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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 11, 2010
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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Posted: August 4, 2010
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I have a lot of stores on the cuckoo deals map, but not all stores.

I have time to do 2 more stores per week of full coupon match-ups.  I was thinking of doing Fresh Market and Albertsons.  Or maybe Smith’s.  What do you think would benefit you the most? What match-ups are hard to find?

Posted: August 3, 2010
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Today’s the last day to enter the Down East Basics giveaway – their clothes are so cute and I wore them all the time even before I did this review. Love them!

Posted: August 2, 2010
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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. All opinions are 100% mine.


Head on over toBoudreaux’s Butt Paste site to get a free sample of their infamous butt paste! What is butt paste, you ask? Well it is just like Destin or any other cream to use on babies bums to heal diaper rash and soothe irritated skin, but better.

I used to think Destin was the best, and gawked at the $5 price tag at Walmart of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. But after giving it a try, I can see why it is priced a little higher. My daughter who usually screams when she has a rash and is getting cream on it, didn’t seem to mind at all getting the butt paste. Plus, it cleared up her rash quickly, since when I went to change her diaper the next time her rash was gone. My children don’t get rashes too often, so I have actually only used the butt paste cream a few times, but have been extremely impressed each time.

I’ve also read great reviews all over the net, so I think that my experience seems to be the norm.

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Posted: July 30, 2010
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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of CryoCell International. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Posted: July 14, 2010
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I have a category called “Cuckoo Bloggers” and I love to tell you about fun sites or videos I find.  I usually do this on Fridays but this week I’m doing it today for theDealyo.  They offer fashion offers and some things I don’t on my site, so I thought I’d introduce them to you.

So, what’s theDealyo?

theDealyo is updated daily to bring hot limited time specials, fresh buying tips and shopping strategies developed to save you time and money. theDealyo is bringing RAD (Really Awesome Deals) direct to you online and in-stores.   theDealyo hooks you up with insider deals, exclusive sales, hard-to-find rebates and the latest promotions on fashion, electronics, groceries, toiletries, travel and much more.

A few of the RAD deals we found:

$33 Money Maker at Rite Aid

$9 Money Maker at Office Depot and

Staples $10 Ebates Sign Up Reward

So what are you waiting for? Check out theDealyo.

Posted: July 3, 2010
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We are currently looking for Deal Contributors for this store!

If you don’t currently run a blog, you can still contribute deals – I’ll teach you how to do it and get paid at the same time.

If you do run a blog, you will get a link back to your site at the top of the post, as well as use your own affiliate links. Please email deidre(AT)cuckooforcoupondeals.com if you’d like to be a deal contributor for this or any other store!

Posted: July 1, 2010
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Well she just seems so innocent doesn’t she?  9 days ago She was screaming and I wanted to work on my site.  After several unsuccessful attempts at getting her to play with her older sister, I decided to hand her my cell phone just for  a minute so I could finish my post and then go play with her.

Well she ran from the room quick as can be, and 9 days later my cell phone has still never returned.  We’ve even looked in the vents!

We don’t have a house phone.  So for nine days I have been phone-less.   I emailed friends and family to tell people to email me because I didn’t have a phone and didn’t want to buy a new one. You would have thought I said I was going top-less; people were really shocked that someone could go without a phone.   I decided I am too frugal to buy a new one, I know people lived for centuries without phones, well I could do it too.

I decided to be The Ultimate Frugalista – no cell phone or home/land phone!

I have had a cell phone since they first got big 11 years ago.  I have been texting details about my day to my husband for years.  I had no idea what a big role my phone played in my life.  With my phone gone, I couldn’t just text my husband and ask him what he wanted for dinner.  I couldn’t call the repair man when our door broke (it’s under warranty) and I couldn’t get a hold of the BYU Intern office since they don’t answer emails.  I have wanted to call them for 9 days but haven’t been able to.   I couldn’t call my friends and say “let’s go to the park”, which we often randomly do with our kids.  I emailed them, but my friends are stone-age (no offense, you know who you are 🙂  and only check their email once per day, often long after I wanted to randomly go to the park.

Well you get the picture.   Life without a phone was not as easy as I thought it would be.

So today I decided it is not going to just  “show up” as I was hoping it would, and decided to buy a new phone on eBay.  I did a ton of research and picked my phone.  I waited impatiently for hours to make sure I won it. I was the high bidder with 10 seconds left.  Then I refreshed the page and I’d been outbid!   What a waste of time!

I am sitting here waiting for another bid to end at 4:30. This time I did a “max bid” so it will automatically up my bid to if people keep out-bidding me.  Wish me luck!

Morale of The Story: Don’t hand your phone to your toddlers, even for a minute.

Posted: June 30, 2010
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Nielson home scan gives you cash and prizes for scanning the items you buy grocery shopping.  This lets them know about your demographic.  This is the same Nielsen that runs the t.v. ratings so they are legit.

Even if you applied before, they may be looking for a new demographic this time around so try applying again!

Posted: June 30, 2010
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I have a category called “Cuckoo Bloggers” and I love to tell you about fun sites or videos I find.  I usually do this on Fridays but this week I’m doing it today for theDealyo.  They offer fashion offers and some things I don’t on my site, so I thought I’d introduce them to you.

So, what’s theDealyo?

theDealyo is updated daily to bring hot limited time specials, fresh buying tips and shopping strategies developed to save you time and money. theDealyo is bringing RAD (Really Awesome Deals) direct to you online and in-stores.   theDealyo hooks you up with insider deals, exclusive sales, hard-to-find rebates and the latest promotions on fashion, electronics, groceries, toiletries, travel and much more.

A few of the RAD deals we found: $40 Lowe’s Gift Card Giveaway, free Amazon on Demand credit ($6 value) and an $8.00 Money Maker at Rite Aid. So what are you waiting for? Check out theDealyo.

Posted: June 21, 2010
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Wow! Looking at the album cover I said, um, pass…. but then I listened to the first song “bullet-proof” and it is way catchy! You may want to check it out- the entire Lazer Proof album, 14 songs, are available for a limited time free!

Thanks, Good Deal Mama

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