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Frugal Family: Online Couponing 101

Marietta Patch explores the world of coupons.

Frugal Family explores the world of couponing this week. You don’t have to be an obsessive compulsive Extreme Couponer to find and use coupons effectively. And if you’ve promised yourself a thousand times that you would start cutting coupons from the Sunday paper and still haven’t done it, no problem. We discovered five of the most popular and trusted coupon websites to help you get started without feeling overwhelmed by the hundreds of coupon websites available.

CouponMom.com

Stephanie Nelson, THE Coupon Mom, has been touted by Oprah, CNN and The Today Show as having the easiest website to learn and navigate the world of couponing. There are online and video tutorials for beginners. The site itself is easy to use and offers categories for Printable Coupon, Grocery Deals by State, Drugstore Deals, National Deals, Restaurant Coupons, Coupon Database and Free Samples.

Kroger.com

has a great website in which you can access coupons two ways:

  1. Digital Coupons: With a Kroger Plus card, you may download coupons from Kroger directly to your card. This is great for those of who never seem to have the right coupons available when needed.
  2. Print-at-Home Coupons: Print coupons directly from Kroger.

RedPlum.com and SmartSource.com may look familiar to you because they are major sponsors of the Sunday paper coupon sections you see each week. All of those same coupons are listed on their sites along with many other coupons you can’t find in the paper. For example, you can type in your zip code and find lots of additional local coupons. When I entered the zip code 30064, 75 local coupons came up on everything from Curves fitness clubs to Johnson and Johnson products.

RetailMeNot.com

Printable Coupon Codes for 150,000 stores including Victoria’s Secret, Kohls and Macy’s. What makes this site popular is the continuous feedback from its readers. Users help shoppers by providing current information on the coupons listed. If a discount code didn’t work, for example, you are likely to find that out before you try to use it, saving both time and frustration.

CouponMountain.com  

I like this site because I can find what I want easily and there is a section called Roundup: Printable Coupons For The Week that helps you keep you keep track of what coupons are active that week. Right now there is also a a special coupon feature “Coupons To Help You Realize Your 2012 Resolutions” that categorizes everything from taxes and home budgeting software to health, fitness and dieting.

We're all watching our family budgets these days. Whether shopping with coupons or looking for two-for-one deals, we're taking advantage of all sorts of offers and savings that help us stretch our dollars.

This column is dedicated to giving you at least five great local deals each week that will help your family's bottom line, and since we do the scouting for you, you can save time as well as money.

Trix January 21, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I really should start cutting coupons...or searching the internet for them. Does anyone have any good coupon sources?
Jimi Joi February 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM
I always prefer dealspl.us, retailmenot and http://www.couponpark.com/ for the latest coupons online or in store.

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