There are so many cool things to learn when it comes to couponing. In fact we teach a 2 hour coupon class, called “Seven Secrets to Successful Couponing” (NEW! ORDER on DVD!),  which doesn’t even cover all the great stuff we could tell you… (we could go on for hours and hours talking about coupon strategies and ways to save money). So we will try to keep it simple and sweet!

First off, did you know that YOU HAVE CONTROL over how much you spend on Groceries?

Look at all the things we got for FREE using coupons.

Ready to get started??

Here is what you need to do.


Internet Coupons: {coupons you can print at home from your computer}  Our favorite sites for printing coupons are, Smart Source, and Red Plum. Here is where you can find more sites to print coupons from. We also have a great tutorial for printing coupons.

Newspaper Coupons: These come as inserts in the Sunday Paper. Looks for the names Smart Source, Procter & Gamble, and Red Plum.

Store coupons: {Keep your eyes out for coupons in the store.}

Catalina– a printable coupon that is handed to you with your receipt at the store, many times it is a voucher for “store cash”. This is one of the most effective ways of getting items free! We always KNOW which products will trigger this catalina. If you follow our site, we always tell you when this will happen. (More info HERE!)
Peelies– peel off coupons found on products at stores
Blinkies-found in the aisle at the store spitting out of the blinking black box
Tear Pads– Usually displayed next to the product and tear off of a pad.


You won’t be able to effectively use your coupons if you aren’t organized! It is OK to start simple! Monica started with a little dollar store photo book, because she just wanted to test out couponing before she put a lot of effort into an organization system. Here are a few methods for organizing your coupons once you are ready to step it up! (We wrote an entire series about getting organized and you can find it here, or just click on “Get Organized” under “Learn to be a frugal” on our menu bar. (You can watch us and see how we use our different organization systems in our 90 minute DVD, Seven Secrets to Successful Couponing).

Filing Method: Get a letter sized accordion file and file your coupon inserts. Don’t clip until you are ready to use them. With this method you do not have to waste anytime clipping coupons you never use. You will have to spend time clipping before you can shop, and you will not know where your coupons are if you unexpectedly find an item on sale. You could also clip your coupons and store them in a small accordion file.

Binder Method: This is Monica’s choice. Check out her binder and organization method. She keeps her coupons in baseball card holder sheets. You could also use photo album sheets. She keeps them organized by category, so she can find them quickly and easily.

No-Clip or ClipLESS Method: This is Cathy’s choice. Don’t clip your inserts. Place them in a sheet protector along with a list of all of the coupons in the insert. You do not have to type that up! Simply copy and paste the coupon list from our coupon preview to a word doc and print. Then put all of your inserts in a binder.

Clipping Method: We recommend that you get more than one insert each week. Do not clip each one separately! Stack each matching page together and cut all five inserts at one time!


You do not have to do all the work, that is what a coupon blog is for! Best of all, IT’S FREE! (We show you how to use it effectively in our Seven Secrets of Couponing DVD!)


Just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean you should use it right away! We ALWAYS wait for a good sale!

Combining FAB sales + coupons = HUGE SAVINGS!

When you see an item on a super good sale, purchase a lot of it! This is how we effectively build a stockpile! Never again will you just run to the store to grab something you need and pay full price. From now on, you will shop from your stockpile – a stockpile that is full of items you paid pennies on the dollar for!! You will now menu plan from your stockpile and use what items are on a good sale that week.


Couponing does take time to incorporate into your daily life (we five are busy women!) but the time you spend will bless your family! YOU can reap the rewards of couponing! You CAN slash your bill by 50-90% purchasing brand name items! We no longer purchase store brand items, and we’re spending less than we did before! We are living fabulously on LESS!!

Be sure to check out all the other great features on our blog! We also have a weekly series about “Fab Family Fun”, “Fabulessly Frugal Friday”, “Menu Planning from your Stockpile”, and MUCH MORE! Feel free to contact us any time with your questions!

Feeling Overwhelmed? We’ll help you learn it all one step at a time in our 90 minute DVD titled:

7 Secrets to Successful Couponing



  • I love this website! I am so proud its Idaho Gals.
    I have always used coupons here and there, but now i am learning the ways of a true coupon-er..? I get so excited to go shopping and i do it with a friend who shares the same interest!
    thank you! I love what your doing.

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