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Posted: June 27, 2011

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 25, 2011

Charmin Basic, Double Rolls, 4 Count Pack (Pack of 10) 40 Total Rolls + Free Shipping

Right now you can get 40 double rolls of Charmin Toilet Paper for $16.28 – As you can see on my stock up prices list, my stock up price for toilet paper is $.19 per single roll.  40 rolls x 2 (because they are double rolls) = 80 rolls divided by $16.28 = $.20 per roll!  And you don’t have to use any gas money. So that makes $.20 a cuckoo price.

To get this low price, you must us Subscribe & Save AND on the product page there are store coupons, in this case a $.25 one you clip on and it comes off your total instantly.

Posted: June 20, 2011

There have been so many deals I posted today they aren’t even all on the homepage! Here’s a quick re-cap so you don’t miss any:

Typing up more as we speak!  Also, scroll over “find my store” on my main menu bar, tell me if you like the new changes!

Posted: June 20, 2011

On top  of the FREE hand sanitizer coupon (in the Shop Your Way Rewards coupon booklet, a different place then the coupons I’m about to tell you about.) Check your Kmart for their monthly ad which has coupons for free products, when you spend over $25 in a transaction.  This is usually before coupons, and you can only use one Super Coupon for a freebie per $25, so you may want to break up your transactions accordingly!

Plus, I went to Kmart and found 4 more deals which have been added to my Kmart Double Coupon masterlist!

Here’s my fav:



  • Use $0.50/1 Angel Soft Bath Tissue from 5/15 Red Plum insert
  • Final price: $4.00 ($0.16/regular or $0.33/double roll) after doubled coupon





– as you can see on my price points list, this is a stock up price!

Posted: June 17, 2011

Well to add to all the great PetSmart deals this week, here’s a $5 off a $25 purchase PetSmart coupon! It’s not that easy to get though.  You have to like them on facebook, upload a picture and share a pet story.

Posted: June 17, 2011

Awesome news! Now I can link directly to certain coupons on!  It’s only ones that aren’t zip-code specific, but hey it will save you search time right?!?!

Here’s my first few with my new linking functunality:

Buy 1 – Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Product, $2.04
Buy 1 – Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail Color, $2.04
Use 1 – $2/1 Sally Hansen Nail Treatment when you buy Nail Color
Use 1 – $1/1 Target Coupon
Final Price= $1.04 ($.52 each!) OR If your store allows 2 Target Coupons in one transaction then you would pay just $0.04 each!

Target: Single Serve Wet Cat Food for $0.77 each
Use the $1/1 Goodlife Recipe Coupon
Final Price=FREE after Coupon!

And for us Smore’s lovers:

Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, 6 ct. $2.49, Price Cut thru 7/16
Use $1.00/2 – Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, 6 ct.
And use 2 $0.50/1 – Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, Target Coupon
Final Price= $1.49 each when you buy 2 or $0.25 a bar

Suave Naturals Body Lotion, 18 oz $2.69, Price Cut thru 6/18
Use $1.00/1 – Suave Naturals Body Lotion Q-pon
Or use $1.00/1 Suave Body Lotion Product, Any 18 oz. or larger from RP 5/22
And use $0.75/1 – Suave Lotion Target Coupon
Final Price=  $0.94

Deal from reader Brandi:

Shrek and Strawberry shortcake Nexcare bandaids are only price cut for $1.70
use Target $1 off kids Nexcare bandaids
stack with $1 off Nexcare product printable (not sure where she found this, I only see $1/2 Nexcare Product, exp. 8/31/11 (SS 04/03/11), Or $1/2 Nexcare Product,)
Final Price= FREE if you can find the $1/1 manufacturer


View more Target Deals this week!

Posted: June 15, 2011

Publix Store Coupons & Deals
6/15/11 or 6/16/11 depending on your area brought to us by Passionate Penny Pincher
Read Publix Coupon Policy if you’re new to extreme couponing at Publix! Confused about where to get coupons that aren’t printable – learn how to get those coupons!

Important Publix Ad Deals Info:

*Denotes Cuckoo Stock Up Price (and great donation deal!)

Florida Prices (when they are different FL prices are in GREEN)! I Didn’t have time to do this today

BOGO: The price listed is after the BOGO savings, so if you’re a Florida shopper remember you’ll need to purchase two items to get that price.

Click on the “display all matchups” button under the matchups to view the full list!!!


Posted: June 14, 2011

Head over to Babies Online and click on “Get Free Baby Stuff” in the middle of the page. Check “yes” for Free Baby Talk Magazine One-Year Subscription AND for Free American Baby Magazine Six-Month Subscription.

Why do you want those free subscriptions? Those magazines are known for CucKoO coupons!  This month’s American Baby magazine had a  Walgreens Infant Care Booklet! Here are the coupons included (all Walgreens store coupons that expire 12/31/11):

  • $2/1 Huggies Diapers or Wipes
  • $2/1 Walgreens Diapers on sale this week for $4.99, so you’ll get them for just $2.99 with the coupon!
  • $2/1 Triple Paste Medicated Ointment for Diaper Rash
  • $2/1 Pampers
  • $2/1 Children’s or Infant’s Advil
  • $2/1 Similac Advance or Sensitive
  • $2/2 Playtex Infant Products
  • $2/1 Enfamil Infant Forumla

A few months ago, the Baby Talk magazine had a FREE $10 one-time use code in it for anything in their baby section.

Or if you just want just baby talk, go to Free Subscription to Baby Talk Magazine!

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher


Posted: June 7, 2011

You all all know from my “Double Coupons” post that stores get fully reimbursed for coupons.  If a $1 off coupon is doubled to $2, the store gets $1 back from the manufacturer, and pays for the $1 doubled out of their own pocket.

I often post deals with double coupons, and how when you double it you get a great deal.  But someone notices sometimes coupons saying “do not double” or DND on the coupon.  Coupons often say this or “Do Not Triple” on them.

What is the reason a coupon says “Do Not Double”?

Sometimes a coupon says “5” as their first number.  This means that even if it says “Do Not Double” on the coupon, it will still double automatically! If it says “9”, it will not double automatically.  In the video I show you where to look for that number on the coupon. It is up to your store’s coupon policy to determine if your store will double those coupons or not. UPDATE: It doesn’t matter anymore about that as the new barcode system is out.

The reason some coupons say “Do Not Double” is because manufacturers want to be clear that they will not cover the costs of the doubling, and are only reimbursing the store for the face value of the coupon. There are certain cases where a coupon may say $.50, and a store will double it, and the manufacturer will reimburse the store the whole $1!  But in most cases, they will only reimuburse the store $.50, and they put “Do Not Double” to be clear that is how much they will reiumburse the store.

When a store has a double coupon day or always does them, they know they are not going to be reimbursed for anything other then the amount on the coupon.  So the store should accept that coupon in their store promotion since nothing is different about the amount they will be reimbursed as opposed to any other manufacturer’s coupon.

Here’s a list of store coupon policies and if they double or not!  Example: Kmart will double DND coupons.

What are your thoughts on this??? I’d love to hear them!

Posted: May 23, 2011

Smith’s just emailed me their new coupon policy – view it here .

Most important notes:

  • An Electronic Digital Coupon and a paper Manufacturer Coupon cannot beused on the same item.
  • A Store Coupon and a paper Manufacturer Coupon may be used on the sameitem.
  • An Electronic Digital Coupon and Store Coupon may be used on the same item.

This makes it very clear electronic coupons are manufacturer’s coupons, which is why they can be stacked with store coupons and not manufacturer’s coupons.

View Smith’s ecoupons details here if you’re new!

Posted: May 23, 2011


The Magic Coupon Machine at CVS is printing out a $1.00/1 Trident Gum.  Use this coupon along with the great Extra Bucks promotion that is running and make a dollar.    The Extra Buck promotion is on Stride Spark gum too.  So you can only get the EB on one or the other.

Trident Vitality or Stride Spark, 9-14 ct. $0.99
Buy 1, Receive $0.99 Extra Bucks, Limit 1

Buy 2 Stride Spark Gum
Use the 1 $1/2 Stride Gum Singe Pack, exp. 5-28-11 (SS 04/03/11)
Pay $0.98 when you buy 2, Receive $0.99 Extra Bucks
Final Price = $0.01 Moneymaker when you buy 2

Buy 1 Trident Vitality $0.99
$1.00/1 Trident Gum from CVS Magic Coupon Machine
Pay $0.00, Receive $0.99 Extra Bucks
Final Price= $0.99 Moneymaker

Listerine Mouthwash, $3.89
Buy One, Receve $1.00 Extra Bucks
Use the $1.00/1 – Listerine Mouthwash, Any size
Pay $2.89, Receive $1.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price= $1.89

CVS has a NEW Reinventing Beauty magazine out that contains several CVS store and 1 manufacturer’s coupons inside!   These magazines are sold for only $0.99 at select CVS  stores (although some stores have the coupon inserts available for FREE!) and the Spring issue featuring Natalie Portman on cover has the following coupons inside.

CVS store coupons

Use the$1/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste, exp. 6-30-11 (CVS Reinventing Beauty)
Use the $1/1 Colgate Total Gum Defense, exp. 6-30 (CVS Reinventing Beauty)
Use the $1/1 Crystal Light Mix or Packets, exp. 6-30 (CVS Reinventing Beauty)
Use the $1/1 Select Irish Spring Products, exp. 6-30 (CVS Reinventing Beauty)
Use the $1/1 Lady Speed Stick Deodorant, exp. 6-30 (CVS Reinventing Beauty)

Manufacturer’s coupon
Use the $3/1 Nature Made Vitamin/Supplement (CVS Reinventing Beauty)
Watch out  for Clearance Nature Made Vitamins to possibly score a freebie or two.

View more CVS deals this week – just scroll past this post to view all the CVS deals posted lately!

Posted: May 22, 2011

Select areas of the country received a special coupon insert with Target store coupons for Procter & Gamble products!  Here’s some deals for those who got it:

FREE $5 Gift Card wyb 2 Venus Breeze or ProSkin $7.99 (thru 5/28)

Buy two Venus Breeze or Pro Skin Razors $7.99 each
Use two $2/1 Venus Breeze or Proskin Razor Target Coupon from Blazing Beauty Flyer 5-22-11 x6/30
Use two $2/1 Venus Razor or Venus Disposables Razor 5-15-11 RP x6/30 OR from 5-1-11 PG
Receive a $5 Target Gift Card
Final Price =$1.49 each after coupons and $5 Gift Card!

Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser 5 oz or Cleansing Cloths, $5.99
Use $3/1 Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or cleanser from 4-17-11 RP x5/31
PLUS use $1.50/1 Olay Facial Care, Hand/Body Lotion, or Body Wash Target Coupon from Blazing Beauty Flyer 5-22-11 x6/30
Final Price = $1.49 each after coupons!

Herbal Essence or Aussie Smaller Sized Hair Care, $2.64 – $2.99 (Regular Price)
Use $1/1 Herbal Essence or Aussie Product P&G Everyday Savings x6/30 or
Use $1/1 or $0.50/1 Herbal Essences OR Aussie product from 5-1-11 PG x5/31
Plus use $1/1 Herbal Essences, Pantene, or Aussie Target Coupon Blazing Beauty Flyer 5-22-11 x6/30
Final Price =64 cents each after coupons!

Gillette Body Wash, $3.49 – $3.99 (Regular Price)
Use $2/1 Gillette Body Wash from 5-15-11 RP x6/30
PLUS $1/1 Gillette or Old Spice Body Wash or Deodorant Target coupon Blazing Beauty Flyer 5-22-11 x6/30
Final Price =$0.49 after coupons!

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