3 Reasons Saving Money with Coupons is Easier than Ever

by Jennifer Donovan

5 Minutes for Mom contributor Jennifer Donovan has recently tried her hand at couponing. Read about how it’s paid off for her with little effort.

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A couple of weeks ago I was on a movie set visit with some other bloggers. Yes, it’s cool to see Hollywood in action, but I also equally enjoy the opportunity to meet or reconnect with other bloggers or online writers. On this particular trip, I enjoyed a great dinner with several bloggers including Vera Sweeney. The topic of couponing came up, and she said, “It will change your life. I promise you.”

Other People Have Done the Hard Work For You

This is the number one principle that makes couponing easier now than it’s ever been. Vera shared one website with me and another friend shared another one. Find a website you like, and use it. They will give you the offers for that week, good sales combined with good coupons, and list it out for you. Pick and choose what you like.

The sites I’ve used so far are Living Rich with Coupons and Coupon Mom (you have to register, but it’s simple). Take a few minutes to browse and see if it will work for you.

No Clipping Required

This was my big obstacle, because there were times that I printed and sorted coupons and stood in the supermarket fishing through my little coupon organizer only to fish out a coupon that was expired.

If you are using the websites above, they list the deal and the coupon. For example, Kroger has Nature Valley bars on sale, but then she also gives a link right there to an online coupon I can print, and tells me which coupons circulars have Nature Valley coupons (for example, 8/03 SmartSource).

That means that I don’t have to scour the internet for online printable coupons. I only print them when they match up with a sale. I also do not have to clip coupons. I have an expandable file folder, and I will keep the entire coupon book for each week in one tab.

Stack Manufacturer’s Coupons with Store Offers

I think CVS is the best at drawing consumers in with their offers. When the topic came up, I told Vera that I liked the idea of it, and had finally gotten good at using my printed CVS coupons and the bonus bucks my loyalty card earns me, but that was about as far as I had gotten, or honestly as much as I was interested in doing. She told me that it was really easy to work the system at CVS, stacking their coupons with manufacturer’s coupons and extra bucks. She frequently posts her bargain hauls on her youtube channel. You can watch her introductory video about How to Coupon at CVS for more information.

I love that I can save a good bit money on items I need without being extreme.

Do you coupon? Why or why not? Is it for the thrill? The needed financial savings? Does anything in this post change your mind?



Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Tanya August 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I love couponing. I don’t to anything extreme but saving 20bucks on my shopping trip is well worth it to me :)

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2 Jennifer Donovan August 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I know! I got really excited when just one week after I started, I also used some special (and really good) coupons that were from a new grocery store opening and saved an additional $10 on top of the other digital and manufacturer’s coupons!

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3 Susan August 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm

I wish we had CVS in Canada… I always think I should start couponing, but it does seem overwhelming. I also don’t think it works as well in Canada… I should try though.

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4 Jennifer Donovan August 28, 2014 at 8:06 am

I think it does work well for household items like cleaning supplies and drug and beauty items, and so the CVS perks really make it all add up.

I am getting a little addicted. I made a last-minute stop to pick up some stuff for my grandmother and ended up getting my daughter some granola, which she had been asking for, but it sort of plagued me, thinking that I might have a coupon back at home ;)

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5 Rosie August 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I do use coupons, and I also like CVS that with some efforts, you can really save!!!

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6 Tammy S August 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I love couponing! I use a lot of electronic coupons and sites to help me find the deals. It is so much easier that they do all the hard work. Thanks for the tip on the two sites. I will have to check the out.

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7 DEBIJOT August 30, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Couponing is second nature to me. I have been couponing for years. Combining sales with store coupons and mfg. coupons can’t be beat.

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8 Kimberly August 30, 2014 at 11:05 pm

I dabble in couponing and get excited when I get a good deal via coupons. I would love to take the time to really put into it, but there are so many other things that need my attention. I hadn’t heard of Living Rich with Coupons though, so I will check that site out. Thanks!

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9 Liza Ramsey August 31, 2014 at 1:33 am

I used to coupon a lot but started slacking. I really need to get back into it because think of all the money I’m not saving!

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10 katklaw777 August 31, 2014 at 4:51 am

I have been stacking coupons for 20 years…great way to save!

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11 Marlena U. August 31, 2014 at 8:33 am

I love to coupon at Target! Stacking coupons, using Cartwheel and saving 5% with a REDcard!

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12 vickie couturier August 31, 2014 at 10:31 am

I always try to use coupons when sales are going on

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13 Sonya Morris August 31, 2014 at 10:37 am

I love using coupons! I don’t really do the extreme couponing but I print coupons for items we use or want to try. It has saved us a lot of money over the years by using them and shopping the specials.

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14 Kathy stevenson August 31, 2014 at 3:12 pm

I love using coupons and target is the best for stacking!

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15 Nicole August 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I love using coupons! I love online coupon codes better or store programs where you can clip online. Makes it so much easier.

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16 Emily Smith August 31, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I always check my favorite blogs before planning my shopping trip. I’ve saved so much money and have learned a trick or two to figuring out my own deals. :)

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17 CR Williams August 31, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Thanks for this great information, coupling tend to be annoying to me.

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18 Barbara Platt August 31, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I wish I could save like others do but I can’t get out like others do

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19 Cheryl September 1, 2014 at 6:12 am

CVS is still my favorite store to save at, even tho the deals are not what they used to be and you have to work harder to save.

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20 Tiffany DeOs September 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I really need to get back into couponing. Thanks for the nudge.

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21 anne September 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm

An excellent feature which interests me.

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22 Mimi B September 2, 2014 at 12:00 am

I need all the help I can get! I used to use coupons all the time and just slacked off. Finding time to clip them, but I should find apps to help me out more! I need to plan a LOT better!

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23 Cheryl Free September 2, 2014 at 2:15 am

I coupon to save money. There are tons of coupon blogs worth following besides the two you mention.

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24 Cynthia C September 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

Coupons have saved me money for years but I don’t use them as often as I should. I need to be better organized.

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25 Meagan bs September 2, 2014 at 10:43 am

i only coupon when i have one for something specific, i wish i could do it more but i just can’t find the time or patience for it.

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26 Sarah L September 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

No CVS in Colorado. I like that you don’t have to clip from the paper any more.

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27 Da-Hedgehogi September 3, 2014 at 12:19 am

I need to get back into using coupons again. I will have to check out the sites you mentioned above. I do it for the thrill mostly and just because I want to save a little.

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28 Kate F. September 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I love coupons. I don’t go to extremes, but I do use them frequently.

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29 Dana Rodriguez September 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

I use coupons a lot but I don’t “extreme coupon”.

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30 Dandi D September 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

These are some really great tips for people who really want to get into couponing!

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31 Helen September 5, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Stacking coupons is a great way to save. I love to do it, but I have to be in the mood to sit down and get everything straight ahead of time.

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32 Laura J September 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Oh great tips! We have been running so short each month, and have really been trying to use coupons as much as possible and stock up on items we use often when they are at a low price. I love when you can stack the coupons!

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33 Sindy Murray September 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I love coupons. I try to combine manufacturer coupons with store sales. I also use ibotta, saving star and checkout 51.

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34 Tammy Woodall September 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I used to sit with the Sunday paper and clip coupons what seemed like hours. Thankfully, that is a thing of the past. Getting coupons has never been easier. Thank goodness.

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35 Jennifer B September 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

I love using coupons and saving money

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36 Amanda Sakovitz September 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

I love stacking coupons for additional savings!

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37 Jill Myrick September 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm

We have been couponing for years and love it. Anything that I can save off of the budget for groceries goes into a home fund which adds up petty quickly and we use that money for things like remodeling the bathroom etc.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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38 Thomas Murphy September 20, 2014 at 2:00 am

I love saving money with coupons!

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39 Rachel Ellis Freer September 20, 2014 at 3:57 am

I love that there are websites that do the work for me! I have tried cutting coupons and figuring it out myself and failed miserably! I am going to have to check out these sites!

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