Couponing in January – What to Expect


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Join me on MeWe! See everything I post. Your friends too! No censorship. No tracking. The best part is live chat! Chat with me or other members in real time. Easy signup here. I'm loving this so far. The best part? It's always FREE!   Couponing in January     January is a time of new beginnings.  Many of us come up with resolutions that we have no intention of keeping.  Others will turn over a new leaf that will change the way they live for the rest of their life. … [Read more...]

What to Expect From Couponing – May Edition


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It's hard to believe it has already been a month since my last installment of What to Expect from Couponing, but here we are a month older and hopefully a month wiser!  May is a great month for couponers.  Although a bit premature in some parts of the country this year, it's the unofficial launch of the summer shopping season.  The summer shopping season is definitely polar for couponers.  By the time July rolls around, we will hear the beginning of the grumblings about "no food coupons in the … [Read more...]

What to Expect from Couponing – February Edition


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What can you expect from couponing in February?  Lots of change!  This first weekend of February is now home to the Superbowl.  In the grocery industry, it is basically treated just like a national holiday.  In all seriousness, it's one of the top five grocery weekends of the year!  If you are the brand manager for certain categories, you can make or break your budget for the entire year in this one weekend.  This is your time to capitalize on hot sales for snacks and appetizers.  Salty snacks … [Read more...]

Putting Together a Coupon Trip


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How I Put Together a Coupon Trip Lots of people say “teach me how to coupon” or “I don’t know where I begin.” I thought it might be helpful to run you through how I put a coupon trip together each and every week. I’ll tell you right from the start that I’m a spreadsheet person. I’m not going to get into all the nitty gritty on inputting my trips on spreadsheets. That would be for another post, but whether you type your lists or hand-write them, the steps I take would be pretty much the same. So … [Read more...]

What Should I Expect from Coupons – January Edition


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January is a time of new beginnings.  Many of us come up with resolutions that we have no intention of keeping.  Others will turn over a new leaf that will change the way they live for the rest of their life.  Regardless of where you fit on the spectrum, there is one thing for certain: couponing is still hot! In 2011 we saw a huge spike in the number of people that started couponing. It lasted into February of 2012 and then started to decline. We had a new generation of "born again … [Read more...]

Know Your Store Plan for All Your Favorite Stores


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Do You Have a Store Plan? Do you have a favorite store you like to coupon at? If so, do you have a store plan for that store? If you’re not sure what I mean by that, I’ll explain. My store plan has helped me immensely in the planning stages of my shopping trips and hopefully once you see what I mean, it will help you too. Living in the Southeast, my favorite store to coupon at is Publix. When I first moved down here, one of the first things I did was head to my closest Publix to check it … [Read more...]

CVS Shopping Trip Plan For Week Of 5/11


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CVS Shopping Trip Plan For Week Of 5/11 I had a couple people ask how I was planning my CVS trip for this week. I have $25 in ECBs to start out with, and I plan on getting over $60 in product in the first transaction for around .50 OOP, and get back $30 ECBs. IF this all goes as planned it will work perfect AND I will also earn another $5 ECB back from the CVS Beauty Club from reaching another $50 spending mark. Here is my plan: 4 Excedrin 24 ct $4.99 ea = $19.96 - Receive $10 ECB for … [Read more...]

Publix: David Breaks Down the Planning and Execution of a 90% Savings Shopping Trip!


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One of the things that we strive to do is to actually show you how to coupon. I don't want to be known as a site that simply tells you how to do it. I want to lead by example and show you the different techniques in action so that you are able to replicate them for your own household. This video will show you how we were able to save 90% on a 3 month supply of laundry detergent and some other household needs. Specifically the techniques to be watching are: Elevating a basket purchase before … [Read more...]

How I am Guaranteed to Save an Extra $5.00 at Publix Every Time I Shop


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One of the things that we do on our page is try to equip you with the ability to save as much as possible. We share the same valuable tips and tricks that we use when we shop in an effort to hep you maximize your personal savings. By using the $5/$30 purchase coupons from Winn-Dixie, we are guaranteed to save an additional $5.00 every time we shop for groceries at Publix (or Winn-Dixie). If you don't understand how this works, it's really pretty simple. Most people are under the … [Read more...]

Couponing with your Spouse


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My husband just LOVES to coupon. Vicariously through me that is. He’s not what you would call a patient man. In fact, when it comes to things like clipping coupons, scouring store ads and mapping out a shopping plan, he has none! He does help me in other ways though. Ways that he’s probably not even aware of. Even if your husband, or wife maybe, says they don’t want to get involved with your couponing, with a little bit of ingenuity, you can come up with tasks for them that will assist you with … [Read more...]

Using BOGO Coupons on B2G1 Free Sales


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Using BOGO Coupons on B2G1 Sales There are a lot of confusing scenarios in the coupon world, but few have left me stumped with the exception of Buy 2 Get 1 Free (B2G1) sales combined with Buy 1 Get 1 Free (BOGO) coupons. Then one day I decided to sit down and break it down. Since then I refer to my notes whenever using BOGO coupons comes at the same time as a B2G1 sale. I thought I’d break it down for you now, since I’m about to post a deal on Glade Plugins currently going on at Publix that … [Read more...]

Effective Couponing – What is Your Time Worth?


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One of the biggest traps that I see new couponers fall into is the "time trap". It starts out slow, maybe a couple of free tubes of toothpaste. Before they know it, they are doing the elephant walk with 5 carts of groceries in an attempt to recreate Extreme Couponing. Why? The Coupon Wizards endorses extremely effective couponing, NOT extreme couponing. If you are looking to waste your time in an attempt to hoard massive quantities of Yakisoba noodles, this is not the site for you. If you want … [Read more...]

Farmers Markets Versus Grocery Store Fruits And Vegetables


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Farmers Markets Versus Grocery Store Fruits And Vegetables We are always looking for the hottest coupons and the best sales to go with them. Smart shopping doesn't always have to have coupons involved! In fact, one if the biggest things I hear in the world of couponing is there are never any coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables. Several shoppers use overage (if your store allows it) to purchase fresh produce and meat, but there are many stores where overage is not allowed. Think about … [Read more...]

Coupon Organization For The “On The Go” Shopper


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Coupon organization is a must when planning a shopping trip! Coupon organization means different things to different people.  How many  different ways have you tried to organize your list, coupons, ECB’s or RR’s, and your store coupons when heading out for your shopping trips? If you are like me, you have struggled with coupon organization.  You may  have tried a few ways, and failed with a few ways! I finally picked out and bought a small organizer. In the hopes that would be my cure, it … [Read more...]

Speedy Check Out? Make Sure to Prep!


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Do You Like a Speedy Check Out? When you start couponing check out can be down right nerve racking! You get to the register scared the cashier will hate you. You are worried the people behind you may pelt you with produce if you don't hurry and get out of their way. Then you get nervous that you have everything in order so you don't throw that awesome plan out the window by not having the right coupons at the right time. This is where a little prep work can go a long way, especially if you … [Read more...]

Price Book & How to Keep One


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How to Keep a Price Book A Price book is a way of tracking the prices of items you have purchased. This is a great way to see what your buy or stockpile price may be for a particular item. Not only do I track the prices of sales items I buy, but I also track them for non-sales and non-couponing items too. This allows me to plan my regular weekly shopping trip and know approximately what my cost will be before going to the store. There are a few ways you can do one. You can utilize an app … [Read more...]

Shopping Trip, What to Do When It’s a Bust


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Busted Shopping Trip You plan your shopping trip, look at the match up and the sales ad, you make your list, clip your coupons and off you go only to discover your plan won't work. Maybe the store is out of stock, you forgot some coupons or they expired and you didn't notice or what you thought was on sale really isn't. There are a number of things that can go wrong. We have all been there on more than one occasion. This happened to me at Publix very recently. I saw an item on sale in a … [Read more...]

Shopping Plans, the Best Laid Ones Have Kinks


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Shopping Plans with Issues I'm a planner. All my shopping plans are laid out by transactions on a spreadsheet. My coupons are sorted and paper clipped by transaction. I have notes on which UP's/ECB's/RR's I need to roll into a subsequent transaction. However, despite all your planning, the unknown will eventually step in and throw a kink in your plan. Today is a perfect example. I had 2 transactions mapped out for Rite Aid. This would have broken down to being OOP $1.84 before taxes. Great … [Read more...]

Total Higher Than Expected? Here are Some Possible Reasons


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You plan your trip, you use the match ups and you have the coupons you need but a total higher than you figured was NOT expected. There are a few things that can cause this. If this happens to you consider making smaller trips, they are much easier to control. I added some suggestions for this below. Total Higher? What to Look For Did you consider tax on your total? Look at your receipt, some products that we consider food is actually taxable. Did you add something to your cart … [Read more...]

Coupon Shopping Plan, What to Do When Yours Is a Bust


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When was the last time your coupon shopping plan was a bust? What do you do when you get to the store and what you were going after isn’t there? Do what I do? Grab a flyer and scan for your life? This week has been a bad week for me. I never did make it to Walgreens earlier in the week as planned and because of that, I ended up with $25 in Register Rewards (RRs) that were going to expire yesterday if I didn’t use them. I grabbed my Shopping Spreadsheet with my Walgreens shopping plan on it and … [Read more...]

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