The Coupon Wizards – Come Save with Me!


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Coupon Effectively with The Coupon Wizards Are you new to The Coupon Wizards? I'm a one woman blog, but I work tirelessly, day in and day out, to find you the best deals. Both couponing deals and online bargains! This isn't Extreme Couponing, it's Effective Couponing! There is a method to my madness as well. Not only do I find sales & deals for you, but in doing so, I find sales & deals for me too. It's a win win ;-) Plus I'm able to teach others to do this at the same time, which I … [Read more...]

Friday Couponing Tips – Where Do I Start?


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  ***Enjoy this post? Make sure to go back and "Like" & "Share" it on Facebook so your friends will see it too! Plus, make sure to join our two newest Facebook Groups - Couponing at Target, Publix, CVS & More and Red Hot Online Dealz!***   Couponing Tips Friday So, you’re officially a couponer or ready to become one. Now what? Explaining how to coupon is not an easy task. It’s a pretty easy concept, but explaining it in 10 words or less? Not gonna’ happen, as … [Read more...]

Couponing Tips Tuesday – Desk to Go


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Couponing Tips Tuesday – My Desk to Go My little “Desk to Go” has saved me countless times while out couponing so I offer it up to you as one of my couponing tips! You just never know when you’re going to see a deal you want to jot down, have to re-work a deal with the calculator, find out something is on sale that you’re after and the store coupon is still in the flyer. I’ve even been known to grab a deal straight away after buying my Sunday papers and clipping the coupon(s) right there in … [Read more...]

What to Expect From Couponing – April Edition


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April is a fun month for couponers.  It is a month of transition and with the arrival of Spring in late March, it's a month of new beginnings.  For me, April is almost like the official transition from the cold winter months into the summer season with a quick drop-in on spring.  Let's see what we can expect in the stores this month! The produce department will be buzzing with tons of new offerings.  I typically only like to buy domestic produce, so it's a great time of year for me.  In fact, … [Read more...]

Coupon Stacking at ULTA Shopping Trip


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Did you know that you could use manufacturer coupons at ULTA? We recently got an ULTA shop open nearby and I decided to check it out and try coupon stacking and report back to you. What I love about ULTA is that they carry high-end beauty products as well as the drugstore brands all in one place! I am a huge fan of bareMinerals and usually splurge on a glittery eye-shadow for the holidays. The regular store prices were actually not bad at all. I expected them to be higher than the drugstores, … [Read more...]

Do Stores Really Fight Coupon Fraud?


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I am sure that people are going to come out of the woodwork to share their two cents on this subject, so I am opening by telling you that this is by no way a formed opinion, just some observations from a long career in retail.  Oftentimes we look at things as black and white, but I am here to tell you that there is definitely grey area in every single store when it comes to the issue of coupon fraud.  Let's face it, we all know what it means to "profile" a cashier.  We all know which managers … [Read more...]

Wizard Amanda’s Extreme Couponing Challenge


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I took on this extreme couponing $10 challenge with many thoughts. Can I hang with the big dogs? I have no chance against a Publix or even a store that doubles. Then I thought, well I could go and hit up the drug stores and maybe Walmart. In the end my better judgment got a hold of me and I decided to do what this Military Wizard does best, the Commissary. I know that many of you can't shop the Commissary and maybe this is a little on the unfair side. However, in the interest of being … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to be a Bitch to be an Extreme Couponer


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Ok, so maybe the first thing that's extreme is the title of this post, but the fact of the matter is, it's accurate.  When I look back at the seasons of Extreme Couponing on TLC, I honestly think that ALL of us would like to show most of them the "Pimp Hand". Why do we aspire to replicate what we see these people do?  Why do we want to mold ourselves after people that have hoarding issues and don't know how to talk to their spouses.  I know, I know, I don't know the whole story.  I guess … [Read more...]

Stockpiling Starts with the Stores Themselves


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If you are new to the couponing game, you may very well be enamored with the plethora of new terms that have invaded your brain!  Whether it's BOGO, "stacking", blinkie, peelie or any of the other usual suspects, you have had to change the way you think as well as the way you talk.  One of the toughest adjustments that people have when they start to coupon is learning the proper way to stockpile.  If you are just starting out, you want to know things like: How long will it take to get my … [Read more...]

$3.00 Nabisco Coupons: Will They Bring an End to Couponing as we Know it?


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I am sure that plenty of you think that the end of the world is coming!  After all, the $3/3 Nabisco coupons are nearly out of supply in any reasonably priced online store.  Seriously, I don't think any of us will be able to live another day without a free pack of crackers or Oreos-to-go.  They have never run this coupon before and they will never run it again, right?  NO!  As a seasoned couponer, it is actually entertaining to sit back and watch how different people react when they don't get a … [Read more...]

How couponing has changed over the last year


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For those of you that have been couponing for at least a year you will notice many changes. The changes could be partially attributed to Extreme Couponing on TLC but I'm sure there are quite a few other factors that have caused these changes. A sensational show such as Extreme Couponing is both good and bad. It can encourage and attract others to begin couponing but it also tends to portray a view that is not exactly practical or useful for the ordinary shopper. Those who think they can get 8 … [Read more...]

The Ten Traits of EXTREMEly Effective Couponers Trait Two: They Stick to a Rigid Budget!


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If you read the first installment of this series, you know that EXTREMEly effective couponers have defined goals.  Interestingly enough, the goals are not isolated to couponing.  When talking to these people, you will know where they are planning on taking their next vacation, which car they plan on purchasing to replace their current ride, where their children are going to school and the list goes on.  The fact is that they plan.  Part of that goal setting and planning ties directly into having … [Read more...]

Store’s Love Coupons! I Heard it First-Hand from a CEO Last Month!


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As most of you probably know, I used to be a grocery store manager and also spent a tour of duty with SuperTarget.  It's amazing how many connections you gain in your lifetime.  In fact, I still have a ton of connections in the retail industry.  It doesn't really help me save any money, but it helps me keep in touch with the pulse of the retail sector so that I can relay accurate information to our fans.  One of the benefits of being in the grocery business is that people who are successful tend … [Read more...]