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: 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...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: A Fairy Tale

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! One of my favorite things to do when I shop to be a "coupon fairy."  Here are two ways to do this:  Look at what other shoppers are buying and then offer them a coupon or two from your stash.  Another is to leave extra coupons next to the corresponding items in the store.  Many times, these are coupons which are about to expire and which will never be used. Are you a coupon fairy?  If so, tell us your fairy tale! Let us know how your … [Read more...]

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Free Books

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! Over the past few years, I've collected over 200 Kindle books for free.  Now, mind you, I didn't own a Kindle until a few weeks ago.  If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry because you can still get these free ebooks and read them using Cloud Reader or download a Free Kindle Reading App for your PC, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod, Android or more.  Amazon offers free Kindle books every day and they range from children's, non-fiction, romance, adventure, … [Read more...]

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...]