My name is Laura and I am addicted to coupons.  I have never been a coupon user before.  And the more I use them the more I realize how much money I have been wasting all these years!  There are a few things that I didn’t know about coupons that I have recently learned.

1–Lots of places that you wouldn’t expect take coupons.  Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreen’s and of course Target, Walmart, etc.  Even gas stations will take coupons!

2–You can use coupons on clearance items (unless otherwise stated).  I always assumed that if something was on clearance that I couldn’t use a coupon on it but most places will let still let you use coupons on those items.   They are not losing any money–they still get paid by the manufacturer for those coupons.

3–Kroger’s and Martin’s will double coupons.

4–You can use coupons on Buy One Get One Free items.  So if you have two coupons for the same item and it’s BOGO free (such as Breyer’s ice cream–that is one that is frequently on sale at Food Lion) you can use both coupons and save even more money! 

5–You can ‘stack’ coupons.  For instance, let’s say you have a Target store coupon for $1 off of Lysol.  You also have a $1 off Lysol manufacturer’s coupon that you found in the paper.  Target will allow you to use both coupons on one product!

6–Most stores will take coupons printed off the internet.  Some won’t, but I use them at Food Lion and CVS without any problems.

As far as finding coupons, I use google a lot!  When I find something I need and don’t have a coupon for it, I just google “huggies coupons” or “printable huggies coupon” for example.  I am usually able to find several coupons this way.  I don’t subscribe to the paper but I do buy the local Sunday paper every week as well as the Washington Post.  However, I realized that buying the Post was going to cost my over $100 a year.  So I have started looking through the recycling bin at work for coupons.  (I also look in the bottom of the paperbox when I buy my weekly paper because a lot of people toss their coupons at the bottom!). 

I bought some baseball card plastic organizer sleeves to keep my coupons.  I put them in a 2 inch binder.  It makes it very easy to sort through and find what I need.  It is also easy to go through and pull out expired coupons.  I take my binder right in the store with me.

I have a few links on my sidebar of different places to find coupons.  I have signed up for coupons at a lot of different places on the net and get tons of e-mails with coupons included.  I would highly recommend that you set up a separate e-mail account if you do sign up for a lot of internet coupons because you will get overloaded with e-mails!  I sometimes get over 50 in one day.  But I have found some very good deals by sorting through them! 

Here is a link I just found to some more coupon tips!

Happy couponing! 

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3 Responses to “Couponing”


  1. 1 Heather March 9, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Laura,
    I was reading Aaron’s blog for church and when I finished I saw Steph’s photos on your blog (gorgeous, by the way) and then I got here. Well, you can imagine my excitement at this blog!!! As you know, I’m a serious money-saver/environmentally friendly person!! I even take bottles out of the trash cans at work and put them into the recycling bins because my dumb coworkers are to lazy to walk a few extra steps.

    You should check out mypoints.com. They send you all these emails but all you have to do is click on them and it gives you 5 points. Then just close the window…it’s lots of emails but they add up and it just takes a minute to click on the emails and delete them. I also do surveys that mypoints has sent me…I signed up for another survey site and they already sent me $10 (sorry, I can’t remember which one it was)!!

    I get the Saturday paper and there’s a lot of stuff that I either don’t use (i.e. diapers) or could get cheaper anyway at Sharp Shopper (i.e. cereal, granola bars, etc.) so I’ll try to remember to bring the ones I don’t use to you on Sundays.

    I’ll have to check out that CVS thing. Too bad I get my Rx in the mail so I can’t use that giftcard deal (but I only pay 2 copays for a 3 mo. supply). I always forget that there is a CVS by the Food Lion behind my house so it would be pretty convenient.

    Well, welcome to the world of buying everything on sale and having a surplus of everything! I have a cabinet full of toothpaste, etc. and I always have a lot of food…even an extra freezer full! But I save SO MUCH in the end and it’s fun being creative and making stuff out of what I have. Yesterday I made Jambalaya (including sausage, chicken, and shrimp) for less than $5…and it made a whole crock pot full!!

    Well, back to my diet of water and cranberry juice…congrats on coming over to the “dark side” (although I think it’s bright side) of couponing!!

  2. 2 naturemadelisa April 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hi, Just wanted to let you know of a freebie and wanted to know the best way to do it!

  3. 3 lsaufley April 29, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Hey Lisa! Send me an e-mail at lsphotos@yahoo.com! I’d love to hear about it. I love free stuff!


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