Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Register Your Loyalty Cards

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Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! One of the easiest ways to save money at your favorite stores is to register your loyalty cards online or sign up for weekly deal emails.  Most grocery and drug stores offer exclusive coupons and deals to shoppers who have registered online.  Just one more way to save those hard earned dollars! To help you out, here's a list of links for some of the stores we cover here at Madame Deals.  What are you waiting for?  It's time to save … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Don’t Waste Your Money

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! I ran across this article entitled Groceries You're Wasting Your Money On.  No matter how many coupons we use and how much we try to save, invariably we all end up wasting money on something. In our house, it's sodas.  I like to have cans of soda available for our family to enjoy.  We've tried buying bottles of soda but they never seem to get closed tight enough and end up losing their fizz. What groceries are you wasting your money … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Counterfeit Coupon Ring Busted!

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! Early Tuesday morning, four Phoenix, Arizona properties were raided by local law enforcement resulting in the arrests of three women accused of running the largest counterfeit coupon ring in the country.  Read the whole story here. It's people like this who make it so hard for honest people to save money through the use of coupons. Morale of the story:  If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably too good to be true. Let us know how … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: The Right Way

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! With all continuing hype over TLC's Extreme Couponing show, we'd like to remind our readers there is a right and a wrong way to use coupons.  Since Target is one of our reader's favorite places to shop, we thought we'd share some tips from and article we found on the Target Savers blog. 1.  Use Coupons with Sales 2.  Stack Manufacturer and Store Coupons for even better savings 3.  Smaller is Better - coupons paired with smaller size packages … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Happiness Is …

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! Happiness is ... knowing what you do makes a difference the beauty of a warm sunny day stopping to enjoy the simplest moments friends who are there through thick and thin taking the good with the bad (and knowing when to not let the bad get you down) a last minute, late night shopping trip ... retail therapy (along with tremendous savings) can brighten even a rainy night. For me today, happiness is all these things. What is happiness to … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Like Mother, Like Son

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! Do you have a do-it-yourself mechanic in your house?  Well, my son doesn't live at home anymore but he's learned about saving money from his mom. This is his tip for saving money on auto parts.  Check for coupons for auto parts stores online at sites like retailmenot.com.  Order the parts you need using the online coupons and have the parts delivered and waiting at your local auto parts store.  He tells me this usually saves him at least 20% on … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Check Your Groupon Account

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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 … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Irish?

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I'm Irish.   Technically, I'm only a quarter Irish but having been born a "Monahan," I can't be anything but Irish.  As such, St. Patrick's Day is an important holiday, one which should be celebrated with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and, in the case of my husband, green beer. I'll admit I have never cooked corned beef.  That's not to say I don't eat it, I've just never cooked it.  Amee's corned beef recipe post last week inspired me to give it a try. I guess I should clarify … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Great Meals

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! One of the benefits of shopping with coupons is being able to afford to put together great meals for our families.  Here are recipes for some of the meals we've made thanks to our stockpiles: Chicken Bake Just Freeze It Dinner Strata Shrimp Scampi What are some of your favorite stockpile meals?  Send your recipes (with pictures if you have them) ([email protected]) and we'll post them for our readers to try! Let us know how … [Read more...]