10 Tips for Beginner Couponers

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A simple google search brings you to a mass collection of links and images all saying they have free this and that. I was once an overwhelmed beginner too. Here are my 10 tricks of the trade for beginning couponers.

How To Get Coupons for FREE...WITHOUT Digging in Dumpsters

How to Get Coupons for FREE...WITHOUT Digging in Dumpsters was originally published on 5/24/13.

***I have been debating about posting this because I didn't want to come off as judgmental or leaping to conclusions. But after talking to several others about this, I am not the only one who thinks this way. So here we go. Please let me know your thoughts. ***

Publix Trip - 10/19 - 88% Savings!

Seriously how strange is this weeks haul? It's such a random mixture. A few things you must know:

1. We had plans to go out to eat with my in-laws so my husband took me to Publix.
2. It wasn't our normal Publix and they don't take Target as a competitor.
3. I had a $5/$40 Publix coupon that expired TODAY and I couldn't let it go to waste.
4. I thought we would be going before we ate, so I didn't bring any coupons for refrigerated items.

With all that said, I am planning to go again before this sale ends.

So here is what I got:
1 Mott's for Tots 64 oz Apple Juice @ BOGO $3.15
- $1/1 coupon found in box of Pampers
= $0.58

3 Peter Pan Peanut Butter @ BOGO $3.29
= $4.94 or $1.65 each

4 Advil Pain Relievers 50 ct. $4.99
- 2 $5/2 Publix Green Advantage Flyer
- 4 $2/1 peelie coupons on box (this store is NOT very couponed :])
= $1.96 or $0.49 each (I really needed these regardless if the peelie was on them)

8 Campbell's Great for cooking soups @ 10/$10
- 2 $2/4 Best Meals Happen at Home Publix email
- 2 $1/4 IP from Spaghetti-Os Facebook page (Here's a $0.40/3 Campbell's Condensed "Great for Cooking" soups)
= $2 or $0.25 each

4 Ragu sauces (these things are HUGE) @ BOGO $3.39
- 2 $1.50/2 Best Meals Happen at Home Publix email
= $3.78 or $0.95 each!

2 Beechnut stage 4 Fruities $0.99
- 2 $1/1 ANY Beechnut Stage 4 product IPs (reset)

Subtotal: $43.24
- $5/$40 Publix coupon (mailed)

Order Total before taxes: $8.24

With Taxes: $10.19

Total Percentage Saved: 88%!!! :D

So how did you do? At the bottom of this post is a place for you to show your own brag worthy purchases! If you don’t have a blog or vlog, feel free to leave a comment on this post letting me know how you did shopping this week!

Weekly Totals: Publix 10/12 68% Savings


I'm playing catch up today. My friend and I planned to go out to eat then to Publix and then back to my house to watch a movie with the little ones. We didn't watch the movie but still a lot of fun was had by all. The girls never want to stay in the carts anymore. So they were terrorizing the store. But they are allowed since they are almost 2, right? I did get to do the P&G Bakeware rebate as well. Saved a total of $146.89. :)

Anyways, Saturday I went to the North Georgia State Fair with my in-laws. SO MUCH FUN! Hubby couldn't go which I am REALLY bummed about. We were gone all day. Then last night I stayed up to late trying to play catch up on house work.

We met Junior & Willie from Swamp People. Too cool, right? :)

Here is a link-up. I will get a FULL break down with coupons of my shopping trip for y'all. But right now just add your brag post or comment on how you did this week and I will get you updated as soon I get a chance to breathe. :)


So Here is the break down. Remember you have until Wednesday to get most of these deals. :) Note: My Publix accepts Target, Kroger, and Ingles as competitors. They double coupons and do half price bogo. They also accept money off coupons with boho coupons as long as the coupon doesn't say cannot combine offers per their coupon policy. Target and Kroger are also this way.

First Transaction:

12 Weight Watchers Entrees @ 10/$5
- $5/12 (manu mailed from Kroger) - Here's a $4/10 IP and $3/10 IP
- 2 B5G1 Publix Coupon from Yellow Ad Flyer (exp 10/12/12)
- 2 $2/4 Target IP
= $11 or $0.92 each

8 Totino's Pizza @ 10/$10
- 2 B3G1 FREE Publix IP from Best Meals Happen at Home email
- 2 $1/4 IP (NLA?)
- 2 $1/3 Make Your Home Italian Tonight Publix in store coupon or IP (exp 10/13/12)
= $2 or $0.25 each

2 Stouffer's Family Size Entrees @ $3.99
- 2 $1.50/1 IP
= $4.98 or $2.49 each

2 Cascadian Farm Frozen Veggies @ $2.49 (reg price)
- $2/2 Publix IP from Best Meals Happen at home email
- 2 $0.85/1 IPs (or Here's a $0.75/1)
= $1.28 or $0.64

Publix Whole Milk @ $2.99

3 Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust @ $1.99
- $2/3 Make Your Home Italian Tonight Publix in store coupon or IP (exp 10/13/12)
- 3 $1.25/1 IPs
= $0.22 or $0.07 each

2 Bailey's coffee creamers @ 2/$3
- 2 $0.55/1 IPs
- 2 $1/1 Yellow Advantage Flyer Publix Coupon (exp 10/12/12)
= -$0.10 or $05 MM each!

3 Fresh Express Salad Blends @ 2/$3.99
= $5.98

Publix Shredded Cheese @ $4.99

2 Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt @ BOGO $2.19
- 2 $1/1 IPs (NLA?)
= $0.19 or $0.10 each

Publix Grade A Large Eggs 12 ct @ $1.77

- $5/$30 Publix Coupon (Mailed from my Mom)

Total before taxes = $28.06
Total Savings = $68.97

Second Transaction:

Glad Trash Bags @ $5.99

4 Robitussin @ 5.69 (reg price)
- 2 $5/2 Green Advantage Flyer Publix Coupon (exp 10/31/12)
- 4 $3/1 Robitussin from 10/7 RP (Here's a $1/1)
= $0.76 or $0.19 each

4 Emergen-C 10 ct packets @ $3.99 (reg price) - My Hubby swears by these
- 2 $5/2 Green Advantage Flyer Publix Coupon (exp 10/31/12)
= $5.96 or $1.49 each

Gerber Graduates Yogurt Melts @ 2/$5
- $1/1 IP (found cleaning off my desk and expires 10/14!)
= $1.50

2 Wishbone Salad Dressings @ BOGO $2.65
- 2 $1/1 Publix IPs from Best Meals Happen at Home email
= $0.65 or $0.33 each

8 Beechnut Stage 2 glass jars @ 10/$4
- $1.50/8 Beechnut Publix Baby Club Coupon
- 2 $1/3 IPs
= -$0.30 or almost $0.04 MM each!

Publix Hand Sanitizer @ $0.99
- FREE Publix Baby Club Coupon

8 Chapstick @ $0.99 (reg price)
- 4 $1/2 Publix Green Advantage Flyer
- 4 $1/2 10/7 RP (Here's a $0.55/1 to make them $0.10 MoneyMakers wyb two!)
= FREE ($0.08 MM)

Angel Soft Bath Tissue @ $5.49
- $0.25/1 IP (doubled)
= $4.99 ($0.17 a roll!)

Qualified for P&G Bake Ware Rebate:
(I seriously needed all this makeup because I lost my make up bag some where between my vacation and home.)
Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets @ $2.79 (reg price)
- $0.50/1 (doubled) Bounce from 9/30 P&G
= $1.79

Covergirl Concealer @ $4.29 (reg price)
Covergirl Eyeliner @ $5.49 (reg price)
- 2 $1/1 Green Advantage Flyer Publix Coupon (exp 10/31/12)
- $3/2 Covergirl from 9/30 P&G
= $4.78

Downy Fabric Softener @ $4.49 (reg price)
- $1/1 Downy from 9/30 P&G
= $3.49

2 Cascade Action Pacs @ 4.99
- 2 $1/1 Cascade from 9/30 P&G
= $7.98

2 Covergirl Eye Shadow @ $2.99 (reg price)
- 2 $1/1 Covergirl Green Advantage Flyer (exp 10/31/12)
- $3/2 Covergirl from 9/30 P&G
= $0.98

Covergirl Thick Mascara @ $4.99 (reg price)
Covergirl Powder @ $4.79 (reg price)
- 2 $1/1 Covergirl Green Advantage Flyer (exp 10/31/12)
- $3/3 Covergirl from 9/30 P&G
= $4.78 (Total for P&G rebate: $42.80)

- $5/$30 Publix Coupon Mailed from my Mom

Total before Taxes = $39.77
Total Saved = $77.92

Total Spent of both orders before taxes = $67.83
- with Taxes = $76.68
Total of both orders Savings = $146.89

Total Percentage Saved = 68% (66% after taxes)

Publix - 10/4 - 71% Savings!

Hey everyone! Great trip today at Publix. My friend had the day off so she came and picked me up to take me shopping with her. She really is an amazing friend.

I know I just went to Publix on Sunday but I count that as last week and since I didn't really go shopping before we went on vacation, I needed a little make up trip. This is my real trip for the week. :)

Some GREAT deals are to be had at Publix, and these go until NEXT Wednesday so you can get them too! I have set up direct links where I could or just the site if they are printables. If I used an insert coupon, I have provided a link to a printable where there was one available. Hopefully you will do better than me!

Hubby asked me to get breakfast food. He said we didn't have any. Even though we had three different kinds of cereal and poptarts, but that's not breakfast food. >_<

Anyways so here's what I got:

1 Publix dozen eggs @ $1.87

6 Hamburger Helper BOGO @ $1.59
- 2 $0.75/3 from 8/19 SS (or HERE is a printable)
= $4.11 or $0.69 each

2 Muir Glen tomato sauce @ $0.89 (Just in time for chili season)
- 2 $0.50/1 printable doubled

4 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel BOGO @ $2.33
- 2 $0.50/2 from 9/9 SS (HERE's a $0.75/3 printable)
- 2 $1/2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel from Target.com
= $0.66 or $0.17 each

4 Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals BOGO @ $3.09
- 4 $1/1 7/29 SS
= $2.18 or $0.55 each

4 Campbell's 100% Natural Soup BOGO @ $2.49
- 2 $1/2 Coupons.com Savings Club IP (or HERE's a $0.75/2 IP)
= $2.98 or $0.75 each

4 College Inn Chicken Broth BOGO @ $1.19
- 2 $1/2 College Inn Broth printable (must sign up)
= $0.38 or $0.19 each

2 Bic Hybrid Advance Razors BOGO @ $5.79
- 2 $2/1 Bic Hybrid Advance printable (Facebook)
= $1.79 or $0.90 each

6 Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt @ 10/$10
- 2 $1/2 and 1 $0.50/2 doubled from website
= $3 or $$0.50 each

1 Green Mountain Coffee 12 ct K-Cups BOGO @ $6.99 (Starbucks is NOT included :[ )
- $2/1 Manufacturer (Kroger Mailer)
= $4.99 or $0.41 per cup

1 Jennie-O Turkey Bacon @ $1.99
- $1/1 Jennie-O Bacon printable (zip 30187)
= $0.99

1 Tyson Anytizers @ $2.50
- $1/1 Tyson Frozen Chicken Product Target.com IP
- $1/1 Tyson Anytizers (excludes bone in) from 8/19 SS
= $0.50

1 Ritz Tositos Crisps BOGO @ $3.69
= $1.85 (No coupon but these are so yummy)

2 Publix Italian Salad Blends @ $2.69
= $5.38

2 Publix Shredded Cheese @ 2/$5
= $5

2 Truvia Sweeteners @ $3.99
- $1/1 Publix Coupon
- $2/1 from 9/16 RP (or HERE's a $0.75/1 printable)
= $0.99 each (Not FREE like some of you got the week I was on vacation but still a good price)

6 Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream @ $1.15
- 3 $2/2 Best Meals Happen at Home IPs
- exp 10/4 (no size restrictions)
= $0.90 or $0.15 each

1 Gerber Yogurt Melt Snack @ 2/$5
- $1/1 Gerber Melts IP - NLA? (found on aisle! A coupon fairy left it for me. :] )
= $1.50

Bananas @ $.69/lb
= $1.20

Animals Crackers
= FREE after Baby Club coupon

- $5 off $30 Publix Coupon

Order Total = $35.20
Total Savings = $86.03

Total Percent Saved = 71% Savings! :D

So how did you do? At the bottom of this post is a place for you to show your own brag worthy purchases! If you don’t have a blog or vlog, feel free to leave a comment on this post letting me know how you did shopping this week! Also don't forget to enter my giveaways.

Publix Trip - 9/30 - 74% Savings!

Today, we had to go get my dog from my mom who watched him while we were in Florida (Thanks, Mom!) And then on the way home my hubby dropped me and Sweet Pea off at our local Publix and then he went home to drop the dog off THEN came back and picked us up. A LOT of running around but now everything is back to normal and we won't have to do that kind of driving for a while. 

With my babies, back home, safe and sound.
Anyways, Publix is having some GREAT deals. Some ended today and some are just GREAT after coupons but alas most end Wednesday. So hurry and snag these deals for yourself if you are interested!

***Please Note: My Publix does HALF price BOGOs, they accept Target, Kroger, and Ingles coupons as their competitors, and they also double coupons. Per Publix's coupon policy, if you have a BOGO manu coupon, you are allowed to use a money off coupon on the one you have to buy unless otherwise stated.

I have set up direct links to the coupons when I could. I also use Facebook coupons and suggest getting one and just using it to print coupons if you don't want to be on Facebook. Please also be aware that you can print Coupons.com and Coupon Network coupons directly from my blog now! :)

Tyson Fun Nuggets on sale @ $4.99
= $3.99

Hormel Sliced Pepperoni @ $1.99
= $0.44

8 Betty Crocker Packaged Potatoes @ $1.55
- 8 $1/1 Stopping In, Stock Up Flyer (exp 9/30)
- 4 $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes from 9/9 SS
= $0.40 or $0.05 each!

4 Farm Rich Appetizers (Review and Giveaway Coming Soon! :]) @ BOGO $5.99
- 2 $3/2 Farm Rich Product IP (you can print 2 per zip code!: 90210, 63115, 85254, 14760 - I personally printed 3 but decided against using all the ink)
= $5.98 or $1.50 each

2 Gerber Graduates Melts @ 2/$5
- 2 $1/1 Gerber Yogurt Melts Snack IPs (this one has reset and I was able to print two from my one comp this time!)
= $3 or $1.50 each

6 Campbell's Chunky Soups @ BOGO $2.49
- 2 $0.50/3 IPs (there is also a $0.50/2 IP here so if your store doubles, it's a better deal!)
= $1.47 or $0.25 each

Publix Sharp Singles @ 2/$5
= $2.50

3 Pillsbury Grands Jr. Biscuit @ $1.49 (I got the wrong ones, the ones on sale are the regular Grands and they would be $0.25 each after coupons.)
= $1.67 or $0.56 each

4 Ben & Jerry's ice cream @ $1.15 (reg price)
- 2 $2/2 Ben & Jerry's or Starbucks items (no size restrictions), Best Meals Happen at Home email
= $0.60 or $0.15 each

4 Danimals Drinkable Yogurts @ BOGO $2.69 (My coupons were for the Crunchers but they were out so they let me substitute, remember to always ask for a raincheck! :])
= $2.38 or $0.60 each

2 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spreads BOGO @ $2.45
- $1/1 Promise, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Brummel & Brown or Country Crock Spread (45 oz.)  Best Meals Happen at Home email (My Publix read this as the two pack is in ONE container, make sure to ask at your store)
= $0.55 MONEY MAKER!

3 Bailey's Coffee Creamer @ $2.19 (reg price)
- 3 $1/1 Bailey's Coffee Creamer from Yellow Advantage Flyer
= $1.62 MONEY MAKER!

2 Pace Picante Salsa @ BOGO $2.79
- 2 $0.40/2 from 8/26 SS
= $1.99

Mount Olive Pickles @ BOGO $2.39
- $1/1 8/26 SS (regional coupon)
= $0.20

Publix Whole Milk
= $3.39 (Not a good price)

2 Nature's Own Butterbread @ BOGO $2.95
= $2.95

2 Publix Italian Salad Blends @ 2/$4
= $4

Minus $5 off $40 Publix Coupon mailed

Total Spent after tax and coupon savings = $33.99
Total Savings = $97.10

Percentage Saved = 74% Savings!

So how did you do? At the bottom of this post is a place for you to show your own brag worthy purchases! If you don’t have a blog or vlog, feel free to leave a comment on this post letting me know how you did shopping this week! Also don't forget to enter my giveaways. :)

New HIGH Value Coupons - Print Before They Are Gone!

Hello Friends! I have been scrambling my BRAIN trying to get the house together and everything packed before we go on vacation. Anyone else ever feel overwhelmed by these thing?
Anyways I randomly came across these coupons and I am pretty excited about them so I thought I would share. :)

$3 off any Burt's Bees Intense Hydration - Super excited about this one with the cold months coming up.

$1 off ANY Reach Total Care Floss - Could make for some FREEbies!

$1 off Soft Scrub Spray - I got some for less than $0.30 at Publix last time this coupon came out!

$0.35/1 Swanson Flavor Boost - makes it $0.79 at Publix after $1/2 Best Meals Happen at Home email

$0.40/3 Campbell's Condensed Soups - It's getting stock up time for soup! Print them before they are gone!

$0.50/1 Yoplait Fruplait Yogurt - Use the $1/2 Best Meals Happen at Home email at Publix makes them $1 each or $0.25 per cup!

$1/1 24 pack or 2 12 pack of Dr. Pepper - RARE! Get it while it's HOT!

These are all from Coupons.com. These are just the ones I liked. To see the complete list, go HERE.

My Most Popular Shopping Trip - 79% Savings

So I haven't posted this here but I thought I would because I posted it on cafemom and mom365's couponing groups and it seems to be very popular. I guess because I paid less than the box of diapers and got more than a box of diapers. :)

October 20, 2011:

for OOP $21.11!!!!

Here's how I did it:

Publix -

Skippy Peanut Butter $1.99 - I had 4 $1 store coupons (I stocked up because the price of peanut butter is going up and we eat it ALL the time)

Honey Nut Cheerio $1.99 - I had one $1 off 2 and one $0.75 off one (we eat this ALL the time too)

Pampers Diapers $29.99 (terrible price) - I had a $10 off coupon P&G sent me when I had issues with some diapers and their tabs ripping off, plus a $5 off store coupon

Pampers wipes $6.71 - FREE WYB Pampers Cruisers in store ad coupon

Covergirl Blushes $3.56 - I had 4 $8/2 Covergirl Face products

DiGorno Cheese BOGO at $4.79 - 2 $2 off any DiGorno product from their facebook plus $1 off competitior coupon

Walgreens -

Cotonelle is on sale for $5 they have an $1 off in their new October booklet. I had bought two packs the day before and received a $3 off catalina (I had a $0.75 off and $3 off any Kimberly-Clark product that day). I used the store, catalina, and another $0.75 off coupon so I only paid $0.60 for one. :D

I'm so excited because I can use everything I purchased from P&G to get a $40 valued Bake ware set with a mail-in rebate (that's why I bought the blushes)! :D

Couponing is hip too!

the crack cocaine of middle aged married American women",
quote from 'smartarse001'
on The Krazy Coupon Lady's youtube page.

I coupon. I'm not ashamed of it. I actually get excited about it and enjoy doing it. I've saved a ton of money for my family in the few weeks I have done it. I'm a twenty five year old stay-at-home mom. I worked a full time job before I had my daughter. So going from two incomes to one income PLUS another person was an adjustment.

I must admit, I got into it because of that show Extreme Couponing on TLC. Yes, I joined the fad. But now I can't believe I didn't do this before and I don't understand why everyone doesn't shop this way! It has been like an extra income for our family.

These are BABY things I got for a GREAT deal:

Countless jars of Beechnut Baby Food plus a box of their cereal for FREE

Our review:
HUGE FAN! I can not say enough great things about this baby food. Perfect texture, tastes good, the only thing is I wish they made some in BPA free plastic containers as in some varieties the metallic lid can make the food taste funny.

Gerber Graduates for FREE

Our review:
She is almost two now and we are STILL huge fans Gerber puffs and crunchies. The veggie and tomato varieties of the crunchies are her favorites and the sweet potato is her favorite of the puffs! :)

4 Beechnut Toddler Mini Meals for FREE

Our review:
Not a fan which is sad to say because she loved their actual baby food and loves the fruities now. Sweet Pea didn't care for them and I didn't care for the texture. They are suppose to be stage 4 (whatever they means) but stage 3 Gerber baby food has a thicker texture. The 'macaroni and cheese' were runny and hardly had any noodles. I wouldn't even buy these again if they were free, except to donate. And maybe not even then because I don't want the company thinking people like these. :/

Tons of FREE Huggies wipes!

Our review:
A HUGE fan! I like these way more than Pampers. Yes, Pampers are softer but they take a TON to get everything clean. And yes I may get them super cheap after coupons, but I still care about where my money goes. We give Huggies wipes TWO Mommy thumbs and two baby thumbs up! ;)

MULTIPLE Playtex sippy cups for FREE
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Our review:
LOVE THESE CUPS! They were the only ones that helped my sweet pea easily adjust to using a sippy cup. They have a softer spout than some of the options out PLUS they have great easy to grip handles.

Why WOULDN'T I coupon? :D

*Disclosure: Although I offer reviews here, I was in NO WAY endorsed in ANY way. These are my opinions and I am sharing of my own free will. Thanks!*

Publix is getting ready for school, are you?

Can you believe it's already time to think about getting the kids ready for back to school?! CRAZY! My Mother-in-law said she has only 10 days left! So if you are on a budget (and who isn't these days) then check out some of the deals I found online for Publix!

Elmer’s School Glue, 4 oz, 33¢
-.75/2 Elmer’s School Glue, Glue-All, or Glue Sticks, Upromise eCoupon
(makes it 4¢ ea.) Thanks, SouthernSavers

Elmer’s School Glue Sticks, 3 pk, 66¢
-.75/2 Elmer’s School Glue, Glue-All, or Glue Sticks, Upromise eCoupon
(makes it 28¢) Thanks, SouthernSavers

Scotch 5″ Scissors, 1 ct., at $1.99 (99¢)
Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Scotch Adult scissors, Smart Savings booklet (EXP 07/18)
Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Scotch scissors on-line coupon
(makes it FREE) Thanks, SouthernSavers

Upromise cards are located in the lobby of any participating Publix. You have to go online ahead of time and add the coupons to your account. You can also save 10% towards college savings!

If I find anymore, I'll keep you posted! :D

Crazy Couponer: Ronzoni Deal

So yesterday I went grocery shopping and before I went I checked out KrazyCouponLady.com.

Kroger was having a deal on Ronzoni where they were $0.99. BUT they were part of a mega event where if you bought 10 you got them for $0.49. There were coupons (HERE and HERE) for a dollar off when you bought 2. That's right I made $0.10!!! :D

I got all the Quick Cook ones they had left. lol Clearly other people noticed the deal. :)