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Interesting Fact: The first coupon was created in 1887 by Asa Candler, a businessman from Atlanta, whose hand-written tickets offered consumers a free glass of Coca-Cola. Candler’s idea transformed Coca-Cola from an insignificant tonic into a market-dominating drink. The coupon usage really increased during the Great Depression. 

Today, coupons are widely distributed through magazines, coupon envelopes, newspapers, mail, directly from the retailer and the internet.

Neely M
I wish my area did not sell out of the sunday paper as much as it does. I have tried so many times to get a paper and always out. So I am left to print some from online but some are not the same as in the paper or same value.
Lei M
I love coupons! The only thing I am not happy about is that the stores in my state doesnt really offer great deals. We dont have Publix. I saw a lot of deals for that store. Our CVS has a different price, a few cents higher than other states so if couponistas say it's free, I would probably spend a few cents on them. They say couponing is all about timing. So far I haven't really gotten a great deal though I have used coupons and saved me some money. I still want a big haul for some great deals. That is something for my bucket list.
Hunter Valentine
I do not know but sometimes i find these offers in the bonus section do not work right i find it frustrating.
Dave Stowyk
I love using coupons it saves my family a lot of money. I do not mind cutting them out and sorting them. It is all worth it in the money that you sve.
Neely M
I am like you too Dave I do not mind cutting and sorting. I would usually only get one paper anyway so not like I would need to clip 5 million to go cleat shelves like some of those crazy extreme nut cases. It is great to save but leave some for everyone else. Anyway Dave keep up the great savings and enjoy!
Lindy H.
I don't mind the time it takes to cut, find, or sort them either. I actually find it fun to save my family money. It's one of my hobbies.
Jason L
I love coupons but I much prefer when they get automatically attached to my account. Physical paper coupons are annoying.
Bridget Jones
I do not mind clipping and organizing my coupons but I do have a preference for the ones automatically loaded my card. Unfortunately, I forget what I have loaded onto the card
Lindy H.
I actually don't mind paper coupons but its nice when you can just add them to your store card. Then you don't accidentally forget them unless of course you forget your card lol.
Ray Wu
I love coupons! I also like to combine my coupons with shopping apps to further save money. it's even possible to earn money sometimes after everything is done! Here are the apps I use when I shop to get cash back: link It's fun shopping now because I can save a ton and even earn money back!
Lei M
I wonder what other apps you haven't featured in your blog Ray. I kinda hesitate to throw receipts nowadays thinking I might be able to find another app that would accept them. I have all that you have mentioned in your blog. :-)
Ray Wu
I actually have a lot more apps but I'm just too lazy at the moment to continue writing posts about them. Yesterday, I got one app that gave me $25 for free on American express. I now have an extra $25 bucks that I can use for pretty much any shopping trip. I'll try to write a post about it later this week.
Ray Wu
You should save your receipts Lei because I use them when I'm filing taxes. A lot of the receipts can be helpful to get deductions. For me, I use a lot of gas when I'm commuting to various charity organization so I can use those for deductions.
Lindy H.
I like using apps too! I have ibotta on my phone. I also use cartwheel which is a target app. It gives you percent off of certain items in the store.
Brooke M
Last night I organized the coupons I have, first time I am using more than one. I'm a little nervous. lol.
Cathy W
You can do it! And be warned, it is not uncommon for one not to work just right! I have had many a trip to Walgreens (they are the worst) that had to be rung up twice to get my coupons to work.
Jennifer Juenke
Brooke~YOU CAN DO THIS! it is so awesome when you see your total bill goes down, down, down! I love it! The more coupons the better!
Lei M
I got frustrated last time because most of the items that were featured to be free after coupons were gone. I guess people just had hauls of them. Nevertheless I was able to save some money on the other items that I bought with coupons. I went on a FRiday. Does the day of the week matter?
Lei M
I am new too to couponing Brooke. I just came to the US less than two months ago. I am trying to learn as much as I can. My disadvantage is that I cant drive and my husband is not really thrilled about going around the groceries looking for good deals. lol But if we try to dedicate some time, we can do it!!!!
Ray Wu
Keep it up Brooke! Its a great experience and the more you learn about it, the more you can save. It's especially exhilarating when you get a deal for free or for extremely cheap. Like, yesterday, I walked into CVS to get 6 bottles of multivitamins and paid $2.53 for all of them. It was one of my favorite deals!
Brooke M
Thanks all of you for your encouragement, I'm excited. Still a bit nervous but I've calmed down now. I found 3 more coupons today that I want to use soon. I looked at Giant's sales ad and found a few good deals going on.

Cathy, Shoppers in my area is the worst. I gave up on trying to use coupons there because they are so strict.

Jennifer, Thanks. I'm excited to see all the savings.

Lei, I completely understand it is time consuming. However with the price of everything nowadays it is definitely worth it.

Ray, That is an amazing deal!
Lindy H.
I would suggest printing out and taking the coupon policy with you because not all employees know it by heart. Most are okay with accepting a ton of coupons though and some will even congratulate you on your savings. Good luck!
Brooke M
Thanks Lindy, That is a great tip. I wrote down all the sales stuff and looked at the coupons that could be combined. I plan on going in the next few days before the sales ends.
Tracy McCoy
I like coupons, they need to be in the store, because alot of times in end up leaving mine at home.
Amy Everson Harbison
Get yourself a coupon book and put it in your purse. If you don't carry a purse, put them in your glove box.
Lindy H.
I do the same thing sometimes. I need to start placing them in my purse or get a coupon binder so I don't leave them anymore.
Brooke M
I plan on putting mine in my purse also. Actually I should do that now before I forget. That would be a good way not to leave them at home.
Sarah Moore
i dont clip coupons very often but they do come in handy when i want to try new stuff. some stuff costs more when it first comes out so having a coupon for it does make it a lot easier to afford
Brooke M
I try to only use them on things I already buy, or when there is something on sale. Grocery coupons can help out tremendously since food can be so expensive.
Eric S. Hall
i have no luck in swag coupons whenever i find coupons they are expired already or they are so small like 5 SB
DAWN Mcglothin
i use savingstar alot. i love that site. i also print coupons off swagbucks they take a while to credit but its ok cause you get the value of the coupon plus the 10 swagbucks.
Beth Trent
I totally forgot about Swagbucks coupons. You can get credited for the points from using coupons. That is something I meant to start doing and never got around to it.
Cathy W
I love swagbucks coupons! They are the same as Coupons.com, but you get an extra .10 for each one. I use coupons on every shopping trip. I miss the double coupon days, as most stores have stopped doubling, but you can still do really well if you coupon with sale items.
Amy Everson Harbison
SavingStar is the best. Most of the time it's stuff I already buy so I just get an added reward for buying at certain stores. Walgreens needs to join though.
Gerard Radice
Please check out my facebook page to help save and make extra cash and giftcards. Please like and pass on I hope the page helps everyone.
link
Gerard Radice
The Sunday inserts don't seem to give coupons I need such as food a my family uses. Its usually a product I normally wouldn't buy. I use the app Ibotta which is a little better and requires no clipping. Sign up here! link
Ray Wu
I use that app too! It's a great app. I also use the following apps, if you haven't checked them out: link I save a lot of money this way!
Gerard Radice
Cool. Thanks for the links those look like all great sites. I use some of those too. Checkout 51 is good. I wish the cashout was less than 20.00 but eventually I will get there.
Ray Wu
Glad to help. I do agree that checkout 51 takes a while. My favorite so far has been ibotta because of the milk offer. 50 cents off each week. I was able to cash out rather quickly from that app because of that!
Gerard Radice
Ray do you use SLICETHEPIE. its a music review site that pays about 10 cents per music review. its a $10 cash out but you can make that in 2 weeks just by earning .50 a day . its a little more work than some others but can be fun and its easy money.
I got paid once already.
link
Ray Wu
I've done it before but the problem with slicethepie is that you run out things to say and pretty soon all the reviews start sounding the same. Thanks for telling me about it. I've been on the lookout for better earning sites lately.
Gerard Radice
yes i know i'm in a rut right now plus they send me music that i didn't like in my initial sign up.
Amy Everson Harbison
I don't have a Smartphone, can I still use ibotta. I thought I tried and it is an app for a phone. I cannot afford Internet on a phone.
Gerard Radice
I think its only available on phones both android and apple have the app. there are also apps only for phones where you can scan barcodes and receipts to earn back some money.
Ray Wu
I actually haven't tried ibotta on my tablet, but I think it should work. As long as you have an internet connection, it might be able to run. Give it a try Amy!
Gerard Radice
See I don't have a tablet and I didn't think of that as another option.... thanks Ray, yes it should probably work on tablet as well.
Lindy H.
I have Ibotta on my phone as well. The coupons that come in our newspaper aren't that great either so I have stopped buying it and find my coupons online.
Jennifer Juenke
Last Night I went to Target and was able to score 4 toys for under $5 at Target! I used coupons and their cartwheel app to make it happen! Here is my blog post about it: link
Kelly V
What an awesome deal! Thanks for much for sharing it!
I have bookmarked your blog! Hope to get more deals from you!
Jennifer Juenke
Thanks Kelly! I try to post every day, whether it is freebies, coupons, giveaways or what not! I am glad you like my blog :)
Neely M
Whoo hoo way to go Jennifer. I love when there are super sales and clearance items and then you can add a coupon on it and make it an even better bargain. I have not been there in a bit but I do love shopping at Target. Wish they had one in my town.
Jennifer Juenke
I know what you mean Aneela! I love having a Target in my town. They are so the best compared to Walmart! I love that you can triple stack coupons at Target!
Hadia Wyne
good job jennifer ..I went to target yesterday also and I got the white printed tins for a dollar to put my makeup brushes in...they were the ccutest
Beth Trent
Desert dweller, you really have an eye for coupons. So target allowed you two use two of the same coupon? Sweet. Keep working on that blog, that's the kind of stuff people want to read!
Ray Wu
That's awesome Jennifer! That was an amazing offer! Target is a great way of saving money since you can combine so many different types of coupons and discounts together!
Lindy H.
Wow what an awesome deal! I love Target because there are so many ways to save with manufacturer coupons, store coupons, the app, and getting back Target gift cards for purchasing certain items.
Lei M
It's good that nowadays, some stores could link coupons to your cards, that way you dont need to print or look for Newspaper coupons.
Lindy H.
Lei, That's great! I love getting free items. It makes all my time that I take clipping coupons worth it.
Lindy H.
I have gotten free items from couponing like candles, soda, ect. I absolutely love walking out of the store without paying for items. Its like the legal way of stealing LOL.
Lei M
I have yet to do that- walking out of the store without paying anything. I havent gotten the hang of couponing yet. I was just able to get some savings from stuff that I buy. Though last week we were able to get some items free.
Jennifer Juenke
Lei~If you check out my blog post about toys at Target you will be able to score FREE Toys PLUS Money back if you use coupons: link
Lindy H.
Wow what an amazing deal you got Jennifer! I don't really have a need for the toys right now since my son is not old enough yet but I am thinking I might use the money maker and donate it to charity.
Lindy H.
I tried clicking the link to print off the angry bird coupon on your blog Jennifer and the page is not wanting to come up. Oh well. :(
Kitty S
I always clip coupons! I save about thirty to forty dollars each time I go grocery shopping because of it. It is so worth it.
Lindy H.
That is awesome that you save so much. It is definitely worth the time to clip coupons since it saves you so much.
Jennifer Juenke
I probably save between $80 to $100 a week between coupons, cartwheel app, and other savings! It really helps out when times are tough
Gerard Radice
I like cartwheel but I usually only save 1-2 dollars the most per target trip, plus they limit how many items you can have active. most only give 5-10 % off. Any tips?????
Jen F.
I don't use the "how much did I save" calculation based on dollars per week, rather by 1. Staying with my budget for food and personal items/month (I budget $200 for a family of 5) and 2. Getting the prices down through coupons (including stacking), store savings programs, store rewards, rebates (both mail-in and app related). Walking out of the store paying only tax is the goal! Doing this over the course of years, which now allows me to have no more than a 6 month stockpile (anything over that is donated), saves me 90 - 100% every time! (Yes, I freak out when my husband purchases something randomly and doesn't use a coupon:)
Gerard Radice
wow that is amazing. Thanks for those tips. I would be happy paying half of 100.00 in groceries to start. yes my wife is so uncoupon friendly. I have the same reaction when she doesn't use coupons. Keep up the great work.
Gerard Radice
Also try Scantopia. its an app for all phones. you just go around your house scanning bar codes on products and get tokens and small cash amounts, its fun and not time consuming and they give you a bonus for joining. cashout at only $2. check it out here.
if you need a code:
TU-XF5-A9
Brooke M
If anyone recently bought Kelloggs cereal, it should have a code on the box, I entered it on the website and it gave me coupons worth $15. They emailed me them, and I just printed them. They are pretty good coupons too!
Ray Wu
My coupon collection has become a little overwhelming. Any ideas on organizing it? I m currently just paper clipping the similar ones together but it's still difficult to sort through them
Neely M
If you do a lot of coupon shopping then you might want to invest in the baseball card holder binder thing that I see people talk about. That way you can have sections by store or just sort alphabetically. But be sure to go through it like once a month to pull out expired ones. Good luck!
Lei M
I am new at couponing so Im imagining that organizing coupons - cutting and sorting, etc takes so much time. For now, I just cut coupons that I need a night before I do shopping.
Lindy H.
Aneela, what agreat suggestion. I think that is how I will be organizing my coupons from now on. Thanks so much!
Gerard Radice
You can supplement your paper coupons If you have a smart phone use the app Ibotta. They give you a $2 bonus to sign up. Sign up here! link
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