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 out:

1.  “Take advantage of every available, legitimate tool to maximize your savings. It’s a win-win situation for everyone when a consumer can purchase a product on sale, use a coupon and obtain even more savings by participating in a rebate/refund program.”

2.  “Please don’t try to use expired coupons. No, you won’t be arrested if you do, but your store very well may not be paid when it accepts expired coupons. Cutting the expiration dates off to try to sneak them through is dishonest and will likely further decrease the chance the store will be paid for the coupons.”

3.  “Set an example. Most couponers are simply smart shoppers who know a great deal when they see it. Unfortunately, the inappropriate actions of a few extreme couponers inaccurately portray couponers in a bad light. Try to raise the bar by following the rules, and being a courteous shopper.”

Take a look at the CIC post and let us know what you think!

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  1. I really enjoyed this post and the information you shared. I especially enjoyed reading the CIC post. Most of the things that were mentioned that shouldn’t be done regarding couponing unfortunately are all too common. I have witnessed many of these and as a consumer have also been affected by the consequences.

  2. I love the CIC post. It’s the coupon Code Of Ethics I follow!
    I started couponing 3 weeks ago and I am consistently saving 48% of my grocery bill and earning at least $0.05 off my gas per week! This makes it worth the time to me!

  3. I have tried to coupon several times and it has not worked. I am going to take this advice and try again. I just get tired of the hassle and stop. Hopefully I can do it this time. Thank you!

  4. This would be great if every one did this. We have 1 cvs, 1 walgreens, we don’t have them on every corner. It would be nice if the stores had better stock and we didn’t have shelf clearers. The only time I cleared a shelf was for Smart Rinse at CVS and the limit was 5. That was all they had. If I am unsure about a coupon, I will ask the cashier. When we are both confused, they usually will scan if it goes through they will take it. Some are worded so weird.

  5. I had no idea there’s a website for couponing. People should take the time to realize that you shouldn’t be sneaky—use coupons how they are supposed to be used so stores don’t start pulling the opportunity to use coupons in their stores!

  6. I really love that you are quoting from the CIC website. I have been couponing for 3 years now, and I have followed their guidelines and recommendations. Considerate couponing is key to saving our families money, and doing it right is the best way to show our children how to do it! Thank you Madame Deals for your abundance of help in saving my family money. With out your help I don’t think that our family would be able to survive on just my husbands income.

  7. I cannot believe anyone would cut the dates out of coupons and try to use them, but then again, after Extreme Couponing, anything is possible. I used to coupon regularly when I was in my twenty’s because I lived at home with my parents while I attended college and they were raising 3 of my nieces and nephews. To help, I did the grocery shopping, and was excited about how much I could save and being an organized shopper. I haven’t felt that way in years, and I am working hard to bring that excitement back into my own shopping experience.

  8. This is all new to me. So when I came upon your article “Couponing for the Extremely Normal,” it really struck home! Thanks so much for my 101 in the matter!

  9. Considerate couponing should be required if you are couponing! There should also be a line for cashiers too! 🙂 Thanks for the article!

  10. Trying to learn to use coupons more but it just seems that they are always for things that we don’t need. It would help if the stores encouraged more coupons for fresh items that are healthier for people. Thanks for the link to the CIC…didn’t even know it existed.

  11. I hate couponing…but I don’t hate the savings! Lol.

    I just started couponing more seriously and I consistently save 14 – 20%.

    My friend who is a little more advance saves about 50% every single time.

    Just yesterday, she spent $50 but saved $75!