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...]

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...]

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 … [Read more...]