Cangelosi owns
her own business – – and has done a variety of projects, from individual home décor items to painting murals in private residences. For more information, Tanner can be reached at 501.908.1338 or [email protected].