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Coupon Tricks From the Women Who Started Coupon Parties

We all know that coupons can save us money on items that we were going to buy anyway, but there's more to using these paper savings tools than meets the eye. Kansas City moms Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee perfected the art of using coupons when they were having trouble reducing their families' food bills. Once they became experts at saving about $400 a month on their groceries, the duo started charging $25 for others to attend coupon parties led by them and created their website Be CentsAble. They say attendees will save at least that amount in their first grocery trip after applying lessons learned at the parties.

Good Morning America ran a spot on Chrissy and Kristin, and the pair gave several examples of how to make better use of coupons. I certainly learned something new. They're all about "layering savings strategies"; to see some of their tips on how to do this,


  • First look for sales, then look for coupons for the sale items.
  • An even better idea is to go to a store that gives double-coupon credit.
  • Get the best deals by combining the manufacturer's coupon with a store's coupon.
  • For manufacturer coupons that cover entire product lines, ignore the picture and pay attention to the bar codes. A more expensive item is typically pictured, but you can use the coupon on cheaper products.
  • Buy one get one free: You can use two coupons on these promotions because you're buying two items. You can even use a buy-one-get-one-free coupon and end up getting both for free.
  • If you have a store coupon, like $5 off any $20 purchase, give them that coupon first while the total is more than $20. Once that discount has been taken, hand over your other coupons for individual products.


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refinedharmony refinedharmony 7 years
I agree, you have to be careful about the items that want you to buy so many, like buy 3 cereals and get $1 off. Sometimes I've sat in the aisle and stared at the products for a while, trying to figure out if it's cheaper to use the coupon (and get way more than what I actually need) or just buy the store brand. For me the store brand wins out in most cases, so I'm starting to wonder why I coupon clip in the first place, haha...
emalove emalove 7 years
I'm so bad about coupons...I have good intentions and cut them out sometimes, but I always forget to use them!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Very helpful site! Thanks!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 7 years
I find that the coupons offered are for things I never buy. So it's kind of pointless to me.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
this is a GREAT site. i belong to several couponing sites and this is one that i've never heard of before. i love it - and i really appreciate all the tips that you guys are sharing with us to save any $$
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
someone at my local Kroger has been leaving her unused coupons on the shelf of the item that the coupon is for. I have thanked her several times in the past few months for the awesome coupons she leaves for me and have since started leaving behind the coupons that I do not use as well. I saved $14 bucks last week by catching the sales and combing the coupons.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I love coupons. I saved $18 last week with coupons, sales, and comp ads. Yippie!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
Coupons are great.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I had a good coupon weekend yesterday...I went shopping and I had 4 coupons for things I needed anyway and I saved $6! You have to watch out for some coupons though. Sometimes you have to buy a whole lot of something to get the savings and you don't really save any money if you're buying things that you wouldn't ordinarily buy, so just watch the paper for coupons you will actually use.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I love coupons. :)
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