Beginners: How to Get Started with Coupons

New to Couponing?
Ms. Couponista is here to help.

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Finding Coupons: See tip: Where Do I Find Coupons? Search the Coupon Database to find coupons for items you like to buy. Plan to get next Sunday’s paper and ask your friends and neighbors for their unused coupon inserts.  Print coupon from these sources:

Get Organized: Consider creating a coupon binder and the $17 Sunday Insert Filing System to organize your coupons. Also, check out the Coupon Wallet – Basic & Deluxe Comparison.

Build Your Custom Shopping List: Saving and shopping has never been easier with Ms. Couponista!  Just find your favorite stores in the list, click the items you want and print your grocery list – it’s that easy!

Learn the Terminology: Review the Coupon Lingo so you can understand the deal match-ups. 

Learn the Ways to Save at these stores:


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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.

3 Responses to Beginners: How to Get Started with Coupons

  1. Sheila says:

    I am slowly trying to coupon (dont need to extreme coupon since there is only 2 of us). I have found tht when I get my flyer/coupons on Sunday and then shop on Monday every item I wish to purchase is gone. The shelves are CLEARED. How can I successfully try couponing when there is no product on the helves??? Very discouraging… SMH

    • Penny Pincher says:

      Hi Sheila, I can definitely understand how discouraging that can be. Most stores offer rain checks valid for 2 weeks to no expiration at all. You are still able to use your coupon along with the raincheck at a later date. Most stores get new shipments in a few times a week as well. One benefit to extreme couponing is that you can start a modest stockpile. It’s just me and my pooch that I shop for, but I try to get things that I know that we use regularly when there’s a good price.

      As some of the more popular sales items go quickly (stores may not have as many in stock, its not always the case that extremers clear the shelves), I would recommend going on Sunday when the sale begins versus Monday if possible. Happy Saving!

  2. Liese Niedermayer says:

    How do I do I separate transactions in order for the process to work? Right after I receive (ECBs for example) or do the transaction with the cashier and leave for another time?

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