About Ms. Couponista

Zadia “Ms. Couponista” Hardy strategically uses coupons to reduce her grocery bill by 60-90% and helps others do the same. Trained in Project Management and Computer Science, Ms. Couponista uses the web to research the best deals on everything from grocery and drug store deals to free samples and entertainment discounts.

Maryland native, Zadia learned her frugal techniques from her family. “As a kid, I clipped coupons with my mom every Sunday. My parents would send me into the store with a list and cash, so I learned the value of a dollar very quickly,” said Zadia.

After facing a job layoff, she had to focus on saving on the necessities. “Unemployment wouldn’t cover all my bills, so I started researching to find sales and matching up coupons to get the best deals. I often get products absolutely free!” Ms. Couponista’s couponing skills have allowed her to collect an impressive stockpile of grocery, household and personal care items. In addition to sharing with her friends and family, she donates items to local food banks and animal shelters.

Zadia’s television and radio appearances include:

She has been featured in The Baltimore Sun and the Maryland Gazette, and served as a guest columnist for Baltimore Examiner Insider Deals.

“I DON’T SPEND MONEY UNLESS I’M SAVING MONEY..and you shouldn’t either.”
Ms. Couponista

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About Ms. Couponista
Ms. Couponista strategically uses coupons to reduce her grocery bill by 60-90% and helps others do the same. She researches the best deals on everything from cheap eats to travel discounts. Ms. Couponista appeared on TLC's 'Extreme Couponing', 'The Price is Right' game show and several local news and radio programs.

14 Responses to About Ms. Couponista

  1. De says:


    I was wondering if you show others how to do this? Is there a couponers glossary? Like what does it mean and how do you get a coupon to double? How do you know ahead of time what catalinas you will get?
    Tried to send this via Contact Us but clicking on the boxes just linked to a picture.

    Thanks and great episode on TLC,
    A newbie

    • Penny Pincher says:

      Thanks De, we had a great time filming the episode!

      Check out the “How to Coupon” section on our site under “Tips”, I think will be very helpful in your coupon journey. http://mscouponista.com/2012/12/beginners-how-to-get-started/ It has links with info on coupon doubling (depending on your area, many major grocery chains double coupons) and a link to the glossary called “Coupon Lingo” is near the bottom. Happy Saving!

  2. Suzanne says:

    Each time I click on any store under store lists I get a message similar to this one, ”
    [sdc_grocery cr_id=’134996′ name=’Kroger – Atlanta Marketing Area’]” and do not see any lists on any stores. This problem just started today, 4/23/14, I was able to see the lists earlier today with no problems. What can I do to see the lists? I’ve already tried different browsers.

    • Ms. Couponista says:

      Hi Suzanne,

      Thanks for letting us know. Please try again now. I think we fixed it. Happy Savings, Ms. Couponista

  3. Liese Niedermayer says:

    I am having withdrawal right now. I have to move – not far but it interrupts my cycle of coupons knowing what what deals are going on. So for now I have to unsubscribe since I cannot focus on it. I’ll be back within 6 weeks. It will be so much fun to save again and quickly too!

  4. Carolyn says:

    Hi Zadia,
    Do you ever offer coupon classes in your area. If So how do we contact you. I have been couponing for a couple of years but will love to learn your method of couponing. My local Kroger just recently announced they will no longer double coupons. Which is a huge blow to couponers. I live in Arkansas but I fly all over the US as I am a airline retiree. I would love to learn your method so I could teach the class to my church members. I help many people now with my couponing but with my home business I do not have the time to keep up with the binders. If you are able to hold a class I myself and several friends would love to attend. Please let me know at my email address. Thanks Carolyn Green

    • Ms. Couponista says:

      Hi Carolyn,

      Sorry to hear about your Kroger – what a bummer! I don’t have any couponing classes scheduled at this time. If you have a proposal you would like to me to consider, you can e-mail mscouponista @live.com.

  5. Carolyn says:

    I have to pass this on about the Head & Shoulders Shampoo that you posted last week. A friend of mine went to a store in a small town in Arkansas. One of the clerks told her that they got a message from their main office telling all the stores to pull all the shampoo off the shelves until the $5.00 coupon expires. The $5.00 off of two made them free. The shampoo was $2.50 each. It is like when the stores realize we have a good deal they pull the product off the Dollar General Store Shelves. The sores do get their money plus some for handling the coupon so why do that to the customers. Do you ever offer coupon classes? I will be in your area soon and would love to come to one of your classes. Thanks .

  6. Kim R. says:

    Just wanted to let you know that Shoppers Food has a $5 off a $25 coupon out on their Facebook page! 🙂 Wanted to share the savings!!

  7. Tiffany says:

    Where did you get your coupon binder shown in your picture above. Plus you had it in your episode of Extreme Couponing? I like it and I looking for something nice i broke my other two binders.

    • Ms. Couponista says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      I don’t use a binder anymore. The item in the picture is a portable pocket file that I picked up at Staples or Office Depot; I only used that for the show.

      Now, I use a coupon wallet and sometimes white envelopes with my stick notes and paper clips.

      Happy Savings,
      Ms. Couponista

  8. Emily says:

    Hi Ms Couponista,
    I had a very strange situation at Walgreens today and I thought I would share with you. I went to walgreens today and picked up 2 mitchum deodorants and 1 cloraseptic spray. I used (2) $1.00 coupons for mitchum and (1) $1.00 coupon for the cloraseptic, I also redeemed $5.00 in points. My total was 2.57 and I was supposed to receive $7.00 in register reward. Well they didn’t print, so the girl called the manager and she proceeded to tell me that the reason was because I used manufacturer coupons and also because I used my points. She said that the rules changed and P&G is allowing them to accept certain amount of money in coupons, and she said that for example the deodorants were 2 for $6.00, so If I used the $1.00 coupon on each I am technically not paying the $6.00 so therefore I am not entitle to the $4.00 register reward. I was speechless, I cannot believe that they would do that. I asked her when did it changed and she said, it just changed and I also asked her so… how are we supposed to know and she said that they are supposed to tell us. She voided my transaction and after doing it again (and didn’t allow me to use my points cause she said that if I did, I would not get the rewards) the register rewards didn’t print anyway and she told the cashier, OH… the catalina machine is off. So she went to another register to print my register rewards. I don’t know what to think…. Have you heard anything? Please let me know. Thanks!

    • Ms. Couponista says:

      Hi Emily,

      That is VERY strange indeed. I haven’t heard anything like that. Considering the that register rewards printed at the other register, I think it was simply an issue with the catalina machine being off. Sometimes I think the store personnel come up with their own theories on why deals will and won’t work.

      I will keep my eyes and ears open for any news on updates to Walgreens policies. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

      Happy Savings,
      Ms. Couponista

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