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The Complete Idiots Guide to Couponing!

Hey Neighbors!

Here is a great book, that I am sure many of you will be interested in. I personally am so excited over this book!  In our family my daughter (27) does most of the couponing for our family of eight.  We seriously could use some help and hints and what do you know, The Complete Idiots Guide to Couponing ($16.95) has just what we need.  Especially with today's economy this would be a great addition to anyone's library.

Presently we use coupons when they are convenient, or they are on a product we really like, but after reading this book, I realize there is so much more we could be doing to help lower our grocery bill.  You don't have to be a genius to use this book.  It starts out very simply and leads you right along.  If you already use coupons, and just need some extra tips, just move on to the chapter you are interested in, but I do suggest that you read the whole book.

The author of the book Rachel Singer Gordon writes the popular couponing blog  Rachel is the author of nine other books.  She teaches couponing and "saving online" classes in the Chcagoland area, averaging several classes a month.

I am sure we have all read stories of the supermom who comes out of the grocery store with a full shopping cart of groceries for just a few dollars.  Now, I don't ever expect to be that good, but I do believe reading this book will bring about some major changes in my shopping.  The book covers so many different topics, from planning and organizing to saving online.  How to know if a sale price is really a good buy, and then how to add coupons on top of the sale price.

There is a whole chapter on Debunking Couponing Myths.  True or False: Couponing takes too much time?  Or how about "Couponing leads to hoarding".  The author proves these and many other myths to be false.

Another chapter I really enjoy is the Planning Your Shopping Trips, which covers Price Matching.  We have just recently started this ourselves so we don't have to run to every store in town.  Very tiring!  We have two stores that price match as long as it is the same exact product and not a coupon for a product.

One neighbor will receive a copy of The Complete Idiots Guide to Couponing.  (Open to USA and Canada)

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Don't clip them until you need them! I use to determine my list each week and what coupons will be needed.
Kimberly said…
I keep my coupon binder in my car so I always have it with me
Brandi Elam said…
Don't get overwhelmed. You don't have to go to every store to score every deal. Pick a store or two and clip the coupons for those deals only. It's also not "saving money" if you use coupons to buy things you won't ever use, so be smart about what you buy.
Marisa said…
I'm just starting to try to use coupons more efficiently, but I would love to reduce our grocery bill for our family of 5.
Nancy said…
When there are several coupon inserts in the Sunday newspapers, buy several extra copies of the paper.

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I only buy as much as I need for my family until the next coupon comes out (about every 3 months) there is no reason to have 100 deodorants in your stockpile just because you got them for a few cents

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Sandra K321 said…
I make my grocery list up from the sales circulars then I look for online coupons to use.
Donna said…
we keep them unclipped in date order in a stack. Makes it easier. Clipping takes a lot of time and if you are not using them all then it is a waste plus it is easier to organize and find them by date.
I would desperately love to learn the secrets behind couponing, my tip is to use coupons where there allow double coupons!
degood said…
I keep my coupons with me all the time because I never know when I might run accross a sale that will be better with my coupons.
Unknown said…
I would say organize them by the exp dates or just keep them unclipped and circle the dates.
bettycd said…
You hear the term 'overwhelm' so often when people talk about couponing. I do clip them immediately, but only the ones that I expect to purchase. Those join the very small amount of coupons that go in my purse. When moved by a great deal I will sort out other coupons.
Amanda said…
Always keep your coupons with you because you never know when you might need them : )
latanya t said…
You do not have to always buy a product just because you have a coupon for.
slb3334 said…
I am just starting and would like to save some money.
Krabbman said…
A great tip is to find what works for you, BUT whatever your method...BE CONSISTENT.
make sure to get the smaller size with a big coupon
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Mosaic317 said…
Don't buy what you don't need, BUT if you can get something for free and you don't need it, donate it to the local food bank.

mosaic317 at gmail dot com
Jessica A said…
I use a according folder with individual compartments, each one is labled for different departments.
cswoveland said…
I have to start couponing I am low inncome and have 5 people in my house so I need all the tips I can get. (fb)shelly bradbury swoveland
Paulette H said…
I received some coupons for free candy bars from an online sweepstakes. I am using them when the candy bars are Buy 1 Get 1 Free, so that I get two free each time instead of one!
Dawn Reid said…
I keep my coupons with me in my purse or other bag
Jeni said…
I just started have to start saving money because we r going to have a large medical bill when my 13 year old daughter has a double lung transplant.
Anonymous said…
i want to coupon because i need to cut my expenses
Tonya Dean said…
My sister started using coupons a couple of months ago and she has save a lot of money. I want to learn how to do that.

TDurant said…
I have seen all the new buzz about couponing and understand how helpful the process is. I would love to learn!
annies home said…
at the beginning stages and looking forward to saving money
adf said…
I just started. I started becaue I want to save money
susan1215 said…
I want to start couponing to save money

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daveshir2005 said…
I would like to start couponing because I know I am spending way too much.

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