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Wanna start getting a lot of stuff for FREE with coupons and deals?  then you have come to the right place!  If you are interested in learning how to get free stuff and free groceries using coupons and deals, I have some important tips to help you achieve this goal:

1) Start small but get started. Be  realistic and don’t expect to start getting cartloads of stuff for free on your first shopping trip.

2) Focus on the stores near you and narrow it down to 2-3 stores.  No need to be shopping all around town.  Focus in leaning how to save big at your favorite grocery store and learn how to shop at the drugstore near you.

3) Slowly but surely start building a stockpile of items that your family will use.  No one needs 1,000 boxes of cereals or thousands sticks of deodorants.  At most you need about a supply for around 8 weeks.  This is the length of the sales cycle and when most likely the item will come back on sale.

4) Before you shop, look for coupons for the items on your list in the coupon database.

5) Subscribe to Common Sense with Money to get all of these coupons emailed to you daily.  Never miss a deal!  Also follow Common Sense with Money on Facebook to get hot freebies before they are gone.

Read, read as much as you can, invest time in learning how to shop at several stores.  It is the best way to save time and save yourself frustrations.

Can’t find the coupon you want? Search my Coupon Database. Also, you will always find printable coupons available on the following websites:, Red Plum and Smartsource.


  1. JJ says:

    Would love to try this Strivectin kit!

  2. Paul Archer says:

    would like to print coupons

  3. Paul Archer says:

    looking for coupons

  4. cheryl says:

    Hi Mercedes! I just started couponing and meal planning. Your blog has been very helpful to me! Thanks so much! Before this I just saw clipping a 50 cent coupon as a big waste of my time and now I see how much I can save! Thanks! Cheryl

  5. Denise says:

    Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!

  6. Vanessa says:

    Just read Extreme Couponing 101,and just wanted to say thank you for the great info. Im looking forward to saving lots of $$.

  7. Jennifer Rauscher says:

    Where can I post coupons I dont want? I remember seeing somewhere I can post them but I cant remember now.

  8. Anna Salomon says:

    Hi Mercedes..just wanted to say thank you for all the 411 on coupons. I’m new at this, so all your knowledge is much appreciated. I hope one day to get half as good as you are. THANKS AGAIN!! :)

  9. bphillips says:

    New to extreme couponing and went on my first small haul last night to Weis. I got 10 boxes of the San Giorgio pasta free with (5) 1.00/2 coupons!

    • Mercedes says:

      Great job! I love free pasta and I have to say I don’t see very many free pasta deals as before. I am glad you stocked up.


  10. Anna Salomon says:

    So, I think I just made my first big coupon deal!…Ralphs is having an 8hr sale on kraft cheese singles 16ct @ .99 cents. so I go into the store, and there is a BIG note on the cheese..something to the effect that they were not able to honor the 0.99 cent instead they were @ $1.69ea, and they would reload a $1.00 back to my rewards card for each cheese purchased. Great huh…it gets better :) )… I had (6) $1.00/1 coupons. So I ended up making $1.86!!! LOVE IT!!!

  11. NiaLennay says:

    Hi Mercedes! Como estas. I found 15O oz Purex on Sale at Schnucks [in Memphis TN and surrounding N. MS.] and stocked UP! Normally it retails for $15. It was marked down for 6.99 and I used my $ 3 off coupon from RP 5/1 to get for 4 BUCKS! Less than a quarter an oz!
    question how can I get coupons emailed to me? Do you have any coupons for Post cereal? Honey Bunches… in particular.

  12. Lindsay Vedder says:


    I am confused on how to know what stores will allow you to use. Wal-mart is now taking all competitors coupons, so is that a good idea instead of going to all of the stores individually?

    Thank you for your help. I am planning a wedding and need to save all the money we can!


  13. Crisy says:

    I have tried several times to download your online couponing 101 but every time I confirm to suscribe I can’t get the download. Can you help?

    Thanks, Crisy

    PS: I love your site!

  14. Patty says:

    Hello Would like to print coupons from your site .

  15. sheetal says:

    hi mercedes,
    u r doin an awesome job, I m very new to this couponing, dont use much of them but i post your deals to my friends n they are just amazed.
    I ordered the lunch tote n my hubby was very glad tht he has a smart wifey.
    Though various people have posted back to school deals I was lookin for a compiled n compared deals like so n so items is at such $ in xyz store ..hv u seen it somewhere. Hv to do back to school shopping this weekend else my DD woild be upset.


  16. aprillacosse says:

    hey apri from hartford wisconsin! woundering how to go about finding printable coupons for home making food from scratch. i have used coupon data base but not what i need in finding. am i going to have a harder time finding stuff from scratch to make?welcome to any advice… sincerely

  17. T says:

    40% off of PUMA in-store and ONLINE September 16th to September 19th

  18. SADONNA DAVIS says:


  19. amy says:

    I want the la creme yogurt coupon but I can’t figure out how to print it…I am new to this…can someone help me out?

  20. Joanne L. says:

    I went to download the How to Decorate a Cake from, and I was charged $3.99! I was under the impression it was a free download on 3/7/12. I contacted Amazon for a refund.

  21. Abbie says:

    Great blog. I love it when people share their knowledge. I like what you said about starting small. That is how I started saving money on most things. Save a little here today and a little there tomorrow. It adds up to a savings at the end of the month; small one at first but a savings. I want to read your ebook too. I will share your blog with my facebook friends. Keep sharing.

  22. Monica Tolan says:

    I my name is monica and would like to no if. I can try your products in the uk the reson I am asking you that question is I am disable and soon to have a gastric bypass I have heard so meny good comment and testmoney about crystal light. But we don’t sell it inany of the supermarkets in the uk ,and I got on your page. And I had and idea why not ask you I am sure you would no more than me. Any way I would like to thank you in advance for taking your time to read my message please can you let me no than

    • Mercedes Levy says:

      Hi Monica! Yes :) we do believe you can get your hands on some Crystal Light in the UK. You should be able to order a package online and have it shipped to your UK address. Good luck with everything and thanks for staying with us.

  23. Rodnekka says:

    Hello, I have some coupon codes, could I share them on your site?

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