Couponing for the Extremely Normal: I Won’t Pay Full Price

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! My daughter decided she wants to play lacrosse this year.  Fortunately, her school received a grant and those players without sticks and goggles were given loaners for the season.  The only problem is she can't carry the lacrosse stick on the bus unless it's in a case.  I priced out carrying cases on the internet and learned it was going to cost about $30 to buy a new one.  Now lacrosse is something she is just trying out and I'm not going to spend ...

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Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Check Your Groupon Account

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! One of my favorite ways to save money is buying daily deals from sites like Groupon.  To name a few, I've enjoyed the savings on movies, dinner and discounted gift cards.  I make a point of recording expiration dates and reminders to use my daily deal coupons before they expire.  However, a number of times they have expired before I could use them. Good news came out this week when Groupon settled a class action suit.  The highlight ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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TLC’s Extreme Couponing: One Blogger’s Reaction

Lauren of Luxury Living Frugal Style recently posted the following in response to TLC’s most recent Extreme Couponing episodes: The other night I debated on watching the show or not, and in the end I gave in and watched it. Honestly I feel it was a waste of my time, I see nothing that anyone can learn from it and all I see is it making couponing for the rest of us normal couponers difficult. I do not like the way that couponers are portrayed in this show, it shows more of a hoarding then a ...

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