Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Super Bowl Stock Up

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! This is a great week to stock up on your "game day" staples.  The Super Bowl is on Sunday and stores are competing for your game day dollars.  A quick look at this week's store ads reveals great deals on items such as chips, sodas, paper goods, condiments, crackers, pickles, peanuts and crackers.  These items all have shelf lives of at least three to six months. Now is the time to apply what Madame Deals calls the "Cheerio factor."  It goes like … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Considerate Couponing

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! Have you watched the new TLC series “Extreme Couponing“? If so, you must realize how extreme these couponers can be.  It has only taken a few episodes for stores to look at their coupon policies and start revamping them. This week, as I was surfing for ideas for this week's post, I ran across a very informative post about "considerate couponing" on the Coupon Information Center (CIC) website.  Here are a few points from the post which stood … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Bending the Rules

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!  I have a very simple request this week ... Please use coupons responsibly.  If everyone decided to follow the rules and not look for ways to bend them, couponing would be so much easier.  Just this week, I read an article about an extreme couponer who paid "just $36 for $800 worth of P&G products."  The way she did it was by bending the rules.  Read the article and let us know if you agree. Let us know how your extremely normal coupon … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: When a Deal Doesn't Work

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!  Even though you carefully plan your deals, they may not always work out.  Never fear ... here a few tips for ensuring you receive the savings you planned for. 1.  Know what you should be saving before you get to the register. 2.  Watch the register as the cashier rings up items and coupons.  The store computer is not always right.  There are times when sale items don't ring up properly.  Have the sale flyer with you so you can show the cashier … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Crockpot Essentials

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!  It's that time of year when the weather is cold and our family wants nothing more than a hot bowl of something for dinner.  Our crockpot gets a workout from November through March.  Using the crockpot requires me to think about those staples which generally end up in the crockpot.  Among these are canned tomatoes, beans (a wide variety including black and kidney), onions, carrots, celery, taco seasoning mix, dry onion soup mix, broth (cans and … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Rain Checks

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! Have you watched the new TLC series “Extreme Couponing“? If so, you must realize how extreme these couponers can be.  Here at Madame Deals, we prefer to teach our readers how to coupon realistically. This week's reader tip is RAIN CHECKS!  If the store you are shopping at is out of item, and the price of that item is a good one, ask for a rain check.  A rain check will allow you to purchase the product at a later date for the sale price at the … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Employee Perks

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! Have you watched the new TLC series "Extreme Couponing"? If so, you must realize how extreme these couponers can be. Here at Madame Deals, we believe in saving by using coupons but not to the extreme extent which the TLC series portrays.  We prefer to take a realistic approach to saving and stockpiling. In order help you extreme coupon in a realistic way, we post tips each week. Employee Perks:  Many large businesses and corporations partner with … [Read more...]

Extreme Couponing: TLC Used to Stand for The Learning Channel

TLC's show Extreme Couponing has generated controversy since the first episode.  The Charlotte Observer recently ran this article "When Coupon Clipping Goes Wild."  It's focus is on Lowe's Foods debut on 'Extreme Couponing' and their regret in doing so. One good thing which has come out of the show is an increased interest in saving money through the use of coupons.  However, the couponers featured on the show are truly "extreme" couponers. The first few episodes generated much controversy … [Read more...]

Fake COUPONS: What is the real deal?

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1)  The first thing I would do if I was concerned that a coupon was fake is I would look it up in our COUPON DATABASE. The database lists all the coupons available. 2) Consider the source. Where did you find it? If it was a PDF, then I would really be skeptical. 3) Does it look like it has been altered? 4) Does it contain an odd retail value? 5) Is everything on the coupon spelled correctly? 6) Does it contain a UPC? 7) Is it for a free product? These coupons are usually obtained directly … [Read more...]