5 Tips for Getting Back on Track with Couponing

So, if you’re like me, the holidays were probably very busy for you and you may not have done as much couponing as you would have liked. Your coupon binder or envelope might be in shambles, and you might be feeling overwhelmed. Don’t despair!

 

Here are 5 things you can do today to get back on track with couponing:

 

1. Toss expired coupons: Set the timer for 5 minutes and quickly go through and toss all your expired coupons. If you’re like me, you probably had a bunch that expired 12/31/11. Old news! Get ’em out of there! 🙂

2. Straighten up your coupon organization system and file any coupons that are lying around the house.

3. Head to SavingStar, Upromise, and Cellfire and load up your shopper’s card with all of this month’s coupons: If they’re already on your card you don’t have to think about them again, and you’ll just rack up the savings!

4. Bite the bullet and sign up for a discounted subscription to your local Sunday paper and All You Magazine: You want to be able to have all the coupons on hand that I mention in my lovely store coupon match-ups, don’t you? 🙂

5. Start snagging the freebies and super cheap items in my store match-up lists each week to re-build your stockpile of most used items: The goal is always to avoid paying full price for something just because you need it!

 

Did you check out this week’s list of store deals? There are some great ones this week!

And, if you haven’t been to one of my popular couponing classes yet, come join me at one this year!

 

How about you? Share your tips for getting back on track with couponing in the comments section!

 

 



How to Use SavingStar eCoupons for Bonus Savings

SavingStar

Have you started using SavingsStar yet? This is such a great way to score additional savings; there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be using these eCoupons! Here in Pittsburgh, SavingsStar eCoupons are honored by Giant Eagle, CVS, and Rite Aid.

This is SO easy!

  1. Go open a SavingStar Account: It’s FREE!
  2. List your ZIP code to see the stores in your area.
  3. Grab your shopper’s cardz and add the account number on the back of your card to your SavingStar account.
  4. Click to load coupons onto your cards! All the coupons will load onto each store’s card, but each individual eCoupon has a one-time use limit.
  5. Purchase items for which you have eCoupons and see the savings in your account! Once you reach $5 you can request your money!

 

Note: This post is part of the Extreme Couponing eSeries.

 

Here are all of the SavingsStar eCoupons currently available:

SavingStar Grocery eCoupons

Buy 1 YoBaby Organic Yogurt 4-pack, Save 50¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy three (3) 6 oz. cups of Stonyfield Organic Yogurt, Save 50¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy ONE (1) HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On Diapers, Save $2.00. Expires 12/1/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 HUGGIES® Baby Wipes (64 ct or larger), Save $1.00. Expires 12/1/2011. One time use only.
Buy any 1 Ester-C, Save $1.00. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 boxes of Kashi® TLC® Granola Bars, Save $1.50. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 box of Kashi® TLC® Pita Crisps, Save $1.00. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 L’OrĂ©al Vive Pro Shampoo or Conditioner, Save 75¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Vitamin Gummies in Disney or Marvel Shapes, Save $1.00. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Gold ‘n Soft®, Save 50¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy ONE (1) box of Ellio’s® Pizza, Save 50¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 L’OrĂ©al Studio Line Styling Product, Save $1.00. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy any 1 Osteo Bi-Flex, Save $1.00. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Marie’s® Product, Save $1.00. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 LouAna® Oil, Save 50¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Gulden’s® Spicy Brown Mustard (12 oz size), Save 35¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 jars of Peter Pan® Peanut Butter, Save $1.00. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 Egg Beaters®, Save $1.00. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 Marie Callender’s® Fresh Flavors Steamers®, Save $1.00. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Diamond Crystal Sea Salt, Save 40¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Diamond Crystal Salt Sense, Save 35¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Krazy Glue, Save 50¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board, Save 75¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt, Save 40¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 WACKY MAC Veggie Pasta, Save 40¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 WACKY MAC & Cheese Dinner, Save 40¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Truvia® Natural Sweetener (40 ct or larger), Save 75¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Elmer’s School Glue, Glue-All or Glue Sticks, Save 50¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 NO YOLKS, Save 40¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Karo® Syrup, Save 40¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Argo® or Kingsford’s® product, Save 40¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Fleischmann’s® Yeast (Jar or Strip), Save 40¢. Expires 11/30/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails, Save $2.50. Expires 11/24/2011. One time use only.
Buy any 1 Nature’s Bounty (does not include Hair, Skin and Nails product), Save $1.00. Expires 11/24/2011. One time use only.
Buy any 1 Sundown Naturals® product, Save $1.00. Expires 11/24/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 AIR WICK® Scented Candles, Save $2.00. Expires 11/23/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage (9 oz or 12 oz), Save 55¢. Expires 11/23/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 GUM® Eez-Thru Flosser®, Save 75¢. Expires 11/23/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 AIR WICK® Aerosol Air Fresheners, Save $1.00. Expires 11/23/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 AIR WICK® FRESHMATIC Compact Spray Starter Kit, Save $2.00. Expires 11/23/2011. One time use only.
Buy (1) International Delight® quart or pint, Save 55¢. Expires 11/23/2011. One time use only.
Buy 3 Rice-A-Roni or Pasta Roni, Save $1.00 (does not include Family Size, Value Size, or Easy Salad). Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Femystique® personal lubricant, Save $1.00. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only.
Buy TWO (2) Magic Seasoning Blends (does not include Magic Pepper Sauce® or Seasoning Salt®), Save $1.00. Expires 11/23/2011. One time use only. (Only at ShopRite)
Buy TWO (2) Magic Seasoning Blends (does not include Magic Pepper Sauce® or Seasoning Salt®), Save $1.00. Expires 11/23/2011. One time use only. (Only at Stop & Shop)
Buy 1 Dean’s® Heat ‘n Eat Dip, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. (Only at VG’s)
Buy 1 Dean’s® Heat ‘n Eat Dip, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. (Only at Copps)
Buy 1 Dean’s® Heat ‘n Eat Dip, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. (Only at Jewel – Osco)
Buy 1 Dean’s® Heat ‘n Eat Dip, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. (Only at Rainbow)
Buy 1 Dean’s® Heat ‘n Eat Dip, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. (Only at D & W Fresh Market)
Buy 1 Dean’s® Heat ‘n Eat Dip, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. (Only at Pick n Save)
Buy 1 Dean’s® Heat ‘n Eat Dip, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. (Only at Mariano’s)
Buy 1 Dean’s® Heat ‘n Eat Dip, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. (Only at Family Fare)
Buy 2 Quaker Chewy® Granola Bars, Save $1.00. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 Smart Balance® Buttery Spreads, Save $1.00. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Smart Balance Omega® Cooking Oil or Spray, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Smart Balance® Rich Roast Peanut Butters, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 Quaker® Instant Oatmeal, Quaker® Quick or Old Fashioned Oats, Save $1.00. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only.
Buy (1) Dean’s® Dip 12 oz or larger, Save 55¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. Sold Out.
Buy 1 bag of El Monterey Snacks (Taquitos, Mini Chimis, Tamales, or Quesadillas), Save $1.00. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 El Monterey Family Pack Burritos or Chimichangas, Save $1.00. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Dean’s® Heat ‘n Eat Dip, Save 75¢. Expires 11/16/2011. One time use only. (Only at Glens)
Buy 1 Sweet Baby Ray’s Dipping Sauce, Save $1.00. Expires 11/9/2011. One time use only. (Only at Hy-Vee)
Buy 1 Sweet Baby Ray’s Dipping Sauce, Save $1.00. Expires 11/9/2011. One time use only. (Only at Rainbow)
Buy 1 Sweet Baby Ray’s Dipping Sauce, Save $1.00. Expires 11/9/2011. One time use only. (Only at Jewel – Osco)
Buy 1 Sweet Baby Ray’s Dipping Sauce, Save $1.00. Expires 11/9/2011. One time use only. (Only at Copps)
Buy 2 Ken’s Salad Dressings (16 oz only), Save $1.00. Expires 11/9/2011. One time use only.
Buy 1 Sweet Baby Ray’s Dipping Sauce, Save $1.00. Expires 11/9/2011. One time use only. (Only at Mariano’s)
Buy 1 Sweet Baby Ray’s Dipping Sauce, Save $1.00. Expires 11/9/2011. One time use only. (Only at Pick n Save)
Buy 2 Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, Save $1.00. Expires 11/9/2011. One time use only.
Buy 2 packages of M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies (any flavor, 9.9 oz or larger), Save $1.00. Expires 11/9/2011. One time use only.
SavingStar

New SavingStar eCoupons Provide a Lesson in Extreme Couponing

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SavingStar has updated their list of eCoupons. SavingStar is an Extreme Couponing-savvy resource you should consider using! Here’s how you can easily take advantage of these extra “stackable” savings:

  1. If you haven’t registered your shopper’s card with SavingStar yet, take a moment to do so. (Partner stores here in PA: CVS, Giant Eagle, and Rite Aid)
  2. “Clip” the eCoupons by adding them to your card (super easy).
  3. Purchase those items in the store and see your savings account grow! Remember, you’ll see the savings in your account, not on your receipt.

SavingStar Grocery eCoupons

Buy 1 Femystique® personal lubricant, Save $1.00 Expires 10/19/2011
Buy any 1 Bayer Aspirin product, Save $1.00 Expires 10/19/2011
Buy any 1 Phillips’ product, Save $2.00 Expires 10/19/2011
Buy any 1 Aleve Product 20 ct or higher, Save $2.00 Expires 10/19/2011
Buy any 1 One A Day Multi-Vitamins, Save $1.00 (does not include One A Day Kids) Expires 10/19/2011
Buy 1 PERDUE® Refrigerated Baked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Variety, Save $1.00 Expires 10/6/2011 (Only at Kroger Southwest)
Buy 1 PERDUE® SHORT CUTS® Carved Breast Strips, Save $1.00 Expires 10/6/2011 (Only at Kroger Southwest)
Buy any (2) Dean’s® Dip 12 oz or larger, Save $1.00 Expires 10/5/2011
Buy 2 Enjoy Life Foods Product (minimum $2 price), Save $1.50 Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 NO YOLKS, Save 40¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 WACKY MAC & Cheese Dinner, Save 40¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 WACKY MAC Veggie Pasta, Save 40¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 Diamond Crystal Salt Sense, Save 35¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 Diamond Crystal Sea Salt, Save 40¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt, Save 40¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 Elmer’s School Glue, Glue-All or Glue Sticks, Save 50¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board, Save 75¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 Weight Watchers® Frozen Novelty*, Save $1.00 Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 Krazy Glue, Save 50¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy any ONE (1) package of Rhodes® Warm-N-Serv Rolls, Save 75¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy 1 Truvia® Natural Sweetener (40 ct or larger), Save 75¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy any ONE (1) package of Rhodes® Cinnamon Rolls, Save 75¢ Expires 9/30/2011
Buy any 1 Foster Farms Corn Dog or Mini Corn Dog 1.82 lbs or heavier, Save $1.00 Expires 9/28/2011
Buy two (2) Johnsonville Italian Sausage, Smoked Sausage or Brats (14 oz, 16 oz or 19.76 oz), Save $1.00 Expires 9/28/2011
Buy 2 GUM® Toothbrushes (does not include Crayola Kids), Save $1.00 Expires 9/28/2011
Buy 1 GUM® Go-Betweens®, Save 75¢ Expires 9/28/2011
Buy 1 AIR WICK® FRESHMATIC Compact Spray Starter Kit, Save $2.00 Expires 9/28/2011
Buy 2 AIR WICK® Aerosol Air Fresheners, Save $1.00 Expires 9/28/2011
Buy 1 RapidLash, Save $10.00 Expires 9/28/2011 (Only at CVS)
Buy 2 AIR WICK® Scented Candles, Save $2.00 Expires 9/28/2011
Buy (1) McCain Purely Potatoes®, Save $1.00 Expires 9/28/2011
Buy (1) McCain® Sweet Potato Fries, Save $1.00 Expires 9/28/2011

 

Extreme Couponing eSeries: The Great TIME SAVER

Last week I was interviewed by Pittsburgh’s KDKA TV and Radio about the hype surrounding Extreme Couponing. In both interviews I was asked to define Extreme Couponing. If you’ve been to my couponing class, you know that my idea of Extreme Couponing is not trying to score 150 packages of hot dogs for free, but simply finding a way to feed my family for (way) LESS. Extreme Couponing is using coupons on rock-bottom sale prices.

Extreme Couponing can be time consuming! The store coupon match-ups here on Simply Frugal Living are designed to be a huge time-saving resource for you as a coupon shopper. In fact, if you’ve used one of the store coupon match-up lists lately, you may have noticed a brand new feature designed to streamline your deal hunting and make couponing super easy: My Coupon (Printable) Lists!

Here’s an overview of how the My Coupon List feature works:

  • As you search a store coupon match-up list, click the check box of each item you plan to purchase.
  • When you are done, click the button at the bottom of the list that says .
  • Prepare lists for as many stores as you’d like: the information will be safely stored in your coupon list.
  • When you’re finished preparing your lists, click the button on the top right of the blog that says, My Coupon List and you’ll find a running list of every item you’ve added to your shopping list.
  • Click the PRINT button.
  • When your list prints, you’ll find that it is neatly divided by store and category. Additionally, every coupon resource you need is listed under each item.
  • Take your shopping list to your coupon stash, clip or print the coupons you need, and you’ll be ready to shop!

Let me know if you have any questions as you use this new feature. Enjoy!

 

P.S. The titles of both TV and Radio interviews from last week make it sound like couponing is on its way out. This is definitely NOT the case! Manufacturers need coupons to drive sales to their products, and stores are mainly concerned that individual coupon shoppers not clear their shelves in one shopping trip. Use coupons ethically, be considerate when shopping, and thank the managers of your coupon-friendly stores for their policies, and everything should be fine. 🙂

 

Announcing: Extreme Couponing eSeries


If you’ve been to my Extreme Couponing Class, you know that I cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. You might benefit from reading my Extreme Couponing 101 tutorial as it streamlines the material taught in the class.

 

Additionally, I am launching an ongoing Extreme Couponing eSeries here at Simply Frugal Living to allow me to pass on small bits of couponing information in bite-size chunks. I’ll use my mini-Walgreens shopping trip as a classroom opportunity today.

 

I came to the end of my baby wipe “stockpile”, so I’ve been looking for rock-bottom prices both in stores and on Amazon Mom (See all Diaper Wipes & Refills).

 

Here is the best deal I’ve seen so far: through Saturday, September 17, Walgreens has Huggies wipes on sale for $4.99 ($.02/ wipe if you buy the Natural Care package with 216 wipes). My goal is always to pay no more than $.01/ wipe. Still, $4.99 isn’t too bad, so I thought of a way to sweeten the deal. Here’s my scenario:

Transaction #1:

Buy Crest Toothpaste, $1.99

Use Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel $1/1 8/28/2011 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2011)

$1 RR (limit 1)

Final price: $.99 OOP

 

I don’t currently need toothpaste (I will eventually), but since I could get $1 RR to use on my Huggies wipes for it, I decided to make the purchase.

 

Transaction #2:

Huggies Wipes, $4.99

$1 RR from transaction #1

Huggies Diapers Big Pack or Wipes $2/1 2/1/2011 Walgreens Infant Care Booklet (exp 12/31/2011) (I didn’t have access to this)

Final price: as low as $1.99 (I paid $3.99 OOP)

 

So, for a total of $4.98 OOP, I scored both the toothpaste and baby wipes. If I had the Walgreens Infanct Care Booklet I would have paid just $2.98 OOP.

I mentioned that I didn’t currently need the toothpaste, but purchasing it allowed me to get two items for the amount I would have paid for the Huggies wipes alone. The scenario required two transactions, but it was super easy!

 

Do you have an extreme couponing question you would like me to address? Leave a comment!

 

See this week’s full list of Walgreens deals w/ coupon match-ups here.

 

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