Extreme Couponing: Do you play “the game”

There’s been a lot of talk about couponing lately. Whether it be on the blogs, on TV, or the recent announcement of Walmart’s Changed Coupon Policy (and Ad Matching), it seems like coupons are all the buzz right now. I must admit that I’ve been watching the ‘Extreme Couponing’ show on TLC. Some people really like this show while others don’t like it so much. One thing that made me watch the show was because I wanted to see how people couponed in real life (albeit a little over the top on the tv show). Since watching a couple of episodes I’ve had this desire to try my own hand at couponing. I don’t want to be extreme by any means, I simply want to learn how to “play the game” and get the items that we need at a really, REALLY low price.

So I first set out with a couple of goals in mind. My main goal is to get whatever items we need for less than a dollar with FREE being ideal.

Then I made myself a little coupon binder, which pales in comparison to the ‘Extreme Couponers’ monster binders. In my coupon binder, I keep my coupons (obviously) and paper to take notes on deals for the week.

Next I started finding coupon blogs that I wanted to learn from. Why coupon blogs? These lovely women & men help me find the best deals. Basically they help take all the hard work out of couponing for me. They typically post daily deals, round up lists, coupon sneak peeks, and shopping scenarios. A few of my fellow Walmart Moms are great couponers and people that I really look up to in the “coupon game”. Below are a few of the blogs that I’ve added to my feed reader to keep me up to date on all the coupon deals at any given time:

Lastly, since I’m such a visual learner I’ve been trying to find videos online that really spell out the coupon game to me. I stumbled upon The Krazy Coupon Ladies YouTube channel after seeing her on the Extreme Couponing show. I think her YouTube channel is great because it really breaks down the how-to’s of couponing, helping me learn a lot.

I may not be the best couponer (and yes this is probably my bazillionth time trying to learn how to coupon), but I’m learning (slowly) and trying to stick with it. Couponing does take a lot of work and discipline from what I’ve learn so far. And as I learn more about couponing, I’ll be sure to share any updates with you guys as well.

I’m curious, Do any of you like to coupon? Tell us your couponing story in the comments.



  1. Teralyn
    May 15, 2011 / 7:41 am

    I coupon. I also just picked it up again after a two year coupon hiatus. I use a binder. My mom uses a box. I try to always keep my binder with me or in my car.
    Sunday morning is usually when I clip, organize, remove expired stuff and plan a shopping trip.
    My goal, like your is centered around stuff I will use. But also if a product is free and nonperishable and not used by me I plan on donating it to the church.
    When your write stuff up at tax time you write off retail price, not the price paid.

    Thanks for the blogs. I'll check them out


    • May 15, 2011 / 8:00 pm

      thank you for sharing your coupon story. Great advice! I had a small organizer I used to use to keep coupons with me in my purse but it looks as if I've missed placed it. Going to have to find another one at the dollar store so I can always have coupons on hand.

  2. Erin
    May 15, 2011 / 11:15 pm

    After learning that our family income would be less (after hours being cut and some other unfortunate things), I was forced to re-evaluate some of our spending habits. First up was things I could control…being groceries – so, I cut our weekly budget by almost half, (ending up to be $60, which I hardly ever come close to that). I've noticed that specific lists make a big difference, as well as paying attention to the stores' sales (I shop at WalMart and Giant, but am definitely not opposed to snagging a deal if I end up in a different store). My daughter has some dietary specialties, so those are a challenge, but with a little extra work, it's possible to even get her stuff cheaper!

  3. Erin
    May 15, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    …(my comment was a little long..)
    I've also discovered that having a pretty good freezer is helpful, as the "clearance" meat doesn't actually have anything wrong with it…and throwing it in the freezer until you need/want to use it makes life a lot easier, especially with a 20 month old and a 5 and a half year old!
    I do have a coupon binder, broken down into a bunch of different sections – I'm one of those people that's OCD about organization and lists and everything – and it's become something I'm extremely proud of!
    Good luck with getting into couponing, it's made a big difference in paring down my grocery spending…and it's fun getting creative with all the different things I bring home that were cheaper than most people pay!

    • May 15, 2011 / 11:27 pm

      Loved your long comment! I agree about the extra freezer. We have a deep freezer and I always gravitate towards the marked down meats first. Thanks for the encouragement! You are an inspiration as well!!!

  4. May 16, 2011 / 8:37 pm

    I just started couponing earlier this year, I use the binder method, it took a few tries to get comfortable with the binder, I am now in two seperate binders, one for food items and one for non food. We had to do something to help us deal with all our mouths to feed, less money than we were used to and our mounting debt. We have seen it make a difference, and I get excited when I get to stock up on items we always use and I now pay almost nothing for. I hope you enjoy it and that you find it as benificial as we do. I started blogging about couponing, figured I would share what I have learned, even though I am basically new at it.

    • May 18, 2011 / 10:53 am

      Awesome! I haven't quite figured out what method I want to use as far as going-in-store, but I did pick u a mini organizer to house coupons in my purse when I'm out and about the other day so I'm going to try that first. I'm definitely going to have to check out your blog. I love reading other's coupon stories.

  5. June 3, 2011 / 7:14 am

    I too have decided to give this coupon thing a try. I have watched Extreme Couponers too and don't plan to go near as crazy as some of them do but I do plan on as you say giving the game a try. I think the hardest thing for me is going to be that I live in such a small town.
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  6. June 25, 2011 / 1:47 am

    My story is kind of like yours…after watching the TLC Extreme Couponing show I was intrigued by the TONS of money that people were saving on everyday items!! I was like omg I need to do that. And after browsing the internet I realized that all these other bloggers have done 90% of the work for me! Telling me where to go and what coupons to use…(i'm sure you already know all this, obviously)

    I can say that about a year ago I was like we need to be saving money lets try using coupons and like any amateur couponer I clipped all the coupons I thought we would use and went to the store and felt like I wasn't getting any "good deals" and eventually just gave up and through all the coupons away. So this is take two at trying this couponing thing out.

    Im really trying to save money and get finances/debt under control..we'll see what happens goodluck to everyone!

    • June 25, 2011 / 10:17 pm

      Good Luck to you as well. This is about my second try at attempting the coupon game as well. I think I just needed someone to SHOW me how it is done. Every time I watch the show I'm motivated which is a good thing. Like you, I'm also so very thankful for all the coupon bloggers out there that help make finding the good deals a cinch!

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