More Than Just a Crazy Coupon Lady

 When I first started An Exercise In Frugality ( I had the intention of sharing coupon deals with people. But it has grown into more than that. I try to do more than just spam post a buch of deals that people ignore. I have also written articles about how to use coupons successfully to save money off grocery budgets, doing so with integrity, and also other ways you can save money....more

Extreme Couponing: The Controversy Never Ends

I started extreme couponing 18 months ago because of the buzz around TLC's first Extreme Couponing special. I am thankful for that buzz, because it has helped me save a whole lot of money. I just wish that TLC would crack down on the unethical couponers and coupon practices they are showing every season. This really has to stop. ...more
Great post Denise   I've only watched the show a couple of times.  My husband pounced on the ...more

Extra Wide Coupon Wallet Tutorial

I Don't Understand Coupons

I see your point - but I think for some people it's more of necessity.  Those extra few dollars ...more


As a Mommy Page Ambassador (see button on side bar), I am given free samples and coupons to pass on to my readers; TODAY is that day!  I am happy to pass on the following coupon links for you to click on an enjoy... ...more

Special Discounts for Online Shoppers

If I could share one cost-saving secret that any shopaholic would thank me for, this is it! ...more

Target Targets Pregnant Women

You're pregnant! How do you break the news? Some women buy baby balloons. If there's a child already, they can put him or her in a big brother / big sister shirt. Some women actually bake buns and put them in the oven for their partner to find (I saw this somewhere. I never would have thought of it myself.)I decided on "crying, sit down when I tell you this, oh my God, what are we going to do" approach, but I realize not everyone can be that romantic....more

Couponing: A Contrarian View

After reading yet another blog post extolling the virtues of couponing, I’m moved to present a contrarian point of view.To begin, I’ll share several factors in my life that drive my perspective on food marketing, grocery shopping and couponing—and I’ll own the fact that my situation may not be like yours....more

Groceries On A Shoestring: Couponing 101 Part 2

Once you start clipping coupons, the issue of how to use them most efficiently often comes up.  Do I buy an item I need now with the coupon, or do I wait for it to be on sale?  The answer to both of these, is yes.When you are coupon shopping, there are two types of shopping that you will be doing.  The first is called needs shopping.  Sometimes, you need a particular item that you have a coupon for, and it just can't wait.  This is a situation where it's perfectly fine to use a coupon, but you only want to buy the minimum of that item, that you need....more

Many uses for Distilled White Vinegar

The are many uses for White Distilled Vinegar. I myself have used several of these technique for many years.  Here are a few tidbits 1.  Use white distilled vinegar to clean up animal urine off floor.2.  Spraying white distilled vinegar on couch keeps your cat from scratching it.3.  For freshly painted rooms, leave an open bottle of white distilled vinegar open, this reduces the paint smell....more