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Posted: March 1, 2017
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Time Saving

Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

I enjoy just hanging out with my husband and my girls; I don’t want to spend my whole life clipping coupons and driving to 10 stores a week.  My husband took the picture above of me and my daughters just hanging out.  These are the best times we have and I want more.

Thus I have compiled a list of inventive ways to save time couponing, since it can be so time-consuming:

  1. Instead of clipping all the Smart Source, Red Plum, and P&G inserts yourself, find some friends each Sunday to do a coupon insert swap with.  For example, each week I clip the Smart Source coupons and one of my friends clips the P&G and Red Plum inserts.  Give them back their coupons once you’ve finished clipping them.
  2. If a store is far away, trade weeks with a friend to shop there. For example, Target is 25 miles away from me.  I print out all the deals I want to get, compile my coupons in an envelope, and give them to my friend who picks up my deals for me at Target.  I do the same for her at Rite Aid and Walgreens; they are also quite a drive away from our homes.  We make sure to have everything organized for the person who is going to make it easy for them.  We also get separate receipts at  checkout to make paying each other back easier & so we can have receipts to submit for rebates that need mailed in.
  3. If you have 3 copies of the same insert to clip, make sure to stack all the individual coupon insert pages that are similar on top of each other and cut them at once.
  4. I always save my shopping receipts because you never know when a rebate form will appear that has an item that you already purchased on it.  For example, I recently did the Coors Rebate and used a receipt for Plastic Cups that I had purchased before I even heard about the rebate. The rebate dates were so long (Dec. 15-Feb.8) it was easy to find receipts to make the rebate work.
  5. Gather all the ads for deals you want to do and price match them at Target.  Remember, they won’t price match Rite Aid Plenti Points, Walgreen’s Register Rewards, B1G1 Free and other deals where an exact price isn’t listed.  I like to shop at local stores that are running the ad to support them, plus the local stores pay for their ads, but if I don’t have time to visit them all or if the stores are too far away.
  6. Use a coupon-clipping service and order coupons in bulk.  Here is one of the cheapest (usually 5 cents per coupon) My Coupon Hunter here. Remember it will take a few days to get your coupons though.
  7. Heather from Sweet Deals 4 Mom sent me this great idea: “I do a coupon train with about 7 other people. When I get the envelopes of coupons in the mail, I take what I need, replace what I took and remove the expired ones. Pretty easy.”
  8. Kristin from Making Cents Out of Life sent me her tips: “I saves a lot of time and impulse buys just to not clip every coupon.  I have a mixed method of coupon organization…when I get organized that is :), where I leave them whole but I plan 4 weeks of sales as far in advance as I can.  I use Cuckoo for Coupons and other forums and blogs to look ahead, clip what I need and use 4 different accordion holders to store that week’s coupons until I need them.  I keep the rest of the insert filed away and when I hear of a clearance deal I go clip. Always take a notebook and pen with you when you shop so you can write down clearance deals, and run back the next day if you really want the item.  I spend less money not having my coupons with me at all times.  I miss the occasional hot deal but the pay off is worth it.  It’s hard to explain in a short (for me!) paragraph but not keeping my coupons with me all the time is usually a good thing.  If you really are afraid of missing a hot deal, take the inserts but leave them in the car.  You still don’t clip them but you have your box in the car so you can go out and clip the ones that you need if you come upon a clearance deal.  But…I despise clipping coupons and trying to stuff them into the baseball card inserts or any other insert.  Hahah.  I love using them but hate clipping!”

What ideas do you have about saving time couponing? I’d love to hear them!

Posted: August 10, 2011
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Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

This is my in-depth coupon clipping slicing & organizing  video.  It covers:

  1. Where to get coupons (I have negotiated the lowest multi-copy Sunday rates here!)
  2. Coupon binder vs. filing method
  3. Slice Coupon Cutter (no more scissors for me!)
  4. Pre-sorting categories as you slice coupons
  5. Showing my coupon binder & categories I use (view them HERE)

I have gotten so many emails asking about my Slice Coupon Cutter – you can scoop up a slice safety cutter here on Amazon.com for just $6 plus free super saver shipping!

UPDATE: I got a new binder cover from Coupon Clutch that you’ll love- check it out below!

Save 15% off your Coupon Clutch binder by using the code CUCKOO at checkout!

Here’s a video of me and my new coupon binder when I first got it!

Note, I use the same organization system as seen in the video above, I just got a binder that looks cuter for shopping!
I hope you enjoy the video and leave me any questions you have or suggestions!

Posted: August 4, 2011
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Posted: August 3, 2011
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  • Click on “online shopping” then “WILD” as shown in the picture above!
  • Click on “Buy Now”.  You’ll be directed to make your purchase for $2.74.
  • The $2.74 will be credited to your ShopAtHome.com account  – it takes 30 days to appear sometimes.  If this is your first purchase with ShopAtHome.com, you will also get $5.00!    Once you hit $20 in your Shop At Home Account, they will mail you a check for your full amount of rebates!
Posted: August 2, 2011
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  • Login/Create an account with ShopAtHome
  • Then look for the WILD button:

  • Click on “online shopping” then “WILD” as shown in the picture above!
  • Click on “Buy Now”.  You’ll be directed to make your purchase.  It will cost you $6 now, Use code SCHOOLSHIP for Free Shipping on your entire order!
  • You will get a $3 credit to your ShopAtHome.com account  – it takes 30 days to appear sometimes.  If this is your first purchase with ShopAtHome.com, you will also get $5.00!    Once you hit $20 in your Shop At Home Account, they will mail you a check for your full amount of rebates!
  • They have Disney Princess, Phineas and Ferb and tons more!

    (Thanks, Clever Couponing!)

    Posted: August 1, 2011
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    From now until August 18th, every time you spend $20 at Old Navy, you get $10 Super Cash Back that you can only  use 8/25- 8/29 at Old Navy Stores.  This is an in-store promo that should help out with back to school shopping!

    Any other great back to school clothing sales?

    Thanks, Kim!

    Posted: July 29, 2011
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    • Login/Create an account with ShopAtHome
    • Click on “online shopping” then “WILD” as shown in the picture above!
    • Click on “Buy Now”.  You’ll be directed to  Walmart.com and then purchase the ointment for $2.34 with free shipping!
    • The $2.34 will be credited to your ShopAtHome.com account  – it takes 30 days to appear sometimes.  If this is your first
    Posted: July 7, 2011
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    capri sun coupon

    capri sun coupon

    GONE

    Head over to the Capri Sun Coupon facebook page and choose between youth soccer and little league.  After you do, you’ll be able to score a $1/3 Capri Sun coupon!

    * One per household, per month, while supplies last.

    Kroger Deal: Buy 3 CapriSun (10 ct) – $1.67 (wyb 10 participating items)
    Use $1.00/3 CapriSun printable
    Final Price=$1.34 each!

    Thanks, Shopping Tips and Tricks!

     

    Posted: June 27, 2011
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    Last week’s giveaway winner: kristykay0001@…com – She paid $16 for $60 worth of items at Walmart – just goes to show you can save without having coupons doubled!

    Are you Cuckoo for Coupon Deals???

    Let’s see those shopping hauls!  Wanna win 8 coupon inserts from this Sunday’s paper (4 RedPlum, and 4 SmartSource) AND a Cuckoo for Coupon Deals T-Shirt (Women’s sizes S, M, L or XL – sorry I haven’t got men’s shirts… I don’t think there’s a huge demand for them)

    How to Enter:

    • Just submit a picture of any shopping trip this week June 26-July 2! One picture will randomly be selected as the winner.  Photos must be 1,000 KB’s or under to upload.  Or you could post  a receipt picture if you’d like.
    • Make sure to comment on your picture– Where did you do the shopping trip at? How much did you spend and save? When was it?
    • *NEW*: if you can’t get your picture to upload because they are over 1,000 KB’s, post the url to the picture uploaded to tinypic.com!  Or Photobucket.com or any other free upload pictures web service.  Tinypic doesn’t even make you create an account, you just upload it and it gives you the url, I just did it in 20 seconds and it gave me the url: http://tinypic.com/r/2h7m0sh/7   If you do this option, make sure to still comment on where you bought stuff etc on this post with the link to the picture.
    • BONUS ENTRY: Get one extra entry if you share any unadvertised deals you score so others can score them as well!  Just leave an extra comment for that entry.

    Ready, set, let’s see your cuckoo shopping trip pictures!

    *Don’t know where to get coupon inserts? Read this coupon insert deals post!

    USA only – Ends July 2nd  midnight EST and announced when I post the next giveaway.  Winner will be chosen using Random.org and verified for entry requirements, and winners are announced on my homepage & giveaways rss feedgiveaways emails (subscribe now)!

     

    Posted: June 27, 2011
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    Part of the award-winningABC’s of Coupons” series

    I try to make couponing un-extreme and un-complicated, not extreme and time consuming.   In order to achieve extreme coupon transactions without the headache, I have  a few tips:

    Be Prepared For Entire Lifestyle Changes:
    You aren’t going to start saving without trial and error, and without taking the time to “learn the ropes”.  This is not a get-rich-quick-scheme. Being a Couponer is a way of life. An entire new way of life isn’t going to start out immediately and you can’t dive in half way.  If you really want to save time couponing, you need to know all the rules before you start.

    • I have store coupon policies for several stores – print them and take them with you shopping.
    • I have a FREE 36-page ABC’s of Couponing guide which teaches how to do the deals.
    • I also list the deals at 72 stores nationwide – scroll over “Find My Store” at the top of my site to see all the store coupons and deals on my site; I add new ones weekly.

    If you haven’t taken the time to learn how to coupon, and you want to show up at the store and save a bundle, you may be in for a big surprise.  It is possible to save time and money couponing, but it won’t happen without full preparation.

    Start with ONE Store:
    Learn how to coupon at one store.  Each store works differently and if you try to run around doing deals at 5 stores your first week of couponing, you will most likely fail.  Pick one store and learn their rules and do some shopping trips there.  Also, keep in mind you can miss some deals.  It isn’t saving money if you jump in the car and go in for just one deal.  You’ll miss some, but you’ll save in the long run. And trust me, the deals come around again so don’t feel bad if you miss them at first.

    After mastering one store, start adding more to your resume.

    “But Deidre, what store should I choose?!?!? – First, don’t choose Sam’s, or any other wholesale club.   I recommend choosing one of the 3 following depending on your needs and which is closer to you:

    • Drugstores – Walgreens, CVS or Rite Aid are my favorites.   You can score nearly free health and beauty items each week; but a word of caution, these are also the hardest stores to learn how to do.  I have training posts and videos for each and definitely learn one at a time.
    • High-low Grocery Stores – the grocery stores you commonly associate with high prices are also the ones that have some of the best grocery deals!  They have high every-day prices to “compensate” for their drastic sales.  They expect you to make impulse buys when you go in for the great sales.  This is why they have “loss leaders” or ads on their circular which are amazing, to get you in-store and then hope you buy regularly priced (expensive!) items while you are there.  But not anymore, now that you’re  a couponer you know better!  Examples of these stores are Publix, Kroger, Safeway, & Albertson’s to name a few.
    • Super centers – Target, Walmart etc… often have some great deals and their rules are pretty straight-forward compared to the other options, but actually the savings often won’t be as great as at high-low grocery stores.

    Plan Your Trips:

    • Will you need “filler” items to bring your totals into correct amounts? No one wants to end up at the cashiers browsing candy for filler items because they haven’t planned their shopping trip!  Examples of why you’ll need a filler item:

    At Walgeen’s, you need to have as many items as you have manufacturer’s coupons and register rewards that you are going to be using to pay for the transaction (not ones that you expect to print).  This means if you are buying 6 items and have 6 coupons and 2 register rewards that you want to use to pay for the transaction, you’ll need two filler items.   Don’t waste your filler item on something you don’t need.  Gellitin is found at many Walgreens for around $.20 and is more useful to you then candy.

    I have even bought Sunday papers as filler items at a grocery store where I needed my total to be over $50 to use a $5 off coupon.

    • Avoid End Caps!
      End caps are displays at the end of aisles.  Before you were a couponer, you thought these were great deals.  These usually aren’t and are a great way to end up over-paying for items you could have gotten cheaper later when you found a sale stacked with a  coupon.
    • Avoid Impulse Buys!
      This goes along with my last tip of avoiding end caps, because those are usually where you will do an impulse buy.   Check your stock up price list and  then see if the “deal” paired with any coupons you have is a stock up price.  If not, pass on the sale.  More deals will come along later.
    • Have Your Coupons Ready:
      Don’t be the lady at the checkout sorting through coupons and holding up the line.  Every time I am at a store and find an item on my shopping list,  I pull the coupon(s) I am using and put them in a tab at the front of my binder.  Then when I get to the register, all my coupons are in one place and ready to go.

    Let’s make couponing fun, one coupon at a time!  If you have more tips to share, please post a comment.

    Posted: June 19, 2011
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    Last week’s giveaway winner: laurenchildre@….com

    Let’s see those shopping hauls!  Wanna win the 7 coupon inserts from this Sunday’s paper (4 RP, 3 SS) above AND a Cuckoo for Coupon Deals T-Shirt (Women’s sizes S, M, L or XL – sorry I haven’t got my men’s shirts designed yet) Just submit a picture of any shopping trip this week June 19-25! One picture will randomly be selected as the winner.  Photos must be 1,000 KB’s or under to upload.  Or you could post  a receipt picture if you’d like.

    Also comment on your picture- Where did you do the shopping trip at? How much did you spend and save? When was it?
    BONUS ENTRY: Get one extra entry if you share any unadvertised deals you score so others can score them as well!  Just leave an extra comment for that entry.

    Ready, set, let’s see your cuckoo shopping trip pictures!

    *Don’t know where to get coupon inserts? Read this coupon insert deals post!

    USA only – Ends June 25th midnight EST and announced when I post the next giveaway.  Winner will be chosen using Random.org and verified for entry requirements, and winners are announced on my homepage & giveaways feedgiveaways emails (subscribe now)!

    Posted: May 25, 2011
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    Winning Wednesdays: Join us for giveaways every Wednesday!

    Let’s see those shopping hauls!  Wanna win the 50 coupon inserts above my daughter is holding? Upload a picture (use the link under the Comments button below – where you post a comment on the site) of your best or latest shopping trip!   One picture will randomly be selected as the winner.  Photos must be 1,000 KB’s or under to upload.  Or you could post  a receipt picture if you’d like.

    Also comment on your picture- Where did you do the shopping trip at? How much did you spend and save? When was it? If it was for this week’s deals let us know so other’s can score some great deals!  If not, let us know so no one tries deals no longer available.  Whether the deals are recent or not will NOT affect your ability to win – winner will be chosen at random.

    Ready, set, let’s see your cuckoo shopping trip pictures!

    *Don’t know where to get coupon inserts? Read this training post!

    USA only – Ends May 31st midnight EST.  Also, let me know what you think of this style of giveaway!

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