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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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I’m excited to share with you guys a new opportunity to learn how to save money!!  Next week I’ll be attending a conference in New York and while I’m there I will be giving a 30 minute Extreme Couponing 101 session.  It will be all tips and tricks for savings in the grocery store.  The fun part… the session will be live streamed to the web!  That means all of you guys can watch and learn from the comfort of your own home (I know coming to NYC would be more fun, but that’s a little pricey).  The workshop will be Thursday 10/13, at 3:15 eastern time, I’ll post a link to it right before we start so you can find it.

To make it even more fun, you can follow along on twitter and ask questions!  This is my first ever live web moment so I’m giddy just thinking about it.  Another fun incentive… if you do follow along next week on twitter, we’ll be giving away an iPad2 at the end of the livestreaming session!  Make sure to RSVP for the event so you are eligible to win.

To lead up to all the fun, tomorrow night I would love for you to join me for a twitter party co-hosted with  Savings.com.  We are going to talk about living a more saving-focused lifestyle.  They have a $200 in gift cards they will giveaway during the party too!  The fun starts at 9 pm eastern, RSVP for the twitter party.

If you aren’t on twitter, use tomorrow nights party to get your feet wet so that you are able to ask questions during and after next weeks class.

I also need your help:
If you have been to one of my in person workshops, you know that it’s basically impossible for me to get everything about saving money on groceries in 30 minutes.  Seriously.  I need some ideas of what you would really want me to cover in this session.  Leave a comment, shoot me an email, leave a message on facebook whatever is easier for you, and let me know what are the most confusing things for you.  Or maybe something that you learned that I should definitely be sure to include to help others.  Any feedback would be awesome!

    • Anonymous

      Please make sure you share that in order to save money….you only need to buy the things that you actually need and things that you will use. BE REALISTIC WHEN SHOPPING FOR DEALS AND USING COUPONS. Please emphasize that just because you can get it for free, doesn’t mean that you should. Let’s not move from learning to save and stock up to the show HOARDERS.  LOL!

      • Anonymous

        I mostly agree -but if I can get an item that I won’t use for free + overage and use the overage towards items I use then I do it. For example, last week I used the $6/2 Schick disposables q at Walmart which gave me $2.06 overage on each coupon used. Our family won’t use those razors but they will be donated in some way. By the way, I only used 2 coupons and didn’t clear the shelves.

        • Anonymous

          Absolutely! If it creates overage yes, but not just to get it for free.

          • C~~

            I agree with partyof3 also, leave some of the items that you don’t use for someone that actually needs them.  A good example, my CVS cashier told me just this weekend that she sees the same lady come in for the diaper deals, and buys lots of diapers each time.  When the cashier asked her about her kids, just being nice, the lady said she didn’t have any, she just likes to buy them just in case since she already has the coupons.  Really??  My children are older now, but I personally think that someone who has babies could actually use these items.  Just my opinion.  Thanks.

            • Smith

              That is sooo crazy! There are diaper coupons every couple weeks and if you don’t have kids. . . . I just don’t get it. I hope that she is donating them at least.

            • C~~

              My thoughts exactly.  :)  

      • Guest3

        I mostly agree also.  Although, if I know a relative or close friend prefers or uses a certain product (like contact lens solution for my SIL, etc.), then I go ahead and clip those coupons and use them if the item will be free or close to free at CVS.  I have learned, however, that if my family nor close relatives & friends do not use certain products (Suave shampoo, for example), I don’t even bother cutting the coupons for those anymore.  Life’s just too busy to clip every coupon or try to get every single deal out there.  This way, I’m not spending money (yes, all those tax cents do add up over time) that isn’t necessary.  Just sayin’……

    • Cheepeepie

      I don’t like Twitter, but for you I’m in! Thanks for the opportunity>

    • Lilunn

      I would like to understand how you get things for free. Thanks to you I have learned about stacking and buying when on sale but I still can’t seem to understand if I just have manufacture coupons how you get it for free other than the lowest price. Or if that is possible and how you get coupons for milk and produce if you can get them. Thanks and I love your weekly match ups they are great for beginners

      • Amanda

        It depends on the sale price & the coupon amount. I got free bags of salad mix a couple weeks ago because they were b1g1 & I had a coupon for a free one, so they were both free (I live in FL where there’s true b1g1). And I got a free whole chicken a while back because of an Earth Fare coupon (used it at Publix though, because they accept it as a competitor).
        Sometimes things are “free” after rewards. Last night I got 4 toothbrushes (2 double packs) for $7.98 minus $4 (2 $2 ea) coupons but then got $4 back in extra care bucks at CVS, so essentially they were free, if you count the ECB.

    • Wlshipley

      Instruct us on how to use printable coupons. How to organize them etc. Why are they needed if you have other manufactures coupon ? In others words you cannot use them with newspaper coupons, so why hurry and print them?

      • Couponmom

        Maybe this will help you…
        Sometimes the printables are actually a higher value/better coupon than what us in the paper. Also, if it happens to be the same as what you got in the newspaper, then you can use an extra few printables to pick up and ‘stock up’ when then prices are super low. Thus, building your stockpile to carry you until that item goes on sale again.

    • Smith

      Understanding the Pharmacy Rewards programs and how they work with coupons and also all the online “e-coupons”(Saving Star, Cellfire), where you can use them and how to get them. Also the tip about purchasing on sales cycles is very important for grocery store coupons. I don’t need many grocery coupons to save ALOT if I buy on a sales cycle.

    • Anonymous

      One thing I think some people miss is the idea that rewards from drugstores, office stores, etc. are NOT “free money”…you spent real money to get that reward, so turn around & use it as carefully as real money- to get things you really use, and things that are actually a decent price (though not necessarily what is cheap or free). You can average the savings between the original purchase & what you purchase with the reward, to see if it’s really a good deal. Most of us wouldn’t pay drugstore or office store prices, if we weren’t getting that reward…

    • Anonymous

      One thing I think some people miss is the idea that rewards from drugstores, office stores, etc. are NOT “free money”…you spent real money to get that reward, so turn around & use it as carefully as real money- to get things you really use, and things that are actually a decent price (though not necessarily what is cheap or free). You can average the savings between the original purchase & what you purchase with the reward, to see if it’s really a good deal. Most of us wouldn’t pay drugstore or office store prices, if we weren’t getting that reward…

    • Brenda

      Describe the concept of stacking coupons and matching them to the b1g1 deals at publix. Also, I learned at your workshop that you can get a raincheck at cvs and that you will get the ecb’s because of their writing down the event code. Also the concept that you don’t have to complete the scenario in 1 transaction because you can make several trips to cvs if you have to because they are not stocked with all the items. I like that you do not use the binder system but a filing system. You are awesome!!

    • Snowdogmom

      You need to mention that they need to know each store’s policy for coupons and what limits they have and to be nice so they don’t stop doing it. Don’t clear the shelves.

    • Anonymous

      You need to point out that each store has a different coupon policy. I find it confusing using a BOGO cpn on a BOGO OR BOGO50%OFF sale. I am never sure exactly how many I need to buy so I probably get more than is needed.
      A second thing you should be sure to mention is that it is ILLEGAL to copy coupons. I am always shocked when I hear someone talk about copying a coupon-I always tell them that is wrong and they can go to jail for fraud.

    • Candlequeen81

      I would talk about sale cycles and just sticking to one grocery store instead of running around trying to get the best deals at each one.  I would also remind people that you do have to buy things that you don’t have coupons for and that it is okay.  I remember that from your workshop.  You don’t want your family to hate you because you don’t buy what they like just because you didn’t have a coupon.  Thanks so much for all you do!  :o)

    • Joannescakes

      I have noticed that when Harris Teeter has triple coupon specials they rarely restock their shelves once the product is out…It doesn’t do any good to get a raincheck b/c the special has expired by the time they restock. This is very frustrating. Also, I’ve noticed Walgreens will only have a couple of items (that are on special) on the shelf. Sometimes they’ll keep these products in the back and you have to locate an associate to get more…very frustrating. Also, Walgreens most of the time won’t restock the item till after the sale is off an these are for the Register Reward items which you can’t get a raincheck for either. Help!! What do I do??

      • Anonymous

        That is WHY I stopped shopping Walgreens (and Rite-Aid for that matter)!!

        • Gwilly99

          I’m in Burlington, NC and our Walgreens alway has a display of the sale items up front, especially if they’re free. Then they have more on the shelf in their regular location. Maybe if the managers were made aware of the problem, they could do the same thing.

          • Joannescakes

            I’m in Asheville and the Walgreens on Leicester Hwy doesn’t have a display at the front of the store :-( In fact, some of the items aren’t even labeled down the isles that they’re even on sale!! I really dislike it! The managers are very aware of the items out of stock and have the attitude as “Oh well” sorry…

      • Kristin

        Walgreens is really irritating and so I rarely shop there, but to their credit, my Walgreens in Greer, SC will write a raincheck to include the RR. They can push it through and make it print a RR if they want to and will do it if it’s on the raincheck. IDK if this is just mine or not, but HTH!

    • Tania Davis

      I am interested in how you go about finding freebies and coupons facebook.  What is the best way to go about this?  I seem to find out about them late and usually miss out on these freebies and limited coupon deals.  Thanks Jenny!

    • I was at your session in Sylacauga, AL a few weeks ago and the thing that I learned that I had no clue about was the fact that at CVS if an item is B1G1 you can still use a B1G1 coupon and get them both for free. Oh, and anything about stacking coupons (store w/ a manufacturer coupon) is usually something that people don’t think that they can do. 

      Can’t wait for the Twitter party & live streaming event!! 

    • I was at your session in Sylacauga, AL a few weeks ago and the thing that I learned that I had no clue about was the fact that at CVS if an item is B1G1 you can still use a B1G1 coupon and get them both for free. Oh, and anything about stacking coupons (store w/ a manufacturer coupon) is usually something that people don’t think that they can do. 

      Can’t wait for the Twitter party & live streaming event!! 

    • Anonymous

      I am sad now. I have to work during your online class. Is there any way you can record it for the ones that have to work during that time?

      • I am not 100% sure, but it should be available afterwords for any that can’t make it live.

    • Stephanie

      Will it be recorded?

    • Guest

      I would like to see you educate people about coupon fraud and couponing ethically.  It’s becoming a huge problem and even on your site, there are coupons matched with an item that they specifically aren’t redeemable for (see Emeril product at Bi-Lo a few weeks ago – the coupon specifically stated “Not valid on Emeril BAM meals” yet it was matched up to use it in order to make it free).  If we are not careful, manufacters are going to make it more and more difficult for couponers.  None of us want that to happen.  If everyone played fairly, we could all reap the benefits.  I am looking forward to the session!!!  You do an awesome job!

      • Allybethany

        That happens alot, and it is up to us as coupon users to read the fine print. Sadly these coupons that we print don’t usually show the exclusions and I don’t blame Jenny or her helpers for that as they are probably not printing every coupon they are showing us in the ad match ups. I sure wish the manufacturers would include the exclusions as it would make it alot easier on everyone and help us save on ink!

    • You GO, Jenny! Can’t wait!

    • Marlyn

      I think that many people get overwhelmed by the thought of using coupons and they say they are ‘out of bandwidth’ after kids, work, home, etc.  I think talking about methods that simplify the process would be helpful.  It can be very overwhelming at first.

    • Kcblanks

      I would like to understand the sale cycle of the grocery store so I know when to use and when to hold my coupons. When do grocery stores generally do their markdowns? Also I would love to know how to get on mailers,etc. Where do I get MORE coupons????

    • Bebe

      I’m still trying to figure out how to really save money at CVS. 

    • guest

      I would definitly stress that it is not necessary to clear out the newsstands of papers nor clear the shelves because of a great deal.  Moderation it the key.

    • Deanna

      Rules of the game – Stacking rules, RR & ECB redemption rules, competitor price matching rules, B1G1 Rules, & REALISTIC Stockpiling, guess-timate low and increase at the next sale if necessary – don’t overbuy! (old food = garbage = wasted $) 

      And good luck!  Hope to see it on in reruns! (darn work!) :)

    • Guest

      An overview of couponing ethics would be nice.

    • Michelle

      I would like to see you stick to a topic we can ALL understand and need help with…for instance, sale cycles to maximize coupon savings.  I see people posting here about wanting you to talk about savings at specific stores like Harris Teeter, Publix, etc.  I think that’s a bit selfish…we don’t all live near those stores so why would we want to listen to how to save at those stores?  I personally would love more info about Walgreens which stresses us all out, but I know not everyone lives near or shops at Walgreens.  I hope that your topics are general enough to help ALL couponers but specific enough to target areas we ALL struggle with.  Thank you!!

    • Jodi Mcdan

      Congratulations, jenny! i think you do an awesome job all the way around and you’ll be great in NY! i went to your workshop in newnan, ga. i’ve been couponing since may of this year and i’ve done my part to talk it up and coach other family members that could really benefit! i would include the philosophy of moderation! whether in collecting coupons or buying products, it would be so nice to see more reasonable habits!  

    • kingwoodmom1

      i watch the extreme couponing show and love it! ive recently started couponing, and i want to know how these people are getting stuff for completely free! ive never been able to do that, so tips on that would be cool! thanks

      • Smith

        Unfortunately the reality TV show does not show reality. Many stores have bent the rules to allow those who participate to get their groceries for “almost” free. Many stores limit the same number of like coupons to 4. (Some coupons even say this in the legalese). You can get items for free but not like they show on TLC.

    • Thechapleigh

      I would stress the importance of understanding it’s a lifestyle change, one hat can be applied to any purchase once you understand where it is sold & what the coupon guidelines are. Also, not to get wrapped up in “free”, but to determine how to lower the price of what you are already eating– so as to not compromise the health of your food by flocking to the easiest-to-achieve savings. Also, overage is a good concept, but a hard one to apply if you are new, or in an area where stores don’t allow that. Another thing I’ve noticed is that, after a year & a half of couponing, I don’t notice a consistent 6-8 wk cycle??? I see the constant general mills deals in one store after another, but with other stuff, I find I have o buy it when I see it. At HT, I can count on milk, bread & meat sales, & I can look forward to email evic specials of LF fresh rewards weekend deals… But no 6-8 cycles that I see– but I am highly distracted with kiddos:)

      • Smith

        I think the cycles are harder to spot because the prices have been increasing overall due to inflation. They are still there, but something worth $2 last year could be $3 this year and that would be the lowest sale price. I have seen this the most on the none perishables (TP, Diapers, Paper towels).

    • Ssalabarria

      Is there a way to record your webcast?  I will be at work :(