Welcome to the Couponing Tree!
Our goal is to simplify the “art” of couponing! We will help you save by sharing the best deals of the week, pointing you to printable coupons when available, and telling you which manufacture coupons are out there! We will also direct you to any store coupons available so that you can stack those and turn your weekly deals into big $avings for your family.
If you are NEW to Couponing or want to Learn the Basics, check out our new series on Becoming a Couponer!
Being a “couponer” is more than just clipping out a few coupons from the Sunday paper and remembering to use them the next time you shop! Couponing also involves watching the weekly ads from your local grocers and/or drug stores each and every week. We have links on our menu bar pointing to a few of our favorite places to shop, and listing their weekly ads and deals! The HOT HOT HOT section, found on the menu bar, can point you to some really hot deals–so check back often.
If you are new to couponing, read our “coupon language,” and “couponing tips” pages. Also get to know your favorite store’s coupon policy. By knowing which coupons they allow and their other coupon rules, you will know how to plan better and will see your savings grow.
We know that $aving money involves more than just cutting down on your grocery bill each week. Take a look at our household savings information and share your savings tips there as well!
We want to address the term “Extreme Couponing.” An Extreme coupon shopper is one that plans out their shopping trips by looking at the weekly sales and combining coupons with those sales to reach the highest savings. Many of us do have a small stockpile of items in our pantry. This stockpile contains enough of any given product that our family uses, that was purchased at the lowest price possible, so that we do not run out of those products before they go on sale again. Nearly all products will go on sale and will be at their lowest prices at least once every 4-6 weeks. So if my family eats spaghetti once a week, I am going to make sure I have enough pasta and sauce for about 6 weeks. If my family goes through 3 rolls of paper towels in one week, I am going to make sure we have about 18 rolls of paper towels in the stockpile. Some of you may have already seen an episode or two of the TLC program, “Extreme Couponing.” There are some things you need to know if the TV program has motivated you to begin couponing. First, the shopping trips you see on the show are not typical “couponing” trips. They usually show people saving anywhere from 90-96% on their shopping orders. While this is possible on a rare occasion, most couponers find that the average savings over a month is between 50-70%. Second, the show also shows people that have stockpiles of items that are way over the top! Most people do not need their own grocery store in their own home. It is important to remember that most products have a shelf life and clearly the expiration dates should always be watched carefully. Third, the show gives viewers the impression that all stores allow customers to make multiple transactions in one trip and/or to purchase several of the same products and use several same product coupons on the same order. Many of the stores that the shoppers on the TV program have gone to, have admitted that they allowed the shoppers from the show to “bend” the rules! So while it is great that the show may show people that the use of coupons can save your family money, it is important that you know in real life most people do not save 90% on thier orders and do not have huge rooms that are used just for stockpiling!
Please note that we can all learn from sharing with one another. We hope that you will comment on our posts and let us know about deals we have possibly missed. Also let us know if certain deals did not work out for one reason or another. We value your opinions and your knowledge!
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