Extreme Couponing – Tips for Beginners (Top Coupon Deals!)

This Wednesday the new 12 week series, Extreme Couponing, begins on TLC.  When the original one-hour special premiered in December, I shared my thoughts in this post.  Well, now that it is a regular series, there will be lots of people wondering how they can get in on these deals and, while it takes a lot to get to the point of these extreme (yes they really are extreme) couponers, there are some basic things you can do to start saving a LOT of money and begin to build your own stockpile.

UPDATE:  Since posting this earlier this week, I have found out that a lot of you would like some very specific step-by-step instructions as to how to go about saving big money with coupons.  Go ahead and continue reading below for some general coupon info and also a few specific deals to get you started but then, starting this afternoon, look back here for links to individual Couponing 101 posts (find them at the end of this post.)

I will start addressing particular deals below, but before we get to the deals, a few basic things you need to know are that besides gathering coupons from your Sunday paper (and by the way, you can always get a preview of which coupons will be in the following week’s paper at  Sunday Coupon Preview), you can also print lots of coupons online at Coupons.com and Red Plum.  You can also buy extra Sunday newspaper coupons from CouponDede.com (this is one of the biggest strategies of extreme couponers!)

Walmart

Over the next few months, as I post deals that are examples of how you can use coupons to get items for free or even better than free, I will link them up here so you can have a simple reference guide of how you can go about coupon deals to make the most of your money.   

NOTE:  For up-to-the-minute deals, be sure to keep up with regular new posts here at Thrifty Jinxy, like Thrifty Jinxy on Facebook, or sign up to receive updates via e-mail.  We also have a private Facebook group you can join!

(Please note the original publish date on each of these links as you read them as they may no longer be active! Click HERE to see the most recent coupon info.) 


Walgreens Freebie and Cheapie Coupon Deals December 29 to January 4

Get Up to $250 in Betty Crocker Coupons PLUS a Monthly FREE Sample!

High Value $2 Snickers or Milky Way Bites Printable Coupon

$.36 Money Maker on McCormick Spices at Walmart

$2/1 Lindt Chocolate Truffles + UPR Promo = 2 FREE at Rite Aid!

Get Personalized Coupons to Kmart and Sears

Free C&H Light Sugar Packets, 40 count at Walmart!

Edge Shave Gel and Razor only $.61 Each with BOGO Coupon at Walmart!

$.50/1 Snuggle Dryer Sheets + $.75/1 All Detergent + Target Coupon = $.87 Each at Target!

New Printable Snack Pack Pudding Coupon = $.66 per 4-pack at Walmart!

Organic, Natural, Best Green & Gluten-Free Coupons and Deals Round-Up

Printable Kellogg’s Cereal Coupons

Save Money for College Doing Your Regular Grocery Shopping with Upromise

FREE $10 Gift Card Bonus from Ebates – Target, Barnes & Noble, Home Depot or Magazines.com

Earn FREE High Value/Free Coupons from RecycleBank

New Printable Coupons at Target

Earn Extra Grocery Money From Home with Online Surveys

 

Join in our Couponing 101 series and learn to coupon like the experts! 

 Couponing 101 – A Step by Step Guide for Beginners: Lesson 1 – Where to Find Coupons

 Couponing 101 – A Step by Step Guide for Beginners: Lesson 2 – Know Your Coupon Basics & Your Local Store Policies 

Couponing 101 – A Step by Step Guide for Beginners: Lesson 3 – How to Organize Your Coupons

Couponing 101 Reader Question: “Can I Use More than One Coupon on the Same Item?”

Couponing 101 Reader Question: “What to Do When the Store is out of your “Deal” Item”

Shop Your Way Personal Shopper Program

 

Comments

  1. Just wanted to say thank you for this awesome site and all the great tips you’ve provided! I’m one of those people who saw the first Extreme Couponing episode on TLC and was totally fascinated but thought, “I can’t spend the kind of time they do on couponing, so I guess it’s not for me.” But like most people my family needs to save money wherever we can, so I did some research and landed here. The tips and resources you’ve posted here really broke down the process for me and gave me simple ways to save money.

    Now I’m saving coupons and using them with sales at stores in my area. Starting small right now but I’m already excited to see the big percentage I’ve saved on the small number of items. I’ll definitely be returning to Thrifty Jinxy regularly and passing it on to friends and family! Thanks SO much for teaching regular people like me how to save $ on so many different things!

  2. Thanks for your comment, Amanda. I’m so glad you have found the information useful and have already begun to put it into practice. Good luck and keep up the good work!

    Chrysa

  3. Hi Chrysa,

    Love the site – ‘specially the timely links! Got my younger sister hooked on what we call XQ (extreme couponing)!!

    Anyway – just a note for all you office gals, crafter, teachers, moms w/ kids, and anyone who just likes tape: Scotch brand has printable coupons (good till 6/30) for $1.00 off one roll of Scotch Magic tape. Staples has the new designer series Scotch Magic tape (3/4″ x 300″, hot pink, purple and neon green dispenser) for 99¢ each.

    I not only got each roll for FREE, but the coupon paid 1¢ of my sales tax!

    ❤ (((hugs)))

  4. Can you give me a tip on how to find coupons for the specific items I buy? I notice that a lot of coupons are the same thing every month but not a lot of things that I buy so it keeps me from saving like I would like to. What do I need to do?

  5. Your best option is to branch out and not only look at coupons in the newspaper, but also online printable coupons, coupons available from companies on Facebook, etc. If there are certain products you use regularly call or e-mail the manufacturer and ask if they have coupons available. Many times they will actually send you coupons and at times they might even include a coupon for a free item.

  6. Thanks for the great tips on ‘extreme couponing’ I am VERY new at this and to be quite honest am just now really considering to do this. I’m a single mother of two children and while watching the shows on TLC I often have to wonder are these people shopping for a week or do they go once a month? I could not imagine spending 7 hours in a store! AND how in the heck do they get all this stuff home? lol So please I need to know am I going to be making weekly or monthly trips to the stores? Should I stockpile a month of coupons at first THEN go to the stores or should I cut out coupons this Sunday and go then? AND another question Where I live I have an Aldis where I can get generic green beans for $.59 (for example) a can would it be just cheaper to go there or coupon w/ Green giant coupons. Im hoping I am making sense I have so many questions in my head that Im trying to sound sensible LOL…

    Thanks!

  7. Hi, Wendy. After you start couponing for a while, you will determine the best method for YOU. But, in general it is best to go to the store each week. That’s because each week there will be different sales and the way to maximize your coupon usage is to only buy items that are on sale AND have a coupon. For some items you may be able to get a better price at Aldi’s, but at times you will be getting a better deal with the regular grocery store sale price combined with a coupon. The key is to maximize those sales and to stockup up at the super-cheap price so you won’t have to buy the item again until the next great sale comes along.

  8. Ok now that I’m going to start this I have another quick question. I have a $2.00 off manufacturers coupon for any Aleve liquid gels 40ct or larger; I found an instant value coupon on Walgreen’s site for $3.00 off Aleve liquid gels 80 ct. may i use them together? Are instant value and manufacturers coupons the same? Can i use them even though the instant coupon states ‘not valid with any other offer’? Thanks for patience while I learn this :)

  9. Yes, the Walgreens Instnat Value Coupon is a store coupon and you can combine a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon, so you can use both together.

  10. If I have two coupons for buy 3 boxes of cereal and save $1.10, can I use both coupons on the one purchase and save $2.20 on 3 boxes of cereal? The coupons are the exact same coupons. Thanks I’m a beginner couponer :)
    Kristi

  11. Hi, Kristi. No, you wouldn’t be able to use both coupons. It’s one coupon per item. Since your coupon is for $1 off 3, you would need to buy 3 items. To use 2 of them you would need to buy 6. Hope that helps!

  12. Anonymous says:

    i see that on extreme couponing alot of times they stockpile an item,for example,one couple had pallets of 2 liter soda’s.now they must have gotten them nearly free becuase they had carraiges full of groceries,and they needed assistance getting the soda to the car,and their bill was really really low.in order to do this,do you need to have lets say 70 different coupons for the same item?if so,how do they get that many coupons for one item?kind of confused,would apreciate any insight,thank you…sincerly.new at couponing

  13. Anonymous says:

    I would love to learn to do this But I live in Northern California and no-one doubles coupons anywhere.. How would this work then??

    • While it’s easier to get great deals with double coupons, it’s not necessary. For examples, look at some of our deals listed in the coupon category to see deals you can get at national stores like Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Enjoying the site, and I’m also new to extreme couponing, also enjoy TLC’s show, I even live within blocks from one of the grocery stores that has been seen a couple of times on the show. Like anonymous from the May 6,2012 @ 11:44pm I am also curious about the same thing,and noticed that there was not a reply to her question. I am assuming that its all about getting multiple coupons for the same deal to get that quantity, so then is it really about getting multiples of the same coupon?

  15. Hi, my name is Mary just came upon this site and glad I did. Been wanting to do extremee couponing but had no idea how to do this. I spend alot of time on my computer so can do some research the things you have provide. How do you know if stores will let us double couponing? Need to learn more, thanks so much for the help and I will return to your site Do you know what time couponing is on Wed nights?

  16. Hi, Mary. Thanks for visiting. You will need to check with your local stores to see whether they double coupons. You can ask them about their other coupon policies as well. I don’t think there are new episodes of Extreme Couponing right now, but you can check TLC.com to find out when it will be airing.

  17. I have been thinking about couponing for awhile now. Just never really knew how to get started. I have found your site extremely helpful. But I do have a question for you. If I have a coupon for $1 off three boxes for cereal and I also have a different coupon for $1.50 off three boxes of cereal for the same brand can I use it for the same three boxes or would I have to get six boxes in order to use both coupons? Look forward to your feedback.

    Sincerely,
    Jessica

    • Hi, Jessica. Thanks for visiting. If you wanted to use both of those coupons mentioned, you would have to buy 6 boxes. Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions!

  18. What if I have a manufacturer’s coupon and a Target only coupon would I be able to use both coupons on one item? I’m very new to this. Still trying to figure out exactly how it all works.

    Sincerely,
    Jessica

  19. Hi i was just wanting to know how do get started its all very confusing to me. But would love to do it!!!
    TIA

  20. I would love to learn how to get started with Extreme Couponing can someone give a little example on how to get started.

    Thanks

  21. Angela Galias says:

    Hi,

    I’am one of the million added fun of Extreme Couponing on TLC here in the Philippines. I really enjoyed watching American people who saved lot’s of $ for their daily expenses.
    Hoping to experience same excitement and happiness like you guys. ♥

  22. Ellen Howardy says:

    This site is very helpful. I’m 21 years old and just found out I am expecting a baby soon and my boyfriend is the only one with a job at the moment. I feel like extreme couponing with be a great hobby for me while I’m going through this pregnancy. Also, it would be a blessing for us to be able to save some money on groceries! I need all the tips and information about extreme couponing I can get. This site has helped out a lot!

  23. Lisa Jacobs says:

    Having trouble finding a store that doubles coupons by brainerd. Does anyone know any close ????? Duluth? , St.Cloud?, Little Falls?

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