What Should I Expect from Coupons – January Edition


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What to Expect from Coupons in January January is a time of new beginnings so what can you expect from coupons? 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 … [Read more...]

What to Expect from Coupons – March Edition


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What to Expect from Coupons in March Ready to learn about what to expect from coupons in March? It is hard to believe that we are into the third month of 2015 already. It literally seems like yesterday that the kids were tearing through wrapping paper on Christmas morning and now it's a distant memory. As winter draws to a close and spring is upon us, we are in a fun time of the year for couponers. The weather will begin to change, the days will become longer and people will be staying out of … [Read more...]

Pay Your Children in Their Currency


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Do You Pay Your Children? Teaching children about money can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. One thing that I have learned from raising my boys is that you need to pay your children in the currency that they desire and understand. To clarify, Grayson understands money. He has been able to figure simple sales tax since he was 5 and he knows what it means to work for a dollar. He understands that he needs to save. He understands that he needs to make good decisions with his spending … [Read more...]

Shopping for Cars Tip #3 – Hot Lease Terms are Your Best Friend!


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Tip #3 for Shopping for Cars Before you start going ballistic sending me emails and commenting, please read this entire article on shopping for cars. If you have ever heard me speak, you know that I think that leasing a vehicle is one of the absolute worst financial decisions you can make. It falls right in line with having a car payment in my book. In fact, it's worse because you aren't really paying down any debt, you are perpetuating it! However, by and large people will do what society … [Read more...]

Coupon Organization For The “On The Go” Shopper


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Coupon Organization for On-the-Go Coupon organization means different things to different people. How many different ways have you tried to organize your list, coupons, ECBs or RRs and your store coupons when heading out for your shopping trips? If you are like me, you have struggled with organizing all of it. 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 it would be my cure. It arrived, I opened it and … [Read more...]

Stockpile Quantity – What’s Yours?


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What is Your Stockpile Quantity? Do you have a stockpile quantity? For many people, stockpiling isn't something new, it's a way of life! However, there are also quite a few people out there that are new to the couponing lifestyle that are trying to get their arms around the concept of stockpiling. If you have read any of my posts, you have heard me say, repeatedly, that you need to know your stockpile quantity (read about it here) and you need to know your stockpile price (also read … [Read more...]

Spouse Coupon With You?


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Does Your Spouse Coupon with You? Does my spouse coupon with me? Well, he does not 'grocery coupon' or go to the market with me and frankly I am OK with that. I have an efficient system that works very well for me and any deviation costs me time and in some cases money. His interest in groceries go as far as eating them. The biggest problem is that he likes to push the cart and that just messes me all up! What my husband does do is support me. He shares my shopping adventures with his … [Read more...]

Coupon Burnout? It’s Okay To Take A Break


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Do You Have Coupon Burnout? Do you have coupon burnout? Well, do you have a large stack of unclipped or unfiled inserts? Are all of your coupons in your binder expired? Are you letting the deals slide by and just tossing the ad flyers straight into the circular file? Do you just roll your eyes at the mention of another free toothbrush or a stock-up of toothpaste? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from "Coupon Burnout." When we start couponing, it's easy … [Read more...]

Savings, Talking About It Spreads Like Wildfire


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Talk About Savings to Help Others   I challenge Wiz Kids to try this... Post a photo of one of your stellar shopping trips, or list your savings from one in your Facebook Status. How many of your friends make comments saying "How did you do that?"  " Where did you get the coupons?" "I want to do that too!" In response to your picture? Just the talk of "couponing" sparks a wildfire for so many. People listen when someone tells them how they can save money, because they want to do it … [Read more...]

A PEEK into Wizard Melissa’s Stockpile(s)!


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Wizard Melissa's Stockpile How many of you stand in front of your stockpile and admire it? Come on. Admit it! I'm PROUD of mine, so I totally do! I organize it, and straighten it and brag about it and show it to everyone who comes over! Yep, I'm a proud couponer!!  My KIDS even want to show their friends when they come over! They enjoy heading down stairs to the "Grocery Store" to grab snacks or things for dinner. How Long I've Been Doing This I have only been couponing for ONE YEAR. … [Read more...]

The Ten Traits of EXTREMEly Effective Couponers Trait 1: They Have Defined Goals


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Effective Couponers As we embark on the 4th quarter of 2011, I feel it is important to focus on fiscal responsibility & being effective couponers.  Certainly this means the EXTREMEly effective use of coupons, but there is much more involved with fiscal responsibility.  After all, what is the point of couponing if you don't know how to manage the money you are saving?  Most people that have only been couponing for a short while become enamored with the idea of getting huge amounts of … [Read more...]

Who do you coupon for?


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Who Do I Coupon For? This is a very personal question. But if you have been with us for a while, or even if you're new, you know that couponing is nothing to be ashamed of! People of all walks of life and income levels choose to coupon because it SAVES MONEY. How is saving money ever a bad thing?? I am a single mom who started couponing as a way to save money but also as a new hobby to fill some extra time. Between 2008 and 2010 I was in grad school to finish my MBA. It took ALL of my free … [Read more...]

3 New Years Resolutions for Every Couponer


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Couponers New Years Resolutions As Christmas approaches and we think forward to 2012, every couponer should be making their New Years Resolutions.  I have taken the last week myself to look back over the past year and determine what we could have done to make our household's financial position even better.  We are certainly at the mercy of the manufacturers to release great coupons.  We are held captive by the stores to make sure that the sales are good and the couponing policies easy to read … [Read more...]

*Use your STOCKPILE to spread some HOLIDAY CHEER!


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Holiday Cheer with Your Stockpile A while back I made a post asking you if your STOCKPILE made OTHERS Happy.........Well,  here is another way it can! I'm DONE shopping~ Time and MONEY WISE! I had three more gifts to get and instead of running around all over town, I just headed to the STOCKPILE!! What a wonderful way to utilize COUPONING and SAVING MONEY when needing holiday gifts! The first basket is for the "SNACK-A-HOLIC" in my life who shall remain NAMELESS! (No, it's not me!)~ … [Read more...]

PDF Coupons – Is it OK to Save them to My Computer?


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PDF Coupons It seems like in the last several weeks there has been a lot of controversy surrounding PDF coupons. Manufacturers such as 3M (Scotch) and Physician's Formula have posted coupons and then subsequently removed them. Once removed, it's the manufacturer's intention that those coupons no longer be available for distribution. However, it seems that these coupons continue to saturate the couponing and deal blogs through a variety of posts asking others to send the file. In some … [Read more...]

Why Stores Don’t Lose Money on Coupons


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Coupons vs. Stores A lot of people that are new to couponing and don't know the ropes email me asking how the stores are "able to stay in business."  I think that there is a common misconception that the stores are losing money like crazy due to the use of manufacturers' coupons.  The truth of the matter is that this couponing craze should have store revenues at an all time high! Why Stores are NOT Losing Money To understand how the stores aren't losing money, you have to understand that … [Read more...]

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