The Beginner’s Guide to Coupons

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If you are overwhelmed by the prospect of clipping hundreds of coupons every week or don’t even know where to begin, this series is for you.

Maybe you watched an episode of TLC’s Extreme Couponing and now wish you too could save hundreds of dollars on your grocery bill each week.  Well guess what?  You can!  While you do have to remember that the show is filmed to be as extreme as possible, (and there is no real reason to buy 1,000 tubes of toothpaste), anyone can save money with coupons.

Over eight simple lessons, I break down the couponing process into easy-to-follow baby steps, complete with weekly assignments to get you started on your way to extreme coupon savings.  By the end of the series, you will not only have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of extreme couponing, you will also know how to save megabucks at the drugstores and will have established a plentiful stockpile.  

1. Part One:  How to Start

2. Part Two:  Your First Shopping List

3. Part Three:  Mastering the Store

4. Part Four:  Building Your Stockpile

5. Part Five:  Walgreens

6. Part Six: CVS

7. Part Seven:  Rite-Aid

8. Part Eight: Taking it to the Next Level

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NOTE:  The LWSL Beginner’s Guide to Coupons is a free resource that includes eight written lessons.  It is intended to be comprehensive, and to break the process of extreme couponing down into very simple terms.  That said, it is not for everyone.  If you learn better by listening, rather than reading, you may want to instead check out Grocery University, an in-depth coupon class that includes more than 2 hours of downloadable audio lessons.




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  • Vicki February 15,

    Hi,

    I am new to couponing. Is there any particular order to give the cashier at Target the coupons. For example should I give her store coupons first and then mfg cpn. It seems that I have had a problem in the past but can’t remember which order I gave her the coupons.

    Thanks for your help,

    Reply
    • Ruth February 15,

      I honestly don’t do too much coupon shopping at Target. I believe store coupons first is the right order, but some Target Qs have a limit of 1 per transaction, so be sure to check them. Hope that helps! Occasionally the cashiers at Target can be unfriendly to couponers, but the corporate policy is very coupon friendly. If you ever have any problems, just politely ask for a manager and you should be okay.

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    • Marty August 23,

      We seem to have less trouble if we match the coupons per product (the target & manu together) & lay them all out for the cashier so they can just scan with the handheld. Them seem to appreciate that more & we try to always alternate cashiers – we are there enough that we know most of the cashiers & they know I alternate them – most of them don’t even second check me because they are use to me now…

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    • starr July 21,

      I shop at Target frequently. give the cashier the MFG. coupon first, then the store coupon…

      Reply
  • Amanda P February 22,

    I have had a few coupons not print from the target website. Has anyone had a issue?

    Reply
    • Ruth February 22,

      I had some problems printing Qs from the Target site a few months ago. I ended up doing a software update which solved the problem and allowed me to download the Target printing software. Also, sometimes coupons will not print if the coupon limit has been reached.

      Reply
  • Marnie April 6,

    This is absolutely awesome!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together for us newbies. It is awesome that you put the info on the TLC site for the new upcoming series of the new show!!!! I do have a question for you, what advice would you give to me for shopping for fruits and vegtables? I know the farmer’s markets are probably best, but I am pretty healthy eater so it’s mainly lean meats and vegtables. Now I do have kids so I will totally be using the coupons for cereals and snacks stuff for them, but was wondering if you had any advice on the fruits, veggies and or nuts… again thanks so much for putting this out there!!!!!

    Reply
    • Ruth April 6,

      You’re welcome! I actually wrote an article on that very topic a few months ago. Here is the link: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2011/02/23/7-ways-to-save-on-produce/

      Reply
    • Amanda April 25,

      I find that a good place to alot of these items are a amish community where they have a small store that sell home grown vegetables and sometimes find nuts spices and cheese products! Other than that farmers market is a great place!

      Reply
  • Cindy April 13,

    I watched the TLC channel and some other things online about couponing and I’m confused. These people may have 10 manufacturer coupons for mustard and are using them in one purchase. Most of the manufacturer coupons I am finding say one coupon per purchase. Doesn’t that mean for your shopping trip you can only use one coupon for the mustard and not 10 coupons on 10 mustards? Please help with the confusion.

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    • Ruth April 13,

      In the couponing world a purchase equals an item. Therefore more than one coupon that states “one coupon per purchase” can be used in a single transaction, so long as you are buying multiple items. However, if a coupon states “1 per transaction” or “1 per person,” then as a general rule you can’t use more than one in a single transaction. However it often depends on the store whether that wording is enforced. I hope that helps!

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    • Alsennia February 25,

      I am a cashier in my local town. If you have 10 coupons for 10 mustards you are able to use all of them
      (only if you use one coupon for each item) unless it specifically states per transaction meaning you can only use one coupon per transaction. Most store do not double up on coupons, and then some stores do. The best way to use coupons is to go to your local stores and find out what their “coupon rule” is because each store is different.

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  • Carolyn April 14,

    I have a question regarding using store coupons and mfg coupons. I was always under the impression that you could use only use one or the other. So I was just wanting some clarification on using store coupons and mfg coupons together. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ruth April 14,

      Almost every store allows you to “stack” a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon on the same item. The store gets reimbursed by the manufacturer for the MQ so it really doesn’t take any extra money away from the store to accept both.

      Reply
  • Betsy April 15,

    Just found your site. I see that lots of your purchases are BOGO iteme (love those, but not toooo common at my local market). Any feel on how much that plays into your savings?

    Thanks,

    Reply
    • Ruth April 15,

      The BOGO items definitely help a lot, but there are lots of great ways to save without them too. Every store is different, but many stores “loss leader” sales each week end up being the equivalent of BOGO prices (50% off or more.) Even at my store I find that some of the best deals end up being the things that are just on sale, because often the sale price is more than a 50% savings.

      Reply
  • Krissie April 16,

    Hi,
    Just wondering if you can save money if there are no store that do double coupon day in your area? I have that problem. Would it be worth it to take the local grocery store ads into walmart and use manufactorers coupons?

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    • Susan May 1,

      Yes it is possible to save money that way! I also live in a place where they do not double or tripple coupons (maybe once in a blue moon) but I have found that if I plan my meals out of the weekly ads and use manufactors coupons I can feed my family of 5 for around 40 dollars a week and still buy snacks and goodies and buy the name brand food items for cheaper than the off brand. It takes time and a lot of patience you just have to know when to grab the good deals!

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  • Jay Sask April 19,

    Wow!! The TLC show caught my eye, since I’m always in desperate need to save as much as possible for my family of 4. But the realistic part of it was to come across your Youtube Clips. Much bigger WOW—-considering your REAL about your points and advice giving! Seriously, 90hrs a week to clip coupons, C’mon TLC!! That’s too extreme, almost scary! But Keep up the good work Ruth. And as for my question, I find couponing is alot different for Canadians rather than Americans. Any tips or Advice for seeking Canadian Coupons and pinching as much as possible? Thanks once again :)

    Reply
    • Ruth May 2,

      I’m sorry, I wish I knew more about couponing in Canada, but I don’t have any idea what the differences are.

      Reply
  • Amanda April 25,

    I am so glad that I found your site! I know that it will help me get started couponing which I am looking forward to! I just recently got married and am now a farmers wife so every penny that I can save will be a great start to our future! I do have a couple questions however, do I need a special printer to print coupons or will regular paper work? If I do need a special printer or paper where do I get it? Do I need to make a exact list when going to the store? Please help in any way possible! Thank you so much for your time!

    Reply
    • Ruth May 2,

      You’re welcome! :-)

      Reply
  • Caye April 26,

    Ruth, I just found your You tube video’s and site, love them. You are doing a great job.
    I started watching Extreme Couponing a few weeks ago, and I do not agree with completely wiping out a bin of toothbrushes or aspirin’s, just to hoard them ( which to me, that appears to be what some of them are doing) I believe in saving my family as much money as possible, and spreading the word on couponing.
    I have not been able to get above the 60% savings range yet, nor has my sister, but we are thrilled to get the 60%. We donate some of our stock, to our local church’s and food banks, plus anyone else who may be in need.
    We too, are in Florida, and we do not find any store’s that will double coupons. Our main stores are Publix, Winn Dixie, CVS & Walgreens. Do you know of any store’s that double?
    Love you and your family.

    Reply
    • Ruth May 2,

      There are no double coupons in Florida (Boo!) It is against state law.

      Reply
    • sheila June 10,

      hi I am Sheila and I agree with you on couponing I am in Florida to and the store’s around here do not do that me and my Husband we take coupon’s and the ad’s to the store

      Reply
      • Anonymous October 12,

        Living in Florida prevents us from saving? Sorry I haven’t even started to coupon yet, so I wanted to read the how to’s and where a bouts to coupon

        Reply
  • Rosie May 1,

    I just wanted to say thanks for posting your beginner’s guide. I just started couponing. I had been collecting coupons all week and was so excited to get the sunday news I was up at 6:45 ( my husband thought I was nuts) but I have to tell you that I saved $70 today between CVS and my regular groceries. Saving even $10 would have been fabulous but $70!! I hooked!!

    I do have a lot of questions but I’ll only ask one:

    What do I do when I have a coupon that says buy 2 and save (fill in the blank) but the sale says I have to buy 3 (or the other way around).

    Thanks again.

    Reply
    • Ruth May 2,

      If the sale is 3 for 5 or something like that (10 for $10, etc.), you really don’t have to buy 3 (or 10). They would just be priced at $1.67 each. It is just a store ploy to get you to buy more! :-)

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  • Tawn May 2,

    I have a quick question for you. I cut two different manufacturere coupons out of the paper this weekend. One is BOGO for Old Spice Body Wash. Then I cut one for get $1.00 for two old spice products. My question is can I stack these two coupons?

    I also wanted to say thank you for your site. You have helped explain quite a few things that I was wondering about.

    Thanks again.

    Reply
    • Ruth May 2,

      No, you can use one or the other. If you had a $1/1 MQ, you’d be able to stack it with the BOGO Q (The $1 comes off the first item and the BOGO is for the second item), but a $1/2 Q would overlap with the BOGO. Does that make sense?

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  • Tawn May 3,

    Yes thank you for the info. It really helped.

    Reply
  • Beth Letchford May 17,

    Thank you so much for your easy to understand instructions and demostrations of the realistic couponing world. I have set a goal of saving at least 75% on my grocery bill per month. Thanks to you I may eventually be able to obtain that goal.

    Reply
  • Ashley Fraser May 18,

    Hi!!

    I have been watching the videos on youtube and I am very inspired by all the savings! I am looking to start couponing, but it is so very overwhelming at first! :) I am excited about it though.

    Reply
  • Debbi May 19,

    I found you thanks to that new show extreme couponing. I like your practical non hoarding approach and have a couple questions regarding inserts. Our local paper does NOT allow for extra inserts nor will they “sell” them without a paper. In addition our stores return the extras to them. Right now the sunday paper, which has P&G and smart source adds, is on special for .99 a week for 6 months. So.. do I bite the bullet and buy 4 copies a week to get coupons? We do not have a network of people we can get inserts from so we are kind of stuck buying our own.

    Reply
    • Ruth May 20,

      That sounds like a pretty good deal if you are committed to couponing, but it is definitely a big up-front cost. I guess I would say that if you can afford to cough up the 100 dollars right now without putting a heavy strain on your family’s finances, then it is probably worth the investment.

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  • Ignacio lopez May 22,

    I would like to start extreme couponing, I plan to donate some of the excess or unwated goods to woman’s batteered shelters (i think this segment is very over looked) They seem not to get a lot and they need it the most. I live in albuquerque nm contact drlopez13@yahoo.com

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  • Mrs. Sellaneous May 22,

    insightful thank you!

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  • allie May 24,

    I read that you could not pull the coupons from target until you did a softwear update and downloaded targets software. I have tried and it shows it went through but I still can’t pull the coupons I don’t know what I am doing wrong. Can you please do a step by step vid on how this is done so I can see what I’am doing wrong. Thanks

    Reply
    • Ruth May 24,

      I’m sorry Allie I am really not very good with computers. I have no idea what the problem might be. You might want to try contacting Target’s online customer service.

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    • Rita May 31,

      It could be your web browser. I had the same problem. I have a mac and have to use Safari for the target and smartsource coupons and have to use Firefox for the others. Try using a different web browser. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  • Debbi May 24,

    Well I just got back from my first shopping trip. I hit 3 stores for deals, driving a total of 30.8 miles round trip. I SAVED $92.83 and SPENT only 64.89. WOW! Was I excited! I was able to get so much food too! Now, if I subtract out the gas and the cost of the newspapers, I would say I still saved over 50% off my normal couponless shopping. I can only imagine how great this is going to be once I have more than one weeks coupons!

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    • Ruth May 24,

      Great job Debbie! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jennifer Campbell July 27,

      He Debbie – I am from Canada, so im not sure if they do this their – but I have a store near me that does price matching. It means you get the deal without having to use gas to drive all over. That would add to your savings!

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    • Jennifer Campbell July 27,

      Hi Debbie – I am from Canada, so im not sure if they do this there – but I have a store near me that does price matching. It means you get the deal without having to use gas to drive all over. That would add to your savings!

      Reply
  • Reshma June 1,

    Hi Ruth,

    Love the site, I’m trying to do the 8 week process and have my coupons and system together but am having a really hard time trying to figure out what items to get at 60% or more. My local stores are Kroger, Target, and Publix. The only thing I figure out is that target i can use the mfg and the target coupon. I tried using redplum but I think the site it down right now. Any other tips? I feel like once I get past this I’ll get the hang of it!

    Thanks again, I’m excited to do this!

    Best,
    Reshma

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  • Reshma June 1,

    Also, how do you know how much items cost at the store? ex. if i have a $2 off coupon how do I know if it’s a good savings or not at all?

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  • valerie June 4,

    Ruth,

    I am trying so hard at this couponing but i am getting so frustrated!.. I feel like i am trying to build a stockpile and read your book but am still struggling with it. I spend so much money a week on groceries for my house of four….

    Please help!

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  • MorganMcPhetres June 24,

    Ruth, I am a very new beginner at couponing, still trying to figure it out and I’m just not getting it I guess. For example, I have a peelie for french’s honey mustard for $1.00 off any one prodct, I also have a RedPlum coupon for the exact same product for $1.00 off any 1 product.. I see though in the small print it says one coupon redeemable per purchase, does this mean I cannot use both of my coupons? Please Help! Thanks a bunch, Morgan M

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    • Jenna September 4,

      It means you can use them both if you get two. each item is considered one purchase, so you cannot use both on one.

      Reply
  • Michele Charette June 24,

    Hi I live in Troy NY and I was wondering how do I find a paper recycling bin like the girl I saw on the show. She was getting inserts from a recycling bin that she went to at night. And also how do you get so much cereal and laundry soap. Our coupons stink here for those so you do not really save that much. Any advice I would appreciate it.

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  • melinda July 3,

    Well today was my first time going to the store and all i had was my inserts from the newspaper, because I’m waiting on the laser printer from Amazon. Well anyways, everything on my list was stuff that we needed. I went to Walgreens and bought stuff on sale with a coupon and i really didnt save to much and i’m kinda bummin. I had a total savings of 28.00 in coupons on my receipt. If you have any tips to make me feel better,lol I would sure appreciate them. Thank you, Melinda

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  • Kelly July 10,

    I tried to use a printable coupon and a manf coupon on the same product at publix and was told I couldn’t is this true

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    • deb January 30,

      A printable coupon is the same as a manufactures coupon, so you would be able to use one or the other not two manufactures coupon. You can use a publix coupon or target coupon along with a manufactures coupon.

      Reply
  • Steve July 13,

    Great stuff thank you for taking the time to write all of this out.. With one on the way I’m learning some of the basics to help the cause for the family so we can enjoy our money instead of wasting so much of it on basic necessities that it sounds like I grossly overpay for!!

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  • Monique Marquez August 15,

    Thank you so much for your help and advise, I’m a newly separated women and my monthly budget for the whole groceries at home is only 50 dollars at the moment lol, I’m sure this will improve my quality of life, thanks again.

    Reply
  • Becky Brock October 20,

    Im new to couponing, so my question is this: I read on another website that you could use a manufacture & store coupon for the same item. This confuses me because in most stores where i live they only allow one coupon per transaction, please explain because I’m very confused!!! Thanks

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    • Nikki Coetzee September 23,

      Hi there,I’m Nikki and lives in South Africa.I also watch extreme couponing and would love to also do it but I don’t think South Africa has coupons like other countrys.It bothers me a lot and are always searching for coupons in S.A.Thanx Nikki

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  • Philip October 27,

    Hi there. I am a junior high minister at my church and wanted to find a way to incorporate this type of couponing with our homeless ministry. Wondering if you have any ideas or experience with this particular outreach. Thank you and God bless,
    Philip Parke

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  • Claire December 2,

    I have food allergies and buy on whole/natural foods; I’m allergic to perfume so most of the products I purchase are hypoallergenic or from the health food store. Can you explain how someone with allergies can take advantage of the couponing when the real food that I eat does not usually have a coupon in the paper?

    Looking forward to your suggestions.

    Claire

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  • amy December 3,

    iam a beginner,,, so my first question is,, if i have a dollar coupon off of one roll of paper towls,, and there 99 cents,,, and i only have one coupon,,,, so how do i get 25 rolls with the same coupon,,,,, so if theres any other tips for a beginner that would be helpful,,, please let me no,,,,

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  • Vannesa December 24,

    I’m new at couponing, but I was wondering in order to print coupons off your printer and computer at home, do you use regular printing paper to print the coupons out? Or do you use special paper? I really would love to start couponing.

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    • Jennifer January 4,

      Just use the paper thats in there they dont care about it just the coupon.

      Hope this helps a little.

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  • pearl December 27,

    i realy like to save by using coopon the problem is,i dont know how to start. from SOUTH AFRICA

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  • Denisse Diaz December 27,

    I want to start extreme couponing as soon as possible but its confusing !

    Reply
  • Debbie Dillon December 29,

    Hello!
    I sent you an email yesterday – not sure if you received it or not.
    I’d love to have you as a guest contributor for my women’s magazine. You can check out our first issue here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/298802
    If you’re interested in sharing your knowledge and heart for helping others, please contact me at dmdillon88@yahoo.com.
    Thanks so much! Hope to hear from you soon,
    Debbie

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  • Danqunette Williams January 3,

    This couponing stuff is so confusing and I would like to learn it so I can start saving as soon as possible!

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    • Jennifer January 4,

      All you need to do is go to a gas station or store near you and buy the news paper callod LA times there are plenty of coupons in there I only have to say one other thing check and see if they are in there alot of people will go in to them and just take the coupons.

      Hope this helps you.

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  • Jennifer January 4,

    Im just curiouse about how you can bring your tottal amount from say 600 dollers to nothing but tax do you get coupons for free things and if so how?

    Thank you for your time and advice.

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  • amanda January 9,

    im a little confused on the bogo…..heres my seniero

    purell hand sanitizer bogo@399
    I have 2 $1/1 coupon

    how wouldi use this and on how many?
    thanks for any help!

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  • Terri January 15,

    My husband and I have started collecting coupons for the past few weeks. Im having a hard time figuring out how do to all this. I have read the steps and I am trying to follow them. Can anyone give me some tips any tips you may have with anything dealing with couponing would be helpful. I only have Food lion, Giant and Rite aid close by. I have walmart but I seem to always spend more then I want to when I go there. Thanks you for any advise.

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  • Ash January 20,

    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/

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  • David February 9,

    I recently went to Publix and got some in store coupon that says( Limit one deal per coupon)say If I had the stores 2/$2 off coupon and a $1 off manufacture coupon can I use the 2 store coupons on on the 2 items with the manufactures, especailly if the stores coupon says Limit one deal per coupon.

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    • Ruth February 9,

      If the Publix coupon says $2 off 2 then you can only use one coupon per 2 items. However, you would be able to stack that with two (2) $1/1 manufacturer’s coupons.

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  • tammy February 22,

    I love this, it is to the point and broken down well. I have been teaching low income moms and dads how to manage money and how to coupon. Couponing has changed my life. i am a low income mom and I have been saving for only 2 or 3 years now; but not like I want to.I am hopping that this Opens my eyes a lot more to things I may have missed and came short of. I REALLY commend you for taking the time to do this and allowing people like me to come into the couponing world with confidence that I can Save BIG on a budget such as mine. I really want to be the first couponer to save BIG using my EBT card. because there are no tax on the and i don’t pay tax on coupons when I shop at Wal-Mart.To be the first women to do that and then not pay anything and leave the store dancing would be awsome.

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  • jameelah March 11,

    Hi, i just started couponing in the state of Fl. I am kind of confused. When a coupon says Save $1.00 on any three items does that means that i have to buy three to use the coupon or does that mean that it will take 1.00 off each item up to 3 items? pls help I am trying to go grocery shopping today.

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    • Ruth March 12,

      It means you have to buy 3 and you will get $1.00 off the three–$0.3333 off each one.

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  • Shannon June 12,

    im starting to extreme coupon to help my dad save money but im 12 and he dosnt think i can do it how do i start

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  • John June 24,

    Hi my self and my girl are looking into couponing in illinois but have no idea how to start and we were wondering what type of stores do the double couponin thing as well any help is greatly appreciates thanks

    Reply
    • Ebah March 29,

      I love your blog. I haven’t “known” you very long, but in the time that I have, you have become one of my faiovrte blogs- one that I know that I will always read a good post on. Might be about different topics- but that’s okay, because they are all excellently written.

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  • Cynthia June 25,

    I have had problems with our local grocery store (HEB) no longer accepting many of the coupons from the online sites. (Their excuse is they have had bad experiences getting reimbursed from the companies.) I don’t know which ones will work until I arrive and check out. Have you experienced any problems like this or is this a Texas issue? thanks

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  • Roger July 27,

    Lots of good coupons for savings, thanks.

    Reply
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  • josh stewart October 8,

    im a little confused about everything, i though it was impossible to pay $50.00 for $1200.00 wort of loot untill i watched extreme couponing if anyone can help me understand i will greatly appriciate it.

    Reply
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  • devan October 22,

    hello i just did some of your steps because me and my hubby watch the show
    but i was wanting to know if i got a good deal or if i still need work because i think i got it but not for sure so
    i got 7 items on my list and this is with out taxes
    cottonelle wipes 42ct
    axe deodorant
    2 schick disposable razors
    johnson’s bedtime bath and lotion
    alka-selter plus cold
    it came to 31.42 with out taxes and the coupons
    with coupons it came to 15.02 and still no taxes
    so is that good or bad???

    Reply
    • china January 20,

      I think that’s a gd deal that’s more then half off.

      Reply
  • Joanna October 29,

    Hi ruth,
    this is awesome, I am newbie though. However i wanted to ask you, what about the coupons cannot be combined with other coupons? Are they referring to coupons from Newspaper? or is it per item?

    thanks

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  • Michael Shelnutt November 2,

    Ok, so I am a newbie in the coupon world. I had 6 printed coupons from coupon.com and walmart couldnt scan them! They said if they cant scan them, they cant take them. What is up with this? Thanks for all your help.

    Reply
    • Anonymous August 23,

      They can over ride and enter it manually. It happens to me all the time. They CAN take it

      Reply
  • brittany longines November 5,

    I have a few question. I do not understand how those people on the show get all that stuff for free. Tell me the name of the store that allow you to dubble coupon because where i live in the state of illionis there are no stores that allow you to dubble coupon can someone please explain to me how to coupon some things I would need to know on how to dubble coupon and what stores let you guys and where u shop so I can try to do it or explain to me how you do it am and lost and looking for help thanks

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  • maddy November 8,

    hi, i found this after watching the “extreme couponing” show and im moving to the USA soon, i was wondering does every state have its own coupons? or are there states that DONT have coupons?

    Reply
  • Tiina November 14,

    How do you find out what sales the grocery store is having that you can match up with a coupon? Sales in general or buy 1 get 1 free.

    Reply
    • Ruth November 15,

      I recommend finding a great coupon matchup website that can help you match the store sales for your store to the available coupons. I list some of my favorites in the Week 2 Lesson! :-)

      Reply
  • Kayla Ellison December 2,

    I’m sort of new to couponing I mean I’ve used them before but I’m not as good as I want to be. My grocery limit a month is $200.00 so I’ve decided to look into couponing more. I only do my grocery shopping at walmart and shaws I’ve tried market basket but I don’t seem to get as many deals as I get at shaws. Do you have any tips that can help me on my shopping trips?

    Reply
  • Bianca December 21,

    I’m a college student working a minimum wage job. I’m trying to learn how to coupon for both me, my two brothers also in college, my mom, and grandmother. Where do I find the company policy for Walmart on coupons & where do you find out where the sales are?

    Reply
  • KELLY December 29,

    BUT THE THING IS THE COUPONS ALWAYS HAVE EXPERATION DATES ON THEM!!! SO HOW CAN ANYONE DO THIS !?

    Reply
  • Kristyn Ray December 29,

    I am looking for the Extreme Couponing list of needs for beginners. Example: the couponing binder checklist…

    Reply
  • Sitha January 2,

    Does these work in Florida? I know theres different regions.

    Reply
  • Molly January 6,

    Hi I’m new to this and I was wondering if you could use more than one coupon for an item, the coupon type I’m talking about states, “Save $1 on any one can of Planters peanuts” and another says “Save 40 cents when you buy any six cups of yoplait yogurt”

    Reply
    • Nancy January 7,

      Hi Molly, From my understanding based on all of the extreme couponer web sites I’ve visited, what you are asking is about “stacking coupons.” The “Save $1 on any one can of Planters peanuts” and the “Save 40 cents on any 6 cups of Yoplait yogurts” are most likely manufacturer coupons and only if you had a store coupon (i.e. CVS Extra Care Rewards bucks or Ralph’s store coupon) would you be able to present both the store coupon at the store printed on the coupon (i.e. CVS or Ralph’s, etc.) along with a manufacturer’s coupon. I’ve been trying very hard to utilize this “stacking” coupons method and what I understand is that the store coupon along with the manufacturer coupon must be used together at the store where the store coupon came from (it will be printed on the coupon). I use the 40 cents off on any 6 cups of Yoplait all of the time and I haven’t been able to find a store coupon to stack with the manufacturer’s coupon on Yoplait. Lots of savings wished to you. :)

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    • Ruth January 8,

      Nancy is exactly correct. You can only use 1 manufacturer’s coupon per item, but you can “stack” a store issued coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon for additional savings.

      Reply
  • Amy S. February 13,

    hi i am having some luck saving money by shopping store sales every week. we have kroger, food city, cvs and walgreens in town. i have clipped coupons and looked at the ads for about 3 weeks. i have a small stockpile of coupons but am still having trouble finding coupons for what i actually use. my husband and kids are picky eaters. any other tips would be helpful. if anyone needs any advice on soap i have found a recipe for homemade laundry soap that works and one for the dishwasher that seems to work well.

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  • Amy S. February 13,

    one more question. you keep mentioning stacking coupons… a store coupon with a man coupon. does that men a printed coupon or a coupon on a value card? i have seen several store policies that value card coupons can not be used with a man. coupon.

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  • Laura February 14,

    Ruth
    Is your beginner’s guide to couponing no longer available to print? I would like to give it to some friends that are interested in it so they can have it handy. Your website and beginner’s guide has saved me tons of money for the past couple of years. Your beginner’s guide is what made it all click for me and many many thanks to you !!!

    Reply
  • Dominique February 18,

    I need someone to really teach me step by step through email and tell me about sale and coupons and where to get them im 18 and im in a bad situation i need to start couponing Please can someone help me?

    Reply
  • Molly February 22,

    I am just starting out and I am so excited to really get into this. but I do have a question, you state that I need to save coupons and also on the tv shows it has the different people that have saved all these coupons.
    All my coupons have an expiration date, is there anything to get around that? How do I save them or build a collection?

    Hope to hear from you soon.
    -Molly

    Reply
    • Ruth Soukup February 23,

      Coupons generally have a shelf life of about 10-12 weeks before they expire. In order to maximize your coupon savings, you should be collecting new coupons each week, then matching the coupons you have (regardless of what week they are from) to the items that are ON SALE that week in your store. Saving money with coupons is MUCH more about the store sales then the actual coupons. You should also know that there is NO WAY to use all your coupons before they expire. You will throw a lot of them away. Just focus on shopping the sales and trying to add a coupon to a sale price whenever you can. I hope that makes sense!

      Reply
  • miraoli February 23,

    You should totally check out PrintableCouponsandDeals.com for a lot of coupons. They make it super super easy to coupon.

    Reply
    • Cat August 7,

      Wow, very helpful-thanks.

      Reply
  • Coutney February 25,

    The kroger coupons you can load to your card directly from the website…. are they considered store coupons or manufacturer coupons? I mean can you “stack” them with a manufacturer coupon?
    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Cat August 7,

      I didn’t know you could do that with your Kroger card. Thanks for the info.

      Reply
  • Desiree March 18,

    I am really new at this and my family is going thru some struggle so I am trying to make sure I get everything down to a science. My local store says they double coupons up to .50. Ok this might sound dumb but does that mean that the coupon has to be for .50 or less or could it be .75 and they will do .50? Thanks for your help.

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    • Pearly May 26,

      this typically means that the coupon has to be for .50 or less.
      For example you have a coupon for .30 off an item, you will actually get .60 off the item with the coupon.
      Lucky you! None of the stores in my area do double coupons.

      Reply
  • Mia March 21,

    I’m not sure if this was addressed in comments or in any of your posts as I just found your site. But in my local area there are several women who are “extreme couponers” that have a method of making money beyond the coupon cutting. When they are “hoarding” or buying extreme multiples of items they sell them to friends and also to strangers via notifying them on a Facebook account. Some set up a separate FB account to list the “excess” tubes of toothpaste, fabric softener, bath soap etc they don’t use and people that have joined that page then claim what items they want. The “coupon lady” will keep a running tally of what each person wants and then she will have a “rendezvous” of sorts with the various people where they exchange cash for their purchases. Although I’ve never participated in this I have heard from friends that the local police are cracking down on them. But think about it, they’ve taken their couponing beyond saving money into “making money”!

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  • jeff March 22,

    i discovered this great and user friendly website for the coupon beginner and the advanced it’s absolutley free to print your favorite coupons and also free to become a member so iam sharing this with you so you can start saving money today and every day so check out this website COUPONCUBBY.WEBS.COM please share this with another couponer to keep the savings going! good luck.

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  • Doug George March 22,

    Great Artical, I live in CT where Im starting to think its harder then other places to “extreme coupon.” Could you please give me some advice or some of the better stores in my are Hartford, CT. Please and thank you.

    Reply
  • shouady March 27,

    Hi, do I need a special software or program to be able to print coupons from target.com
    Or can Ijust click on PRINT and that will work? Bcuz Iheard if I don’t download somethng for it then the barcode won’t scan when I give it to the cashier. :( lmk thanks

    Reply
  • Kaylee March 28,

    For step one a good coupons sie is coupon suzy. You can click the Q’s that you want and only the ones you want you can have printed.

    Reply
  • wayne April 24,

    how to get bundles of items free is it that you print the same coupons idk how to fully do coupons I want to be like extreme couponing

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  • Nicole May 1,

    I am new to couponing and have 2 questions:
    I’m confused about coupons on your mobile phone. I’ve heard several people use them but it seems like stores have several limitations on them. Am I just not understanding the process correctly?
    Can you use coupons to shop online or do you have to search for specifically “online” coupons?

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  • Dawn May 9,

    I have watched the show extreme couponing on TLC. I got extremely interested in it and wanted to try it myself. I have talked to a few family members and they have said it is illegal in the state of Wisconsin. Is this true?

    Reply
  • Stephanie May 16,

    Hi oh how i wish you can personally show me how to do it,only if someone could help me out because I have a family of five and I need to save money..is there any way you can help me please I’m just discovering this couponing thing.

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  • Pearly May 26,

    I just wanted to report back on my shopping trip!
    Technically this was my second extreme couponing outing. I went to safeway tonight after planning out my trip and thinning my purchases to only the best deals. I ended up saving exactly 60 percent BUT (TIP! Don’t make the mistake I did :P) I ended up having to go right back because I had forgotten to get two for an item that was on sale buy one get one free! Oops! Luckily the cashier was super nice and fixed it up for me no problem (and I am going to try to give her a compliment on the safeway website right now). So in total I spent $14 on $40 worth of groceries! not too shabby for a beginner.
    The other day at CVS I spent only $2 after getting extrabucks back on 5 items, which I can’t remember the retail price of… I believe around $20.
    So so far I’m really proud of myself! And thank you Ruth for all the tips in this guide, it’s really helping me learn. The only thing that’s too bad is that I live in California, where prices are already super high and no stores do double coupons.

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  • Nancy July 10,

    Hi, Ruth I reallly wanted to start doing my shopping with coupons to save money. I was thinking about going to Safeway because I received a lot of coupons but there is some that I dont understand what they mean. They have the product and it says there is a limit like one of them is a coupon for vitamin water and it say a limit of 15 and it says .79 with card and coupon. It means that it would be .79 for each bottle right? if I had a coupon for for one dollar off could I use it?

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  • Adrienne Creech July 12,

    Dear Ruth,

    I’ve been having some printing problems and when I try to print it makes me download something and it says my coupons have been printed successfully but nothing has come out of my printer. I was just wondering if you have ever had these problems and if their is something that I am missing. Thank you.

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  • JordanMarie October 19,

    I really want to coupon but I still have no idea where to start. I do not have a printer and cannot afford one. Where can I find coupons if I can’t print them…

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    • Anonymous March 5,

      I can print coupons off the library’s computers. Try that.

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  • Greg October 19,

    Hi, I’m now much of a Couponer but I’m watching this TV Show “Extreme Couponing”. The lady on the show claims she can buy $700+ worth of items at the store for UNDER $15. Even if she can do this, she has a stock pile of food and household items at home, the same is true for other people on the show. They’ll have a stock pile at home but still go to the store. I guess my question is Why? Why go to the store and buy more food if you have a stock pile at home, that supposedly can last a year or more? Even if it’s all free.

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    • Anonymous August 9,

      Why not. You can get something for free, like I said. Why not.

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  • Yessica November 17,

    What does double couponing mean? And is it illegal in Florida?

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  • Lisa November 19,

    I am from Wisconsin. It seems that couponing here is aolt harder or the stores don’t allow us to use coupons the way “extreme couponers” do. Am I missing something? And can you list the best stores in my area for using coupons please? Maybe Im just missing something or not understanding the rules for coupons Im using.

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  • Roxanne November 23,

    I was wondering if this book is in print at the library to study? I cannot always get online. I was also wondering if the coupon sites that come up on the computer is virus pending? I know I have gotten a virus from one coupon site, and that is why I stopped using pintable coupon sites. Please help, if you can.
    Thanks.

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  • Rachel December 3,

    I am new to couponing. I live in Tacoma Washington and I have noticed alot of limits on the coupons and at all the stores I have checked thus far and honestly I am confused by the whole thing. Are there any extreme couponers in the area or nearby area that could help this newbie at least find some deals?

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    • Ruth Soukup December 4,

      If you Google your location and the term “coupon blogger” or “deal blog”, you should be able to find someone near you!

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  • Debra Rios December 3,

    Hi, so today was my first trip the store I picked Family dollar was a hard choice. I have to admit the bigger stores kind of intimidated me, so that’s how I ended up at Family Dollar. I spent 29.32 and paid $17.33 after coupons which is about 40% I believe. I was kind of bummed because I wanted to save more but I am looking forward to my next trip.

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  • Julia December 6,

    I have a question. I have a coupon that reads buy 2 item and save 1$. Can i use another coupon for the second item? So for example i buy two detergents on sale for $3.99 and use my buy 2 items and save $1 it will total 50 cents off each, but i also have a 75 cent coupon for the same item which my store doubles. how would you do this purchase to maximize savings.
    Julia

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  • Ann December 7,

    Hi, i am a newby as well and thank you so much for your time and effort to help us. My question is on the show I am seeing more and more tablets being used and I was wondering if you new what apps or programs they are using…thanks

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  • Emily Cho December 19,

    Hello!

    I was wondering if someone could possibly help me with my attempt with coupons. This is brand new to me and any help would be much appreciated!

    I followed the guidelines and found the weekly ad sales for my local Fred Meyer. I selected a sale that stated, “Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner” Price: 2 for $7. I thought that was a great deal and then I took a look at some online printable coupons for Pantene products one of which that offered: “$2.00 off any TWO Pantene shampoo or conditions products” and another ” $0.75 off ONE Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner Product.” I printed off both coupons and now with the deductions of both coupons I should have a total of $4.25 for two Pantene or Conditioner product. Am I doing the math right or am I missing something? And is there any way I can make the price even cheaper. Thank you so much!

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    • Laurel January 15,

      Your math is correct, but you can only use 1 manufacturer coupon per purchase. Since you are already using the $2.00 off coupon, you cannot use the $0.75 off.

      Laurel

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  • Kim Berezay December 31,

    I have no idea if you really read ALL your comments….that’s a lot….but just in case! I appreciate your 8 week coupon starting blogs. We currently live in the Seattle area (Monroe)….love when there is connection ;). We made the same commitment to our family as you did with yours that someone stay home with the kids at all times. My husbands job is great! He loves it and there is still room for growth. BUT…Seattle is wicked expensive and it’s not conducive to our goals. I have felt deeply that I need to start couponing if I want to attain the goals I have for our family. It’s OVERWHELMING to me! I’ve tried to start a few times and have failed horribly. Actually going to the store scares me to no end. My point (I just saw how long this was getting!) is that I wanted to thank you for the tasks and gentle “plunge” into couponing. I’m committed this time. I struggle with depression….and when I fail, I fall. So here’s to dusting myself off and running, again. :)

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    • Ruth Soukup January 1,

      Thank you for your sweet words, and you are very welcome! I’m excited you are able to glean some tips from my blog, and you can totally do the couponing! Just take it one step at a time – I’m cheering you on!

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      • Natasha February 12,

        Hi, I’m absolutely new at this couponing thing. So, If you can give me any advice on how to get started I would absolutely appreciate it so much! I’m excited to get started on couponing. My Question’s are: Do you know how people are able to get a large amount of household items, & etc. For free!) If you could can you explain? Before I start using any coupons should I ask the local grocery stores in my area, How the whole couponing thing work’s at there store? And Is there any particular order to give the cashier the coupons? & any order I should give the items? Thanks so much for taking your time & reading..
        For Example: Should I give the food first, and then the high jean stuff and etc.?

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    • Anonymous August 9,

      You go girl. Remember the employees in the stores are just people like us. Take care.

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  • Melissa Morley January 3,

    This may sound like a completely ridiculous question, but I have to ask just to be sure. What exactly is the coupon match-up? What’s the purpose of it? Just to see if you’re store accepts the coupons you currently have? I’m sorry if that’s supposed to be a no brainer. I’m just starting out with the whole couponing and I’m still kind of lost. Thanks so much.

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  • susan January 4,

    hi,do you know how people are able to get a large amount of (toothpaste,razors,toothbrushes,etc) for free if you could can you explain?

    thank you!

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  • Laurel January 15,

    Hi. I have a question about printing coupons. I try to recycle my kids’ papers they bring home from school. Papers such as letters from teachers, sign up forms, etc., almost anything that is blank on the reverse side. (Not their worksheets though, or construction paper.) I am wondering #1: Can I print coupons on papers like these; does it matter if the coupon has something printed on the back, and #2: Can I print coupons on colored paper?

    Laurel

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  • Sonya Allen January 17,

    I have just discovered your website. I am excited to get started. My boyfriend ad i have 6 kids between the both of us. He just recently got laid off. If you can give me any advice on how to get started I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much.

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  • JanBullock January 18,

    I just retired& want to do this, should have done more when kids were home. Seemed like not enough time to do correctly. Any help will get me started right. Thank you. Jan

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  • J D January 22,

    I hope someone does answer this question for me. After cutting some coupons, I noticed that most, if not all, state in BOLD : LIMIT ONE COUPON PER PURCHASE PER CUSTOMER. How will that work? If the coupon is to save $2.00 off a $8.00-$10.00 product, is it worth it? Unless, there is another clever way of doing this. I am new at this and honestly, I doubt myself. I do not think I have it in me to start this! With the description above stated for the coupon for that particular product- then, does it mean that I can not use another coupon for same item, right?

    Please help me. I really want to do this but I’m already a little bit discouraged.

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    • Laurel February 17,

      I do believe “per purchase, per customer” means per item. For example, if you are buying 3 of one item, and you have 3 coupons, then you can use 1 coupon per item. However, you can’t use more than one manufacturer’s coupon per item, but you can use 1 manufacturer’s coupon and 1 store coupon for the same item.

      Does that help?

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  • suzanne B. February 10,

    I am new at this coupon stuff. I tried it before and got so frustrated. I jumped in with both feet because it was so confusing when I did it before. I don’t understand the best concept of it. I get my coupons from the Sunday and Wednesday papers here where I am at. My kids also like to grab the coupons from the dispensers that blink on the shelves. But other then that I don’t get them from any where else. Do I wait and get a big stock pile of coupons before I even attempt to do a shopping event or what. Please help.

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    • Ruth Soukup February 12,

      Hi Suzanne,
      I recommend finding a great coupon matchup website that can help you match the store sales for your store to the available coupons. I list some of my favorites in the Week 2 Lesson! :-)

      Reply
  • katie February 10,

    How do you know if stores double coupons? I guess I’m confused on how many coupons you can use on one item and how you can tell if it ‘doubles’? I’m watching the Extreme couponing show and the box of cereal was 4.99..it was on sale 2/$5 and then she had a coupon for $.90 and she said they double it at that store and then also $1.00 off coupon. I’m just wondering how that worked. Thanks

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  • George February 12,

    I was wondering if there is a bogo and I can still put a coupon with that

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  • Laurel February 17,

    I am still wondering about printing coupons on recycled paper office paper and if I can print on colored paper.

    Reply
  • Lisa February 19,

    I am struggling with the whole coupon concept, do you use more than one coupon per item? The coupon policy at my store is one coupon per item. After reading your blog I took my first coupon trip and saved 27% and this week my second trip a savings of 22%. Which is a great but I don’t understand how to increase my savings by getting more product. Your blog makes perfect sense when I read it but I am having trouble following through is there any advise you can give me?
    Lisa

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  • Tiffany February 20,

    Hi, The Couponizer is out of print. What do you suggest as a replacement? Thanks!

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  • Ruth Soukup February 21,

    Hi Tiffany,
    I also like the Qubie Coupon Organization System or an accordion style folder works well too. I have attached a link to my cheat sheet page where I link to some products I’ve used. http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/beginners-guide-to-coupons/cheatsheet/
    I hope this helps!

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  • Elizabeth February 21,

    Hi,
    I am so new to this and I have been wanting to coupon for a few years now, however I have no clue where to start! I have looked up any coupon classes in my area and there are none. could you help me?

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  • Rhia February 26,

    Hello! I’ve been wanting to start couponing for awhile now, but I recently got into it. Its a bit confusing :P Some Questions I have are, What are some websites that I can get free printable coupons on without downloading the coupon printer or other downloads? Watching the show on TLC, They seem to have many of the exact same coupons, How is that possible? :o How do I know if any stores around me double their coupons? And lastly, How do I find out what is on sale in stores so I can match my coupons, to the sales to save even more? Thank you!!! :D

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  • dolly24 February 28,

    Hello, I am a mom of two beautiful children and would like to learn how to start couponing can someone please give me some tips on how to save money

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  • Michelle March 3,

    Greetings everyone. I am a coupon newbie and I am having a difficult time understanding all of this. Me and my daughter would like to do this in hopes of generating enough items to help our local orphanage and woman’s shelter. I have managed to accumulate 1000′s of coupons but the problem with the stores around my area is that none of the stores double the coupons. Also, I have one major question. Can you use 2 different manufacturer coupons for one item? From what I understand, you are only able to use 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 store coupon per item. BUT, what if the manufacturer coupons are completely different but for the same item, can you do that? Any help or suggestions would help.
    I thank you in advance for your help. Have a great day.

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  • Anonymous March 5,

    Hi, I’m having issues with printing online coupons. I read I’m supposed to have a coupon printer, but it makes it sound like this is a program. I googled it, and found a program for printing coupons, downloaded it, and had zero success with being able to print the coupons. Now I can’t uninstall it, which is really driving me crazy! What am I supposed to do to print the coupons I want from online sources? Thank you in advance!

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    • Brenda March 5,

      Never mind! Got one to work! Thank you!!!

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      • Anonymous May 16,

        How did you get yours to work? Mine still wont print

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  • Paola March 5,

    i am very confused, are you able to use one manufacture’s coupon and a store coupon for the same item at the same time?

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    • Ruth Soukup March 6,

      Hi Paola,
      Yes, You can use 1 manufacturer’s coupon per item, and a store issued coupon for additional savings. I’m attaching a link to my FQA post: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/faqs/
      I hope this helps!
      Good Luck! You can do it.

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  • Anonymous March 15,

    So, I was watching Extreme Couponing last Saturday, then read this blog on my ipad while watching. I did some couponing from Sunday’s paper and Saved 70% on my first try! My bill was $130 after $90 in savings! I also did separate shopping for tp, paper towel, shampoo, that kind of stuff, and my bill was $25 after $18 in savings! I just wish I had read this the previous week when Progresso soup was BOGO and I saw 50 cent coupons that Publix would have doubled. Would have gotten all the soup for free…looking out for that one again in 6-8 weeks! Janet

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  • Bobbi March 29,

    I have been ad matching and couponing for almost two years now. I have saved money, but couldn’t understand how to really “save” money. After going through this instructional session, I have learned that I need to change my mind set; to buy a large quantity of what is on sale so that I don’t need to buy it so often, therefore, I won’t need to “shop” as often. I had never seen this presented this way and last night was my “ah-hah” moment! Thanks.

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  • Juanita Harris April 16,

    Hi my name Juanita Harris and I want to know ho do I get coupons

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  • michelle northway April 17,

    I live in the state of Nevada where double coupons are not allowed. Am I missing something? Can you assist?

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  • Carrie April 18,

    How do I get coupons for organic food, environmentally friendly products and quality supplements? The supplements they sell in drug stores and regular grocery stores are garbage and 70% show up in urine. Anything with mineral oil in it is crap. I don’t take something just because it’s ‘free’ because it’s just refuse for the landfills, which means the actual cost of the item isn’t calculated into the price of the product or the coupon. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic. I never see coupons for truly healthy food, so I how can I apply your methods?

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  • Heather April 22,

    This is new for me and a bit overwhelmed but I think this would help life as a stay at home mom less stressful, financially. Should I be printing off all the coupons such as all the toilet paper choices 1-10 etc…..from the links on your page? Or do I choose the brand I prefer? Never printed coupons before? So many!!! Help!??? Thanks!!!

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    • Ruth Soukup April 23,

      Heather, I don’t recommend printing coupons until you actually need them & are preparing your list unless you see one for a product that you KNOW you will use. Hope that helps! :-)

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  • Anonymous May 10,

    My computer wont let me print the coupons unless i downlad the coupon printer thing so i did that and i still cant. I need help

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  • Monica May 22,

    My name is Monica and I really want to start couponing. I’m currently pregnant and I work a full time job and so does my boyfriend and things are really tight right now and I need to start saving money. Someone please help.

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  • Kathy May 24,

    I have a question on combining a manufacturer’s coupon with a store BOGO item. My store has Ken’s salad dressing as BOGO items this week. I have four manufacturer coupons – each coupon is good for 1.00 off two bottles. So, can I buy 8 bottles (getting the BOGO deal so I would pay for four of them) AND use all four of my manufacturer coupons in the same transaction?

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  • Yolanda Zipperer June 21,

    Hey I am just getting started in using coupons and I do what I can to catch the Sunday coupons but most of my coupons come from coupons.com and are manufacturing coupons. I do most of my coupon shopping at Walmart here in town I would go to Sams Club but they don’t accept coupons so any advice anyone can offer would be great I need all the help I can get I have to save money I go to school full time and my husband is the only one working and we do shopping out of his check along with pay bills so the more I can save the better

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  • amber July 2,

    do you sell hard copies of your book? i have a lot of friends getting married and was thinking this would be a great present for new brides!

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  • Sandy July 5,

    I would like to know how would you get your hands on the manufacturers coupons for free items, because on the show they use alot of thosr kind of coupons.

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  • Claudia July 22,

    Please help I would love to save and donate also , what’s the way to find coupons and can I do this in fontana,California?

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  • Diana Navarro July 28,

    What does it mean one coupon per purchase? plzz explain I’m gonna try to coupon for the first time. I need help.

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  • Aminah July 29,

    Hi, Ruth
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  • Lizzie July 31,

    I was wondering what the best store is to extreme coupon in? I am close to Mid-Michigan. If that helps at all. I am very new to couponing, and am very nervous about making the wrong decisions about anything, and everything.

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  • kayla August 1,

    Hi I’m Kayla I’m 12 I was just wondering. Where do you get the deciders for your coupon binder ? I’m starting to coupon slowly and working my way up to extreme wish me luck!

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  • Kayla August 1,

    I meant dividers not deciders sorry

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    hi i really want to be an extreme couponer but i have no idea what stores will take a whole bunch of coupons can you tell me what stores will ?

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  • Berachah the mommy who wants to save for my family August 15,

    I have been watching the Extreme Couponing show on TLC for awhile but when it comes down to couponing, I generally get confused by all the “rules”. Some of the questions and answers on here are very helpful in clearing up some general confusion but I have a question. I’ve done lots of web searching for coupons and there are a TON of sites of course. My question is how do I know a “good coupon” from a phony coupon? I wouldn’t imagine every coupon you find is legitimate but this is where I have the troubles because though a coupon may look legitimate, I’m reluctant to print it and get excited about it only to find out it’s maybe no good to the retailer of choice that I would try to use it with. Do you have some sites that are generally legitimate that you would recommend for those of us that aren’t swimming in a plethora of inserts? Do you have tips on how to tell if coupons are legitimate? Please help! Thanks in advance. :)

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  • KATRISHA August 18,

    I am interested in the extreme couponing but not sure how to really start. I started collecting coupons but how would I go about calling the stores? What type of questions will I need to ask? The information so far is helpful but I am a hands on type learning but I know nobody here in Texas that could show me. So I have to learn a different way. Is there any more advise that you can give me to get started? Just email me please.

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    I find this very difficult I live in Newyork and everything is expensive. Please help

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      Yes, you can combine one store coupon with one manufacture coupon per item. But is it always best to ask the store for their coupon policy. I hope that helps! :)

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    I am trying to get started with couponing and appreciate your putting all of this together! My local store (and there is only one option) does not double or triple coupons, and I have found that when I take coupons in, they have put a competitor’s or store brand on sale, making them cheaper than what I could get with my coupon, making my time and my coupon worthless. What am I doing wrong?

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      As long as they are not state specific. Also ask your new grocery store for their coupon policy. I hope that helps! :)

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