Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

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Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo

 

How to NOT fail as a couponer.

How to not fail couponingTried couponing? Too much work? Can’t keep up and don’t know what the best deals are and when to use coupons. Sick of dragging the kids to the store and meeting people in the parking lot to buy inserts?How to NOT fail as a couponer….

I am really getting very sad watching the “new wave” of couponers trying to succeed at this, only to give up after a short time. Remember that these OBSERVATIONS are coming from someone who could be called an “Extreme Couponer”

How to be a short term couponer and fail:

  • Learn to coupon on Instagram or Facebook.
  • Buy dozens of inserts a week
  • Chase every deal
  • Try to have a stockpile that looks like the corner store
  • Turn a room into your house into your stockpile that you NEEDED for something else
  • Sell inserts
  • Steal tear pads and peelies and sell them online
  • Buy cut coupons by the 100′s
  • Drag the kids to the store at 11pm for a “HOT DEAL”
  • Start missing family time or things because you are “couponing”
  • Hide stuff from your husband/boyfriend
  • Spend more money on “deals” than you would have spent not couponing
  • Stop cleaning your house and making dinner because you don’t have time
  • Buy inserts from people who stole them and don’t care
  • Meet people in unsafe areas just to buy inserts to save $.10 over getting a subscription delivered
  • You have plies and piles of unused coupons and inserts
  • Get overwhelmed and quit
  • Spend more than 1 hour a day cutting coupons, looking for deals, on IG and Facebook
  • Double your gas bill for your car
  • Look over your shoulder in the store because you know you are doing something wrong
  • Disregard store coupon policies

Then at some point you just quit. It is too much and you are not saving as much or spending too much time or just flat out have too much stuff.

PLUS if you sat down and figured out how much you were spending on inserts, coupons, over buying items and all the hours you spend on it you realize you are MAKING $.67 an HOUR doing this. WOW. Not worth it. I don’t blame you.

How to be a long term couponer and NOT fail:

  • Get a subscription to the paper and get as many inserts each week as people you are couponing for
  • Start small get familiar with one grocery store and one drug store
  • Realize that deals come around again and don’t chase ever free item
  • Buy what YOUR family will need for a 3 month period, anything more is unnecessary
  • Be polite and make friends with cashiers
  • Find a coupon buddy
  • Make a grocery list, use match ups, and buy what is cheap that week
  • Use a coupon ONLY on a sale
  • Use the match ups, which are cross referenced with the weekly coupons and buy the items I tell you are stock up items
  • Use the whole insert method of filing coupons to save time
  • Be consistent but not a hoarder

Couponing should not change your life in a bad way. It should not make your husband/boyfriend mad at you. It should not be difficult and hard to do. It is a LONG TERM way of living and NOT a short term “get all I can for free” and give up thing.

:: Resources :: 

  • Houston Chronicle for $1 a week delivered to your house (up to 5 papers)
  • Are you confused at all the RP, SS, P&G, YMMV things that couponers say and write? Well, go HERE to figure out what all that coupon lingo means!
  • Interested in setting up a coupon binder? Go HERE to see how I do mine.
  • Like Videos? There are a lot HERE to check out!

:: FREE PRINTABLES ::

Shopping List – Feel free to print this off and keep it on the fridge to jot down those items that you need to pick up from the store!

Favorite Recipes – This form will help you make a list of the top recipes that you make for your family.

Freezer Inventory - Take stock of what you have already so that you don’t overbuy. But also so that you know what you are looking for.

Pantry Inventory - Keep track of what you have on hand. Then make a plan on what you are using a lot of and stock up on that.

Monthly Menu Planner- By planning a monthly menu you can better follow the sales and know what you need to buy.

Price Page – This is an important one. Either keep it in your head or write it down. But have an idea of what the lowest prices are at your store.

My Price Sheet – These are what I consider “but it now” prices for my stores in the Houston area, yours will probably be a little different.

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo

 

Yes, We Were On Extreme Couponing!

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Paul and I were the very first season of the first episode of the TLC show Extreme Couponing. Many of you might have not known that and so I wanted to share a few insider things with you. In our contract from EC we were required to follow any and all coupon policies from the store. We were also prevented from using the show to get coupons. For example, we could not have contacted companies and asked for free product coupons because we were going to be on the show. Our store actually tightened the coupon policy going from allowing 3 coupons doubled or tripled to only allowing 1. The total we spent was $1100, and we paid $43!!! The total difference in double coupons was $6.50. That’s it. So don’t let the fact that you might not double or triple coupons to keep you from savings money or thinking that you can do it! We also had 3 days to get ready for the show and didn’t know until the day before if we would be shopping at Kroger or HEB for our episode.

People often complain of coupon fraud on the show. There was some, we saw it on a few episodes, that fraud is solely on the individual and their ethics NOT on the SHOW. The show did not encourage it or in any way allow it. The producers and photographers are not couponers, they would have no idea if you were committing fraud or not. They trusted what you were doing was legit. We did hear of one store who allowed a couponer to break the policy but the store came out and apologized.

The show was good for a few reasons: 1. It got people excited about couponing again. 2 It showed people that it could be done. 3. It gave hope to thousands of people who didn’t know how they were going to take care of their family. Just like anything good there are going to be people who ruin it. Who abuse the system and who are greedy. For the most part they fade out and can’t keep up their bad habits and go away, or finally get a clue and should be or are embarrassed for their actions. Couponing has even a blessing for our family, we were able to save our home and maintain a lifestyle when Paul was laid off because we couponed. It has let us bless the lives of people around us and give more then we ever thought possible.

I just wanted to take a second to share a few of these thoughts with you, and encourage you to learn to save money for your family!

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo

 

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo

 

Coupons for the Troops

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Coupons for the troops! Our Men and Women overseas in the military are able to sue coupons 6 months past the expiration dates. So, if you have ever wondered what to do with those expired coupons, you can send them over! This is one small way that we can help our military families.

  • Send coupons that are just a month or two past their expiration date, since it takes time to ship, sort and distribute to personnel.
  • If possible, try to sort coupons into smaller envelopes in the same categories you would use. At the very least, sort them into FOOD and NON FOOD if possible.

**PLEASE sort the coupons into categories before shipping them. If you do send her coupons, please consider including $1 to help defray the cost of postage.

Our military families stationed overseas CAN use the following types of coupons:

  • Coupons that state that they are manufacturer’s coupons.
  • Catalina coupons for $$$ a specific product that is also a manufacturer’s coupon (for example $1.00 off 1 package of Kraft cheese or 35¢ off Dannon yogurt)
  • Coupons from all sources provided they are manufacturer’s coupons (Insert coupons, tearpads, printable coupons, booklet coupons, peelies, winetags, etc)

Our military families stationed overseas CANNOT use the following types of coupons:

  • Store specific coupons (for example: Walgreens, Target, Publix, etc)
  • Restaurant coupons (for example: Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Red Lobster, etc)
  • Local coupons (for example: coupons good at a dry cleaner in your town)

Find more information at these websites:

Coupons To Troops

Coupons For Troops

Expired Coupons for Overseas Military
Jamie Sheehan
PO Box 261
Glen Mills, PA 19342

Operation Expiration
Donna Presslor
205 N. Harrison St.
Russellville, IN 46175

Troopons
SupportOurTroops.Org
P.O. BOX 10
Weir, TX 78674

You can also send Troopons to:
Support Our Troops®
P.O. Box 70
Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070

Coups For Troops
c/o Caps Against Cancer
PO Box 38731
Charlotte NC 28278
*Lists multiple addresses on their site.

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo

 

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo