Extreme Couponing Challenge: Week 10

On tonight's episode of TLC's Extreme Couponing we saw Joni from Saving and Sharing for Christ. She shopped at Kroger and all the grocery items purchased the day of the show’s filming were donated to Sylvania Area Family Services, Sylvania Senior Center and Paws and Whiskers Animal Shelter.

We also saw Angelique, who doesn't seem to have a blog -- probably because she works 12 hour days and has five kids. She's in Seattle and that's a no doubles area yet she managed to leave the store with a $57 gift certificate and a ton of groceries -- it can be done, even without doubles!

Here are the tips, from tonight's show.

1) Rainchecks are your friend -- especially if you've got a really good coupon for that deal. I know it's a pain to get a raincheck, honestly I never do it, but it really can pay off at the register. If you're really serious about saving money -- get those rainchecks! (FYI we did try to get a raincheck last weekend at Whole Foods... they don't give rainchecks. I don't know if that's a corporate policy or just my store's policy... but we did try.)

2) Catalinas should NEVER be thrown away or just left hanging at the register. Tonight, Joni received 90 Catalinas, for .75 a piece and that helped her pay for her groceries. (Catalinas are those OYNO coupons that print at the register when you buy some combination or items or just because the machine loves you that day.) Don't ever leave them behind... they will save you money! Food blogs and forums will tell you which Catalina deals are happening at your local stores and this will allow you to match a sale price, with a coupon AND get a Catalina back. DO THIS! A few weeks ago, we bought a ton of Meijer organic products and received Catalinas worth the price of the products we bought. It was awesome.

3) I know I sound like a broken record but I cannot say it enough -- bloggers and coupon forums are doing the hard work for you. All you have to do is read them every day and you'll have the best deals with the location of the coupons to match those deals. These are huge money saving resources for you. (If you don't know which blogs you should be reading, post a comment with the location you live in and the names of the stores in your area and I'll connect you with the bloggers. And, visit A Full Cup forums or We Use Coupons forums for these sale/coupon match-ups.

Do you have any tips to share? Have you been saving money with coupons? Do you have any questions about couponing that you'd like help with?

~Denise BlogHer Community Manager Life. Flow. Fluctuate.


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