Nov 7 2009
Posted by deidre 29 Comments

Deidre started Cuckoo For Coupon Deals because she really loved finding great deals, and then telling friends and family about them so that they can score some cheap/free items too!

About Me (Deidre):

Quick facts about me:

  • Grew up in Rexburg, Idaho in a family of 7.
  • First job was spraying insulation with my dad.  I was always the only girl on the construction sites – but I could always outwork the boys!
  • Moved to Provo, UT to go to BYU at 18
  • Moved to a new apartment at 20, next door neighbor boy saw me moving in and told his roommates “I have dibs on her”.  Love at first site???
  • That next door neighbor boy, Chris, started dating me that day
  • We were engaged a month later
  • We were married 3 months after that
  • Graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree at 21, had my darling Lacey at 22, and my sweet Sadie at 24.
  • My second oldest sister died when I was 21 from Juvenile Diabetes
  • We moved to Georgia for 2 years. Due to the economy, we both lost our jobs the same day. Unable to find a new one in the same state, we left our new home and moved in with the in-laws in Florida.  My husband got a new job, but it took four months just to rent out our house back in Georgia and we charged our mortgage to credit cards.
  • One of my goals with couponing is to use the money I save to pay off that haunting credit card debt.
  • My other goal is to build up my food storage, in-case another job loss, or worse, a natural disaster occurred. I do this by stockpiling when prices are low.
  • We were in Florida for 1 year, but Chris and I missed Utah.
  • Chris got a  new job in Utah, right when I was due with a new baby.   The day I got home from the hospital after giving birth to Sadie I packed up our entire belongings and exactly 5 days after Sadie was born we blessed her and packed up and moved across country to Utah.
  • Me and Chris love basketball, skiing, snow machining, snowboarding, boating, soccer, and watching The Office.

I am a stay-at-home mother of three darling girls, and I am married to my wonderful Chris who is unprecedented in his support of me. I love being a stay-at-home mom, but in a world designed to have two incomes supporting a home and bills, I have found you really have to stretch that dollar to make it work.

So this is how I stretch dollars:

I only use coupons on items that are on sale. Example: an item is normally $5, it is on sale 50% off, I use a $1 off coupon = $1.5. Then since I took the time to drive there and get the deal I go ahead and buy 5 of them, or enough of the item to last me until it goes on sale again.  In the long run, you are saving on that item because you would have had to purchase it later for a higher price.

This is a very basic example.  If you are new to couponing, you may have heard of Register Rewards, SaverSphere online rebates, Mail in rebates, Catalinas, etc… and you may be confused. 

Don’t fret! I have videos that explain all of my techniques in more detail!

For now, just remember the basic rules of Cuckoo Couponing:

Buy something if:

  1. the price can’t get any lower (I call these “cuckoo prices” or my “price points”)
  2. you will use the item or use it regularly
  3. buy enough to get you by until the item(s) expire (you don’t want to be so stocked up you are throwing things away) or the sale comes back again (usually 6 months)
  4. you can afford it.
  • Daleene

    Love this site! How do I get your e-mails daily? I am an avid couponer and am loving it! Please check out my website. I don’t want to subscribe through google, because I seldom check that out. I am adding you to my blog roll!

    Daleene aka Smiling Mama

    • deidre

      I like your site too, I would add you to my blog roll page but I don’t see your button on your site. Let me know when you get one! On the top left hand side of my site there is a “Subscribe To My Coupon Rebate Newsletter” widget where you enter your name and email and you will get emails daily.

  • Cindy

    I am new to your site and couponing, I really like what I’ve read so far and viewed on your U Tube videos. I live in West Jordan and it’s nice to have news about local deals.

    • deidre

      Thanks! I love to hear from readers!

  • Chrissee

    It’s so nice to find another LDS savings blogger! Thank you for providing the giveaway link – it has been super helpful!

    Saving Cents Together

  • Kelly

    Wow our stories are kinda similar. Both myhusband and I lost our job the same day. We moved in my inlaws.
    Great site.

    • deidre

      Its hard, but looking back at it I realize there are always people in worse situations. I think we got off lucky!

  • jason

    This year was a rough year for my family and I. I had a spinal cord injury in August that left me unable to walk and in bed for 7 weeks. The doc told me to stay down, and relax (that was about all I could do in an upper body cast). I am active 34 year old father of two, and hate staying down. I needed to stay busy. The best way for me to do that was to manage our funds, and get the best coupon deals from your website. My wife, children, and I are very thankful for your assistance. I am thankful I am able to walk now, and I can feel my legs. It is amazing how we take the little things for granted.

  • Mommy B

    Aww, what a cute ‘how we met story’ love it!

  • Jennifer C.

    Nice to meet you Deidre…talk about a whirlwind romance…hehe

  • Teresa Robertson


    I’m doing workshops to teach couponing. I’ve been sharing your link with a lot of people and telling them how much it has helped me. Would love to talk to you in regards to some questions I have.

    Thank you,

    • deidre

      Ok, can you email me those questions?

  • Debbie

    I just joined your site . Like many others we are having rough times. I believe in a coment you made to someone else “there’s always someone in a worse situation. That’s why I started a small project of collecting donations ( clothes,houseware,etc) mostly unsold yardsale or garagesale items. Then find people and families in need to give them to.If they have PCPs I can give them the ‘sign-up; info..if not I can print a coupon for them.This will be a good addition,in helping others. Glad I found you.

    • deidre


  • Shar

    I enjoyed reading about you and your beautiful family. I really don’t know how you do such an incredible job with this blog. You must be quite the multi-tasker. You do such an incredible job – I am in awe!!!!

  • Shanna Bailes

    You are amazing!! Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Lisa B.

    Deidre, we recently discovered your website and like your style! It’s fun, frugal and helpful. We especially love the Twillight-What Have You Done To My Wife Video — we’re hooking up a link for our readers at http://www.obsessivecoupondisorder.com — thanks for making us all smile!

    • deidre

      Thanks for stopping by, love this video too!

  • Jennifer Phillips

    Deidre, I love this site! And you are so cute! You take great pics and I have to tell you – we (my sons and I) thought you were in high school! Until we read you were married and had two children lol. My sons are young adults too, 18 and 21, so it’s not just a me being an old lady thing. lol. I am going to get killed when they find out I posted this, but I had to let you know. I myself love, love, love it when I get compliments like that, well not like that, but similar in the you look younger than you are way, if and when I thankfully ever do get one. I will quit babbling now, and go do my daily trek around the site :D. Have a great day!

    • deidre

      Thanks so much! I do get some negative comments, people saying “oh I tried that deal and it didn’t work and it’s your fault” and so getting good comments makes my day!

  • rebecca shockley(becca33)

    I don’t know why but your story had me almost in tears, first let me say I’m very sorry for the loss of your sister. You have come along ways and I appreciate all the savings you pass onto us, thank you sooooo much. Feeding a family of 6 being a single mom is tough, so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  • rebecca shockley(becca33)

    Also, you have a lovely family!!!

  • Julie

    Deidre, I am very grateful for your site and willingness to help us newbies. I have been trying to become a couponer for a couple of months now. It has been frustrating. I have been collecting and printing coupons, organizing, following store sales, surfing internet lists, reading books about couponing and I think I have coupon overload. I have a very tight budget. I lost my job 14 months ago. My husband and I have been married 12 years this year. We met researching a medical condition we both suffer from. He is unable to work and has severe health conditions. He is on social security disability. We were very shocked, suprised, and blessed with the birth of our son 2 years ago. We have such limited income, resources, mobility, and health I just want to get a better understanding of how to make couponing work for us. We don’t want to depend on others because of our limitations. We know we are more than limited we are blessed, loved, and lucky to have all we do. Thanks in advance and if you can point me in a simple direction I might become less coupon overloaded and more coupon successfull. God bless, Julie

  • Catrina

    Like :)

  • God bless you and Chris. Have a wonderful life.

  • Diana

    $1 for
    WANT 2 WIN – $50 SYWR

    • HelperJen

      Thanks. We posted that one on October 19th.

      • Diana

        Ok…I hadn’t done it and I got it today

  • Hey Thanks sharing your information.

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