Learn To Be A Couponista!

by cindy on March 31, 2011

With gas prices on the rise and so many people wanting to cut monthly expenses, I have been getting lots of emails from people wanting to learn how to coupon like a pro. I decided I should re-post all my coupon 101 posts.

I’ve compiled a list of things I have blogged about to help everyone who has taken one of my classes, is about to take my class, or is new to couponing. If you have some time I would suggest that you spend some time reading and watching my videos. This will help you to get a grasp of what I talk about in my classes and help you to put it all together. I throw so much at you in a short amount of time that it can seem overwhelming. In order for you to save big, you will need to do some homework. Anyone can coupon like a pro, it just takes a little bit of effort. :)

I am booking classes now for Summer. If you would like to hold a Coupon 101 class, click here for more information.

If you would like a sneaky peek into my coupon classes click here.

Click on post title to learn more about the topic:

Learn the lingo/Abbreviations

How to use the Coupon Database

How to Print Meijer Mealbox Coupons

How to work Catalina Deals (Note: These deals are no longer available this is just to give you the idea.)

Help My Catalina Did Not Print

Double Coupon 101

Trouble Printing Coupons

Take advantage of price matching policy’s

Buying Coupons?


Transfer Prescriptions

Save Your Sunday Coupon Inserts

What are eCoupons?

My Coupon Binder

My Shopping Trip: Putting it all Together

Coupon Resources

Please Don’t Make Copies Of Printable Coupons!

Never Miss a Deal Save Your Inserts Vlog.

My Coupon Binder

Get Those Coupons Organized: Tools Of The Trade

My Secret Confession and Freebie Tips!

Is The Bigger Size a Better Deal?

Taking Advantage of Store Meat Specials

Stock Piling

A Look Inside My Pantry

Doing The Math

CVS 101

Store Coupon Policy’s:







My Frugal Bulk cooking and recipes ideas:

Frugal Bulk Cooking

Chicken Taco Meat

Mini Pizza Muffins

Make Your Own Bread

How to Save On Meat


Homemade Laundry Detergent

I would love to hear how some of you are doing with your couponista and frugal life style. You could help inspire others who are new to this or may need some encouragement with your testimonial.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

tami March 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

A comment on the prescription transfers–OH passed a law in January that a prescription can only be transferred 1 time. But that still gives you 2x–once as a new prescription and once to transfer (until a refill).

Kelli March 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I’m still sorta new at this & I was wondering about B1G1 sales…I was at Meijer last weekend & bought 4 vitamins that were B1G1 free. I had a coupon for $2 off when you buy 3; however, it never deducted my coupon. After speaking with a store manager, she told me I didn’t “buy” 4, but only 2. She said this was part of Meijer’s coupon policy, but I don’t read that anywhere. Just wondering if this is normally how these sales work? Thanks for helping us save $$$!

cindy March 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Kelli, In order to use that coupon at Meijer you would have to buy 6 items.

TimSpencer March 31, 2011 at 9:46 pm


Thanks to your website, I have become a male couponista! (not really sure what the word is for a male couponista)

The vast majority of people using coupons seem to be women. I think this is just wrong. :) We guys have the right to save money as well. :)

I used to use a couple of coupons a months. Now I use coupons EVERYWHERE! Last night I shopped at the local Walmart and they had to call a manager because I had “too many” coupons. In reality, I only had 52 coupons, ranging from $2-off to free item coupons, including many overages.

The manager seemed amoused that a guy would use so many coupons., but she told the casher to go ahead to scan all of my coupons. My total was around $182. After coupons, I only paid $27 + tax. My personal best so far.(considering I’ve only gotten into couponing for about a month)

Anyway… thanks again for your website. It’s helped me a lot. :)


TimSpencer March 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Speaking of Walmart…. I always buy my Mobil 1 synthetic oil in 5-quart jugs at Walmart. It’s a lot cheaper than other auto parts stores, even without any coupone. However, anyone using Mobil 1 website shoudl also sign up on Mobil’s website for their rewards program. Last year along, I’ve gotten back over $100 back(in the gift card of my choice, which happens to be Drugstore.com gift cards) This is only from the Mobil 1 oil that I buy from Walmart. :) Yes, I know this is probabaly only be interesting to guys like me who change their own oil. :)

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