In honor of TLC re-airing Extreme Couponing tonight at 9 PM, EST I wanted to answer one of the most popular questions asked by you:  “will you share your shopping list from the show?”  Below is my shopping list as I copied from my 5 ft receipt (I just can’t seem to throw it away)!

I stacked store coupons, manufacturer coupons and eCoupons* on many of the items purchased.  Not a single one of my coupons was doubled;  there are no stores in Northern California that regularly double coupons.  It is one of the most expensive grocery markets in the nation.  However, there is no sales tax on food.

The most important detail that was left out on the show was that I actually did 3 or 4 transactions previous to this last one.  I spent under $20 total on all of those transactions, but I received over $20 in Catalina coupons which I saved to use on my final checkout.  Below is the shopping list from only my final transaction.

My TLC shopping list

Grocery

1 Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes
1 GM Lucky Charms
1 GM Honey Nut Cheerios
1 GM Fiber One Raisin Bran
10 Quaker Hearty Medley Oatmeal
40  Ragu Pasta Sauce
6 Hormel Chili
10 Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks
2 Nabisco Oreos
3 Nilla Wafers
40 Barilla Piccolini Pasta
2 Gingerale 2-Liter
4 A&W Root Bear 2-Liter
4 7-Up 2-Liter

Non-edible (only things with sales tax)

8 Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent
1 OxiClean stain remover
2 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
2 Scrubbing Bubbles aerosol cleaner
2 Always Infinity pads
2 Glade Candles
2 Banana Boat kids sunscreen

Refrigerated

1 Pillsbury Sweet Moments
1 Pillsbury French Bread
1 Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits
4 Welch’s Refrigerated Juice
6 Yoplait Yogurt
2 Jimmy Dean Sausage & French toast
3 Gallons 2% milk
18 Fage Greek Yogurt Cups

Baked Goods

1 Fresh French Bread
1 Bakery Raisin Bread
1 Bakery Artisan Bread
1 Bakery Sandwich Rolls

Meat

2 Hillshire Farm Deli Select Lunchmeat
3 Oscar Mayer Chicken Franks

Produce

2.05 lbs Bananas
5.00 lbs Strawberries

paid: $2.64
saved: $632.34

*It should also be noted that since the taping of the show, Safeway has changed their policy and no longer allows stacking of eCoupons with manufacturer coupons.  This change was already in the works and launched in other test markets before I taped this piece, so don’t try to blame me for the change. :)

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84 thoughts on “TLC Extreme Couponing: Joanie’s Shopping List Revealed”

  1. Najul says:

    Without the stacked ecoupons can you still obtain such a small total? I’ve tried in my “spare” time on top of working and shuttling two kids to club soccer. I purchase 10 papers every week and I’ve managed to cut my food/household bill by 50%. I have to admit when it comes to the “multi-purchase” coupons I usually toss them aside, or the “save $1.00 on 3 bottles of hot sauce”. Self admitedly…living in Northern CA for grocery I shop usually Safeway or Food Max, but when I see a “blue tagged” sale for hot sauce, bbq sauce etc I usually just decide it’s worth paying .50 cents a bottle with sale/coupon instead of $4.00 etc, but I usually spend 90 bucks and save 90 bucks. Still hovering at 50% even after getting fruit/veggie companies to mail coupons. Having said that I am “stocking up”….getting multiple bottles of purex or wisk for between .98 cents to 2.00 each, so I assume eventually I’ll get ahead of the ball….but any more tips for us NorCal shoppers? I have your book (THANK YOU!)….but something tells me there’s lots of room for improvement. I started in May after running across your website when “surfing” the net. Any advice on best stores for grocery in the bay area and in Sacramento (Citrus Heights) where my family lives to save the most generally? I’ve picked up free or close to free razors, deodorant, dental floss and toothpaste (between Food Maxx and WalMart), but I fall short on the food in general except for condiments this month. I need to watch a rerun of the episode you were on….haven’t seen it! My husband thinks I’m a little nuts, but is secretly enjoying never having to run to the grocery store to get laundry detergent or milk! …even at 55% savings…..it’s like being given money and I can’t believe I never did this before purchasing your book!

    THANKS,
    Couponing virgin looking for NorCal help.

  2. Najul says:

    Without the stacked ecoupons can you still obtain such a small total? I’ve tried in my “spare” time on top of working and shuttling two kids to club soccer. I purchase 10 papers every week and I’ve managed to cut my food/household bill by 50%. I have to admit when it comes to the “multi-purchase” coupons I usually toss them aside, or the “save $1.00 on 3 bottles of hot sauce”. Self admitedly…living in Northern CA for grocery I shop usually Safeway or Food Max, but when I see a “blue tagged” sale for hot sauce, bbq sauce etc I usually just decide it’s worth paying .50 cents a bottle with sale/coupon instead of $4.00 etc, but I usually spend 90 bucks and save 90 bucks. Still hovering at 50% even after getting fruit/veggie companies to mail coupons. Having said that I am “stocking up”….getting multiple bottles of purex or wisk for between .98 cents to 2.00 each, so I assume eventually I’ll get ahead of the ball….but any more tips for us NorCal shoppers? I have your book (THANK YOU!)….but something tells me there’s lots of room for improvement. I started in May after running across your website when “surfing” the net. Any advice on best stores for grocery in the bay area and in Sacramento (Citrus Heights) where my family lives to save the most generally? I’ve picked up free or close to free razors, deodorant, dental floss and toothpaste (between Food Maxx and WalMart), but I fall short on the food in general except for condiments this month. I need to watch a rerun of the episode you were on….haven’t seen it! My husband thinks I’m a little nuts, but is secretly enjoying never having to run to the grocery store to get laundry detergent or milk! …even at 55% savings…..it’s like being given money and I can’t believe I never did this before purchasing your book!

    THANKS,
    Couponing virgin looking for NorCal help.

  3. Gloria S. says:

    No way! That was you on that show? Wow. You’re fabulous! I have been couponing (hard-core) for three months now and I am hooked! I have been saving all of my receipts to show my friends and family who are all so skeptical. The biggest savings I had was at Wallgreens. I bought expensive items (like Always pads, vitamins, etc.). I filled a cartfull of stuff. I paid $53 bucks but saved $63!

  4. Kim says:

    I am soooooo thankful I checked out this info! I was planning on a Safeway trip using the e-coupons AND cut coupons to get great deals…I had NO IDEA that SW stopped “stacking” coupons this way!!!!!
    That would have been a nightmare for me! Thanks for the info!!!
    I think it stinks that SW stopped doing that! I mean it’s like any other store that puts out flyers with store coupons….the only diff is that it’s electronic.
    Oh well, I guess I will just have to select a diff store to shop at! :^)

  5. Sara says:

    Is it really you from the show?! i LOVED that show i watched it last night for the first time with my husband and we had no words that was incredible,i DVRed the show and watch it again today and probably will tomorrow,you have inspired me. This website its great!!! i can’t wait to get my first free toothpaste for free haha. I have to keep reading and keep learning thank you so much!

  6. expertcouponer says:

    I’m curious as to what the breakdown was. Which mfr coupons did you use to get this? Where did you get each mfr coupon? How much was the food on sale for? etc…

  7. kris says:

    Hi KCL!!

    I LOVED WATCHING THE COUPON SHOW!! IF I HAD MORE ROOM..MY STOCKPILE WOULD BE BIGGER, TOO!! I WAS WONDERING HOW TO SAVE MORE MONEY ON GROCERIES?? WE DON’T HAVE A SAFEWAY IN MY TOWN..I’VE LEARNED HOW TO GET GOOD DEALS AT WAGS AND TARGET ON TOOTHPASTE, DEODERENT, TOOTHPASTE, ETC.. BUT HOW DO I FIND MORE OR BETTER COUPONS ON GROCERIES AT WALMART?? I DO SAVE SOME, BUT NOT AS EXTREME AS I’D LIKE TO!! ALSO, ARE THERE ANY WEBSITES THAT HAVE GREAT COUPONS ON CHARMIN? I HAVE A FAMILY OF 8 AND WE GO THROUGH TOILET PAPER LIKE WATER!! (HA,HA) ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREAT!! KRIS

  8. Gina says:

    Ok, where do you find coupons for the Barilla pasta? My Gerbes here has it $10 for 10 all the time, but I can never find coupons to stack with it. Where should I be looking?

  9. Amber says:

    Our Kroger here is a lot like your safeway and they just did the same with the “No more stacking”
    It really makes me mad because that saved me a ton! Also I found out the hard way after have a basket full and my total wasnt going down like it should I looked at my reciept b/c that is the only way you see ecoupons and 5 were missing totaling over $10

  10. Jayne says:

    I am fairly new to couponing and I am LOVING the savings so far. Obviously, I haven’t done as well as you, but, I’m learning and have received a lot of ‘free’ items as well!!
    The only problem that I am having is I live in North Florida and I can’t seem to find any couponing sites with ‘tips’ for Publix and Winn-Dixie (those are the 2 stores around us!) Any help would be appreciated! Thanks and happy couponing!

  11. claudia says:

    so thats you in the pic, the KCL?

  12. You are such a coupon rock star! I love it! And I was wondering if you did more than one transaction. Thanks a million for posting this list.

    KK

  13. Brian says:

    I have asked and not seen the answer of where you find your coupons in that when the taping was done, there were up to 5 inserts in your local paper. This week had 2.

  14. Dayna says:

    So this is why my 85 year old mother usually can’t use her coupons. She lives on a very limited fixed income and the shelves are usually empty of the items she is shopping for and now I know why. We’ve even been in line behind someone buying 20 of one of the items she wants that are on sale and she has a coupon for. Do these people ever feel bad that they have deprived others that have spent time clipping coupons for their own personal use while others are hoarding?

    • Kristi says:

      A lot of people who save regularly by stocking up special order items from a store. Also, when an item is on sale it’s expected to run out quickly. Has she tried asking for a rain check? Most stores will allow it..if not find one that does! Target is great at giving out rain checks and they are good for over a month. You can get more than one. Plus, if a better coupon comes along, you can use it and pair it with the rain check! I get them all the time! Have her talk to a manager next time. If customer service isn’t his or her number one priority, then she should shop somewhere else.

    • Shana says:

      I do have to disagree with you a bit. Not everyone is hoarding. Some people, like myself, just have large families. I have 6 kids and don’t really want to shop for every single thing we need every week. So, by using coupons and sales, I can stock up. Thereby making my trips to the grocery store less frequent and quicker.

      I do agree with Kristi though. Your grandmama should see if her store does rain checks. I know it always irritates me to buy something, yes with a coupons, but then have another coupon come out the following week that’s better.

      Best of luck to you!

  15. Brittany says:

    Love the blog and enjoyed the TLC show. As a couponer though, I want to know how you can purchase 50 toothbrushes at one store. At my Kroger, they have signs everywhere saying that only 6 identical coupons are allowed PER CUSTOMER, PER DAY. SIX!!! So how are you supposed to stockpile? I saw the guy on the TLC show do it, and am wondering if Kroger allowed it just for the publicity…..

    • Joanie says:

      Every store has different rules that you’ll have to learn and follow. The man that purchased the toothbrushes store must not limit the number of identical coupons like yours does. His store also doubles all coupons up to $1 in value, (I believe). I doubt that Kroger made an exception for any rule. Seems like Kroger stores have different policies in different regions.

      I bet that you won’t run into many circumstances where you really need to redeem more than 6 identical coupons in one day. On the show, we were really ‘going big’. If your store limits 6 identical coupons today, you could make a couple trips in one week and have a really nice sized stockpile of the sale item.

      • Brittany says:

        Thanks Joanie. While is is true I will never need (or really want) to have 50 toothbrushes at one time (that guy was a little extreme) It would be nice if I could get more than 6 jars of Prego pasta sauce when its on sale. Thanks for answering the Q, I was curious to how it was possible.

  16. sarahy says:

    The answer regarding the catalinas is in the last paragraph before the list. She did 3-4 transactions and got over $20 in catalinas which she used in the final transaction.

    I think she did a great job.

  17. Joanna says:

    I’ve seen this question asked a couple of times, but, I have yet to see it answered…unless I’m missing something. Did you use any CATALINAS from previous shopping trips to help reduce the cost of this current transaction? I am huge into using coupons, but, have yet to get my total down to just pennies UNLESS I have some CATS I’ve accumulated from prior shopping trips. I just feel that I’m missing something and could probably learn more about the whole concept. Thanks in advance!

  18. lacie says:

    I want to SAVE moola$$$$$!!! I just dont even know where to start?!?!?! help me :)

  19. Aleisha says:

    OK silly question…but when you fill a cart and aren’t done shopping…where do you put it?! Haven’t had that happen yet, but am sure it will one day! Thanks Krazy ladies for teaching us your tricks! I am re-reading your book after couponing for 1 year and am “getting” it more and more! This was my new years resolution last year and I bought the book right away! I won’t even let my friends borrow it I tell them its more worth it to buy their own!

    • Angela says:

      LOL…I was thinking the same thing about the cart thing!

    • Shana says:

      I’ve only ever filled 2 carts, so I don’t know what you would do with more. But I normally end up dragging mine along with me. Unfortunately, I’ve had it happen to me where I put one to the side and return to find my items gone. lol

      You could always ask a manager or cashier if there is somewhere you can place it so no one takes it.

  20. Tracy says:

    I love that your shopping list was a variety of “normal” things. Not hundreds of candy bars or 1000 boxes of cereal or something like that. It makes me feel better that the average person buying typical things for their family has a chance. Thanks!

  21. kelly says:

    You guys are great and I use your site everyday. Your shopping trip was definitely a feat of greatness, but cookies, soda, bread, and cereal? No thanks. I’ve learned the importance of coupons and being crafty since I was laid off from my full time job, but during all these monnths doing this I learned a very important lesson: don’t just buy stuff because it’s on sale, especially junk food.

    I know you stock pile and your everyday meals weren’t prepared from this one trip, so I don’t mean to offend. But everyone keeps commenting how this is such a “normal” shopping list for a family and I don’t think that’s true at all, and if it is, that’s a shame. When I was ONLY looking at coupons and mega deals, I found I was buying so much pantry stuff because it was shelf steady, that my fresh meat and produce purchases dwindling. Don’t fall into this trap or your future healthcare bills will exceed what you could ever save at the supermarket!

    Still, thanks for this site and all of your guys hard work.

    • Shirley says:

      I think your comment was probably unnecessary. We all know about moderation. Its not like we are going to sit our children down to a meal of cookies and soda. Yes, there are a lot of good sales on pantry items and stocking up on these things has actually left more room in my budget to buy lots of fruit and veggies. So please leave your self righteous comments at the door.

      • Manulita says:

        I agree with Shirley. I bought 6 big boxes of Corn Flakes the other day for only $2 for all 6. We don’t feed our kids sugary items. I also got great deals on oatmeal (24 cents each)…that makes for a healthy meal. Last week I spent $25 on a weeks worth of groceries using coupons buying healthy foods including produce and lean chicken. Thanks to couponing and stocking up on shelf items for free or next to nothing we save so much every week. In fact we can afford to go to buy more organic meats and produce. Plus we have a stockpile of non food items like shampoos, toilet paper and such. So $25 to feed a family of 7 healthy meals makes couponing more than worth it.

      • Beth says:

        My sentiments exactly. I am 56 years old and wear a size 6. I really like eating lots of veggies, but I also like eating lots of dark chocolate. Because I am wheat sensitive, I have to forego all the yummy whole wheat stuff that I used to eat lots of, so I don’t deny myself sugar in whatever form I can tolerate. The shopping list looked perfectly normal for me and what I would buy if I still had kids at home. All my fresh food purchases would have come from Aldi, where they don’t take coupons at all. Always has to be a food-nazi hanging around chastising people.

      • kelly says:

        Whoa, a little defensive. I believe it’s called a “discussion.” It’s a link that I clicked called “join a discussion.” I’m discussing some of the pitfalls I encounter when couponing and which I see illustrated in the shopping list above. And I’m discussing the fact that I see everyone calling this list “normal” and I dont.

        I personally would never buy boxes of cookies or 6 liters of soda because it would be consumed immediately in my house. So I don’t. To each his own, but you don’t have to be so rude. My comment was intended to be polite but cautionary. And if you’re really intent on keeping a tight budget for produce like you claim, Shirley, there are far thriftier ways than clipping coupons and stocking up on cookies and bread.

      • Travis says:

        Haha, Kelly leaves a comment disagreeing with something in a polite manner and you idiots jump all over her like a bunch of banshies. As she said, we’re all here for the same thing, no need to gang up on her. And nobody cares that you are “petite”. What does that have to do with anything? Oh yeah, nothing, straw man.

    • Aleisha says:

      Its called moderation! I have to say the shopping list looked a lot like stuff I would buy and I have 3 petite children and am petite myself! I LOVE sitting down with a bag of choc covered pretzels while watching a movie and def love my coca cola!! If you have to say “I don’t mean to offend” then you probably shouldn’t leave the comment! Its like saying “that shirt looks horrible on you, hope I don’t offend you”. Kudos to the Krazies that shop like normal people….makes me feel less self consious about my purchases!

      • Erin says:

        Kelly, I agree that many of the coupons and sales are targeted at a lot of the less than nutritious foods. That’s where you have to design your own shopping list and get creative with the savings. I am very conscious about what my family eats, so many of the coupons don’t apply to me and that’s fine…I pass them on. I actually am an organic farmer by trade…so we don’t have to buy vegetables, too many fruits or any meat (we also hunt in addition to raising chickens, turkeys and hogs. I use coupons religiously on the rest of my necessary grocery items, like milk, cheese, yogurt and all the non-food items. The bottom-line principle which the Krazy Lady has taught me is this: YOU dictate the price YOU want to pay on the items which YOU buy…don’t leave this up to the retailers! So regardless of what your shopping list looks like or what Joanie’s looks like, we all can save lots and lots of money…and in my world that’s NORMAL!! :)

    • kelly says:

      Wow, I leave a comment saying I’ve learned not to buy sale items simply for the sale like junk food, and you all are instantly throwing out your dress sizes and talking about chocolate. Chill, ladies. We’re all here for the same thing.

      • Shirley says:

        Embrace the carbs, Kelly, embrace the carbs. It will do wonders for your personality…no offense:)

      • Gina says:

        Kelly I agree with your comments. And its great that she was able to get those great deals. I personally will never come out that great because they don’t double coupons here at all. I don’t understand all the personal attacks on you. Thanks for keeping it honest.

    • candice says:

      i used to think the same way… “how are you gonna feed your family with 30 boxes of cereal and 10 boxes of pasta?”…. but its all about stocking up in case of a job loss or something… like i started putting things away that we buy and stockpiling it (my husband calls it the oh s**t pile..lol) and just buying mostly meat every month. and next month my husband was informed that his pay will be extremely short…but no worries we got a buncha stuff put away! and also the canned goods and boxed goods can go w/ us if we pcs…. not so much the cold stuff!!!

    • Kristin M says:

      There’s nothing wrong with stocking up on cereal and bread – cereal and bread can be packed full of whole grains and vitamins. It’s better for you than stocking up on meat.

    • Sarah says:

      I agree- I like to shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s which don’t have any or many coupons. I’d love to see more coupons on ORGANIC and NATURAL items. Most of the coupon stuff is full of garbage and preservatives and I just buy it to donate it to people who don’t care what they eat… Sorry if this sounds harsh, but My hubby is also unemployed and I’ve been major coupon shopping and have gained weight eating all this stuff. I’ve decided enough is enough. I’m just donating the junk.

  22. Joni says:

    I want to know about the Fage yogurt. How long will it keep/how fast does your family go through it? I love that yogurt but I hate paying full price for it – or even “just” a sale price.. Did you have a coupon for the Fage? Everytime I log on to their site it says I have printed the coupon the number of times allowed.

    • Paula says:

      Hi Joni,

      What I do is ask my friends that don’t use all the same items that I do to print those coupons out for me. If you have 5 friends that will do this, that’s 10 more coupons. Then of course you can do the same for them on items you don’t use.

  23. mindy says:

    So you really spent more than $2 and change if you used catalinas from previous transactions and you had to pay $ out of pocket for those items in order to get cats back. That’s a little deceiving. I still think it’s great savings, don’t get me wrong.

    • Travis says:

      I agree. It’s great savings, but you HAD to buy the previous stuff in order to get the catilina coupons. That should included in the totals.

    • Angela says:

      Example: If I spend $25 and get $10 back in catalina’s then the next time I go to the store, I use my $10 coupon which is just like cash! Then after the 2nd purchase you get another $10 coupon…it just goes on and on. Don’t get hung up with the initial out of pocket…it works the same way as buying your coupons. Most everyone gets their coupons from some sort of purchase (eg newspaper or online service) the savings far out weighs the “initial” cost.

  24. Here’s our great section on e-coupons for you newbies (or veterans that want a refresher!): http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2010/02/28/ecoupons-101-how-to-use-ecoupons/

  25. Tiffany says:

    Ok, I’m sure you don’t have time for this, but is the $2 and something your final out of pocket cost? Or just the cost for the last transaction? Did you have any catalinas from previous trips? I’m just trying to figure out EXACTLY how you accomplished this. I am finding that I have to spend more money out of pocket to get a transaction like this. This transaction is usually representative of my last few transactions. I’m asking because I shop Safeway all the time, and you have to put in $5 here and $10 there to get enough coupons and cats to get to a trans like yours.

  26. Shirley says:

    I don’t think your list was all that “extreme” I think it looks like a normal shopping list and you could actually feed your family with the things you bought. Good job! One day I will get that good.

  27. Emily says:

    Where in Northern California was this done? I can’t believe Safeway isn’t allowing stacking. As another poster said, what does Safeway care if they’re getting their money back from it?

    I’m a loyal Safeway shopper, but this is going to make me seriously rethink that. What a bummer.

    • Joni says:

      They allow coupon stacking – one manufacturer’s coupon plus one store coupon. They don’t allow a manufacturer’s ecoupon AND a manufacturers print coupon. I agree that it’s dumb. If everyone gets their money, who cares?

  28. Christine says:

    Where we are in Middle Ga they do not double coupons at the Kroger however I have friends that live less than 3 hours away in Northern GA who have Krogers that double.

  29. candice says:

    wow all that would have cost $632.34?? doesn’t seem like a lot of stuff for all that….thank heaven for coupons!!!

  30. Audra C says:

    So I am a beginer couponer and I have had some success with the good deals, etc. However, I am still a bit confused on a few things. As Joanie mentioned she used store coupons, manufacturer coupons and ecoupons. What exactly are ecoupns? Are these a coupon that you would load directly onto a Kroger card? One other question I have had for a while now: if a store is having a b1g1 promo and I have a coupon for b1g1, how would this work out?

  31. Mary says:

    I loved your show and you have inspired me – I have already created a binder (Thanks for the categories) and know I am ready to start clipping coupons. Question – What sites do you use to purchase your coupons? Do you read the ads and then purchase bulk coupons based on what is on sale.

    Keep up the great work.

    • Beth says:

      There are many great coupon clipping services out there. Things to look for:

      1. Ship time (How long til you get the coupons? Does it work for the deal that you want?)

      2. Minimum purchase order (some make you buy a minimum of ___ amount of dollars of coupons)

      3. Administration fee (some charge an extra fee)

      4. Shipping cost (how fast you want them vs. cost of shipping for that speed)

      If I want a lot of coupons, I may look on ebay or places that have bigger stock. If I want a few, I’ll look at a service that has no minimum purchase amount.

      • Michelle says:

        My daughter is clipping and selling coupons to raise money for her 8th grade trip. She is asking 5% of the coupon face value. Your order is mailed within 24 hours. If you are interested email us at gabbystaxi@yahoo.com and we will send you her spreadsheet listing all of the coupons she has available.
        Thanks!

    • haleemay says:

      I’ve found a website called “Kuntry Klippers”. They are fantastic! I usually get my order within 2-3 days of ordering. In addition, their prices are excellent. Hope this helps!

  32. Leanne says:

    I loved your savings. Great job!! But I am still in awe over how well behaved your 4 year old was and how organized you stayed with him in tow.

  33. Krista S. says:

    I LOVE the balance of your list. You not only had food, but produce and cleaning products and baked goods and everything. You purchased items a typical person would buy on an outing at the grocery stores (minus the forty boxes of pasta and forty boxes of sauce!). I wish TLC would have shown your balance of items to show everyone that you can buy healthy, good food with coupon overage and catalinas. Thank you for inspiring me today and everyday . . . off to Safeway now :)

  34. Danielle says:

    I have a question did you use any of the store in ad coupons for the pasta and sauce deal? my store puts a limit of 3 or 4 on the in store coupons how do you get around that to stock up?

  35. Michele says:

    Are the e-coupons you are talking about the ones that you print online like from coupons.com or are they like the downloaded ones from cellfire? We have Kroger stores (no safeway stores) here and Kroger won’t accept the downloaded ones with the clipped ones. Just curious:)
    BTW loved the show, you looked great. I learn alot reading your blog and email everyday. I do save alot I have my binder in my car at all times. Keep on saving.

    • Tiffany says:

      E-Coupons are loaded to your shopper card (safeway, albertsons, etc.) Then the come off automatically. They are not the ones you print from the sites, those are printables. E-coupons used to be able to be stacked but they took that away. My Safeway no longer accepts e-coupons at all. Around here only Fred Meyer accepts them. They come from Cellfire.com and Shortcuts.com or from the Fred Meyer or Kroger site if you have those stores.

    • Alesha says:

      To get Kroger to honor their ecoupons AND mfg/coupons.com printables: First, after scanning an item with an ecoupon, hit “Pay Now.” this will show you where the coupon you load onto your shoppers card came off, I do this with all items. When you have scanned everything, then present cashier with all paper coupons. This has always worked for me, and they double all paper/printables up to .60 here in Memphis.

      • Krazy Coupon Lady says:

        Most stores will not accept a manufacturer coupon + an e-coupon. But because this is a fairly recent change (within the last 6 months), there are some stores that will still accept both at once because their systems haven’t changed over yet, it just depends for the time being. Sounds like your location hasn’t switched over yet! Lucky girl :)

  36. Ashley Reed says:

    Really, they don’t allow it now? First of all, not everyone uses coupons, much less to an extreme. Secondly, they keep the coupons so they can get reimbursed by the manufacturer. So I’m not really getting what their “beef” is with people wanting/needing to save a little money. You go girl!!

  37. Tammy says:

    Thanks for the post! Inspiring! How do you stay so organized and sort through all the offers? I mean I look at what is available on e-coupon and then I look at the deals and then I look at my stash but I feel like I am spending hours! Oh, and then there are the catalinas! How do you keep up with everything without staying up till the wee hours of the night?

    • Leanne says:

      Tammy, I would love to know how to stay so organized too! I’m just starting out and it took most of the day to sort through every thing and plan my shopping trips.

    • Gloria S. says:

      You need a huge binder that zips and those plastic baseball card holders. It’s the best way to keep your coupons organized. You can’t keep them in a box or in an envelope. It’s a nightmare.

  38. Sarah says:

    I have to say Thank You! I loved the show and LOVE your website! We tried this just last night at Safeway. We stacked store coupons with manufacture/e coupons and our Safeway (Maryland) doubles under $.99. I will say we didn’t do as well as you but I was pretty happy, $115.16 before and $24.57 after!

    5 pks johnsonville Brats
    3 pks johnsonville sausage links
    6 boxes Betty Crocker fruit snacks
    3 boxes Cheerios
    2 boxes Cinnamon toast crunch
    12 cans progresso soup
    4 boxes nature valley granola bars
    and
    1 pk of baby wipes
    To top it off we got $5.50 off our next shopping trip and 3 other coupons!
    You have inspired us!!!
    THANK YOU!!!

    • Brandi says:

      Nice job! I shop at Safeway in Maryland too!

      • Eve says:

        I had the privilege to shop at your SW’s there in MD and I just love when they advertise .99 will double up to $1.98. I grabbed as many .75/1 Q’s which all doubled up to $1.50/1 that I could for a lower OOP. Your lucky to have that promo.. come around, we only have our Q’s up to $1.00. Gr8 Job!! on your trip.

    • Renee says:

      I can’t help but wonder why the individuals on this show wont work for the state – ‘couponing’ for food banks and for those in need of a single box of pasta, not 250.

      • Gloria S. says:

        Anyone can learn how to do this. I have been doing this for three months now and it has changed my life. It’s about being resourceful, educating yourself and not waiting for handhouts.

      • Gloria S. says:

        Anyone can learn how to do this. I live on a small income. I have been “couponing” for three months now and it has changed my life. It’s about being resourceful, educating yourself and not waiting for handouts.

  39. Patti says:

    I’m new to this and confused. What’s the difference between an “e-coupon” and a manufactuer’s coupon that I get online at places like, coupons.com? All the coupons I’ve printed online all say, “manufactuer coupon” on the top.

    • Heather says:

      Patti,
      eCoupons are coupons that are loaded electronically onto your store’s shopping card (such as a Safeway Club Card). They aren’t printable like the ones you’re thinking of.

      • amanda says:

        Now loading the coupons onto your Safeway card, they just automatically come off the total? And the Catalinas save you money for the next shopping trip? or the one you are doing?