New Season of TLC Extreme Couponing blah, blah, blah.

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A new season of Extreme Couponing started last night. Yawn. Zzzzzz…..

Oh sorry! You caught me dozing off!

Anyhow, as you might expect, the shenanigans have already started up again with claims of counterfeit coupons…. zzzzzzzzzzz. Snore, snore, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

DOH! This is really getting embarrassing, sorry!

Look, let’s cut to the chase before I hit the REM cycle.

I have rather strong feelings about Extreme Couponing which I’ve shared before, and don’t care to rehash. I’m also painfully bored of all the “I hate Extreme Couponing” posts and conversations out there. (And I better shut up quick lest this post bore me, too.) But if you’ve found this site today because of Extreme Couponing, I am delighted to have YOU here and want to take a moment and talk you through what you really need to know about couponing – how it works and how it doesn’t work.

1. “I want to use coupons, but have no clue.” This post will show you how to get started.

2. Four secrets of couponing success. So how exactly do people get things for free or cheap with coupons? This post will break it down.

3. “I don’t get this couponing thing.” For people that have been using coupons awhile, but can’t figure out how to connect it all.

4. “I can’t do it like Extreme Couponing.” If you’re extremely frustrated you can’t extremely coupon.

If you’re new to reading coupon blogs, you’re probably realizing by now that there are many, many of us out there. So why should you bother with this site? First and foremost, I’m committed to 100% ethical coupon usage. I believe that couponing should be sensible and honest and shouldn’t be played like a game where the store is your opponent. In fact, I have very close communication with all my store partners in an effort to bridge the gap between couponer and retailer. I prefer to consider them my allies to savings, not some enemy to take out.

You’ll also find I’ve invested a lot of time in teaching how coupons work. If you learn best by hearing someone teach, check out my webcast page! I have many, many videos of coupon lessons that are FREE for you to watch. I also believe that couponing should only ever be part of your journey to saving money, which is why you’ll see me talk about gardening, DIY, and other frugal endeavors. Finally, I believe a healthful lifestyle and a frugal one are not mutually exclusive. I eat mainly a whole-foods, plant-based diet so look for lots of good-for-you deals and ideas around here.

OK, so that’s all I got…. time for a cup of coffee before I nod off again.


  1. Allison says

    Been following you for a year and love your blog posts! Here is my question to you – How do you “get back on the coupon horse?” I crazy couponed for about 6 months but just couldn’t keep up with the crazy pace. I have four kids and NEED to get back into couponing but just don’t know where to begin again. Please help!!!

    • arussell says

      This is a great question, and I would actually love to pose it as a separate post to the Coupon Project readers here. Are you game?

      • Allison says

        yes most definitely! I would love another post on the “how-to’s” when trying to get back in to couponing the ethical way!

    • Sarah says

      I’m in the same boat. I did well for probably 18 months, but I just got overwhelmed and burnt out. I took a break, and next thing I know it’s been six months (or maybe even more?!) and I just feel like I don’t see the same kind of great deals I used to. My time is worth so much and I don’t know where I was finding it to coupon before!

      • Nichole says

        the deals aren’t the same. since the show there’s been an influx of 50cent coupons galore. oh and LOTS of deals on sugar-water, contact lens water, chrystal lite (water) and anything involved in giving away water or chemicals. the substantial deals are few and far between.

        oh and we LOOOOOVE the new “one per guest” target coupon wording. makes stocking up a piece of pie. NOT

        • Nichole says

          don’t get me wrong, i love the show, but the manufacturers and stores have definitely caught on and tightened their belt. this too shall pass

          • arussell says

            I am curious if it really shall pass. I think there have been some fundamental shifts since the show that I don’t know if we’ll ever see quite shift back. You are right to point out the store/manufacturer changes!

  2. Jen says

    LOL I thought this was going to be one of those “I hate the show” rants :) Should’ve known better from you though because I was thinking the same exact thing. If it hadn’t have been for the show and my agoraphobia keeping me at home to be bored enough to say “There’s nothing else to watch so I’ll check out this show”, I would have NEVER started couponing, I would have continued to have Safeway deliver my $100-$150 worth of groceries every week and my family would not be the same as it is today.

    Yours is one of the first blogs I found and with your helpful tips and tricks I would have never been able to figure it out on my own.

    Thank you btw if I haven’t said it before!! 😀

  3. Jolene says

    I’m in the same boat as some of he other commenters. I’m trying to get back into couponing after a 9 month break. I’ve been seeing a lot more Gluten Free and organic coupons which fit into our lifestyle. I’ve been kind of maintaining my stock pile but I’m starting to get low on things like noodles. I need a refresher course on the drugstores too. Could you do a post with links to updated coupon policies?

    As for extream couponing I don’t watch it anymore because it raises my blood pressure and I end up ranting the same thing in blog comments over and over again. Life is to short to be mad about stupid stuff that I can’t control or change. The only way I will see an episode is through Barbie Theater.

    This is one of my favorite blogs. I’ve been following The Coupon project for about 2 years now. If you have landed here because of the TLC show you are in the right place.

    • arussell says

      Thank you so much for your comments – and thanks too for the suggestion on drugstores. I do need to say more about them soon – I know I’ve remained quiet these past few months, largely due to my own lack of enthusiasm for shopping them. 😉 That being said, I do need to update folks on the state of couponing at the drugstores – absolutely.

  4. Danyelle says

    Jolene, thanks for reminding me of Barbie Theater! We need more Barbie Theater! Coupon-related or not, it’s excellent entertainment. :)

    • arussell says

      I actually just thought up an idea for my next Barbie Coupon post! I hope get around to it here in the next week or so.

  5. Christine says

    Two things:
    1. There are still awesome deals to be had, just ratchet up your creativity. Walgreen’s has a period of time on Saturdays when both the old sale AND the new sale are both valid. My Walgreen’s restocks in on Friday night. So late Saturday I have a perfect storm of old ads down, new stock, and new sale valid. 😉
    2. I’ve slacked off a bit myself but have jumped on-board again. Rather than clipping all me coupons during my down time. I organized the inserts by date and just clipped the ones I need. I couldn’t take advantage of a clearance without going back but I did stick to my budget better. I found that about 50% of coupons are printable anyway.
    3. My humble goal has always been to cut 30-50% of my total grocery bill and this is still absolutely possible. I do it all the time. Maybe the days of the Zero cost trip are over but I never much cared for the questionable practices this required anyway. If I don’t use it or can’t donate it. I won’t buy it –even if it is free.

  6. D'Anna says

    Does anyone else look at what they are buying and just know when it was filmed because of the coupons they are using? Maybe we won’t see carts heaped w/ Tic Tacs & croutons this season…I predict Kikkoman, Frank’s Hot Sauce and maybe some Ken’s Salad Dressing, anyone else want to make a prediction?

    I think a thread on restarting after a coupon hiatus would be a fun one for user participation. A few weeks back someone gave me 52 SS and 52 RP inserts and I was ready to swear off coupons after collating for 2 hours.


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