coupons 101

Efficient Couponing: How to Save More in Less Time


By now most of us know that using coupons is a great way to save money on groceries.  Shows like Extreme Couponing showed us just how dramatic those savings can be.   And who wouldn't want to get all their family's food for practically free?  The problem is that those dramatic savings often go hand-in-hand with [...]

Why I Don’t Always Use Coupons


I love saving money with coupons.  I don’t always love using coupons.  Because, let’s face it, clipping coupons—enough to really save a LOT on groceries—is a lot of work. Yes, the payoff is often impressive—I mean, who wouldn’t want to bring home $127 worth of groceries for less than $0.25—but the truth is that using [...]

Publix Digital Coupons: The Good, The Bad, & The Nitty Gritty


For all of us loyal Publix shoppers here in the South, the launch of the new digital coupon service might be the most exciting coupon news since Publix released their official coupon policy almost two years ago.  This is BIG stuff, people!  (And I apologize in advance to all you non-Publix or non-coupon shoppers;  you [...]

How to Save on Food for the Holidays


Thanksgiving.  Christmas Dinner.  Holiday Parties.  Seasonal baking.  For most of us, food plays a starring roll in our holiday festivities.  We all have our favorites, that certain special dish we only eat once a year.  Without it Christmas or Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same. Oh, the pressure. And while our mouths start watering at [...]

How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half


Food is expensive.  The average family spends just over 10% of their household income buying groceries--over $6,000 a year--and even while average wages have gone down, the price of food keeps going up.   When you are just trying to feed your family, that is a pretty scary prospect. That said, as more and more [...]

coupons 101: how to make drugstore scenarios

It's the day before Thanksgiving which means the countdown is on to some of the biggest sales of the entire year.  And while most people don't automatically think about heading to Rite-Aid, CVS, or Walgreens when they think about shopping on Black Friday, the fact is that all three drugstores feature some pretty exciting sales, [...]

coupons 101: how to shop at walmart

I want to thank you all for your patience and kindness--the comments, emails, and words of encouragement--during this time.  My mother-in-law was a special woman and she will be missed.  We are currently in Chicago; the funeral was yesterday but we will be staying for a few more days to tie up the loose ends. [...]

there is no shame in saving money

I wasn't planning on writing a post today (I've been trying to reserve my weekends for family time), but I couldn't resist sharing this with you guys.  I guess it just touched a nerve. Every once in a while someone will ask me if I am embarrassed to go to the store with a whole [...]

coupons 101: how to plan your meals around coupons {& e-Mealz giveaway}

For many people--myself included--trying to figure out what to make for dinner out of this giant stockpile of food we've accumulated can be the hardest part of using coupons.  There is nothing worse than suddenly realizing it is quarter after five, the kids are starving, and you have no idea what to cook. If I [...]

extreme couponing 101 {free beginner’s guide to coupons eBook}


Coupons have been getting a lot of attention lately. A few months ago, TLC aired a special called Extreme Couponing and now has created a series of the same name.  I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not.  TLC's show purposely tries to make Extreme Couponers look just that--EXTREME.  The portrayal leans towards obssessive-compulsive hoarders, rather [...]

coupons 101: extreme savings for back-to-school

I know what you're thinking: "Summer's barely started.  How can I possibly think about back-to-school shopping already?" Or maybe: "I don't even have kids in school.  Back-to-school shopping doesn't apply to me." Well guess what? Not only is it time for parents to start paying attention to the back-to-school sales that are just starting in [...]

coupons 101: getting your family on board

Last week I received an email from a reader who wondered what she could do to get her husband more enthusiastic about using coupons.  It was a great question, and one that I hear quite a bit.  It got me thinking about how important it is to be on the same page as your spouse [...]

5 things a coupon newbie should know (& weekly shopping linky)

My time here in Washington is just flying by--I can't believe it has already been over a week since we got here!  My sister and I always have a blast when we get together and this trip has been no exception.  Despite the fact that my chaotic little family has completely turned her household upside [...]

extreme couponing 101: FAQs

I do my best to respond to as many questions, comments, and emails as I can, but unfortunately, there are many times that I just can't get to them all.  I promise it doesn't mean I don't like you!  I love reading all your questions and comments, and even if I can't always answer directly, [...]

extreme couponing 101: rock bottom prices (& free download)

There is a lot of talk about "Rock Bottom Prices" in the coupon world.  In fact, when you break it down to the simplest level, Extreme Couponing really just means always buying things when they are at their lowest possible price (after sales and coupons), and buying enough of them to stockpile and last until [...]

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