Jen Jurgensen – Plainview, MN

JenniferJurgensenI have been using the Couponizer for almost five years, since my friend gave it to me as a Christmas present.  It is the best coupon organizer in the world!  On Sundays when I update my stash of coupons, my younger three kids love to help.  The Couponizer is so user friendly that even the youngest of my four kids likes to help organize the coupons on the mat, getting them ready for me to file.  It is so easy to find the coupons I need when I’m preparing for a shopping trip or if I happen upon a great deal in the clearance sections of my favorite stores.  I have had the privilege of sharing the Couponizer with many friends through the years.  They all have become raving fans of this excellent organizing system as well!

Jen Jurgensen

Printable Coupons!

coupon- smallTools for saving money are definitely coupons!  Coupons in any form at all will deliver savings if you have a need for the product purchased using a coupon.  Often consumers get too caught up in the savings no matter what the product is and then wind up with food they never eat or products they never use and there is NO savings in that!

Our COUPONS page is set-up to deliver savings from one online coupon source that offers the largest variety of printable savings.  Once the coupon printer is set-up then every time you visit all you have to do is click and print.  Once the coupons come off the printer (3 to a page), you will need to clip them (use your handy Couponizer scissors) and store them (in your trusty Couponizer!) until your next trip to the grocery store.

What are you waiting for?  Go find printable savings that match your needs!  Click and Print HERE!

Anna Dunkle

Anna Dunkle - June 2013I have been using the couponizer for serveral years.  I love it because it not only holds coupons for the grocery store, but cards for frequent shoppers and has a pair of scissors and a carring pouch.  I keep it in the car for convenience.  I take
it out on Sundays to clip coupons and put it back into the same spot in my car.  Great organizer.

-Anna Dunkle

Mambo Sprouts June Messenger

June MessengerMambo Sprouts is offering more coupon savings on all natural, healthy and organic brand products and a fantastic summer Skin-sational giveaway this month. 

If you or a family member has food allergies, shops for gluten-free products and/or all natural cleaning products then finding savings on these types of products and many more has never been easier than with Mambo Sprouts.   
Pre-shop on their coupons page and print coupon savings on trusted brands or new brands you might like to try.  With coupon savings like these, you will lower the overall cost of high quality food and other supplies and in the end save more than money!

Are you Competing or Cooperating?

cooperatingThe buzz around coupons these days is the practice of consumers lowering costs so drastically with price matching and coupons that they are able to create and maintain huge stockpiles of items paying very little money out of pocket. When I see this I think of the scarcity mentality. This term was coined by Stephen Covey in his best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He writes “People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me.”  The scarcity mindset is founded in destructive and unnecessary competition and over the years since the recession hit, some consumers have become caught up in this mindset as it relates to coupons and deals.

Beware of a scarcity mentality. It involves hoarding whatever we have, fearful that we won’t have enough to survive. The tragedy, however, is that what you cling to ends up rotting in your hands.  henrinouwen.org

For a couponer, this can start by hoarding coupons and then over time shopping becomes a competitive match with the store and manufacturer by purchasing items just because they are low cost or free. Over time this becomes an identity (i.e. Coupon Queen, Discount Diva, Extreme Couponer) as winnings (stockpiles) go on display for all to see and admire and the feeling of having won dominates. Rarely does anyone share the true time commitment, family stress and hidden costs of storage, maintenance and waste or how the store or manufacturer had to absorb the loss.  It’s all about the consumer competing and winning whatever the cost.

When I started clipping coupons, this mentality never crossed my mind. I remember the sheer joy of saving $5, $10 or even $20 at the grocery store. Sadly, this level of savings by today’s standards is not impressive at all.  However, somewhere in my consciousness as a consumer I have always viewed coupons as gifts, not rights. Any company willing to print a coupon is essentially inviting anyone to lower their cost and can do so by following the guidelines on the coupon. I am thankful that a manufacturer of a product is willing to take from what would have been profit for them and in turn extend it to me. Coupons are essentially manufacturers or stores embracing what I now recognize as an abundance mentality. An abundance mentality basically means being of the mindset that there is plenty out there for everyone. In the words of Stephen Covey he writes “the Abundance Mentality, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in sharing of prestige, of recognition, of profits, of decision making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives, and creativity.”

As it relates to coupons, when consumers embrace an abundance mentality then competition is replaced with cooperation. Victory means success that brings mutually beneficial results to all involved. All parties involved feel good about the solutions, agreements, and decisions in win/win scenarios because they are mutually beneficial for everyone.

When I created the Couponizer over 10 years ago, I had no idea coupons would revolutionize for better and for worse the way people shop. My hope is that more consumers would see and understand the bigger picture and quietly go about saving $5, $10, $20 every week and be thankful. This steady, consistent savings done ethically adds up and will save you more than money!  Coupons will continue to evolve and there is no limit to the possibilities, options and creativity that they will bring if we as consumers embrace a spirit of cooperation over competition.

White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms

white-cheddar-stuffed-mushroomsWhite Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms
by Amie Valpone – from mambosprouts.com

Have a graduation party or Memorial Day picnic around the corner?  This tasty appetizer is sure to please and also be a healthy option!  Click on the link below for Crunchmaster White Cheddar Cracker savings!

Makes 28 Mushrooms

Ingredients:

½ cup Crunchmaster White Cheddar Crackers, crushed
¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
2 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. olive oil
28 large white button mushrooms, stemmed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a large baking dish with nonstick baking spray.

Stir the Crunchmaster White Cheddar Crackers, Pecorino Romano, goat cheese, garlic, parsley, sea salt and pepper and olive oil in a large bowl; mix well to combine.

Stuff the filling into the mushroom cavities and arrange on the baking sheet.

Bake until the mushrooms are tender, approximately 25 minutes.

Serve warm.

Shannon Praylow, White Plains, MD

Shannon Praylow - MAYI do have my own Website – www.praylowmomsaves.com which allows me to put all of my thoughts about raising my kids and money saving ideas out to more people then just my close friends.

I do have a dedicated page on my site for The Couponizer.  Here it is, take a look.  http://www.praylowmomsaves.com/p/the-coupon-organizer.html

I have bought one of the Couponizers and given it to my friend for him to use. He loved it! and so does his daughter.

I am planning on doing a class to show a group of people how they can quickly and easily clip coupons and save money without using up so much of their time. I was going to use the Couponizer as my basis to get them all started. When I am able to gather some money I will be buying them through your site as wholesale.

Thank you!

eSavings Blog

esavingsblog bannerAre you new to coupons? If so, we recommend visiting eSavingsblog.com. You will be greeted by an invitation to download a useful guide that covers all the basics about coupons.  When you start using coupons you will need to know the basic rules, then it is important to follow-up to understand any additional local coupon policies for the stores in your area. 

If you already have the basics down, then go to their blog pages and discover more money saving resources and books to keep your skills sharp.   Continual learning will help save you time and energy as it relates to chasing deals.  Check out the giveaway section, here you can enter to win a variety of items and simple instructions are provided.  If DrugStore savings are of interest to you, then here you will find help with CVS, RiteAid and Walgreens shopper programs.  Learn how they work so you are able to make the most of them. 

We are thrilled have eSavingsblog.com as a member of our affiliate community and recommend their website as a destination for helping you save MORE than money!

Reusable Shopping Bags!

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Normally $24.95, with coupon code: MOM2013, only $21.95 plus S&H! Offer expires 5-8-13.

Order your Couponizer Shopper Pack HERE!

Getting into the habit of using coupons to save money can be taken one step further by getting into the habit of using reusable shopping bags at the grocery store!  I don’t know about you but plastic shopping bags have a way of multiplying as fast as rabbits in my pantry.  It is hard to throw them away knowing what damage they do to our environment.  Consider these facts from HelpWildlife.com:

  • According to the United States Department of Environmental Protection somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.
  • Less than 1% are recycled.
  • It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastics bags, which can then be sold on commodities market for only $32.
  • Plastic shopping bags are made from polyethelene: a thermoplastic made from oil. Reducing plastic bags will decrease foreign oil dependance. China will save 32 million barrels of oil a year due it is ban on free plastic bags.
  • Plastic bags have been banned in Bangladesh and Rwanda, are taxed in Ireland, must be purchased in China and are either banned or there are proposals to ban them in Israel, Canada Western India, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Taiwan, and Singapore.
  • San Francisco was the first U.S. city to ban plastic bags.
  • Oakland and Boston are considering a ban.

So why not start now?  Start a collection of reusable shopping bags of all different colors and styles.  This way it will be fun to turn your attention towards a new way of bagging groceries.  Keep your collection in the trunk of your car or close by your garage so you remember to bring them!

 

Are you a Successful Couponer?

Handful of Paper MoneyWhat does it mean to be a successful couponer?  Well it depends on how you define and measure success.  Don’t be fooled into thinking you are successful if you clip a lot of coupons or end up with a lot of stuff!  Being successful as a couponer means achieving consistent, measureable results by redeeming coupons as intended by the manufacturer and/or store.  It takes 3 things to make this happen:

ORGANIZATION
The 4 pillars of organziation are order, structure, efficiency and support.  If you think about any area of your life that is organized and works for you, then you will find these elements present.  When it comes to achieving measureable results with coupons, as in an actual reduction your overall expenses, not a hobby or game to fill your house with endless supplies of goods, then you have to be well organized.  This means ordering your mind and taking actions like spending money more seriously than the average consumer.

DISCIPLINE
This word can be intimidating since it usually means something you don’t want to do or doing something hard.  However, if you have ordered your mind towards stewardship of your finances, then out of this comes making more disciplined choices when it comes to buying things both big and small.  Coupon savings applied to small purchases (under $1 – up to $10) can add up to make a big impact when you focus your efforts in disciplined ways.  Saying ”no” or being able to delay purchases are part of being a discplined spender who produces measurable results.

AWARENESS
Successful couponers are keenly aware of changes in the marketplace.  For example, when prices go up or down, they know and act accordingly since this impacts the outcome.  Being aware of prices can occur simply by buying the same items or brands consistently enough to know when things change.   Awareness of other things like coupon polices, store sales and marketing trends all play a part in producing measurable results.

If you take time to concentrate on all three of these areas as you approach couponing, then you will produce results and have the time and energy to enjoy the fruits of your labor.  You will also enjoy the added peace that comes with playing by the rules and contributing to the greater good.