Posted: March 9, 2017

Couponing For

Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide.  Let’s break couponing down to be fun and easy, not extreme and time-consuming!

Question from reader Jackie:

I’m new to couponing and am having a hard time seeing the savings. Most of the things I see coupons for are for things I don’t use. I cook from scratch a lot and there seem to be a lot of ready made items with coupons. Tell me what I am missing please.

Jackie, that is a great question! The thing I personally save the most on is diapers & all baby items, cereal, big-ticket purchases, and personal care/hygeine items. Sometimes, watching for sales and knowing when the items you normally buy are at their lowest point is another way to save if there aren’t coupons for the items you buy.

There are almost always coupons for diapers

Normally, people go to the store and pay $11 or so for a jumbo pack of diapers once or twice a week.  I wait for them to be on sale for $8.99, then I use a $2 or $3 off coupon, plus combine that with Rite Aid’s catalina +UP rewards, which prints another $1 off coupon.  So my “stock up” price is $5.50.

If you buy diapers for two years at one pack a week without looking for sales, you will pay:  $1144

If you buy diapers for two years at one pack a week (or averaging one pack a week, I normally buy 3 or 4 when they go on sale then don’t buy for a few weeks) you will pay:  $572.  And that’s if you’re paying $5.50 – a few weeks ago there was a deal at Target for diapers for $2.50 a pack with coupons!

The story is similar with baby formula and baby foods and clothes.

Another area I save  a lot of money on is big-ticket items

I don’t save up money and as soon as I have money for an item go buy it.  I had money saved up last fall for a wooden playground for my kids, but couldn’t find a deal.  Four weeks ago Toys R’ Us had a sale where they were 30-40% off based on the set, and I had a $100 coupon! I got my set cheaper then you can buy them used – trust me, I searched KSL and Craigslist daily!!!

All personal care items and non-prescription pharmacy items I get 70% off or free

You can also save the most on with coupons and watching for sales at CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. And these aren’t junk food – these are soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, and toothpaste. Things we all use. Almost always you get free toothpaste and toothbrushes so I never pay for those.

Yet another great place to save money on is at dining out! I use coupons every time I go out to eat, BOGO free entrees save you a lot of dough!

In the End How Do You Save?

So in the end, will your grocery bill go down because of couponing if you eat all healthy, organic food? Not drastically.  Will your costs for other necessities decrease? Trick question! At first, hold on to your seats, they will increase.  Because you don’t have a stockpile!  So every good deal you see you will want to grab.  But once you get a huge stockpile, your price points shift lower and lower and you spend less and less.  You will see dramatic savings.

Ask CCD Readers: What do you save the most money on using coupons?

Posted: February 22, 2017

Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

How to Get The Most Out of

Costco vs. Couponing: Which is cheaper?

“Is it cheaper to buy at a wholesale place like Sam’s Club or BJ’s or Costco, or to coupon?”  I have received this email several times, and so I decided to investigate to determine where you can get the most bang for your buck.

First you have to know what price you should be holding out for with a coupon deal.  I have created several Stock Up prices guides and I am constantly updating them and adding new products.  Email me if you find a stock up price that isn’t on my list and you’d like it added.

Stock Up Prices: Prices a couponer should pay for the following items by purchasing them on sale and/or with coupons:

Next, I went to Costco in Utah and checked out several prices.  Keep in mind that they do not accept manufacturer coupons. To compare apples to apples, I wrote down the price per unit.

In general, I was mortified by Costco’s prices and found them much higher for all hygiene, baby care items, and most foods (cereal, pasta, etc…) then what I am willing to pay.  Here’s some examples:




Diapers Huggies size 3 228ct.  $39.99 (or $.18 per diaper) Huggies  size 3 40ct. (Jumbo size) $5.50 is my price point on these, $.13 per diaper, but as couponers we get these for even less regularly!
Baby Formula Similac 34 oz. $27.89 or $.82 per ounce Similac 25 oz. $9.99 or $.40 per ounce – we get great coupons for these and Enfamil.If you haven’t signed up for both of their mailing lists, I would! They mail out some killer coupons!
Bounty Paper Towels $1.85 per roll
$0.55 per roll
Sugar $.56/lb if you bought the largest bag at the cheapest price
Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts $2.79/lb 1.49/lb (we don’t get many coupon deals on this, but by watching sales I can buy when the price is low and stock up in my freezer!)
Razors $19.99 for set of 10 nice Gillette disposable razors Free – $0.50 per razor
Fruit/Veggies Not sure about Costco, but Sam’s Club has great prices on fruits/veggies during the non-season of the items.  This is one thing you may want to buy, where produce is expensive, you can save $$ Best deal if you buy veggies during the on-season.

Now there are some great deals at warehouse stores:

  • Cheese and organic produce seemed really cheap!  Although Smith’s has some yummy cheese that goes on sale sometimes.
  • Prescription medications – I couldn’t test this one out, but I’ve heard they are 40% cheaper then at regular pharmacies.
  • Electronics & ink cartridges – These seemed priced fairly low!
  • Gas savings: Gas was $.18 per gallon cheaper at Costco then the gas station I normally fill up at, thus getting a membership and filling up just for the gas savings would be worth it if you commute to work or drive a lot in general.   It would take 266 gallons to “cancel out” the $40 yearly membership fee.   I calculated that I use around 750 gallons of gas per year.   This, of course, is based on my gas mileage in my car (it’s horrible!) and the miles I drive on average per year, so your totals may be very different!  Also, if the gas station is clear out of your way and you won’t be using it often, that wouldn’t make sense to get a membership just for that!
  • Gift Cards: My friends who shop at Costco (I personally only go with my friends and I don’t have a membership) tell me they often score 20% off gift cards to various places!

So where can you get the most bang for your buck?  It depends on what you are buying!

Posted: August 1, 2011

Right now Kellogg’s has a great coupon deal at Walgreen’s.

Buy 4 Boxes of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch, 4/$10  (Buy 4, Get $5 in Register Rewards!)
Use 2 – $1/2 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Coupons
Pay $8
Get a $5 RR
Final Price=$0.75 per box

Do this deal 3 times so you will be able to  submit for the cuckoo $10 Gas Card Rebate from Kellogg’s (Limit 5 rebates per household).

Factoring in the gas gift card, that’s like free cereal!

Tons more cuckoo Walgreens deals!

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Posted: March 16, 2011

Whole Foods Weekly Deals

Here’s my top cuckoo picks, visit Your Green Helper’s site for the rest!

Whole Foods Coupon Policy * Whole Foods Locations – they are in most states!

Muir Glen Organic Canned Tomatoes $1.50
Use with $1.00/1 Muir Glen printable – For joining their Conissour Club
Stack with $1.00/1 Whole Foods printable
FREE after coupons

Annie’s Homegrown Organic Pretzel Bunnies $2.00
Use with $0.75/1 HealthESavers printable
Stack with $0.75/1 Whole Foods printable
$0.50 after coupons

Lightlife Ground Protein $2.99
Use with $1.00/1 Smart Source printable
Stack with $1.00/1 Whole Foods printable
$0.99 after coupons

Organic Grapefruit $1.00/lb

Barbara’s Bakery Cereals $3.69
Use with $1.00/1 Barbara’s Bakery printable
Stack with $1.00/1 Whole Foods printable
$1.69 after coupons

Three Sisters Cereal $3.39
Buy 2 and use with Buy One Get One Free Sale
$1.70 each after sale

Organic Eggplant $1.99/lb

Udi’s Gluten-free Bread $5.99
Use with $1.00/1 Coupons.com printable
Stack with $1.00/1 Whole Foods printable
$3.99 after coupons


Posted: February 24, 2011

Claire over at Saving Naturally cooked up some great deals for you natural and organic lovers!

Natural and Organic Coupons:

Natural and Organic Deals:

Natural and Organic Reads:

See the full list here.

Posted: December 29, 2010
Posted: October 17, 2010

CVS Deals Provided by Coupons For Your Family

Key: *** Good Deals, **** Great Deals, ***** Cuckoo ( Stock Up!)

This list will be updated throughout the week as I find more deals.
Add the items you plan to buy to create a printable shopping list! Then click the “Create List” button below.

Star Deals- Free and Cheap!

Add B1G1 Mentos Gum (15 ct.) 2/$1.79
$1/1 Mentos Gum, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/03/10)
$1/2 Mentos Gum, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/03/10)
Final Price = Free when you use (2) $1/1 cpns
Add Get $5 ECBs wyb Schick Hydro 3 or 5 Razor Limit 1 $8.99
$4/1 Schick Hydro 3 Razor, exp. 11-14-10 (SS 10/03/10)
$4/1 Schick Hydro 5 Razor, exp. 11-14-10 (SS 10/03/10)
Final Price = Free
Add Get $5 ECB wyb AZO Itch Relief Limit 5 $6.99
$1/1 AZO Product printable
$2/1 Azo printable
Final Price = $.99
Add Get $7 ECB wyb any (2) Revlon Face, Lip or Eye Limit 1 start at $4.99
$2/1 Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick printable

buy 2 Revlon lipstick @10.99=$21.98
use (2) $2/1=less $4
less $7 ecb savings
Final Price=$5.49 each
Add Get $4 ECBs wyb 2 Revlon, Nailene or Fing’rs Artificial Nails Limit 1 start at $4.99
2/1 Revon Fing’rs Nailene, exp. 12-31-10 (RP 08/01/10 #2
Final Price = $.99 each

Get $5 ECBs wyb 3 Kelloggs Products $3/10

Add Kelloggs Raisin Bran Crunch, All Bran, Frosted Flakes, Mini Wheats limit 2 3/$10
$1/2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal printable
$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereal, exp. 11-28-10 (RP 10/17/10)
$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereal printable
$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereal printable
$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereal printable

buy 6 miniwheats=$20
use (3) $1/2= less $3
less (2) $5 ECB savings=less$10
Final Price=$1.16 each

Add Nutri Grain, Special K, Fiber Plus Bars 3/$10
Add Tide 2x Ultra, Total Care liquid 20-32 loads or powder 31-40 loads. Limit 4 $5.94
$2/1 Tide Liquid, exp. 10-31-10 (Oprah Magazine, Oct)
$2/1 Tide Liquid, exp. 10-31-10 (Redbook, Oct)
$2/1 Tide Liquid, exp. 10-31-10 (Good Housekeeping, Oct)
$1/1 Tide Detergent, exp. 10-31-10 (P&G 09/26/10)
Final Price = $3.94-$4.94
Add Maxwell House Coffee (11 – 11.5 oz.) $3
$1/1 Select Maxwell House Coffees, exp. 11-7-10 (SS 09/26/10) or in Buffalo Newspaper page A8 on 9/26
$1/2 Maxwell House printable
Final Price = $2- $2.50
Add Get $1 ECB wyb 2 Stouffer’s Panini or Hot Pockets $3
$1/2 Stouffer’s Corner Bistro Entree, exp. 11-30-10 (RP 09/12/10)
Final Price = $2
Add Mars, Nestle Fun Size or Hershey’s Snack Size 9.34-12.5 oz 2/$5
$1/2 Hershey’s, Reese’s or Kit Kat Bags, exp. 10-31 (SS 10/17/10)
$1/3 Hershey’s, Reese’s or Kit Kat Snack Bag, exp. 10-16 (SS 9/26/10)
STACK with $1/2 in store coupon from kiosk
Final Price = $1.50 each wyb 2
Add Scott Choose-A-Size mega 6 roll $5.49
$1 off Select Scott Paper Towels, exp. 11-28-10 (SS 10/17/10
$1/1 Scott Towels Mega Roll, exp. 10-23-10 (ALL YOU Aug ’10)
Final Price = $4.49
Add Huggies Jumbo Pack $8.99
$3/1 Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers printable
$2.50/1 Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers printable
$2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers/Movers, exp. 11-13 (SS 10/17/10)
Final Price = $5.99-$6.99
Add Purina Cat, kitten, dog, puppy chow or Beneful 3.5-4.4 lbs. $4.99
$2/1 Purina One Dry Dog Food, exp. 11-17-10 (SS 10/17/10)
$2/1 Purina One Dry Cat Food, exp. 11-17-10 (SS 10/17/10)
$2/1 Purina Beneful Incredibites or Dog Food, exp. 12-11 (RP 10/10/10)
Final Price = $2.99


Create a Printable Shopping List:
Just add the items you plan to buy & click the “Create List” button below.

Create List feature is a new feature in Beta Testing. Please leave a comment with problems or suggestions to make it better!

Adding deals to your printable shopping list won’t work in RSS feeds or emails – visit the site to use this feature.

Posted: July 28, 2010

Tom Thumb Deals Provided by DEALicious Finds

Key: *** Good Deals, **** Great Deals, ***** Cuckoo ( Stock Up!)

This list will be updated throughout the week as I find more deals.
Add the items you plan to buy to create a printable shopping list! Then click the “Create List” button below.

Add Dairy Glen gallon of milk $1.88
Add Ruffles Potato Chips BOGOF @ $3.99
Add 2lb. of Russet potatoes $1.00
Add Yellow or White peaches $0.69/lb.
Add Jimmy Dean Premium Bacon or Sausage Rolls 12-16oz $2.99
$2/2 Jimmy Dean Sausage Rolls from 06-13-10 RP
$1/1 Jimmy Dean Product printable coupon
Final Price = $1.99
Add Johnsonville Smoked Sausage or Bratwurst 14-16oz $2.99
$0.55/1 Johnsonville Smoked And Cooked Sausage from 05-02-10 SS
Final Price = $2.44
Add Iceberg lettuce $0.89
Add Strawberries 1lb. container $2.50
Add Nature Valley Granola Bars 6.7-9-oz 2/$5
$0.75/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars printable coupon
$0.50/1 Nature Valley Granola Bars Cellfire eCoupon
$0.75/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars Shortcuts eCoupon
Final Price = as low as $1.50 each wyb 2

In-ad Coupon Matchups ($10 minimum purchase qualifies you for all coupons)

Add Lucerne 18ct. Large eggs $1.49
w/in-ad coupon
limit 2
Add Clorox Clean Up 32oz. cleaner $1.99
w/in-ad coupon
limit 2
$1/2 Formula 409 Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner, Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner With Bleach Or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes from 06-06-10 RP
Final Price = $1.49 each wyb 2
Add Downy Fabric Softener $3.99
w/in-ad coupon
limit 2
$2/1 Downy liquid or sheets PGeSaver eCoupon
$0.50/1 Downy Liquid Fabric Softener or Dryer Size from 06-06-10 PG
Final Price = $0.99
Add Renuzit Crystal Elements $3.99
w/in-ad coupon
limit 4
$2/1 Renuzit Crystal Elements Air Freshening Crystals form 07-25-10 RP
Final Price = $1.99

In-Ad Super Price Coupons (valid until Sat. only)

Add Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter $0.99
w/in-ad coupon
limit 4
$0.50/1 Land O Lakes FRESH Buttery Taste SPREAD from 07-18-10 SS
Final Price = FREE
Add Jumbo pack of Huggies or Pampers diapers $7.99
w/in-ad coupon
limit 4
$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers from 07-11-10 SS
$3.50/2 Huggies Snug and Dry printable coupon
$2/1 Pampers Swaddlers Or Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers from 06-20-10 RP
Final Price = $5.99
Add Maxwell or Yuban coffee 10.5-12oz. $1.99
w/in-ad coupon
limit 4
$1/1 Maxwell House coffee from 05/16/10 SS

Final Price = $0.99
Add General Mills Lucky Charms or Trix cereal 10.7-11.5oz. $1.49
w/in-ad coupon
limit 3
$0.60/1 Lucky Charms Shortcuts eCoupon
$1/2 any General Mills cereal from 07/11/10 SS

Final Price = $0.69 each wyb 2
Add Special K cereal 11.4-14oz. $1.99
w/in-ad coupon
limit 4
$1/2 Kellogg’s Special K Cereals from 07-25-10 RP

Final Price = $1.49 each wyb 2
Add General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios or Cinnamon Toast Crunch 12.2-12.8oz. $1.88
w/in-ad coupon
limit 3
$0.75/1 Honey Nut Cheerios cereal printable coupon
$0.55/1 Honey Nut Cheerios Shortcuts eCoupon
Final Price = $0.58

Buy 5, Save $5 Promo (Prices below Reflect Instant Savings)

Add Smart Ones Classic Favorites $1.29
$1/5 Smart Ones printable coupon
Final Price = $1.09 each wyb 5
Add Birds Eye Steamfresh or C & W Frozen Vegetables 12-16oz $1.49
$1/2 Birds Eye C & W product printable coupon
Final Price = $0.99 each wyb 2
Add More Buy 5 Save $5 to come…

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Just add the items you plan to buy & click the “Create List” button below.

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Posted: July 1, 2010

I just went to Fresh Market and the only cereal participating that we have $1/1 coupons for is Golden Grahams! I really wanted Trix 🙁

Photo by Rach2

Recipe for Golden Grahams treats:
* 3 cups miniature marshmallows
* 2/3 cup Karo light corn syrup
* 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 (10 ounce) package peanut butter chips
* 6 cups Golden Grahams cereal


Grease an 11×7 baking pan.
Heat corn syrup, butter or margarine and chips just to boiling, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour over cereal in a large bowl. Toss quickly.
Fold in marshmallow and press into pan.


Posted: May 12, 2010

Go here to get $1/1 pint of Ben & Jerry’s coupon!

Another favorite is $1/1 Cascadian Farm cereal or granola bars.

Click on Specials to see the ad for your area.  The new ad starts today.

Posted: May 12, 2010

Smith’s: (4) General Mills Cereal $2 It appears this is only working on the big boxes, bummer!
– (2) $1.50/2 printables
+ a $4 catalina will print
Final Price= $.25 each!

Posted: May 9, 2010

Buy 2 -Infusium 23 Hair Care products: B1G1 FREE – Prices start at $5.99
Use 2 $3/1 coupons from the 5/9 SS
OR Use 2 $3/1 May All You magazine
Final cost= 2 for FREE!

Motrin PM (20 ct) is on sale for just $2.69

Use the $3/1 coupon from the 4/18 RP
Final cost= FREE + possible overage!

Select varieties of Post Natural Cereal on sale for $2
Use the $2/1 coupon from here (sign up for newsletter in lower left hand corner)
Final cost= FREE!

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