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6 Couponing Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

I’ve been couponing for years now, it’s how we paid off our debt and so many beginner coupons aren’t saving money with coupons because they are making these common coupon mistakes. 

“HOLY COW! My eyes lit up so big I thought I just saw Leonardo Dicaprio! I only paid $5 for all of that?! And this is food. I don’t have to feel guilty about this because WE NEED FOOD. Oh, I can’t wait to get home AND get some more coupons and come back in an hour. Then tomorrow I can get this deal.
Then I go to that store on Thursday…..”

Ever been in that situation?! Maybe you are just starting to coupon and you experience the amazing “COUPON HIGH”. If you are wanting to dip your toes in but not quite sure- Go ahead do it. Just before you dive in check out these tips below. You don’t want to make these mistakes when you are a couponer.

Let’s take a little walk together and go over some mistakes you may be making- The good news is you are on your way to a better tomorrow! 

Getting Every Deal

When you first start couponing you can get overwhelmed. Why?! Because there is always a deal.  We have the luxuries of seeing many of the same $0.60 toothpaste on sale at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens etc.

If you end up running to every store all of the time, mistakes will happen. You may end up using the wrong coupon, or it’s expired and a coupon burnout will shortly follow.

If you get overwhelmed and stop then you may go back to buying whatever looks good at the time and that is a sure way to overspend your hard earned cash. We don’t want that. Pick one store to start. You can get started couponing the right way in my four-week step by step Learning How to Coupon Series Here. 

Buying things you don’t need

Two years ago I was guilty of this.  When I first started couponing 6 years ago I was shocked you could get things for free and cereal for $0.50 frequently. I started getting things we didn’t like or wouldn’t use up before they expired.  I wasn’t used to getting brand name items for cheap.

So in the beginning when I saw French’s mustard for $0.66 a bottle I bought 4 bottles. I had them for three years. They expired. Guess we don’t eat that much mustard. I wasn’t even able to donate it because they had already expired.

Of course, you can buy things and donate the items you do not want, but just be aware if you are buying things you don’t need, with money you may not have, and storing in places that are taking over your house, it is time to cut back.

Not buying a printer

I hear many people say “Oh I really want to start couponing but I don’t have a printer.”  It is 2017. We are technology driven and although there are more e-coupons for us to save, a printer is a must to couponing these days.  70% of the coupons I use are online.

When you have a local store that doubles coupons and you pair it with the online $0.75/1 printable coupon you have hit a goldmine.  The good news is there are always deals for printers.

Taking all the Peelies and Tear Pad Coupons

There you are at your favorite store and what do you see?! A coupon peelie on Oreos for a $1 off one package. You have not come across a $1 off one on Oreos in .. NEVER. You grab it and all the others. These coupons will make a great deal when they go on sale.

WRONG. We have ca oupon code. Taking peelies ( coupons found on a product) is wrong. These coupons are meant only for the person who is buying the product.

Tear pad coupons are found throughout stores on a tear pad. These coupons you can take without buying any product. Yet you have to remember to only take what your family will use. Taking 25 coupons and leaving 5 for others is wrong. We need to think about our fellow savers.

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Not Using Your Stockpile

Many couponers think in the beginning they have to grab every deal that comes around.  As a blogger I see many of the same deals come around every 4-8 weeks. Sure that sounds like a long time but when you grab a few of the items while they are at a stock up pthe rice they should last you until the next rock bottom price. This gives you time to let some of the other deals that you don’t need go.  I am currently on a spending freeze.

I see in our local grocery store ad that pasta is on sale for $0.66 a box. It’s tempting to grab some even though I just looked in my pantry and I have 10 boxes of assorted varieties of pasta.  Don’t waste your time and funds to keep stocking up when you are already stocked up. You can easily get caught into the trap of “HOT DEALS NOW”. But you can also go broke grabbing every deal. Remember that we have sale cycles meaning every 4-8 weeks the same items will be on sale again.

You’re Not Following A Matchup List Every Week

“Not now Hunny. I’m still searching through this ad for the best deals.” Whoa whoa whoa. That my dear is a thing of the past. There is no more searching through the ad yourself then searching through your coupons, trying to match the items up. This is all done for you.

I have 20 store coupon matchups lists here and if a store you love isn’t on the list you can download the FREE app and get your store and than price compare.

Matchup lists are the best way to coupon and save time.  Each week you can easily scan through the items to find the best deal and add it to a printable shopping list. Multitasking at it’s finest! If you are not familiar with these lists- please do yourself a huge favor and check them out!

Plus they are time consuming and I appreciate all the clicks to those matchups 🙂


There you have it my friend. Six important factors to keep in mind when you start couponing.

Share with us do you use coupons? Did you make similar mistakes? 

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Mihaela Echols

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Love the printer idea! And yes no one should buy just cuz they might get a good deal on something.


Wednesday 11th of May 2016

This is important! I see so many people cocooning but buying random things they'll never use! That defeats the purpose!

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Wednesday 11th of May 2016

You gave great tips without it reading like a dos and don'ts post! I should do this more, I know, but haven't taken the time to develop a system. I especially liked how you shared about doing this long enough to get a feel for how long it would be between specials for certain stores and items. Very savvy!


Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Thanks Traci! Once you find your rhythm couponing becomes second nature and doesn't feel like a chore. It won't happen the first couple shopping trips but it does get easier!


Wednesday 11th of May 2016

I stopped couponing a couple of years ago, due to the burnout you talk about in #1! Eventually I'd love to hop back on the couponing wagon, but still don't feel that I have it in me. Buying things you don't need is something I tried to stay away from, and seemed to do pretty well...after all, the point is to save money, not fill your house full of junk you'll never use, and actually spend more in the process. And - great point on the peelies! It kind of bugs me when I can see that someone has done this on ALL of the trash bags or whatever else it may be....especially since this is the only couponing I have done recently. Great post...has me considering getting back in the couponing game!


Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Thanks Kori! You totally should! Even just grabbing a couple deals a week can add up to big savings! The peelie coupons drives me crazy! I wish everyone would only take what they need and use the peelies when they actually buy the product!

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