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Extreme Couponing Tip: Mark-downs

Extreme Couponing Tip: Mark-downs

  1. Time of Day: Know when your store marks down goods that expire, like meat and bread. Use them that night or freeze them.
  2. Reduced: Keep a look out for “Reduced for Quick Sale” in the dairy and refrigerated aisles.
  3. Ripened*: Check out the produce section for ripe or overripe fruit at a discount. Items like browning bananas are perfect for baking (banana bread, anyone?); softer berries make great jam, fruit leathers and smoothies; or make salsa and bruschetta with wrinkly tomatoes! *Always wash products thoroughly, and never eat moldy produce.

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86 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Mark-downs”

  1. Thevelvetskye says:

    Don’t forget thrift stores. We have about three bread thrift stores in Rochester. I typically get Pumpernickle, Rye as well as your normal white and wheat bread for as little as $.89 a loaf. All your snack cakes are clearanced as well. There is nothing wrong with them, they freeze well and a bread run can last us as much as a month to a month and a half for very little money!!!

  2. lucsmom says:

    If you have a dehydrator, you can also make “leather” using yogurt. It tastes almost like candy.

  3. lucsmom says:

    If you have a dehydrator, you can also make “leather” using yogurt. It tastes almost like candy.

  4. Miranda says:

    Hi. This is just a random question but I was wondering, has the episode of Extreme Couponing with Joanie aired yet? I haven’t seen it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, it was the pilot episode and aired back in December, but it has been re-aired several times.

  5. Miranda says:

    Hi. This is just a random question but I was wondering, has the episode of Extreme Couponing with Joanie aired yet? I haven’t seen it.

  6. Mamamaynard55 says:

    Yesterday, I got 4 pkg of ground beef marked down. I wanted to make meatloaf and the 4 pkg together were just about the right size. Great score! I ended up popping it into the freezer as I didn’t end up having time to make it, but it’s there for when I want it.

  7. Lindseynail says:

    How quickly do you have to eat the yogurt after you take it out of the freezer? Also, same with bread, can you just thaw the bread totally and use it within a week?

  8. Rdsellers says:

    so I have a question, not related to produce though. I was just watching extreme couponing and my husband and I are wondering how they are not paying all the tax for their merchandise. I saw the register where one person’s tax was 19.13 but she only owed $.13 how does that work. I though you had to pay the tax regardless on all merchandise. Can someone just explain that for us.

  9. Rdsellers says:

    so I have a question, not related to produce though. I was just watching extreme couponing and my husband and I are wondering how they are not paying all the tax for their merchandise. I saw the register where one person’s tax was 19.13 but she only owed $.13 how does that work. I though you had to pay the tax regardless on all merchandise. Can someone just explain that for us.

    • anitzy says:

      I’ve wondered the same thing myself.

    • Sarah says:

      I wondered that too but since all stores are different, my guess is that maybe they allow overages, and the over amount for some of the items covered the tax? not sure

    • Morganmommie says:

      I know that here in WA there is no tax on food, so I can see where that could happen. Some stores allow overage coupons. As a checker I know that the reciept shows your tax whether you pay it or not. The tills automatically keep track of the taxes that accumulate on a purchase. If the store you are shopping at allows for overages, that could pay the taxes.

  10. THETRUTHISTHETRUTH53647 says:

    COMMENTS REMOVES, HHHMMMMMMMMMMMM GUESS THE PEOPLE BILKING PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THEM TO KNOW THE TRUTH, IF THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE BILKING PEOPLE KNEW THEY WERE BEING HON EST, THEY WOULD PRESENT THEIR SIDE HERE BUT THEY DO NOT, THEY MUST KNOW THEY HAVE NO FACTUAL LEG TO STAND ON

  11. THETRUTHISTHETRUTH43243253 says:

    WHY BAN SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THAT TLC AND THESE SITES ARE ONLY IN TO MAKING MONEY FOR THEMSELVES UNDER THE FALSE GUISE OF HELPING OTHERS, WHEN YOUR HELP IS DOING NOTHING BUT RUINING COUPONING,

    GET SOME MORALS AND IF YOU WANT TO HELP OTHERS, DO IT FOR FREE

  12. THETRUTHISTHETRUTH43243253 says:

    WHY BAN SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THAT TLC AND THESE SITES ARE ONLY IN TO MAKING MONEY FOR THEMSELVES UNDER THE FALSE GUISE OF HELPING OTHERS, WHEN YOUR HELP IS DOING NOTHING BUT RUINING COUPONING,

    GET SOME MORALS AND IF YOU WANT TO HELP OTHERS, DO IT FOR FREE

  13. THETRUTHISTHETRUTH43243253 says:

    GEE BAN SOMEONE WHO SAYS THE TRUTH, THAT IF YOU ARE HELPING PEOPLE AND HOPING TO MAKE A BUCK OFF OF IT, THAT IS NOT HELP, THAT IS SELF SERVING LOW MORAL ACTIONS

    • mrs claire says:

      you’re a jerk and you don’t belong on this site. doctors and firemen help people and make money from what they do, so how is this any different? you’re just bitter, jealous, and CRAZY!!!

    • mrs claire says:

      you’re a jerk and you don’t belong on this site. doctors and firemen help people and make money from what they do, so how is this any different? you’re just bitter, jealous, and CRAZY!!!

      • THETRUTHISTHETRUTH43566788 says:

        FIREMAN AND COPS ARE JOBS AND ARE LEGITIMATE AND THEY DESERVE MONEY FOR WHAT THEY DO

        BUT SITES LIKE THIS AND THAT TLC SHOW ARE MAKING MONEY ON THE STUPIDITY OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COUPON, WHILE THE SHOWS GOAL AND THESE SITES ARE TO MAKE A TON OF CASH AND AFTER COUPONING IS DESTROYED, THEN THEY HAVE CASH AFTER THAT

        THIS SITE AND COUPONING IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL CAREER, ANYONE WHO MAKES MOPN EY LIKE THAT IS LOW IN MORALS

        • mrs claire says:

          couponing is a completely legitimate practice. obviously stores take coupons and manufacturers release them because they are legitimate currency and are made to be used. this site preaches to always know the individual store’s coupon policy and coupon within the rules. perhaps you’ve overlooked this detail?
          yes, some people on the tlc show (aka j-aime kerlew) are fraudsters, but the creators of this site do not condone her actions and were completely unaware of them at the time of taping. while tlc should absolutely take responsibility, i do not think they were aware at the time that they’d have such an individual fraudulently gaming the system. fraud was/is not the intention of the show.
          i believe that fraudster couponers are in the minority and absolutely DO NOT represent the rest of the couponers out there! we all, in my experience, do this in good faith, guided by the peramiters set forth by the stores and manufacturers. don’t blame us for the sins of a few.

          • Tari Schappa says:

            ok i just watched the episode of jamie on it and i was just wondering how she was committing fraud?

            • Sarah says:

              you can google it if you’re really interested, she was basically using coupons for products that the coupons weren’t supposed to be meant for…I didnt notice when I watched the show either until I heard about it

          • Tari Schappa says:

            ok i just watched the episode of jamie on it and i was just wondering how she was committing fraud?

          • TLCSHOWSTINKS7777212222 says:

            BY THIS SITE HAVING A TLC LOGO ON IT, THAT IS PROMOTING THE FRAUD THAT IS SHOWN ON THE SHOW

            • mrs claire says:

              if you don’t care for this site, why be on it? stop obessing about other people/things you can’t control…what an unhealthy habit!!!

      • THETRUTHISTHETRUTH43566788 says:

        FIREMAN AND COPS ARE JOBS AND ARE LEGITIMATE AND THEY DESERVE MONEY FOR WHAT THEY DO

        BUT SITES LIKE THIS AND THAT TLC SHOW ARE MAKING MONEY ON THE STUPIDITY OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COUPON, WHILE THE SHOWS GOAL AND THESE SITES ARE TO MAKE A TON OF CASH AND AFTER COUPONING IS DESTROYED, THEN THEY HAVE CASH AFTER THAT

        THIS SITE AND COUPONING IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL CAREER, ANYONE WHO MAKES MOPN EY LIKE THAT IS LOW IN MORALS

    • mrs claire says:

      you’re a jerk and you don’t belong on this site. doctors and firemen help people and make money from what they do, so how is this any different? you’re just bitter, jealous, and CRAZY!!!

  14. THETRUTHISTHETRUTH43243253 says:

    GEE BAN SOMEONE WHO SAYS THE TRUTH, THAT IF YOU ARE HELPING PEOPLE AND HOPING TO MAKE A BUCK OFF OF IT, THAT IS NOT HELP, THAT IS SELF SERVING LOW MORAL ACTIONS

  15. WHYTHISSITEHASNOMORALS452828 says:

    I SEE YOU ARE SELLING YOUR SELF-SERVING BOOK TO MAKE MONEY OFF THE STUPID IN THE WORLSD, ALL IN YOUR BOOK AND ALL YOU POST HERE IS COMMON SENSE,

    IF YOU TRULY WANTED TO HEP OTHERS WITH COUPING, YOU WOULD DO IT FOR FREE AND TELL PEOPLE HOW AND NOT MAKE A BUCK OFF OF THEM

    BUT THERE ARE NO MORALS HERE I SEE………..

  16. Jenni says:

    Can you freeze other things too like cheese, milk and sour cream????

  17. Jenni says:

    Can you freeze other things too like cheese, milk and sour cream????

  18. Jenni says:

    Can you freeze other things too like cheese, milk and sour cream????

    • Flsh1gordon says:

      have never frozen milk…. but I have frozen cheese….it does okay but some people don’t like the consistency….I was fine because it was going into something that it was going to melt in anyways………..

      • steph says:

        I have frozen cheese after shredding at it has been fine. I have read that the blocks might come out crumbly, so to shred them first.

    • Flsh1gordon says:

      have never frozen milk…. but I have frozen cheese….it does okay but some people don’t like the consistency….I was fine because it was going into something that it was going to melt in anyways………..

    • Flsh1gordon says:

      have never frozen milk…. but I have frozen cheese….it does okay but some people don’t like the consistency….I was fine because it was going into something that it was going to melt in anyways………..

    • Erin says:

      I freeze my cheese, but only when it’s shredded. I’ve never frozen block cheese but I don’t see why you can’t. Milk freezes well, but it needs to be completely thawed and shaken up really well before drinking it. Also, it should be used within a week. My husband is really weird about expiration dates and he felt like the milk we froze and thawed started to smell pretty quick. Unfortunately, I threw away half the gallon less than a week after thawing it because it went bad but I have friends who haven’t had a problem. If anyone has tips, bring it!

    • Anonymous says:

      You *can* freeze sour cream, but it will separate and the texture will change (somewhat like cottage cheese), so you could use it perhaps in cooking/ baking, but not for a dip or topping. The taste will also be slightly different.
      Also for milk– make sure to take out an inch or two of it before freezing because it expands when frozen.

    • Kelly says:

      I freeze block cheese all the time, since we get so much of it on the WIC program. I have never had any problems with texture, flavor, or anything else.

  19. Can you freeze nana’s,

    7 how?

  20. Can you freeze nana’s,

    7 how?

    • Tracy says:

      Yes you can.I freeze them by removing the peel and placing them in freezer bags.I use them for shakes or baking.

    • Tracy says:

      Yes you can.I freeze them by removing the peel and placing them in freezer bags.I use them for shakes or baking.

    • Deanna says:

      I wait until the bananas go on sale and are put into the little banana bags, the extra ripe ones. Then I take them home and slice them all up and individually freeze the banana slices. It sounds like a lot of work, but it really does make them very easy to deal with. I sometimes use the frozen sliced banans, and a little skim milk and smoothie them up in my blender, then fill the bottom of a 3oz dixie cup with some sprinkles and then spoon in the cup, then I put a Popsicle stick in it and some plastic wrap on it and refreeze. I give them to my kids during the summer as a breakfast treat. They think it’s ice cream popsicle and I know it’s just a frozen banana. Other things I’ve done with them, is used them for more accurate measuring when making banana bread and muffins, and even just dipped some frozen slices in some melted chocolate…yummm, now I’m gonna go have to pull some out and have that for dessert. Oh, and after they freeze, they store very well in just a gallon ziplock baggie.

    • Vickicoupons says:

      You can freeze nanas in the peeling.When you are ready to bake just defrost they will be very soft,cut off the tip and squeeze out .NO MESS I buy bags of nanas and freeze whole works great.

  21. Dfoote76 says:

    This is a great thing to do. If I get hamburg I cook it up and package it for spaghetti, chili. or whatever you use it for. Also if the fruit is a little soft- I cut it up and put it in on cookie sheets and freeze it. It makes great smoothies or daquari’s.

  22. MG says:

    The “Whipped” Yogurts are soooooo awesome frozen, also they arent so hard when frozen. Super easy to eat :)

    • Mirandaworden says:

      I love the whips frozen. Nice, healthy summer treat. Get the vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate versions to have a good alternative to ice cream!

    • Mirandaworden says:

      I love the whips frozen. Nice, healthy summer treat. Get the vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate versions to have a good alternative to ice cream!

    • Mirandaworden says:

      I love the whips frozen. Nice, healthy summer treat. Get the vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate versions to have a good alternative to ice cream!

    • KW says:

      I always shop at the local bread box store for really cheap bread and snack items. They even have healthy whole grain breads. I rarely ever go down the snack or bread aisles anymore, and we’ve started growing our own vegetables.

    • KW says:

      I always shop at the local bread box store for really cheap bread and snack items. They even have healthy whole grain breads. I rarely ever go down the snack or bread aisles anymore, and we’ve started growing our own vegetables.

    • Rjeverett82 says:

      Oooh haven’t tried the whipped ones frozen yet! Thanks for the tip!

      • cindyjan says:

        The yoplait whips are great frozen,they are just the right size an you have alot of flavors to choose from.

    • Dawn says:

      I love the whipped yogurts frozen. I take them to work and by mid morning they are just right…

  23. Vickie says:

    I get the bread at the day-old store, which is just the markdowns taken back to the bread-warehouse and re-sold. It’s half off on the Mrs. Baird, Bimbo’s and all the other major brands in our parts. It’s usually the same in quality, and I freeze it anyway.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s a great idea to look for a bakery outlet store in your local area. There can be really good deals there! Day-old bread can be awesome for homemade bread crumbs, croutons, bread pudding, garlic bread, or French toast :)

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s a great idea to look for a bakery outlet store in your local area. There can be really good deals there! Day-old bread can be awesome for homemade bread crumbs, croutons, bread pudding, garlic bread, or French toast :)

  24. Jen says:

    How do you find out when they mark down meats? It is always hit or miss at my stores. If you call the store will they usually tell you? Also my son loves the frozen crushables! They are like little ice creams!!

    • Anonymous says:

      It depends on your store. Some stores mark down their meat late at night when they have to clean out the butcher’s block or for packaged meat, it may be in the early morning. Try asking around for the employee(s) that do the markdowns and ask if they do them at a specific time.

    • Anonymous says:

      It depends on your store. Some stores mark down their meat late at night when they have to clean out the butcher’s block or for packaged meat, it may be in the early morning. Try asking around for the employee(s) that do the markdowns and ask if they do them at a specific time.

  25. connie says:

    I always go to my local BiLo very early wednesday morning to get markedown meat. It’s usually the things that were in the ad that ended tuesday and they had too much of or was close to date. I get my bread at walmart from their bakery reduction rack usually back by the dairy. I put the extra loaves of italian or french bread in the freezer for french toast or garlic bread when I need it.

  26. What time do stores usually mark down the meat. I am not a huge meat eater, but my husband is and that is where we spend the most money! A few weeks ago target had ground beef on sale and with $2 off on the package, we got the for $1.11!

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s usually late at night or early in the morning, but you can try asking around at the store to find out if they have a set time. At many stores, day old bread is marked down early morning.

    • Kinggeorgemom says:

      Ask the manager in the meat department of the store where you shop and they can tell you what their specific schedule is if they have one. The same goes for the bakery department!

    • Kinggeorgemom says:

      Ask the manager in the meat department of the store where you shop and they can tell you what their specific schedule is if they have one. The same goes for the bakery department!

  27. Rjeverett82 says:

    This is my favorite thing to do, I always find my best deals using coupons with markdowns! Just a couple of weeks ago I went to Meijer expecting to use my Danino and Danimals coupons to get $0.87 yogurt only to find over 20 of them on markdown for $0.57 – $0.67! Meijer doesn’t do overages but I was able to get them all for free! They freeze well and are even better that way during the hot summer days:)

  28. Rjeverett82 says:

    This is my favorite thing to do, I always find my best deals using coupons with markdowns! Just a couple of weeks ago I went to Meijer expecting to use my Danino and Danimals coupons to get $0.87 yogurt only to find over 20 of them on markdown for $0.57 – $0.67! Meijer doesn’t do overages but I was able to get them all for free! They freeze well and are even better that way during the hot summer days:)

  29. Rjeverett82 says:

    This is my favorite thing to do, I always find my best deals using coupons with markdowns! Just a couple of weeks ago I went to Meijer expecting to use my Danino and Danimals coupons to get $0.87 yogurt only to find over 20 of them on markdown for $0.57 – $0.67! Meijer doesn’t do overages but I was able to get them all for free! They freeze well and are even better that way during the hot summer days:)

    • Oneproudmommy3 says:

      Thanks for the freezing the yogurt tip! I didnt even think of that! I stocked up on yoplait Disney princess yogurt at Publix awhile ago and the exp date is the 18th of June! Good idea in the freezer it goes!

    • Oh wow I didn’t know you could freeze yogurt! Thanks for the tip!!!

    • Lorirattie says:

      yes, thanks for the freezing yogurt tip…thats a great way to save money by not having to throw away expired yogurt AND still get great deals with the coupons!! Thanks again :)

    • Angyoder says:

      i love freezing GOgurt tubes for my kiddos! they LOVE the more when they are frozen and I can stock up that way :)

    • Angyoder says:

      i love freezing GOgurt tubes for my kiddos! they LOVE the more when they are frozen and I can stock up that way :)

      • Rjeverett82 says:

        Especially helpful when you have teething little ones, it gets only a little messy as they thaw, but the momentary peace and quiet is so worth it! ;)

      • Rjeverett82 says:

        Especially helpful when you have teething little ones, it gets only a little messy as they thaw, but the momentary peace and quiet is so worth it! ;)

      • Dawn @ Sugar Free Candyland says:

        I do the same thing with the GoGurt tubes! In fact, I put them in the freezer, then in the morning when I am packing my son’s lunch for school, I take one out of the freezer and put it in his lunchbox and by lunchtime, it is just right, and still cold! He loves it! Also, like someone else said, it makes for a great, healthy summertime snack!

      • Dawn @ Sugar Free Candyland says:

        I do the same thing with the GoGurt tubes! In fact, I put them in the freezer, then in the morning when I am packing my son’s lunch for school, I take one out of the freezer and put it in his lunchbox and by lunchtime, it is just right, and still cold! He loves it! Also, like someone else said, it makes for a great, healthy summertime snack!

    • Carlene says:

      You can also mix yogurt & cool whip together in a graham cracker crust & freeze. This makes a great dessert on hot summer nights! And since all items freeze/store well, it’s great to stock up when on sale. :-)

    • Carlene says:

      You can also mix yogurt & cool whip together in a graham cracker crust & freeze. This makes a great dessert on hot summer nights! And since all items freeze/store well, it’s great to stock up when on sale. :-)

    • Carlene says:

      You can also mix yogurt & cool whip together in a graham cracker crust & freeze. This makes a great dessert on hot summer nights! And since all items freeze/store well, it’s great to stock up when on sale. :-)

    • Claudianegron says:

      yeah great tip i never think of freezing things. Maybe the KCL can give some tip for the newbies about things that freeze well

      • Anonymous says:

        Here are some of my favorite things to freeze (make sure they’re in a sealed bag/ package): blueberries, strawberries, grapes, corn, meat, bread, milk, cheese, homemade waffles & pancakes, butter & margarine.
        Things you don’t want to freeze: lettuce, gelatin, corn starch, melons, cucumbers, radishes, mayo, potatoes, egg whites, meringue and citrus fruits.