Couponing 101: Your Guide to Getting Started with Couponing

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Want to get started with couponing, but don't know where to start? I have written the below guide to help you to revolutionize the way that you shop. I hope that you are ready to start saving more than you ever thought possible!

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Now before we jump into everything, I want to mention that I very highly recommend attending a coupon class in your area. If you happen to live in Colorado, you'll definitely want to check out the Bargain Blessings Colorado Couponing Class page for upcoming workshop dates and if you live in another area of the country, check out the Couponing Class page on Savings.com to find one in your state. These couponing classes are always very inexpensive, will only take a few hours of your time and are sure to not only be a lot of fun, but to change the way you shop forever, so make sure to get out to one!

Now, on to the Getting Started with Couponing resources that you will find below...

As you are first jumping into this, please don't be afraid to ask questions. The best way to do this is by leaving a comment at the bottom of a post. I guarantee you that if you have a question there are 10 others that are wondering the same thing!

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I suggest reading the below sections of Couponing 101 in chronological order:

couponing-and-the-biblecouponing-for-family-1couponing-for-family-2how-coupons-workwhere-to-find-coupons-2where-to-find-couponscoupon-organizationreduce-frustration-while-couponingethical-couponing


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1 Missy December 29, 2013 at 4:02 AM

I too am starting. Opening again for the New year. My problem is in our area our shopping is limited to kroger, who doesn’t double coupons, walmart, dollar general dollar tree and cvs walgreens. I would have to drive an hour for a store that doubles. How can I maximize savings with stores that don’t double coupons? Thank you!!

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2 Jennie December 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Missy~ Which stores do you shop at? Are you using coupon match-ups for those stores yet? Make sure to check out this page: http://www.bargainblessings.com/coupon-matchups/

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3 Barbara September 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM

I am trying couponing again, after doubling my grocery bill for less the last time I tried. This time I think I understand better. However I am lost on where to get store coupons since all the ones I have obtained so far all say manufacturer. Can anyone help me figure out where to get store coupons?

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4 Jennie September 23, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Hi Barbara~ What area are you in? Instead of trying to find all the coupons on your own. It is best to use coupon match-ups to do that work for you. Have you checked out the Stores tab above? This should have the coupon match-ups available for may stores in your area and they will outline exactly where to find the coupons. :)

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5 Karen P. August 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I want to learn how to coupon. We are a family of six and I spend about $170.00 a week on groceries and I come home each week with less and less. Boo Hiss grocery shopping stresses me out because it’s so expensive. Please Help!

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6 amy January 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

im just wondering how does coupons work with bogo i shop at publix and wanted to know if i have two 1.00 of coupons can i use each coupon if publix rings there bogo as two purchases so one coupon on each im in florida

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7 Candace Mitchell August 22, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Hi there! First off I just want to thank you so much for doing this! For taking your time everyday to do this and to bless all of us in this way! I also love how you base everything of the Lord it is such a blessing! I just wanted to start off by asking when do you think you will have another couponing class? I just missed the one on the 13th of August (I have known about this site for awhile from some girls at my bible study but I am finally just now getting into the niddy griddy) Thanks so much and I look forward to saving lots of money because of you!! :) Thanks Candace

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8 Jennie August 22, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Hi Candace. Thanks so much for your kind words! :) I’m not sure when the next class will be yet, but your best bet will be to keep an eye out on the website where the next one will be announced. :)

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9 carri June 28, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Ok I have been intrigued to do couponing before and your article on 9news led me here and I am tempted yet again to do this. I love all the tips you offer and have printed some coupons already. Where I don’t seem to understand this concept is how do you get multiple coupons for one specific item? Most sites only allow you to print one coupon. I’d like to stock up on some items we use a lot using this couponing stockpile method but I don’t understand how to accomplish that. Any ideas? Am I doing something wrong?

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10 Evron Jamesey June 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM

How do I go about extreme couponing on online clothing stores?

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11 Natasha Sims June 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I am fairly new at couponing, I am wondering how to get more coupon flyers then to go out and buy 10 papers the post says I cant purchase more than 5? I prefer to clip and not print. And a friend and I would love to take one of your couponing classes so I was wondering when the next one is? Thanks

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12 Steph May 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM

I’m new to this venture and would like to save as much as possible. I checked my store flyer for the items that are on sale and want to know how to find the coupons for those items ( or as many as possible that match ) any suggestions? For example Thomas english muffins are buy one get two free and I’d like to find a coupon to get more off if possible. Thanks :)

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13 Jennie May 11, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Steph~ Use the coupon database at the top of the page to find coupons for specific products. ;)

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14 MomOvr40 April 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM

I’m starting (again) today, and have the same overwhelmed nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach. To make it simple, I’ve picked one item from my list – baby food. But I have a question – do I save the coupons I find under the store they’re good at or the date they expire? I also need help with the next level of couponing – planning my meals around my coupons, or my coupons around my meals? Please help.

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15 tamika April 19, 2011 at 6:09 AM

Hello I am extremely new at coupon saving. I have a safeway , bloom, giant,shoppers, harris teeter,and a bottom dollar. I also shop at the military commissary. I am confused on how the coupons work st to saving me the most on a product. How do i know when a coupon can be doubled or tripled. I am sure that you probably covered this in the 101 sessions, i think that I am just not understanding. Please help me.. Thank you

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16 reginald polk sr April 10, 2011 at 3:30 PM

I’ve seen on the TLC channel how family’s save huge.Where they would spend under ten dollars for grocery’s bills of $600 to $1200 dollars, using thier coupons.There are seven people in our family, and that’s alot of mouths to feed.Please help us to achieve that goal.

Sincerly, PA Christan people

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17 dawn April 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM

A friend and myself are also interested in a future class! Hope to be able to finally attend!!

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18 Jennie April 7, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Stay tuned! I’m working on some upcoming class dates! :)

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19 Carolyn Benik January 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

My last comment got an error – do you know when your next Couponing 101 class, AFTER the February one will be? Thank you!

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