How Does Couponing Work?

What is Extreme Couponing? How does couponing work? It’s not as hard as you think. I promise. I’ve been saving my family money by couponing for several years now and it literally comes to me as second nature.

How does Couponing Work?

I don’t even think about it anymore. In fact, if I don’t use a coupon when I buy a product these days, a little angel in heaven loses its wings. Something breaks inside of my soul and all the flowers wilt outside of my house.

Catch my drift. I HAVE TO COUPON otherwise it’s not OK. You won’t be able to NOT save money after getting into this routine. How does couponing work? Because you make it work.

Two EASY THINGS TO REMEMBER. You have to catch a sale and you have to have a coupon. If both of these things aren’t happening at the same exact time, then you don’t buy the product.

Just use that as your general guideline for now and you will be golden. As you get a bit fancier, you will be able to figure out what are the best deals without any overgeneralized rules, but for now – pop that puppy on a poster and hang it in your kitchen. 

I actually enjoy cutting coupons and finding a great deal. I genuinely do. It’s like a game. Once you start, you will never pay full price again. Are you ready for that life change? This is like the Matrix. There’s no turning back… 

How Does Couponing Work?

First of all, couponing works if you have coupons. So, you need to sign up for some sort of newspaper delivery system. I only get the weekend edition. I get two papers sent to me.

It’s not worth it if you buy them at the deli on Sunday because the price is HIGHER that way. You have to add up all your costs. So, by signing up for delivery, you are actually saving money in the long run.

Also, if your parents, grandparents, neighbors, brothers – etc – all have papers… ask them for their inserts if they don’t mind. Don’t feel funny about it. They aren’t going to use them and it really won’t matter to them to put their coupons aside for you. 

How To Extreme Coupon Step By Step

How Does Extreme Couponing Work?

Secret in the sauce time!! Are you ready for this!!

To get a good grip on couponing, you have to be willing to store items for a rainy day. You don’t buy shampoo when you NEED shampoo. You buy it when it’s on sale and then you stock up. That’s the point.

In theory, if you buy shampoo with a coupon, you are doing a good thing. BUT if you buy shampoo with a coupon during a week when it is buy 1 get 1 free — you are REALLY saving. Timing is everything. You have to be patient and you have to work a little at getting organized. How to extreme coupon step by step starts here! 

I also have a little storage area set up in my basement for my coupon supplies. Yes, it’s ridiculous to have this much shampoo at one point. But guess what? I paid probably $10 for all of that shampoo TOTAL.

And guess what else? When I was placed on bed rest for 5 months because of pregnancy complications, my husband did not have to worry about any shopping for my family for the entire time. I had everything done already – it was all waiting downstairs for us.

One less thing to worry about. God forbid you get fired, something horrible happens to your family, you get placed on bedrest yourself – who KNOWS what comes up! There will be one less thing to worry about. Couponing is a good thing. I cannot say this enough. 

COUPON ORGANIZATION:

Now, let’s talk about getting your coupons organized. It’s one thing to know about when the sale is happening and it’s another thing about knowing where your coupons are! How to coupon depends on both of those factors!

coupon binder

I’ve gone through several different scenarios with my coupon binder set up. I’ve made three different videos in my life and have posted them above for your reference. Coupon binders are usually three times the size of a regular binder.

You will also need to pick up a pair of small scissors, a coupon plastic envelope, a hole puncher, a pad and a black marker. This list contains affiliate links. 

Coupon Binder Shopping List:

COUPONING TIME COMMITMENT:

To really get the true benefit of couponing, you have to spend a little time looking through the circulars. Truthfully, it took me about an hour to work through CVS and Target.

HOWEVER, the good news is there are PLENTY of sites that will do this for you. These women DO THE CIRCULARS so you don’t have to! I know a coupon blogger who pays $75 to someone just so they can write up those posts for her. They take a LONG time.

Why not use the sites and save yourself the effort? I did it because I wanted to understand the process a bit. Moving forward, I am going to lean on coupon bloggers for the flyer breakdowns. But truth be told, I did have fun searching out my extreme couponing deals.

Just search coupon blog, coupon deal sites, deal sites, deal blogger, deal blogger sites in Google and see what you come up with! 

LETTING GO OF BRAND LOYALTY WHILE COUPONING:

Here’s the part that my husband is NOT going to be happy with. If you truly want to learn how to coupon, you have to let go of your brand loyalty. I’m not saying you can’t continue to buy your favorite coffee beans or yogurt.

If you TRULY LOVE IT – then of COURSE stick with it. HOWEVER, every other product has to now be opened to sales and coupons.

So, no more staples. CVS had a sale on Wisk this week. I bought it last night during my 10PM run. I got 2 Wisk HE detergents (32 loads) for $10 but then I also incorporated 2 $1 off coupons.

In the end, I paid $4 each. If you look at the green box, you can save even more by purchasing $25 worth of items. CVS will give you $10 in extra bucks that you can use during your next purchase.

This is how it begins to add up. So, why not buy 4 Wisks and some paper towels (with another coupon) and then get that $10 bucks for FREE. In the end, the second set of Wisk bottles were FREE because they gave you $10 towards a future purchase.

clipping coupons

COUPONING TIPS For beginners:

I can be a bit manic, so couponing can get dangerous for me. I might one day come home with 56 tubes of Polident just because it was on sale! So, I’m taking deep breaths and I am TRULY only buying things that we need.

This is important. Don’t start buying cat food because you can. UNLESS you have a church that you can donate it to – or a neighbor – or a shelter! Do good if you can. But don’t just do it and then be stuck with STUFF. 

COUPONING Tip 1: Don’t purchase things JUST BECAUSE they are on sale.

I’m not going to start buying potato chips because I can get them for a true bargain. That would defeat the purpose because then I will be spending more money than I would have if I was just shopping like a regular consumer.

COUPONING Tip 2: Be smart about the timing of things.

We didn’t particularly NEED dish soap, but CVS was having a sale on Palmolive and I got 2 for free and one for $.49 because I used the right coupons during the right time. YES – I got 3 bottles of dish soap for $.49 – all because I was careful about when I used the coupons.

COUPONING Tip 3: Don’t clip coupons out of the flyers when you get them.

Instead of making yourself a HUGE pile of coupons that you have to sort through, keep the coupons in their pamphlet form and punch holes in the paper.

Store everything in your binder. This way you can easily flip through your coupons and cut them out when needed. Remove pages that have items you would NEVER EVER BUY – for me that was diapers, cover up, senior citizen items etc.

EXTREME COUPONING Tip 4: Shop AROUND

Here’s the thing with couponing – you can’t put all your eggs in one basket. You have to be able to go to a few stores to really see results.

I’m not saying I’m going to drive to another town to find a Pathmark, but I am saying that I will hit up Walgreens, CVS and Target once a week if I get a big enough bargain on an item my family uses.

Every store has sales that are meant to draw customers in with the hopes that they will purchase other items. Well, that’s for the rest of the world.

Don’t get suckered into full priced items just because you happened to be walking around Stop and Shop!! Buy what’s on sale and then go home. Everything will eventually be marked down. There’s no point in wasting your money – especially in this economy.

PHEW!! How was that? Not too painful right? Do what you can and save where it’s possible. That’s all I’m saying.

Let’s save together this year. That’s my mission. I want to see how much I can save by the end of the year. Again, if you want to play along, start saving those coupons from the newspaper.

Where Do You Get Coupons From?

I buy 4 newspapers a week in order to clip coupons. I just started to do this a few weeks ago because I wanted to take advantage of multiple deals at once.

When you only get one newspaper, you are limited to just one coupon. I spend about $2.50 on each newspaper, so that’s a $10 expense. BUT WORTH IT!

I get Newsday because I found it’s the best one available by me for extreme couponing.

Other Places To Get Coupons:

  • Ask your neighbors to save them for you
  • eBay
  • Drive around on recycle day and grab them – as per Extreme Couponing Show – I wouldn’t really do this
  • Dumpster Dive – as per Extreme Couponing Show – I wouldn’t really do this
  • Write to the company and request them
  • Facebook Fan companies and wait for them to offer some
  • The INTERNET! Once a day I post links to all the hottest coupons online. Yes, I do all the hard work for you.
  • Each store has store coupons specific just to their brand. Visit each individual site OR get their flyer.
  • Mobile Coupons – stores also offer mobile coupons and sits like CellFire and ShopKick have some as well
  • There are also coupon clipping services that are available. For example, if you want 100 Vitamin Water coupons, you can BUY them online. Handling fees are required.

How Does Couponing Work?

Are those reality shows realistic? How do they save THAT MUCH MONEY?

Is it possible? Yes, it’s possible. HOWEVER, these people are extreme. Get it! They spend 40 hours a week planning trips like that and most admit that those $1000 for $.67 trips are a once in a lifetime sort of thing. Don’t aspire for that. Are you willing to give up your entire basement for some BBQ sauce?

Also NOTICE what they are buying. Do you really want 87 jars of honey mustard? Not really! Couponing for your family should never be THAT extreme.

It also really depends on where you live!! I live in NY and you better believe that those sort of deals don’t EXIST. Sure, I can get my bill down to HALF – and when I do, I’m jumping up and down.

But it’s an $88 dollar bill brought down to around $40. NOT $800 down to $.50!! Be realistic. Don’t get disappointed if you don’t reach their level. You aren’t spending the 40 hours a week that they are. Remember that.

How can I start stockpiling?

You just do. As you can see, my stockpile focus mainly on cleaning and beauty supplies. I really don’t do food except when the pasta coupons come out because you can always get that for free.  Here is my mini stockpile.

I don’t want it to take over my life. I want to save money for my family. When I see a good deal – I go for it! I don’t compare myself to anyone. I just try as hard as I can to save for my family.

This also includes my extended family. My mother always comes over and gets stuff for her and my grandmother. Spread the love if you start doing this. Everyone can use the help.

For example, last week Wisk was on sale at Stop and Shop for $3.99. I had a $2 off coupon. Well, I had 4 of them since I get 4 newspapers. I went and I got them.

Did I need detergent? NO! But for $1.99 – you better believe I’m going to buy it. Did I get it for FREE or did I make money on the sale? Was it truly extreme couponing? No. But I’m still happy with my bargain.

This stockpile was accumulated over 10 months. I buy about $40-70 worth of goods a week and spend under $5 for them. Slow and steady.

Where Should I Use My Coupons?

All of them. I will go to Walmart to buy 1 deal and then run to CVS to get another. I watch all sales. You can’t go to just one place anymore. If you really want to save, you have to go to where the sale is.

Luckily, I live in a town that has EVERY STORE ON THE PLANET. Seriously. We have three MEGA MALLS within a mile from each other. It’s insane. So, it’s no big deal for me to head around and shop in different places.

Don’t go crazy and drive 50 miles for a sale. You have to count GAS in all of this.

Every Week I End Up Throwing Away So Many Unused Coupons!

Me too. I only use coupons when they are paired with a sale and really make sense. I used to be so upset about throwing them out – but now I realize it’s just part of the game.

And just a heads up, I heard there are government sites that actually take EXPIRED COUPONS for soldiers! I’ve been meaning to look this up because that is SO WONDERFUL.

But I Really Want To Coupon Like The People On Extreme Couponing!!!

I can’t help you with that. All I can do is show you every day what sales I think are worth your time. I hope you won’t get discouraged because it really IS worth your time. Saving money is ALWAYS worth your time. 

I truly hope this post has helped you figure out how to use coupons! Let me know what you think!!

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Comments

  1. I need to seriously start clipping coupons and saving money in this department. Congrats on the new site! How do you manage it all??? 🙂

    Posted 1.5.11
  2. Amy B. wrote:

    I’m pretty good with coupons, but tip #3 was a new one for me, and very helpful. I often reject some coupons, only to think weeks later “dang, why didn’t I clip that one?”

    Posted 1.5.11
  3. I wish I had the time and devotion to actually coupon but I guess it’s not high on my priorities and would take time from other things. I do use coupons that I get from the companies or pick up here and there but can’t bring myself to do any more than that. Kudos to you mommas who do though, sometimes I envy you all!

    Posted 1.5.11
  4. What a meaty post Vera! Great info of which I am in need of – Thanks and passing this link on to friends and family!

    Posted 1.5.11
  5. One of my private New Years resolutions was to quit being scared of coupons and slowly start on them this year!

    Great tips… I’m going to start working on them this weekend, already saved last weeks coupons.

    Here’s hoping I can save some money! We’ve got 7 kids and this will help us save up and still send things to college with the oldest when she needs them!!

    Posted 1.5.11
    • J. C. wrote:

      7 kids! dang! ever heard of birth control, girl?!

      Posted 4.4.11
      • J. C. wrote:

        forgot to say, great info, thanks!!

        Posted 4.4.11
        • PT wrote:

          J.C, you will find that some of the BEST couponers ARE those of us with children. I have 6 children, am a widow (with 3 at 24) then divorced (with 3 more at 30) and have raised them all alone on getting my degree, working full time, and LONG ago learning the true value of a coupon! Im sad to admit i have a LONG way to learn to compete with so many out there but it IS a goal. I have one in college, one in the Army, and 4 at home and I pay my bills. Just because we have multiple children doesnt make us BAD, maybe it has educated us in areas others cant relate to? At least Im not using your taxpayers money (assuming you work) to be on foodstamps. I “cut” my own way with coupons and its a game for the kids!! PROUD OF IT!! AND of them!

          Posted 5.1.11
          • Anonymous wrote:

            High five you ladies with more than one kid!

            Posted 5.26.11
          • jana wrote:

            High Five from me too. 🙂 You sure have a lot to be proud of!!

            Posted 6.18.11
          • Anonymous wrote:

            I’m Looking For help on cutting coupons I’m willing to pay please get back to me

            Posted 9.13.11
      • anyonomous wrote:

        Myob, did anyone ask for your opinion?

        Posted 9.27.11
  6. Thanks for the tips. I have never understood the real value of coupons but I have to admit that I definitely can see the point now! can’t wait to try it out!

    Posted 1.5.11
  7. I am SUCH the coupon Czarina that the cashiers at the stores I frequent bow and roll out the red carpet (in the self-check so they don’t have to deal with me, ha ha). I have four kids. One of whom is a 17 year old boy/jock/actor/musician who eats like he is a small principality himself. Back before my coupon epiphany I spent on average $300 weekly on food, sundries and household supplies. Now if I spend $150 every two weeks it’s an indicator that either I got lazy with the coupons or found a fab new pair of boots that begged to come home with me. I actually teach classes on coupon use at a local family shelter. If you have.. give.

    Posted 1.5.11
    • shelley wrote:

      I need help! I am a beginner at all of this couponing any great sites to check out or anything?

      Posted 5.13.11
      • Yotisny wrote:

        Two great sites are couponmom.com and Hunt4freebies.com. I love couponmom.com because they do a lot of the hunting for you. They put together a list of the drug store deals and supermarket deals and let you know what coupons from what sunday paper insert to use to maximize your savings (providing you have been saving your coupon inserts). Also, Couponmom.com have links to the major online coupon sites like Coupons.com. Hunt4freebies.com is one site that I recently have started to really get into. They have all sorts of freebies and they also have coupon links as well to the manufacturer websites and manufacturer Facebook pages that have coupons and offers. Like I said, I have really gotten into Hunt4freebies.com in the past month and I am currently waiting on free paint from Glidden, free Cottenelle wipes, hair color, deodorant and other free stuff that I can’t recall. I check Hunt4freebies.com daily because new offers/coupons are added every day. Also, Hunt4freebies.com list what coupons from what sunday insert (Smartsource, Redplum, Proctor&Gamble, etc) down to the actual coupon and face value of the coupon. So for a particular week, if the coupons are not what you need……you know not to buy the paper that week. In addition, Dollartree stores sell the sunday papers for $.75-$1.00. What I have found is that their papers do not always have the number of inserts listed on Hunt4freebies.com. Hope this helps.

        Posted 5.29.11
  8. julie wrote:

    Good luck with your new site, Vera and Audrey! (I feel like I say that a lot to you two!) And, for the record, I am not sharing this with my husband because I have a lot of other budgeting things to get together before I start extreme couponing.

    Posted 1.5.11
  9. Carolyn wrote:

    This post is so inspiring! I have been meaning to start using coupons, and this post has motivated me to try! I hope it works!!! 🙂

    Posted 1.5.11
  10. I love that you are doing this! Couponing is fun….I did a budget bootcamp in 2010 where I learned all the ins and outs of making the most of using coupons. It’s an art, but I love it when you can work the system!

    Posted 1.5.11
    • Bernie wrote:

      what is a budget bookcamp, and where can I find one in VA?

      Posted 5.29.11
  11. heather c wrote:

    I’m glad to hear I don’t have to do all that research myself. Wow!
    I already bought a binder and some inserts for holding all my coupons. Hope I can get on the ball this year.

    Posted 1.13.11
  12. Jennie Bonjour wrote:

    Hello this is great that your doing this…I also watched a show about extreme couponing andthought that could be something my husband and I can do…the thing is I didnt know where to start,so I’m grateful you are here to help people like me. I’m very new started cliping coupons last week. So wsh us luck my kids are enjoying this idea to…Thanks again
    Jennie Bonjour

    Posted 1.17.11
  13. Candis Santos wrote:

    I would just LOVE to learn how to do extream couponing if any one would love to tell me how you do it all or go to the store and watch how you do i, hit me up..

    Posted 4.5.11
  14. sarah wrote:

    hello.. i am very new to couponing.. But i love the idea.. having a heard time palnning out where to start… i have five ppl in my family and i could use some tips

    Posted 4.6.11
  15. Linda wrote:

    So I had a question about coupons. I watched some of the extreme couponing last night. My question is I saw where they used multiple coupons for an item, how is that possible when most coupons say one coupon per purchase. Yet on this program they had several of one item and handed them tons of the same coupon for the item. I don’t understand, I am confused. Can you shed some light?

    Linda

    Posted 4.7.11
    • Crystal wrote:

      I’m totally confused as well! One coupon per person per item…. Help???

      Posted 4.8.11
      • J. C. wrote:

        me too! please explain how do you use multiple coupons on 1 item, never seen a coupon that does NOT say you can only use 1 coupon per person per item!

        Posted 4.8.11
        • Jo wrote:

          If I understand it right that means You can only use 1 coupon on 1 item… so if you have say 10 items you have to have 10 coupons one for each. And the 1 person means someone else can’t also use that coupon.

          Posted 5.17.11
          • Renee wrote:

            Keep in my mind that a lot of stores will allow you to stack coupons. This is to say that you can use a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon on the same item. Example: If Walgreens has Dial soap on sale for $2 you can use a manufacturer coupon for $1 off and a store coupon for $0.50 off and get the item for $0.50.

            That is the only way that I know that you can use more than one coupon on the same item. Hope this helps

            Posted 6.13.11
  16. Michelle wrote:

    I have tried going online to print coupons, but only get these long drawn out questionairres and then when I get to the end and select “print coupons” I do not get any to print. All the questionaires are burdensome and time consuming. Is there any sites that you can just go to to get coupons???

    Posted 4.8.11
  17. Vera wrote:

    Honestly – the places by me don’t allow me to give double coupons for the same item. I dont understand how some places do and others dont. I do it as you think – one coupon per item. And I still do alright. I video what I do each week so you can see. Im away right now but am heading home tonight. Tomorrow I am going to go to CVS and then make a video to show you what steals I found. SAVE ALL YOUR COUPONS FROM THE WEEKEND!! Trust me it’s worth it!!!

    AND MICHELLE — I link out once a week to the right coupons to print. When I get home I will do that as well. 🙂 Dont do anything for surveys. They seem like scams. Only from actual sites (like tide.com etc)

    Posted 4.11.11
  18. April wrote:

    I am so ready to start saving money! Thank you for all the tips. My only problem is i dont really get the math, i understood the example you gave with wisk but the hand soap that was another thing. But I am more of a visual learner then anything, so maybe you can show us how you do the math in a black and white kind of way.
    Thank you for you time it so wonderful that you are doing this : )

    Posted 4.14.11
    • Vera wrote:

      Every week I do a video showing what I did and how I saved – keep checking back. I try to explain it step by step because I know it can be a bit overwhelming. It’s a lot of fun and REALLY makes a difference!! 🙂

      Posted 4.15.11
  19. Kiwi wrote:

    I am a NEW couponer and I need some organization tips. How do you organizer your coupons? Please be specific. Thanks for this site!

    Posted 4.17.11
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    i got about $40.00 WORTH OF FOOD COUPONS $16.00 WORTH OF BABY PRODUCT AND ABOUT $70.00 IN OTHERS LIKE SHAMPOO AND STUFF WHERES THE BEST PLACE TO GO I WAS THINKING KROGER

    Posted 4.18.11
  21. Jo wrote:

    If you have not heard it yet, you might find it useful that Walmart is now accepting all coupons, be it Target’s, CVS,Walgreen’s whatever store. And they will pricematch : )

    Posted 4.21.11
    • Vera wrote:

      THAT IS INSANE!!!

      Posted 4.21.11
    • PT wrote:

      Walmart chhanged their policy on several issues on coupons March 11, 2011… please go to their site to review it and I suggest you PRINT it and take it to the store with you since many mgrs and CSMs are NOT aware of their new changes. First, Walmart will only price match with another store that is within 20 miles of them… where I live, i am LITERALLY .10mile from the nearest grocery and they will NOT recognize price matching!! Secondly… if a product is on sale or price matched for say, mens deoderant at $1.75 and you have a $2.00 off coupon for it it is NOW WALMARTS POLICY TO ROLL OVER THE DIFFERANCE INTO THE REST OF YOUR ORDER OR PAY YOU THE DIFFERANCE. THAT is why you need to print out their new policy!

      For those of you that have Rite Aid in your area too… keep an eye on your receipt. At the bottom there is a survey number… go to riteaid.com, use this number and do a quick survey, and print out a coupon for $3.00 of any purchace of $15.00 or more (watch the expiration dates). You will most likely get one of these survey receipts each time you shop and they CAN be stacked!!

      Posted 5.1.11
      • Yotisny wrote:

        So if you have $30 worth of items and two of these $3 off $15 coupons, I can use both?

        Posted 5.29.11
  22. Shandi wrote:

    I want to be an extreme couponer. What are the best websites to get free printable coupons. Is there a website that you can just search for a certain coupon and print it? My store currently had Purex Laundry soap on sale 2 for $5.00. I can’t find a coupon for Purex. HELP!

    Posted 4.21.11
  23. KS wrote:

    Hi Vera,
    I m new to all this but wanted to know the steps to do extreme couponing. What is the best Sunday newspaper to look for coupons , which other online websites should i search for good coupons. I lost my job , have a 4year and now expecting. Please help me to save some money.

    Thanks,
    KS

    Posted 4.21.11
  24. gin wrote:

    Where is everyone Getting there Manufacturers coupons. I can see myself getting a few of the inserts but just watching the tv shows, I saw them with thousands of inserts and non printables.

    Posted 5.5.11
    • Yotisny wrote:

      EXACTLY!!!!!!! I would love to know. Seems like I need to find someone who does a paper route and have them save me some inserts from their distribution center.

      Posted 5.30.11
  25. Harley edmonds and amanda ray wrote:

    me and my foster mother amanda watched the show and are very interested in possibly starting couponing. im sixteen and it really interest me for some reason im not sure. amandas question is “How do you get the stores to let you group all the coupons together at one time in order for you to get all the savings you do?”

    Posted 5.5.11
  26. leese wrote:

    I am VERY interested in starting extreme couponing! I went out and purchased 2 sunday papers today and BOY was I surprised to find the price for our little paper was $1.50!

    The real reason I am posting here is for advice. I live in a small, rural town with only 3 local grocery stores. Two of them will not accept any printed coupon (after the Dorito’s fiasco) and the third one will accept a few, but they are overpriced to start with, so very few people even shop there. One of the lower priced stores that does not take printed coupons has a weekly doubler, but it is for 50 cents max per coupon, not good on BOGO or free coupons, and will only double 3 items in your cart per person, per day. I cannot make 10 seperate transactions without 9 other people with me. There is a Safeway and an Albertson’s, both are an hour’s drive away, and there is a super-Walmart about 45 minutes away.

    Teach me all I need to know, my teacher!

    Posted 5.8.11
    • Lori Swan wrote:

      I also live in rural USA. We have 1 store. I do have a small walmart 10 miles away. I will need to travel an hour to get to the stores that have the best deals. I havent started couponing yet. but that will change starting next Sunday.

      Posted 5.30.11
  27. Jacqui wrote:

    Vera,

    Your site has been VERY insightful. We have a household of only 2, my husband works horrific shiftwork and I am currently trying to get my disability as a result of damage done to my face and nervous system from an ex-spouse. I DO NOT say this for sympathy! I hate sympathy! I am a SURVIVOR and thank God everyday that He not only gave me a way out but a new life with a GREAT man. But after several attempts to work, it became apparent that my body was simply not going to allow me to do the things I was once able to before the abuse. God has a bigger plan for me, I am trying my hand at writing to maybe help other women in those types of situations to help them see that there is a way out and that there is life afterwards. But, since I currently have no income and my medical bills, prescriptions and all take up a large chunk of our budget I have been wracking my brain as to how to help us in other ways financially. I think couponing could be one way I could seriously help us in a tremendous way. I have been reading through your site and sites like yours trying to learn more and more. I have SERIOUS short term memory problems, so my concern is forgetting what coupons I do have and missing out on sales and deals. Do you have any ideas to help me in that area? We get paid twice a week and try to shop on paydays. We also try to eat very low carb, the reason for this is that my husband works on large machinery (I am talking, he drives trucks the size of a house or bigger) for 12 hour shifts, and he might work 3 twelve hour days, a 12 hour swing (3pm-3am) and then maybe 5 -8 12 hour nights and then get one day off and start all over again. We try to eat very healthy, for his sake and mine. My memory is so bad at times that I actually forget to eat unless he texts me and reminds me to eat. I really want to do this couponing thing because I believe if I can get the system down, it could save us up to the equivalent of a car payment a month! That in itself would alleviate so much pressure from my husband and put more money in our savings for an emergency situation, or we could double up on car payments and rid ourselves of a bill faster. Our goal is to get rid of as many bills as we can as quickly as we can without touching our savings or 401k. We have been able to rid ourselves of ALL credit cards, now we are down to our car payments, an ATV which we are going to sell, and our house and utilities. We have only been married 2 years this August and my husband is GREAT with finances, and he is ALL for the couponing. ANY advice you can give me to help me organize and get started and help me find a way to keep it organized in a manner where I won’t forget what I have in the way of coupons so that I don’t waste them would be greatly appreciated. I know some people will read this and say, “there are only 2 of you, how hard can it be?” It is still difficult, I have a son who is deployed overseas with the Army and we send him packages often to help him deal better with his time over there. He gets deployed about every 6 months with his job and it is hard, he will be 21 and since he joined at 18 he has only been stateside about 16 months of that time. I am proud of him but he is my best friend as well as my son and if I could send him more I would. Couponing would allow us to be able to be able to do that for him. He deserves that. I also want to be able to volunteer at a Women’s Shelter, the nearest one to me is 40 miles one way, couponing would allow me to be able to afford the gas money to drive to the shelter and back a couple of times a month and maybe provide inspiration to those women. Couponing can open doors beyond just saving money for your household if you look beyond yourself. At least that is what I believe.

    Vera, I know you are a VERY busy mother, and woman, but I hope you can find time to respond to my query. God Bless you and your family. You are helping so many families that are struggling during these tough economic times and that is a gift! You are an inspiration! <3
    Jacqui

    Posted 5.12.11
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  29. camster wrote:

    Hello,
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    Posted 5.19.11
  30. Ariel wilson wrote:

    I think its really awsome too put this much dedication i’d like too get started doing this to help my sister and too donate but i’m at a loss how too start even doing this but i’m terrible at math and not great with organization so if you could email me it would be great I also have a facebook if you have an account I could use some more tips and advice [email protected]

    Posted 5.21.11
  31. Sarah wrote:

    Ok i just watched the show extreme cuponing and i loved it. Now that i have found your blog i understand how to get started. I was wondering tho. Does anyone know any sites that I can use to get cupons. I am a single mom. I live with my mother step dad my two younger siblings and my son. So there are six people in a one income house. Crazy right? If i could find a place to get cupons this would help with our shopping bill greatly. We already cupon , but it would be better to save more. Thanks for all your tips!!!

    Posted 5.22.11
    • Yotisny wrote:

      Couponmom.com and Hunt4freebies.com

      Posted 5.29.11
  32. patty wrote:

    Where can I buy those plastic sheets that the couponers put their coupons in? I have checked everywhere to no avail, and there must be a place to buy them from?
    thanks!
    patty

    Posted 5.26.11
    • robin wrote:

      i actually found some on amazon

      Posted 5.26.11
    • robert wrote:

      i watched this show also and i believe the pages are baseball card pages i hope this helps

      Posted 5.26.11
  33. robin wrote:

    i wanted to start couponing but i need a little help i’ve read everything but i still don’t really understand it

    Posted 5.26.11
  34. shanea wrote:

    I need help starting to coupon I have been on many websites tryn g to print coupons but when they print there is not bar code or anythig. anyone with any ips would be greatly appriciated.
    thank you,
    Shanea Edgin
    [email protected]

    Posted 5.27.11
  35. Fanny wrote:

    i was just wondering how does this coupon thing work and how do i get started cause i need to get this going fast i want to know what to do and how it works please

    Posted 5.31.11
  36. Alexandra Hunt Photography wrote:

    thanks so much for these tips! I’m trying to get this whole home-making thing under control and going smoothly. This will help! 🙂

    Posted 6.1.11
  37. yoli wrote:

    I was watching the extreme coupon show and think it’s a great way to go but I would like some help getting started please help. I am a single mom in Burley, Idaho and need some ways to save money.

    Posted 6.2.11
  38. Elizabeth wrote:

    I would love to do extreme couponing or just couponing the right way but I dont know how or if I can do it. Im going to be a single mom in Aug. and im in school so I need to get smart and save money for my first baby. how do I go about fining out store info and what they take??

    Posted 6.15.11
  39. Sherry wrote:

    After watching the Extreme Couponing show, ive noticed that they all seem to go online to organize their items and prices etc. They never reveal the favorite site each individual uses. Any Suggestions on these would be quite useful and appreciated.

    Posted 6.15.11
  40. Ed Romine wrote:

    I think that extreme couponing is an awesome thing. I am new and have not really got started. I was wondering if there was a group of couponers in or around the Louisville Kentucky area that meet and exchange coupons and clip them as well. I am interested in this and would like to get more involved in this. My wife thinks I am crazy but I told her just wait until I show you the real first savings with this and you will see then why people are doing it. So any hints would be helpful ad ay advice or help you could give would be greatly appreaciated. Thanks Ed Romine

    Posted 6.15.11
  41. Mami2jcn wrote:

    I’ve found that the new show about extreme couponing seems to have raised store employees’ suspicion. Today I had some problems using coupons I’ve used before. They scan fine, but the cashier didn’t want to scan it because she said my product didn’t match the picture (the coupon was for ANY product from that brand and it stated that on the coupon in ALL CAPS). I had to call a manager over and they honored the coupon. My husband hates putting up with these kinds of hassles so he prefers not to coupon. But I LOVE saving money and will continue to use coupons.

    Posted 6.19.11
  42. Debbie wrote:

    I was wanting to know if you have 3 coupons for an item can you use all 3 coupons for that item. If you can someone please let me know. Because I went to a Kroger and the cashier told me I could not do that.

    Posted 7.21.11
  43. bernita richardson wrote:

    hi my name is bernita i have 2 children and would like to get started with extreme couponing my finances are very limited so i really think this would help me

    Posted 7.23.11
  44. Monique wrote:

    I signed in to shopathome, but I need to imput my information all the time. I click on a coupon and it takes me to another website, so its website to website. I need advise from an expert.

    Posted 7.27.11
  45. Ann wrote:

    I would love to get started on using coupons, i haven’t made the time to do so yet. I work at Wal mart and it’s true that we have a new coupon policy were we will honor coupons at other stores whether it be our local Walgreens, Fred’s, Piggly Wiggly, Save a Lot, it doesn’t matter as long as it specifies a specific amount, they don’t honor buy one, get one free coupons, or coupons with a particular percentage off. Another good thing about Wal mart is their price match guarantee, our store doesn’t even require an ad; in our town the match has to be from a store within a 45 mile radius. It works great because we have at least 4 other grocery stores in town to compare sale prices with. Wal mart even takes register rewards that our local Walgreens gives out and the coupons in their sales papers. I haven’t figured out completely how to extreme coupon just yet; one customer of mine at Wal mart who has it down on extreme couponing told me that she goes to Walgreens and breaks all of her purchases down into multiple transactions, by her doing this she is able to collect register rewards and use toward the very next transaction. A few days ago i checked out a lady who did a price match on her 6 cans of Campbells soup and got it for 0.59 instead of a dollar, then she had coupons that saved her a $1 off each can, so in fact Wal mart owed her money, but since she had additional purchases she was able to use it on them. Seeing other people do this really motivates me to get started on saving towards my weekly grocery bill. I hope this information is helpful for those of you out there who are trying to get started on saving $$$$$$$$.

    Posted 9.1.11
  46. Kattie wrote:

    You are my hero!! Thank you for all your advice! I am currently unemployed due to my company downsizing and eliminating my position and really needed to start saving some money!! With your wonderful advice I was able to save $45.00 today at the grocery store!! I can’t wait to save more! This is such a rush/ High! lol

    Posted 9.5.11
  47. Navid wrote:

    Alakazaam-information found, problem slevod, thanks!

    Posted 9.16.11
  48. Stephanie wrote:

    I would love to do this to start a food bank in our area. I could enlist some of the ladies in my church to help me, I think it is important to help people that need help.

    Posted 9.20.11
  49. melissa wrote:

    im recently very excited about starting to coupon. i currently save appx. 30% on my grocery bill for 8 people. I’m a 30yr old waitress with 4 children, a husband who also works very hard, and 2 younger brothers who recently lost their jobs… as it is, i spend a majority of my tips on food and household necessities(laundry items, shower items, and cleaning items). Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated!!!

    your help is very much appreciated and needed!!!!!

    Posted 9.29.11
  50. sandra parks wrote:

    Please I need help. I am a mother and works full time. Please help me.

    Posted 9.29.11
  51. Sam wrote:

    I live in Canada but recently went over to the States to coupon. While I got a 45% savings with online coupons I would still like to do better. I am looking for tips on where to get coupons other than online…are there any newspapers that have the best coupons, or are there days that have the most? I am looking to come across again in November and will be couponing in Niagara falls, Buffallo, Erie PA and anywhere in between. Please help!

    Posted 10.11.11
    • Jasmyn wrote:

      hey sam…I live in Ontario too, and we have recently started couponing here and we are now starting to venture into Buffalo and NF…do you have any tips??? J

      Posted 11.18.11
  52. pennie huggins wrote:

    i would love to get started, but honestly don’t know how. i already clip coupons, but i want more. i was wondering if there was a way for literally, step by step instructions.

    Posted 10.13.11
  53. Anonymous wrote:

    i once in a while watch the show extreme couponing and its actually very smart. i would like to start but i think it is a little ambarrasing but i want to do it. so can someone please help me get through it

    Posted 10.18.11
  54. David wrote:

    You all realize this isn’t sustainable? The ROI on your time is less then a part time job and if everyone did it it would just drive up prices.

    Posted 10.20.11
    • Not really David. In 2009 I saved over $52,000 using coupons and rebates. Let me be more clear, due to using coupons in conjunction with rebates, I made more than most people make with a full time job. It’s more than possible. I’m living proof. Oh, and I’ve been doing this for 14 years. So, yes. It’s sustainable. 😉

      Posted 11.14.11
  55. David wrote:

    Oh yeah….and if you were my girlfriend…..well, I don’t tolerate annoying chicks….

    Posted 10.20.11
    • Anonymous wrote:

      i find it hard to believe you even have a girlfriend

      Posted 10.26.11
  56. Kris wrote:

    David – you realize the ROI on your taking the time to read this and then post a comment is pretty low as well. Get a grip dude. If we want to use our spare time to get a good deal for the hard earned money we bring in then that’s our right. Go watch some football.

    Posted 10.21.11
    • Anonymous wrote:

      lol right on!! i bet these haters wouldnt be complaing if they could have 500$ worth of food and supplies for 5.00$

      Posted 10.26.11
  57. Tamara wrote:

    I just started couponing a few weeks ago and it was driving me crazy trying to find them in my coupon divider and then I stumbled on to your website , I have all these coupons that I cut up already ,what do I do now keep them in ziplock baggies till next month and start over ?

    Posted 10.27.11
    • Tekekwitha wrote:

      Go out and buy a really cheap binder. The bigger the better if you want to keep track of all your coupons at a glance. 3-hole punch the new circulars if you chose, but keep some 9 pocket (or any other size that fits your needs) coupon (baseball card) sleeve protectors in the binder as well for coupons that you cut immediately. I do NOT save the full circular & 3-hole punch it. I just have a binder w/MANY sleeve protectors in all different types (9-pocket, 8 pocket, 6-pocket, 4 postcard-pocket, 4 currency-pocket, 3 currency-pocket, 1-pocket [sheet protectors] sleeves & even a couple of 12- & 20-pocket sleeves for miniature coupons). If you chose to keep the circulars in tact until you need a specific coupon, it would likely still benefit you to get a few 9-pocket (cheapest you can buy) sleeves just to help keep track of the loose coupons you may get in the mail, from the blinkies @ the stores, etc. Hope this helps! =)

      Posted 10.31.11
  58. Heather wrote:

    I just want to say thank you for making such a sensible blog about couponing. I just started watching the show “extreme couponing” and think it is really neat…but a little unrealistic at times. I am eager to start couponing…I am just getting going this week. Thank you for such a down to earth, easy to understand look at couponing Vera!

    Posted 10.27.11
  59. Aaron Bethard wrote:

    I just wanted to add to the Coupons for soldiers section.

    I am in the air force and learned a little about couponing for saving money. Any Commisary (grocery store for the military) accepts coupons that have been expired but only for up to 6 months. That with tax free shopping can really help with couponing.

    So if you know anyone that is in the military and would like to donate coupons to them. Do it. We could always use a few more dollars and savings.

    Thanks for the tips and tricks.

    Posted 10.27.11
    • Patty wrote:

      Just wanted to let you know of a website that I stubbled upon in regards to sending coupons to a military facility; the site is OCPnet.org There you will find in details how to send the coupons.

      Posted 10.30.11
    • Armycouponmom wrote:

      I am married to a soldier in the US Army. We have two kids and I work part time as daycare in our location is expensive and Army daycare is very complicated to get into. I am hoping to get in the groove of major couponing to help offset our expenses further. However, after reading your entry, I tried using expired coupons at our commisary and was told by management that they do not accept expired coupons in my location. What’s worse, we live in Hawaii where cost of living is VERY high ($5 a gal for milk, etc) and they include on average 8-10 coupons total in the newspaper here. I am a little lost as to where to get coupons and inserts. Can anyone help with a little more specific instruction on this?? You can email me directly if you do not wish to publically post such instruction. Thanks!!!

      Posted 12.27.11
      • Lindsey wrote:

        Hi there.
        I know how hard it is to get coupons when you’re just starting out! I currently live in Okinawa, Japan where my husband is stationed., I had NO idea where all the ladies where getting their coupons from! Well with a little googling I found a site, and a local group that collects, and receives coupons from Mainland States, and send them to Troops stationed overseas. No, even though Alaska and Hawaii are considered to be Overseas, unfortunatly they, like you mentioned, do not allow the expired coupons, like they do here. ….But I did some googling for you, and I found one site dedicated to those in Hawaii. And maybe with some more research, and questions to them, you can find where to get coupons in your area. Good luck!!! 🙂
        http://hawaiishopaholics.com/archives/category/military-stores-coupon-policy

        Posted 2.26.12
  60. Mainhia wrote:

    Thank you so much for keeping things realistic. I’m looking to save – not be a crazy couponer buying things irrelevant to what my family’s needs are. I enjoyed reading what you have on here. I will definitely be more in touch!

    Posted 11.2.11
  61. Anonymous wrote:

    You are right: in NY (in my case LI) 30 to 70% savings is more realistic. Today I bought 8 cans of Glade for fre but I will likely just drop the off at my church since I have no issue for them anyway.

    Posted 12.8.11
  62. Amber wrote:

    Let me start by saying that you have one of the clearest explanations on how to start that I have found.
    You mentioned throwing away old/expired/unwanted coupons. Military families that live overseas can use coupons up to 6 months after they expire at base commissaries. I have been collecting coupons and shipping them overseas to 2 bases for the last year. I just went to http://www.commissaries.com and emailed a couple of the store directors and asked them if they could use the coupons. Some said yes, others said they already receive enough. I usually use a standard priority mail flat rate envelope and send what i have once a month or whenever I fill an envelope. If you use usps.com you get a discount on the postage price. Just remember, to think about the types of coupons you are sending. I don’t send coupons for alcohol (I don’t think they can use them), local items, store specific coupons (like target or walgreens) or items that military families can’t use.
    Now I’ve decided that since I cut the coupons out anyways I want to try and see if I can get some stuff for a good deal. If it’s stuff that I can use then great, but if not I want to be able to donate it cause there is always someone that can use it.

    Posted 1.6.12
    • Lindsey wrote:

      …And military families Overseas appreciate it! Thank you!!! 🙂

      Posted 2.26.12
  63. ash wrote:

    I.m new to using coupons. Started watching the extreme couponers on TLC and decided to try it out and get more info. I came acoss an article where this woman describes how to use one coupon ment for a specific item on a different cheaper item. She paid just a few dollars for 800 dollars worth of P&G products. Theres a thousand comments on the article saying thats fraud. I dont really understand all the rules and want to know if this is okay or not? Here the article http://gomestic.com/homemaking/how-i-paid-just-36-00-for-800-worth-of-downey-tide-dawn-and-other-pg-products/

    Posted 1.20.12
  64. ben wrote:

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    Posted 2.14.12
  65. renee wardlow wrote:

    i am brand new with coupons. where do you get all your coupons, besides the sunday paper. can grocery stores send you the items that are on sale for the week/month if youask them to
    it would take a lot of computer ink to print off coupons all the time is there other ways. im brand new at watching extreme couponing.

    Posted 3.29.12
  66. hey guys im living at south africa and i watched the show extreme couponing . i want to start but i dont even know if couponing is allowed in s.a .i dont know where to get coupons can you please hook me up wrote:

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    Posted 4.8.12
  67. Brandy Nicholas wrote:

    how do you know how many coupons you can use on any certain product? please let me know the girls at work and i are desperately wanting to know!

    Posted 4.17.12
    • Vera wrote:

      you can only use 1 coupon per item. but you can buy 4 like items in one single transaction 🙂

      Posted 4.17.12
  68. Donna wrote:

    I recently started couponing. My binder is bulging, but I don’t find great deals. Where do you get store coupons. Walgreens has a coupon book, but it doesn’t coincide with the sales. The best I do is B1G1, where it might be $5.00 for one and I have only a dollar coupon. So I only save 25& I live in Rhode Island. Any tips?

    Posted 4.30.12
  69. Donna wrote:

    Well that’s better than 25%, but my usual savings in a transaction is about that. I’m frustrated. When I get 10 for $10 I can never find a coupon for the item. Recently Manwich was 10 for $10. I searched high and low and couldn’t find a coupon it. I always get redirected to coupons.com. On most sites I am unable to print coupons. What’s up with that?

    Posted 4.30.12
  70. heather wrote:

    Yes there is a place called coupons to troops that give u names of soldiers so u can send the old expired coupons! if you dont wanna send urs plz plz plz let me know! i will gladly send them for u! my email is [email protected]

    Posted 6.30.12
  71. Olympia wrote:

    i wuld like to learn how to couponing to help my family save money. if someone could help i would greatly appreciate it 😀

    Posted 11.13.12
  72. steve and christina thomas wrote:

    we live in waynesville, ohio and was wondering if there was anyone in this area who would be willing to come to our home and teach us how to extreme coupon, we would be willing to pay for the services. [email protected]

    Posted 11.14.12
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    Military families in overseas locations can use coupons that are expired up to 6 months…not in the states though. I am an Army wife of 10 years and no stateside commissaries accept expired coupons, and Hawaii is considered stateside in this issue. We are currently stationed in Hawaii and it has certainly been a change to try to shop here. Our commissary has the cheapest prices, by far, over local stores. Produce is the worst priced and that is something you can’t coupon for. I tried local farmers markets, but I fear they are geared towards tourists, so they have higher prices than the commissary.

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