Beginner’s Couponing

To put it nicely, I’m stingy. To be perfectly honest, I hate spending money. When I learned how to coupon, it was like a lightbulb went off in my stingy head. What I did tonight was small and easy, so I figured I’d share that first.

Step 1 to learn how to coupon: learn

That woman is a genius. She matches coupons with current store sales and tells you where to go to find which coupon. Here’s an example:

$10 Target Gift Card WYB (3) Proctor & Gamble Items
Gain Flings, 72 ct., $17.99
Manufacturer Coupon-.50/1 Gain detergent, excl trial size, (zip 30003) PRINTABLE
Store Coupon-.50/1 Gain laundry detergent or fabric enhancer, excl trial size, Target mobile coupon – text CLEAN to 827438
Store Coupon-$2 off Gain Flings or Tide PODS, 35 ct.+, Target mobile coupon – text CLEAN to 827438
Store Coupon-$1 off Gain or Tide laundry detergent, excl trial size, Target mobile coupon – text SPRING to 827438
Manufacturer Coupon-.50/1 Gain detergent or fabric enhancer, SS 3/16
Manufacturer Coupon-$1/2 Gain detergents or fabric enhancers, SS 3/16
Store Coupon-$2/2 Gain or Tide laundry detergent, excl trial size, Target mobile coupon – text THANKS to 827438
Manufacturer Coupon-.20/1 Gain detergent or fabric enhancer, SS 3/16
Manufacturer Coupon-.50/1 Gain or Era detergents, 25 oz+ or fabric enhancers, excl trial size, RP 4/13
Manufacturer Coupon-$1/2 Gain or Era detergents, 25 oz+ or fabric enhancers, excl trial size, RP 4/13
Manufacturer Coupon-$1 off Tide Pods, Gain Flings or Fireworks, Downy Unstopables or Bounce Bursts, excl trial size, RP 4/13
(buy (3), use $2 off store and $2/2 store and (3) $1 off mfr, makes it $12.65 ea. )

M – manufacturer’s coupon (printable and in Sunday papers)

S – store coupon (printable, added to grocery store cards online, or in flyers sent out by particular stores)

SS – smartsource coupons

RP – red plum coupons

The date corresponds with which Sunday paper you’ll need to find the coupon. Clear as mud? It does take some getting used to. That’s why I decided to start with an easy one for this post.


This is what I got tonight at CVS.

Dove deodorant: $6.79

Dawn: $.99

Colgate: $3.00

You ready? Here we go.

The deodorant was on sale 2/$10, so it only cost me $5. Minus $1.50 from a coupon that printed on my last CVS receipt minus another coupon for $2 that I printed. (You can use 1 manufacturer’s coupon and 1 store coupon for the same item in the same transaction.) Final cost: $1.50.

Dawn: $.99 minus $.50 manufacturer’s coupon (printable). The limit of coupons I could use in one day was four, so I got four. Final cost $1.96.

Colgate $3.00 minus $2.50 store coupon (scanned CVS card to get coupons before I shopped) minus $.50 manufacturer’s coupon in the paper. Final cost: FREE!

Total spent after it was all said and done: $3.55 (after tax). Value: $13.75 (before tax).

I know people do better than that, but this is a very good start for beginners. This one was only one transaction – just wait until you’re doing multiple transactions!

It’d be easy to think this is just a waste of time, but I challenge you to look through this passage of Scripture and notice how many things this one area of stewardship applies:

Proverbs 31: 10 – 31

10A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


Now, I’m not saying I’m the Proverbs 31 woman by any means – definitely NOT! But being a good steward of our money is a start in the right direction.

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