ABC’s of Couponing

Nov 8 2009
Posted by deidre 168 Comments
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Read my free ABC’s of couponing training guides below. My favorites are my video training posts, and my 4 Ways to Get Coupons post.

How Coupons Work Price Points List How Do BOGO Sales & Coupon Deals Work? What is a Catalina and where do you get them? How do you extreme coupon at CVS? How do double coupons work? What is an ecoupon? Where do you get ecoupons? What's the best cash back website and how does Ebates work? How to tell if freebies are legit or not. Comparing Costco vs. Couponing! Where do you think I get the most bang from my buck??? How to Save Time Couponing How to get all the coupons we talk about in my deal posts! Are all coupons for Junk Food??? Keeping track of your savings using coupons with coupon calculators Coupon Lingo 101 - all the terms and what they mean! List of all stores and their individual coupon policies When do stores start marking down clearance after Holidays? Never miss a deal! Organizing your coupon binder! How to print each coupons & why you can't photocopy them. Trouble shooting printing coupons Questions Answered -ask a question and I'll answer it or post a Ask Cuckoo Readers segment! Find those mail-in-rebates in the beer aisle! Out of stock? How to get a rain check! How to extreme coupon shop at Rite Aid! Seasonal Sales Cycles - when to buy and when to wait! All the stores coupon policies listed. What is a coupon train? Understanding crabby cashiers in the wake of the TLC Extreme Couponing Mess Coupon training videos! How to extreme coupon shop at Walgreens! Writing to companies to get freebies! eXtreme couponing Your real savings! zipping up your binder 20 unique ways to save on gasoline! Image Map

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How Coupons Work

| Price Points List

| How Do BOGO Sales & Coupon Deals Work?

| What is a Catalina and where do you get them?

| How do you extreme coupon at CVS?

| How do double coupons work?

| What is an ecoupon? Where do you get ecoupons?

| What’s the best cash back website and how does Ebates work?

| How to tell if freebies are legit or not.

| Comparing Costco vs. Couponing! Where do you think I get the most bang from my buck???

| How to Save Time Couponing

| How to get all the coupons we talk about in my deal posts!

| Are all coupons for Junk Food???

| Keeping track of your savings using coupons with coupon calculators

| Coupon Lingo 101 – all the terms and what they mean!

| List of all stores and their individual coupon policies

| When do stores start marking down clearance after Holidays?

| Never miss a deal!

| Organizing your coupon binder!

| How to print each coupons & why you can’t photocopy them.

| Trouble shooting printing coupons

| Questions Answered -ask a question and I’ll answer it or post a Ask Cuckoo Readers segment!

| Find those mail-in-rebates in the beer aisle!

| Out of stock? How to get a rain check!

| How to extreme coupon shop at Rite Aid!

| Seasonal Sales Cycles – when to buy and when to wait!

| All the stores coupon policies listed.

| What is a coupon train?

| Coming soon! understanding crabby cashiers

| Coupon training videos!

| How to extreme coupon shop at Walgreens!

| Writing to companies to get freebies!

| eXtreme couponing

| Your real savings!

| coming soon – more silly tips!

| 20 unique ways to save on gasoline!

| Image Map

ABC’s of Coupons and/or Couponing is trademarked by D&C Media LLC

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  • Sandra S

    I have a question. When you use your Smith’s Rewards card and have loaded coupons on them from Shortcuts and Cellfire if there is an identical coupon on each site will both of them come off or just one? Right now there is the BC Warm Delights listed on both sites and I have a printable coupon, I am wondering if all of them can be used?

    • deidre

      Sometimes randomly all of them will go through, my experience lately is usually only one eCoupon will come off per item. For example, if you buy a Warm Delights you will get the Shortcuts coupon used but not the Cellfire. However, ecoupons CAN be stacked with manufacturer’s coupons. Make sure to login to Upromise and load their grocery coupons on your card too! Those won’t come off your bill but they will be added to your kids/grandkids college savings accounts.

      • Lizbeth Lopez


        I am new to the couponing thing so I’m kind of lost…

        When you talk about the cellfire coupons, if I have a manufacturer’s coupon let’s say $1.00 off a bath tissue and then a cellfire coupon on my store card for 1.00 off the same item, will I get 2.00 off? Or it counts like the same coupon and I can only use one of them?
        If I have this, can I still double coupons? What brings me to my next question…

        Then, what those it mean double coupons? When do I know that a coupon can be doubled? Does the coupon say it can and then I’ll ask the person at the register to double it or what? how does that work?

        Thanks a lot! =o)

        • deidre

          most stores won’t let you use an ecoupon + a manufacturer’s coupon. And I don’t think you can double ecoupons.

          • Lizbeth Lopez


            What about the doble coupons? Can you explain to me how that works, I asked @ the store today and they couldn’t tell me, I just dont understand what they are and how to use them?

            Thanks, again

            Oh! and I don’t know if you knew it or if you have a Shoprite in you area, but Shoprite has the kellogs PopTarts @ 3 for $5.00 and Kellogs website has a coupon for 1.00 off 3 boxes of poptarts so that’s 3 for $4.00 and I think that is a great deal ’cause I always buy them for about 2.89 each at regular price.

  • pam718

    where can i buy the slice safty cutter

    • deidre

      You can purchase the slice here
      for just $6 plus free shipping!

  • debra gill

    hi, i love your site and it has quickly become my favorite. i tried to use my coupons for the hungry hungry hippos and the connect 4 travel games at walmart and the computer would not accept them. since i was holding up the line and the manager was not responding to the cashiers call for help, i told her to take the items off of my bill and i took my coupons back. how should i handle this next time? also, i had printed a coupon for 95 cents off of one pillsbury cinnamon buns. but im not sure if that was on your site or not. would you know where i can find this coupon again? thank you for any help you can give me. debra

    • deidre

      I searched several coupon databases and can’t find that coupon, so it probably isn’t available anymore. Walmart can be stinkers with coupons. I like to tell people right when they get behind me in line that I will be using a lot of coupons, and often they go to another lane and are glad I let them know. If someones already there, and I’m having problems, I feel bad but also remember what feels like forever is really on 5 minutes in the grand scheme of things. Another option is to have them take the items off your bill, then take the items and the coupons to Customer Service and try again. Sorry I don’t have a quick-fix solution for ya!

  • Bonita

    I have used coupons for quit some time now, but have never gotten as good of deals as I got today at Rite Aid, K-Mart and Wal-mart, by using your helpful hints of course. I have a question about the Single Check Rebates offered by Rite Aid, the J&J one in particular. Does the $50 have to be spent before coupons or after coupons? Thank you so much for all of these helpful hints and tidbits for stretching a dollar!

    • deidre

      BEFORE coupons, that’s why Rite Aid usually has my favorite rebate programs!

  • Debbie

    Hi Diedre,

    First let me say a BIG Thank You for your site. I have been trying to use coupons over the past few months and learn all I can about the most effective ways to save. I don’t even remember where I got linked to your site from but I am glad I did. It has been helpful all ready, especially the video showing how to cut and organize them and this weeks Rite Aide items. I came back today and tried to access the Rite Aide and Walgreens videos and several attempts only got a message that that site didn’t exist. Have those been too long ago for me to view?
    Thanks again.

  • Candi

    Hello. I absolutely love your site!!! Question… can you use two MFQ on one item. For example:

    Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers $8.99
    -$2 SCR (limit 1)
    -$2 +UP Reward (limit 1)
    -$1.50 MFQ (P&G 8/1)
    -FREE Wipes MFQ wyb Diapers (P&G 8/1)
    Final Price = $3.49 for diapers & wipes!

    • deidre

      Looks like you are referring to Rite Aid – Kinda a trick question because in this example you’d be buying two items – wipes and diapers. So it is a tough one, usually depends on your store. My store allows this.

  • Stacey

    I’ve seen people referring to “buying” JUST the coupon inserts instead of the entire paper…I am new to couponing and would LOVE to do that! I hate wasting all those papers every Sunday! How do I get my hands on these? Thank you!

    • deidre

      You can go to and select individual coupons you want.

      • Shar

        I have had the same ? as Stacey. Do you buy the coupon inserts then?

        • deidre

          I buy 5 subscriptions to the sunday paper

  • NewMom1112

    Hello. I didn’t know where else to answer this question. For some reason I am unable to go to the next page when viewing your home page. Is there something I am doing wrong? Is anyone else having this problem?

    • deidre

      Weird! What browser do you use?

  • Lori B

    Thank you for all the tips!! Some I was doing, others I need to add into my daily couponing!

  • Jodi

    hi deidre, first, thanks for all of the tips and tricks! im definately gonna print off all of the coupon poilcies and keep them in my binder. but there is one store im confused about. Dollar general states “Unless the coupons state otherwise, you may use multiple coupons in one transaction.” and after that, the next bullet point says you can combine MFG Q and store Q to increase your savings. so when they are saying “Unless the coupons state otherwise, you may use multiple coupons in one transaction.” does that mean i can use 6 $1.50 off coupons on one $9.00 bottle of tide and get it free?

    • deidre

      What they mean by “you may use multiple coupons in one transaction” is that you may use 6 $1.50/1 tide coupons on 6 bottles of tide, in one transaction. You can never use more than one manufacturer’s coupon on one item.

  • Josie

    I click on the tab “Get SS, RP, & P&G Coupons” but nothing happens. How do I access these coupons please?

  • Mommy B

    I just watched the thing about extreme couponing! With that information and yours, I’m sure to save tons in the new year!

  • Modesty

    Thanks for the info on coupons!

  • Haley

    i have a coupon for walgreens 99cents softsoap liquid hand soap it says limit to 3 so does that mean that i can get 3 for 99 cents each?

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  • Amy Juhasz

    Great tips!

  • ceis8009

    I’m amazed by your organization skills! While I am not into extreme couponing, I do appreciate getting deals on your site than I can use.

  • Nicole

    Thanks for all this info your amazing!!!! :)

  • Danielle

    could you put a add to favorites on the top of this one and I love how you are so quick to answer our questions thank you very much for that.

  • Shanna Bailes

    Wow!!!! Thank you!

  • Claudia

    I just started to really get into coupons. I am in need of moving out of my place and am having some financial issues being able to live on my own. I’m working 7 days a week now and am looking to save as much as I can. I’ve been inspired by the SUPER COUPONER women I’ve seen on tv., but haven’t gotten to their level. I think this site is great! I need the support and reading all of these questions and answers are great! It’s great to have so many people supporting you on even the seemingly simple questions.

    I experienced my first upset crowd last night as the cashier at Target thoroughly inspected each coupon and then proceeded to ask me what I purchased and how much it was. She gave me a really hard time on the coupons, but I tried to keep my composure and just go with the flow :o)

  • Claudia

    Hey Deidra,

    I went to a Rite Aid in California and the assistant manager said they didn’t take competitor’s coupons. I’m going to try calling the store when the regular manager is there and maybe even try corporate. I’d like to make sure that we can all get the great deals that you’ve taught us about.


    • deidre

      They take Rite Aid store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons, but they don’t take competitor’s coupons.

  • Angela S.


  • Rosalind

    I am trying to become a couponer (I hope this is the correct term to use) I would like to know how does everyone save that much money. I guess I don’t understand the math of all the savings. For example how to get the item free.

  • rebecca shockley(becca33)

    This is all great stuff to know, couponing here I come!

  • Rebecca Shockley

    Will all stores honor or follow through with this method called Catalina? I have never heard of this, but it sounds complicated a little, have you ever had a problem with this method? I’m assuming this isn’t new, it’s been around awhile.

  • Darlene Judd

    I hope you can answer this. I apologize if this is the wrong area to ask: I have a $1/1 on Olay bar soap, body wash or body lotion coupon. I also have a coupon for $4 off when you buy ONE Secret, AND ONE Olay bar, body wash, or in-shower body lotion AND ONE Olay hand and body lotion together.
    Then I have a $1.50 off TWO Secret Flawless, Scent Expression, Smooth Effects, Fresh Effects or Sheer Minerals.
    Can I use all 3 together?
    I figure I would have to buy a Olay body wash and TWO Secret items in the last coupon above….or do I have to buy more? Please help! Thanks so much, Darlene

    • deidre

      $4 off when you buy ONE Secret, AND ONE Olay bar, body wash, or in-shower body lotion AND ONE Olay hand and body lotion together. That coupon covers all three products bought, so you can’t use another coupon on that purchase.

  • Darlene Judd

    oops, and one more Olay body wash.

  • Connie Caproni

    I am subscribed to your newletter but receive it a day late 5/12 on 5/13 and so on, therefore I miss alot of the that day only items. Can you please look into this? Thank you for your time. Connie

    • deidre

      I’m sorry about that! I’ll see what is going on.

  • Lisa

    Hi i was wondering what would happen if there was a special at Walgreen’s for B1G1 50% off and you use a B1G1 free coupon what would exactly happen?? do they deduct the price of the full price item or the half off item??

  • Petra Zepeda

    Hello Deidre, I’m a new @ coupons but i learn quick : ) i just to tell u that i went yesterday to target bought Downey, Clorox, Tide w/bleach, milk, dove the 8 pk, 1 toothbrush, toothpaste crest the pro clinical ad i spend $74.00 i couldnt believe it !!!!!!!!! Im a fosterparent and im always looking for specials but even though it seems to me that i dont save any $$$$$……. so one night i was watching TV and there is a new show called “Extreme Couponing” so i was watching it and i could belive my eyes this lady bought like $500.00 worth of groceries and she only paid like $25.00 how can that be!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg i couldnt believe it!!!!!!!! so i said is this a sign for me to learn how to save and fill my refrigerator???? and stop limiting my childrens with food…….. i have lots of question why do the coupons say limit of 1 transaction and or limit of 4 like coupons in the same shopping trip, and what is RR ???? i need as much 411 that i can get cause i need 2 save lots …cause Christmas is around the corner and i want to be prepared please any help i can get i bought 2 news papers on Sunday and 1 sister of mine works @ the LA Times news paper so ill b getting news paper free so god is blessing me …..

  • Cheryl

    New to couponing as I am sure allot are. I absolutely love your site. I am having a problem printing the coupons. I go to your Coupon Database I am able to have the hand cursor show up over the coupon I want and when I click on it nothing happens. It doesnt bring up the actual coupon and then give me the ability to print it, What am I doing wrong?

  • leslie Blosch

    Deidre tells us we can get Sunday Papers for 1/2 price, if we contact her contact. who is that contact? i NEED THAT INFORMATION AGAIN. CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY AND LET ME KNOW. LESLIE

  • Colleen

    I moved from California to Utah and miss my stores that offer double coupons. Do you have a list of Utah stores that double the coupons?

    • cal

      I think some walmarts do on tuesdays up to a total of 1.00. Mine does. If the coupon is 75 cents than they add 25 cents.

  • Chantel

    Hello, I have been educating myself about coupons and deals for a bit now and starting out small before going big. It’s helped out alot especially in the hygiene department. My husband and I are students and I am currently the bread winner. It will be so nice to continue to save money. Can you please tell me what RR means since I am
    New to your site?

  • Monica

    RR means reward rebate

  • Sasha

    ok i was wondering i’m just starting out using coupons and i was watching that tv show extreme couponing and how in the world do they get $600 and more worth of groceries and pay little to nothing on them i don’t see how their able to use so many coupons in one transaction

  • cal

    It seems like they all buyalot of unhealthy stuff!

  • georgia

    HOLY CRAP!!!! This site is AMAZING i am new to couponing and i spent days researching and trying to figure out how to get started and after reading every tip this site has to offer i feel like iv been couponing for months … lol… no i can wait to get out there and save save save!!!! im so excited thank you

  • Jennifer

    Is there any way to know when shampoo is going to go on sale? I’m almost out and hate the thought of having to pay full price.

    • deidre

      you would just have to check the store deals lists I post each week

  • Dianna

    This wednesday coupons had a target coupon for $5.00 gift card when you buy two of there following items like bounty, charmin and pampers. How do you make that work $5.00 back on items that has the lowest price of $7.00 but you have to buy two

    • deidre

      If you are getting a target gift card for buying two items, you can still use coupons on the purchase! So you could could use two coupons on the two bounty products, and still get a $5 target gift card!

  • Jen

    I am wondering if you do Fred Meyer. We have them in Oregon and I’d love for you to match the sales and coupons. Do you have them in the site?

    • deidre

      I actually have a girl in Idaho who does them, I need to add them to the sidebar. I will have to ask her if the Fred Meyer ads in Idaho are the same as Oregon.

  • Cassie

    I am just starting out on this couponing adventure. I have my binder, extra ink cartridges etc. I have run into one MAJOR problem though that is keeping me from being able to get all the deals.
    I have a MAC and when I click on the link for a printable coupon the page comes up telling me my printer or printer settings are not compatible. I have emailed them several times trying to figure it out and still have not resolved this issue. All of my system settings on my MAC are ok and they said my printer is compatible.
    Have you ever heard of this happening and if so how do you solve it. The majority of the printable coupons are through so I am at a loss.

    • Dana

      I have a mac as well; if you get an answer on this… please let me know, thanks

  • Stephanie Becker

    love love love this!! i’m still a newbie :)

  • nicole

    hey guys so I’ve tried to download this” track ur savings ” tool that i keep hearing about but can’t get it to work AT ALL can someone HELP ME possibly e-mail it to me cus i’m not surewhat I’m doing not very computer savy lol plz help nikkilynn

  • Star

    I just came across your website and I really love your it. I do have a suggestion for you. Would you consider putting the letters ea or each after your coupon matchups? It was a bit confusing to me at first until I figured it out. Thanks.

    • Star

      sorry about the misspell there should be no your before the it. lol

  • Lavina

    I am new to extreme couponing. I did, however, always use coupons. I saw one epissode of “Extreme Couponing” and I wad hooked. I thought, “I can do that. I have the patients, organizing skills, and mathmatical skills to do that. I googled ABC’s of couponong and found your website. Boy, am I glad I did! I have learned so much from it. Thank you.

    • deidre

      You are welcome! Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Rosemarie Patrizio

    I was wondering those coupons you posted for milk and cheese. Do you think that I could use them at Walmart? I realize that I live in NJ, but it is a competitors coupon right? Or am I just thinking too much?

    • deidre

      The coupon says “Valid only in UT or ID” on it

  • Dana

    Hi, I just started couponing almost 2 weeks ago; I only have coupons starting from 6/25/11, (that’s how new I am :)) I am still getting completely baffled on some of the deals that are listed above…for instance, If my math is correct on the “Gillette Fusion/ProGlide/Venus Pro/Skin Embrace or Spa Breeze”, 1 for $9.99, with my coupon for $2 off (1) frm p&g 7/3, that would =$7.99 and – 4 ECB’s =$3.99, (not the .99 as you state above). Even if I had the 6/5 coupon (instead) for $4 off (1), that would still bring the total down to 1.99 (after ECB’s and coupon), so HOW did you get the .99 total on this?? I have re-done the math over and over and I am not getting the .99 in any case, (even if you could use both coupons(which you can’t use 2 MFC’s on 1 item) from 6/5 & 7/3, after EBC’s, it would equal out to -.01…Please explain your strategy.
    Thanks….anyone :)

    • deidre

      OOPS you are right it should be $1.99, I updated the post!

  • Dana

    How do you get the “p&g homemailer”?

  • Dana

    LOL, ohhh thanx girl, was thinking I was extra tired or… :)

  • Dana

    3 more questions :)
    1) On the Herbal Essence/Aussie sale, do you use BOTH coupons (from the insert dates listed) to get the =.97/ea? Just wondering, because I don’t have any inserts from before 6-26-11…
    BTW, 2) Are the old newspaper inserts still available?
    3) I have gotten 2 Sunday papers so far…6/26 & 7/3… In the 6/26, I found a SS insert, a RP insert and several specific store inserts, but (no P&G Insert). I understand the P&G inserts do not come every week, however…when they do come, are the SS and RP inserts not included that week, along with the P&G)? I am assuming not, as I saw 2 of the 7/3 papers and found only the P7G with NO SS and RP inserts this week… kept looking around for the SS & RP inserts this week, thinking they fell out…

    • deidre

      the reason SS didn’t come last weekend was because of the Holiday they don’t come on holiday weekends. usually they come regardless of whether the P&G come or not. What herbal essence sale are you talking about? at cvs, you would need to scan your card to see if the coupons from the magic coupon machine print and those are stackable with the ones from the 7/3 P&G

      • Dana

        Thanks for the reply; u didnt mention RedPlum, guessing that doesn’t come as well, on holidays?

        I was referring to your matchup for 7/3-7/10 on the herbal essence/Aussie deal at CVS

  • Dana

    Hi, I was wanting to do the Walgreens, Noxzema disp razors (see below), but i cant find the coupon in RP today (7/10 as you stated, but I am just not seeing it anywhere in my insert…

    “Noxzema Disposable Razors BOGO
    Use $2/1 from 7/10 RP
    Final Price= FREE”

    Also, I was wondering… what is “Get More From Your Pharmacy booklet”? As I am interested in the Softsoap deal? as well:

    “Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap $.99
    Use $.35/1 from Get More From Your Pharmacy booklet
    Final Price= $.64″

    Thank you

    • Dana

      I even got another paper from 7/10 just to see if the noxzema razor coupon had gotten misplaced; it was not in there either… ? are the coupons different from state to state, or something?

      Is the “Get More Pharmacy Booklet” the same as the little Walgreens coupon booklet that you get inside the store? If so, there is not a single Softsoap coupon in the (my) July issue…. I have gone through it a hundred times and their are no missing coupons; I am baffled at this point-
      If anyone knows…please answer. Thank you

  • Diane Morrow

    referred by Janice Cash

  • Cal Hesse

    I have do everything asked and installed coupon printer etc. I can not print coupons ? why?

  • Amanda Murphy

    I have an ethics question. I was just on another couponing blog and saw a “brag” photo. It showed someone buying 40 or so of one item for free with a .50 overage on each one. Now if it were a newspaper coupon that she had used I wouldnt think twice about it. But it wasn’t and she doesn’t have 20 computers in her home. The coupon was in the form of a PDF file that allows you to print as many as you want. However I don’t think that this is how the manufacturer intended for this coupon to be used.
    So my question is; Do you think it’s right to print off as many as your want just because you have the ability to do so?
    (I dont’ want to say what item or coupon it was because I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea I’m not calling anyone out or anything like that. If you want to know what item and coupon it was pls email me and I”ll tell you that way.)

    • deidre

      I always just print 2 printable coupons, even PDF’s as that is how I think every one should do it so manufacturer’s don’t stop releasing online coupons

  • Joey

    I was wondering which stores have the best variety of travel sizes? my local cvs is pretty small and is mostly travel containers ( toothbrush holders, bar soap holder, etc)

    • ambernicole8484

      My walmart and target have very good travel size sections. My CVS, Rite Aid and Wags do not.

  • julie westbrook

    After I seen Extreme Couponing i was hooked. I would love to learn how to save on items for my family. I have to boys 13 and 7 and I am married. My husband has been laid off for two years and it’s been really really hard for us. So i thought if i got taught how to do it I would save and help my family alot. i have been going on line to get all the research but i still need some help. I dont think our state does double or triple coupons because we live in Michigan. I think its probably the highest in unemployment rate. So if you could please please help me. Thank you soooo much. have a great day.

  • Lisa Bowman

    Softsoap liquid hand soap $1
    Use the $0.35/1 Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap, exp. 8/13/11 (SS 07/24/11)
    Final Price= $.30

    I would like to know how, $1softsoap liq hand soap – $.35 coupon and the final price be is $ i overlooking something?

    • deidre

      it’s a double coupon week!

  • Amy Norman

    I so need this review. Thank you for compiling it.

  • Tambra Coons

    I dont know how you do it! It drives me nuts! I think Im just way too busy. I sooo wish I had more time to coupon like crazy!!

  • angie

    this area helped me so much when i started

  • Tonya

    This is an AWESOME resource! Thanks so much for your hard work that you put into getting this together!!

  • bethany

    GREAT info. Thank you!

  • Lisa M.

    I think it’s a great source of info!

  • Laura

    Recommended your site to a friend who just started!

  • Laura

    Your tips are great!

  • Catrina

    Thank you.. I love the PDF…

  • Emil Everleth

    It’s actually great for myself which has been seen.Its provided well as well as nicely written which easy to understand.Thank you very much for the data.

  • sandra

    I have a question & a problem about rite aid up rewards. Yesterday, I paid for an order after coupons with my ups which brought it down to $3.24, so I gave the cashier $3 more in ups and she scanned it and the register beeped and said that it could not accept it unless i did another purchase for $1and some change, (cant remember the exact amount she said). The cashier then told me to save those ups for another day and just pay with cash. Which i agreed, because i did not want to make another purchase just to use the ups. So today, i went and did another transaction and handed those same ups to the cashier and she scanned them, and the register said that they were scanned and used already. Now i did check my receipt from yesterday and those ups were deducted. How do I get reimbursed for those ups. This is the second time I had this happen to me. I am down $4.00 now. Anyone ever have this same situation?

  • Kate

    Great page, makes my life so much easier, plus I can argue with stoge managers now, I know my rights ;)

  • Lisa Moffett

    I’m ready to dig in….from A-Z!

  • Karen Dunmire

    Trying to save money with coupons

  • MIchelle

    I am so excited to get started!!!

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  • La’Toya Metheny

    Oh, thank you for these tutorials!! I’m sooooo excited and just found this today. I’m overseas, but once I get stateside in the next year I think I’ll be ready!

    Blessings and Good luck to Everyone!!

  • Cliff Bearden

    Bear Cuckoo LOL!! I see in the Walgreens ad this that the Vanity Fair products are BOGO! There is also a coupon on for Vanity Fair Hand Towels, will these work on the napkins?

  • Heidi Rees

    I love your website, blog, and all the posts on Facebook! I’m a mother of four young kids, and my new obsession is hunting down those deals and coupons to save our family money! Thank you so much for all your help to make it possible for me to save money! I can’t even imagine all the research you do to find all those deals out there from all these stores! Keep up the great work!
    -Heidi Andrene!!!

  • phyllis ohnson

    do you have a list of catagories that you split your binder into such as bread, pastas, and such..I am not sure of how to set my binder up..

  • Linda Meyers-Gabbard

    Thank you

  • Savvyshoppin

    Lion King DVD question …. is there a best place to purchase the movie when it is re-released? I did get a $5 coupon from Subway!
    Thanks from Vermont

    • deidre

      As soon as it’s released I will post a full list of the best places to buy it!

  • Kathleen M Smith

    Thank you for posting this, it has been so helpful. After just 2 weeks, I am saving 50-87% on my purchases! I know this will increase as I get more of a coupon base. I am so excited about being able to give to charity!

  • Naomi

    I love your site! Thank you for the information you share. I have been couponning for 6 months now. With a husband and three children, I am still able to share my finds with my close family without feeling there isn’t enough. We are now able to get “our monies worth” when shopping!
    Thanks again.

  • Danielle

    First, thank you for all your hard work giving us the best deals. I really appreciate all that you do!
    Second, how do you find time to do it all? For me there seems to be not enough hours in the day. I hope you are taking some time for yourself. We all need our alone time. And lastly I looking to purchase a flip open sofa (preferably Cars) for my 2 year old son. I look around and Walmart is the cheapest. I have a $10 birthday coupon that I got from Sears, but I still have to pay shipping. Amazon was simply outrageous. Any ideas
    where I might find a great deal? I also looked at Toys R Us but even with the 20% the price is around $36.00.


  • Kandi Smith

    Coupons are a MUST in this economy!

  • Dawn

    I can’t seem to put my zip code in on Smart Saver website. Do those coupons work in Ca.?

  • Jennifer

    Hey Deidre! I have a question about something i saw on extreme couponing last night that confused me . the coupons that are BOGO ( example buy a gilette body was get a free gilette deoderant ) i thought were not supposed to be combined with other coupons . The lady on the show bought a bunch of old spice deoderant and used coupons for those and then used another coupon for the buy one get one . is that allowed .( by the way i shop at harris teeter ) .Thanks so much , Jen

    • deidre

      Yes, you aren’t supposed to do that. There are lots of rumors of coupon fraud on that show.

      • Jennifer

        thanks for getting back to me . i thought u werent supposed to thanks for confirming :)

  • Kathleen

    This page has helped me so much and I haven’t made it all the way through yet! I have tried coupons over the years and saved some. After finding your site, I realize that I will be saving a lot more as I learn and get more coupons. I am currently saving 50 – 87%. If you are new to coupons and wondering if you can do this, Cuckoo for Coupons does the hard work for you. I love this hobby – it exercises my brain and forces me to walk and get out of the house. After about a month of finding your site, I already have a stock pile of things to donate to charity that I got free or almost free, it is such a good feeling to be able to help others.

  • Renee

    Thank you for this. I am new to couponing. I never realised how much you could save using coupons until I watched the TLC Extreme Couponing. I need all the help I can get!

    Thanks again!!!!!!

  • ria

    can you explain savingstar?

  • Shirley

    Newbie questions. Please help.

    What exactly is a unilever coupon?
    How did you know about the doubling of unilever coupons?
    How old is this coupon booklet? My Kmart has none.

    Thank you

    • deidre

      They are at the front desk, and they are gone quickly once they put them out. Unilever is a brand, so products from them.

      • Shirley

        Thank you so much for replying. Was the doubling of Unilever coupons advertised on the coupon booklet? If not, where? I didn’t see this anywhere on the kmart ads.

  • USHA

    Hi – Thanks for your wonderful coupon tips. Can anyone please let me know where I could get the best deal to buy storage cabins or shelves? I’m a beginner and starting to build my stock pile. Thanks in advance…

  • Debbie

    In this horrendous economy, we are all needing to learn how to save money — thank you for all you do to help us learn.

  • Linda

    I have a question. Went to rite aid today, I have not shopped there much. I bought 2 of the Sensidine toothpaste that was on sale for 4.99 each. I used a 4$ off 2 video value coupon. I tried to used 2 manufactorers coupons for 1.50 off of each. The cashier would not take them, she said that was not allowed because I used a video value coupon, she said the register would not accept them, even though she did not even try to scan them. She did let me use a 1.50 ups. I throught I could stack a manufactors with a video value, am I wrong or was she wrong.

  • jana doucoure

    Do we print the coupons or can they be sent to me via postal mail? I am using a mobile phone.

  • Sandy W

    this is awesome! Thank you for all your had work!

  • Jessica sizemore

    WOW… I love this site.. I have just been couponing for a coupole months.. I have saved a few buks but now that I have found all the facts and info I need ,I see alot of savings in my future… ..Now, I just have to get my binder together… Im gonna read more on that.. I want it perfect…. Thanks….

  • Danielle

    Do you still use the coupon clutch? Did you purchase the binder only and add our inserts

  • nikki

    i made my ow. it sounds generic but hey it works…. get a 97 cent binder noteboook from walmart or even at a dollar store, buy school dividers, a box of zip lock bags, a hole puncher…. then go from there mark divider tabs etc like i have mine listed as household, pet, personals, dairy, frozen, breakfast, etc…. it’s like putting a scrap book together MAKE SURE U DO HAVE A COPY OF THE COUPON ACCEPTANCE POLICY!!! They will argue with you, and yes FIGHT FOR UR SAVINGS!! thnx, nikki

  • Cathy

    I have bought the HP photo deal from Staples that you listed on your site and have no trouble with the rebates but you said sumit for $25 gas giftcard when you buy $50 worth of HP photo paper How and where do I do this ? thanks cathy

  • Dawn

    I am hoping you can shed some light on something that happened this weekend and today that really has me aggravated. I went to CVS to get the Nature’s Bounty vitamins B1G1 and had a $1 off manufacturer’s coupon with a Kroger logo on it. I didn’t realize that they considered this a competitors coupon and couldn’t use it. So I called CVS corporate to compliment their cashier and complain and came across a very rude customer service rep and in the end spoke to her supervisor who was very upset about the way she spoke to me and the wrong information she told me. After calling different companies themselves, Nature’s Bounty and Kimberly Clark specifically, because they are the manufacturers coupons that I have used at different stores with a logo of a different store on it, I found out that Nature’s Bounty will not reimburse a store other then what that of the store logo on it. Kimberley Clark however informed me that they would (I used HEB logo manufacturers coupons for Huggies slip on diapers at CVS a couple of months ago). I argued my case to Nature’s bounty because of the wording on their coupon. My arguement was: Kroger logo on it, BUT it said in fine print that it was good only in USA including US military bases. So I would take that to mean anywhere in the US and commissaries, wouldn’t you? Because here is the deal, there are no Kroger’s on a military base, EVER! The very nice rep from Nature’s Bounty understood where I was coming from and was forwarding my complaint. I told her I don’t have a problem with them having coupons specifically for certain stores, but the fine print should also word that too, where the verbage on the coupon says specifically anywhere in US and military bases, and instead of having that wording they need to put manufacturer coupon only @ Kroger etc. She said they wouldn’t change the wording for a specific store and that their coupons all had that standard wording on all of them. I told her if they could change the logo they could change the blanket fine print wording. And I felt that by them wording it this way they were not on the up and up and felt very sneaky to me. So my question, how are we supposed to know what manufacturers coupons we can use at any stores? Or do we just not use them except at those specific stores? Because in the end I don’t want to have a store not get reimbursed to a company who is not on the up and up. I am seriously thinking of boycotting Nature’s Bounty and getting our vitamins from other manufacturers, we NEED some of these for health reasons, it’s not for fun or on a whim, my daughter is Vitamin D deficient and diabetic she HAS to have them it’s not a choice. Any light you can shed whould be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for all you do Deidre!

  • Tammy

    Hi! I was wondering about using different zip codes (other than your own) to get coupons. I’ve been noticing that on some recommended coupons it says to use other zip codes other than my own to get the coupon. If I do this will the coupon still be accepted in my area? I’m sorry if this question has already been asked & I didn’t catch it. I really love this site & thank you for all the great information.

    • deidre

      yes they will accept it, unless it is a milk or cheese coupon, those say on the coupon valid in UT, ID or FL only

  • Katherine

    Hi there, I just wanted to say thank you. Your video really helped me understand what I need to do. I am really excited to get the news paper tomorrow! haha I am a newly single mother of 3 (I’m going to get 4 papers like you said) and I need to really find ways to save. I just was wondering if you knew of a way I could get older coupons so I dont miss out on “hot idems” this week?? and after I cut my coupons tomorrow… do I have to wait another week or so to be able to start couponing? it seems when I look around online all the sale items in the store linger a little bit till you can really save??

  • Leah

    I’m very new to this.. my question is do the make coupon for meet and produce?

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  • Maria

    can you add bj’s to your list since they take store and manufacturer coupons.

    • deidre

      I will try to get it added!


    I would like to let you and others know that Walmart has brought back the One time offer of scrubbing bubbles one step kit for 3.97. Inside each kit is a $3.00 off copupon. I wanted to post my picture of the item and my receipt but I didn’t know how or if it was possible.

    • deidre

      Thanks! I have a pic I’ll post it now!

  • native terpie

    Could you help me find a good deal on 32 inch tv’s on sale ? Can be any brand name.

  • Evangelina

    Hello to all, I’m also a Newbie and so fare its been working out. Ms. Deidre, I have watched your videos and they have been very helpful. Hope I can call on you with any questions I may have.

  • Penny

    I have really enjoyed all the info you have shared on couponing, I have a problem printing coupons from I have made my printer the default printer, installed the coupon printing installer (30 times) and still coupons won’t print. I have an Apple computer and the coupons printed until I installed new software both Snow Leopard os x10.6.3 and Lion os x both from Apple. Do you have any ideas what I can do to make my coupons print.
    Thank You Penny

  • Karen

    When I try to look at ex: Albertsons SW- posted updates, its still last weeks. What am I doing wrong

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