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Welcome couponers from the Smithfield class!

Posted December 5, 2011
Updated December 6, 2011


Here's a big welcome to the folks who took the class Monday evening through Healthquest in Smithfield! There were lots of brand new couponers in the class and I am so excited for your couponing adventure to begin!

Here are a few resources to get you started. We discussed many of them in class, but here they are again so you can find them all in once place. You can find the links to each of the articles in the coupon box above. For any other new couponers out there (even if you did not take the class), I hope this information is helpful to you as well! 

One of the questions I was asked after the class, that may be helpful for you to know,  involved how many of the coupons I cut out each week. I do not cut out every coupon from the Sunday inserts for our family. I cut out those I know we will use, those we will probably use and those that will allow me to get a great deal to donate. I keep the rest of the coupons in their inserts by date so I can go back to them if needed. After about 3 weeks, I donate them to a coupon swap or to the military overseas, as we discussed in class.

Price Book: Click the link in the box above to find my price book with the prices to look for when shopping for food and non-food essentials.  You may want to print the list so you have it with yoru coupons while you are shopping.

Grocery Store coupon policies: Click the link in the box above for a summary of the policies we discussed as well as links to the store coupon policies on their websites. You may want to print them and have them with you in case there is any coupon confusion.

Drug Store Reward Programs: The link in the box above will lead you to a re-cap of the drug store policies. I know we cover the drug store information very quickly in class, so here is another chance to go through it at your own pace (not my crazed Pepsi Max pace from the class!).

Meal Planning: Click HERE for some additional meal planning suggestions and resources.

Printable coupon websites, coupon clipping services, sending expired coupons to military overseas: Click HERE for a list of printable coupon websites from legit companies. These should all scan at the register, as long as the new GS-1 barcode doesn't cause any problems.  You'll also find a list of other helpful resources here including how long to freeze food, coupon clipping services and information on where to send expired coupons to our military.

Couponing abbreviations: You will find that couponing has a language all its' own so it helps to know the lingo. Click the link in the box above for some help cracking the abbreviations code and deciphering the BOGO's from the ECB's.

Donating expired coupons to U.S. military: You can donate your coupons that are expired up to 6 months to our US military overseas who have access to an on-base commissary. For more information click HERE.

Swagbucks: Remember the website I talked about for earning free giftcards to CVS just for using the Swagbucks search engine instead of doing your searches on sites like Google? That site is Swagbucks. Click the link in the box about for Mega Swagbucks Friday for all the details on how the program works and to sign up (it's free).

BzzAgent: The program I talked about in class for getting free products to sample, free product coupons and coupons to share is BzzAgent. Click HERE for their website.

Questions: Please post your couponing questions in the Share the Deals and Questions post I make every day or in the specific thread for the subject (if there is one). You can submit your questions and share any deals you find in the Comments section at the bottom of the post. In order to post anything, you will need to register, which is free and easy to do.

Thanks again for coming to the class and please share your experiences as you embark on your couponing mission. Have fun!


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 7, 2011

    Awesome, Arlene! I think it's time I give them another call about some Lipton Tea coupons! Thanks for sharing your coupon request success!

  • arlenecook Dec 7, 2011

    Faye thanks for coming to Smithfield and sharing all of your insight with us.. I want to be just like you and save, save, save. I called Dove yesterday and told them how much I personally liked Dove sensitive skin but had not seen coupons for it and the lady was extremely nice and said she would send some out and that they do periodically have them on their site. At the end of our conversation, she asked if i would like some Lipton tea coupons as well.I told her yes, cause like someone else i know we are Lipton lovers as well.