Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing Review / Giveaway

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I've read many books about couponing, and I have to say that many of them have left me wanting.  They cover some couponing topics, but they can leave a reader new to couponing with more questions.

I recently had the chance to read The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing by Rachel Singer Gordon, founder of, and if I had to describe it in one word, that word would be thorough.  And it's great not only for new couponers, but for long-time couponers as well.

The author covers pretty much any couponing topic you can think of.  Interested in learning more about online printable coupons, electronic coupons, or money-back coupons?  It's here.  Want to find out more about daily deal sites, restaurant saving sites, or mobile coupon apps?  Here too.

I was really happy to see detailed information about the drugstore savings programs.  Too often, books about couponing mention that you can save a lot at drug stores, but they don't go into any detail about how to make that happen. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing goes into fine detail about the specifics of saving at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid.  These programs can be confusing to new couponers - particularly the differences between each store's policies - so I think this would be very helpful!  The only caveat is that these programs are subject to change, so the book might possibly be outdated quickly. 

As a veteran couponer, I found lots to learn about in this book.  I really enjoyed the chapters about organizing and donating your stockpiled items bought with coupons, and I found fascinating the chapter about the future of couponing.  It's important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in couponing!

The only very, very small quibble I have with the book is that I would have liked to read more personal stories about how couponing helped the author manage her budget.  Although there is one small story in the introduction, I find personal examples help make books like these more fun to read and show that the tips really do work!

Would you like to read The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing?  It's available on, or check your local library.

Or would you like to get it for free?

Frugal Follies is giving away one copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!  The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents aged 18 and older. This giveaway will end on Thursday, May 24th, at 12:01 am Eastern time.  If you are the winner, I  will contact you shortly thereafter, and you will have 72 hours to respond.  If you do not respond within that time, your entry will be  declared invalid and a new winner will be chosen.

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Brn2lisn May 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM  

I'd like to learn more about how to stack, or using coupons in general to the best advantage


Denise G May 6, 2012 at 3:49 AM  

how to use them to the best advantage

ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

Surso S.,  May 6, 2012 at 4:59 AM  

im curious how to know what coupons are good and what coupons are not worth it

Ellen C. May 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM  

I'd like to learn more about the sale cycles and how time using my coupons. Thanks for the chance.

sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

Unknown May 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM  

I would like to learn how to save the most on my grocery shopping trips with coupons.

Thrifty Foodies May 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM  

I would like to learn how to make the most of coupons when you buy very little packaged food.

Anonymous,  May 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM  

I'd like to learn not to be overwhelmed by needless deals.

Anonymous,  May 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM  

I would like to know how to get more coupons. Glenda Edwards

Kristen E,  May 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM  

I want to know how to combine them. I'm never sure how many I can use, or how so many people get SO MUCH stuff for free!

Brooke Adametz,  May 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM  

I'd like to learn more about couponing at drugstores!

judy gregory,  May 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM  

newbie living in a very remote area need to learn a lot so can make monthly runs to the "big city" population 20k that has something other than a wal-mart just so u know nearest wal-mart is a supercenter (a small supercenter) and isn't open 24 hrs AND it's 30 miles away HELP ME

cman May 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM  

I'd like to save more money since there is no double or triple couponing in my area.

Ashley May 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM  

I would like to learn how to organize my coupons better and what to look for in sales.

*Brittany C* May 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM  

I don't know where to begin. Mostly I need help with what stores take what coupons. Thanks for the giveaway!

Melissa Shirley May 14, 2012 at 6:45 AM  

I need to know a lot of things. I am not a person who saves coupons and so I want to learn so that I can save money.
Melissa Shirley

Unknown May 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM  

I'd love to learn how to save at restaurants.


dmoniz1980 May 16, 2012 at 8:44 PM  

i want to learn how to organize all the coupons is it by date or product or store?

gail,  May 17, 2012 at 3:39 PM  

would like to learn how to organize them

Unknown May 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM  

I want to learn how to get to the point that I can stock pile stuff.

Unknown May 17, 2012 at 4:20 PM  

would love to learn everything! new to couponing and need good direction!
alklong [at] hotmail [dot] com

Unknown May 17, 2012 at 9:24 PM  

I need motivation again to get back into couponing! This would be a great way to kick me into gear!

alisa,  May 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM  

i would love to learn more especially on how to combine to get free stuff! or nearly free!

wilma2389 May 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM  

I would like to read how the different drugstore programs really work

Wilma P

A Daya May 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM  

The one thing I lack in when couponing is organization, so I would like to learn more about the various systems people are using and maybe try to implement them. Thanks!

Aliya D.

Renee G May 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM  

I want to learn the best way to organize my coupons.

JENNIFER HART,  May 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM  


Carmen May 19, 2012 at 8:07 PM  

I would like to learn the best way to store them and how to keep them organized.

Carmen (name on Rafflecopter)

richelle bowers,  May 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM  

i don't know what i'll learn. I feel i already know alot but there might be something i don't know

Unknown May 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM  

i want to learn how to combine coupons and what you can or cant combine.

dani marie


mattandcolleen fuller May 20, 2012 at 8:57 PM  

I would like to learn more about how to organize store coupons with the newspaper ones (the best way to quickly match). How do I double?
Mattandcolleen Fuller

Tara May 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM  

I want to learn where to find more coupons!

adf May 21, 2012 at 1:03 AM  

I would love to learn how to get get great deals on food

tricia dunkle

Lynda Del May 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM  

I'd like to learn how to save money on groceries using the coupon methods.
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Carol May 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM  

I would love to learn how to extreme coupon and get stuff for free!!!

Stuart Conover May 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM  

My wife and I are casual couponers and would like to get more into it as we're still recovering from wedding expenses from last year

katja9_10 May 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM  

I would like to learn how to save even more and where to find coupons.

Les Johnson

Navymansgrl May 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM  

How to be more organized with my coupons , how to find the best deals in my area and get the most out of my money.

Daniel M,  May 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM  

how to score the really good deals - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

caseyle2010 May 21, 2012 at 9:07 PM  

i want to learn everything! i can never get awesome shopping trips :(
casey everidge
caseyeve_003 at yahoo dot com

Teresa H. May 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM  

I'd love to learn how to save so much the store gives me change from coupons!

Unknown May 22, 2012 at 4:08 AM  

I am fairly new at couponing and would really need to learn as much as possible.

Anonymous,  May 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM  

I'd like to learn how to coupon more efficiently.

Kay Lynn A.

Anonymous,  May 22, 2012 at 8:42 AM  

I'd like to learn how to better organize them.

Desiree Dunbar

Anonymous,  May 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM  

I would like to learn how to get the most out of them and organized.

kyonac1 May 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM  

I would like to learn how to use all of my coupons to my best advantage.

Nickolay May 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM  

I would like to learn how to better coordinate my stops to maximize my coupons and time

Karen May 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM  

I would LOVE how to find deals where you can combine store coupons with manufacturer's coupons !!

ktgonyea at

Anonymous,  May 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM  

I'd like to learn how to combine coupons and get free or almost free products.

Teresa Thompson May 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM  

I want to learn better organizational skills and how to be a more efficient couponer.

Stacy May 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM  

I'd like to learn more about stacking coupons, especially to get stuff for FREE.

the imagine tree at aol dot com

Donna Timmerman,  May 23, 2012 at 2:29 AM  

I like to know where to get more coupons then just what comes in my Sunday paper. Also how to save money with coupons when I live in an area that doesn't double coupons.

Mel May 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM  

I've been trying to coupon to cut down on expenses but I need a little more help to do it right!!

Melanie Montgomery May 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM  

How to know what you can use with what...
Melanie MOntgomery

Unknown May 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM  

I want to do a better job of using coupons, maybe some "extreme" couponing

rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

angevege May 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM  

I would like to learn more about extreme couponing and how to best build a stockpile. at live dot com

Anonymous,  May 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM  

I would like to streamline the couponing process.

Dawn Reid May 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM  

To know a way to keep them organizaed!
dawn reid

Jessica May 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM  

I would love to learn how to get multiple coupon inserts

Southern mom of 4 May 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM  

I'd love to learn how to just save a few bucks so we could go on vacation somewhere!
jenblizzard at yahoo dot com

Heather May 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM  

I would like to learn how to stack and save money! Heather Poindexter

mstoolman173 May 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM  

I would like to learn how to make the coupons work to their full advantage

Jessica A,  May 23, 2012 at 9:04 PM  

I really want to know where to find coupons and how to best utilize them.

409cope May 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM  

I would like to learn how to use both manufacturer coupons and store coupons together.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Betty C May 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM  

I'd like to learn how to save when the stores never have double coupon days.

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous,  May 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM  

I am very new to couponing so I have a lot of questions Like can you use different coupons like store and manufactors together wilcarvic

Leah Baird May 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM  

I want to learn how to find best deals, with coupons, and any other tips.

Anonymous,  May 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM  

I'd like to know the best way to organize my coupons.


Anonymous,  May 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM  

i would like to know when the best time to use coupons

daveshir2005 May 23, 2012 at 11:38 PM  

I would like to get the biggest bang for my buck by using coupons and I don't know how.

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Lisa May 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM  

I'd like to learn how to organize them.


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