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March 05, 2009


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I'm pretty new to the couponing thing (about a month now), but I am hooked! I tell everyone I know about it.

The two big things to do if you want to really save on couponing:

1. Start at and follow her lists of deals. It requires registration, but is completely free. Even if your state is not on her drop-down list, CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, Walmart, and Target are listed every week. You can organize the list in order of price and only pick up the things that are free, etc. After learning what you can there, do a websearch for 'couponing' and whatever state or store you like. Bloggers everywhere have their deals posted.

2. Start shopping at CVS and Walgreens for free. You can use one store coupon and one manufacturer's coupon for each item (even if they are BOGO). Walgreens has a rebate program that is now available online. You can purchase a product with a coupon and still recieve the retail price back in rebates. They will send you a check or a Wags GC (the GC also gets a 10% bonus). CVS and Wags also have cash 'rebates' that print at the bottom of the recipt if you fulfill the requirements on the ad. Be careful of those as they expire.

I've kept up with FMF since I accidentally discovered it in Keep it up-- you're an inspiration to all of us PF bloggers!

I better go now... Wags is about to pay me to take toothpaste out of their store :)

Sure - this is a great idea, and I try to do it as often as I can. But my biggest roadblock is the manufacturer's coupons. Where on earth do people find them (aside from in the isles of the grocery store)?


Coupons can be found at many online sites, but the biggest source is the Sunday paper. The $1.50 investment is well worth it.

I also spend about an hour a week going through the Sunday paper, checking deal blogs, and checking

This saves me about 50% on my average grocery bill and I get almost all my drugstore items totally free.

I love CVS and Walgreens. I have a HUGE stockpile of items that I give to my stepdaughters and sister, and then every other month I donate to a homeless shelter. I've gotten toothpaste, mouthwash, razors, shampoo, conditioner, hair stylers, OTC cold remedies, ibuprofen, hair color, feminine stuff and cleaning supplies for free. I have made CVSing and couponing my hobby.

I am still trying to get the coupon thing to work for us. We buy a lot of organics, so it's a big harder. Not impossible, mind you. I often email companies that I buy from and ask for coupons and they usually will mail me some.

A lot of the coupons in the paper simply don't work for what I purchase. Occasionally there will be a coupon for a cereal I buy, but since we have stopped buying foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup, it rules out many things that coupons will help cut the cost of (ie Kellogs, etc).

Also, we don't use mouthwash or paper towels or very many OTC meds or many of the things that you can get the deal on at CVS or Walgreens. Our dentist advised both my husband and I to switch to a toothpaste without silica as it's eroding the enamel on our teeth. So, that leaves us with Toms of Maine or similar. I did find a deal on Toms of Maine toothpaste on, but hardly free.

So, although I love to clip coupons and look through the CVS and Walgreens flyers...I have yet to be able to find a significant savings for us. Instead, I have tried to find simple, yet nutritions whole food meals that are include basic, inexpensive ingredients.

Kudos to those who get it to work for them though!

I coupon only for the things we use and do not stockpile beyond a yr's worth. What gets me mad about these people who buy more and then donate is that they are not thinking about other people who may also have wanted the deal. It is hard to visit a store and then see that these vultures have picked the shelves clean. Great, you want to donate more power to you! But what is so neighborly about not considering the trouble it causes to regular shoppers?

If you go to a drug store on a weekday you will see grandma and grandpa roaming the aisles searching for the missing stuff. Shame on these couponers who are pretending to do good when it is not costing them anything but a few hrs a week at minimum wage rate.

Can't help but think of the ethics involved in 10 diabetes monitors being "given away" since they don't NEED them. Wonder if they are taking a $600USD tax deduction for their "charity". The Obama Administration needs this type input.

I tried this for a month and it was way too overwhelming and I just didn't have the time. I work a full time job and have a photography business, but I wish I could do it. It was always a rush to get the freebies. The only problem I have with this mentality is that if everyone got toothpaste and tooth brushes for free, these places would go out of business, so someone needs to pay full price.

Thanks Millionaire!

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