Ten Step Couponing: Step 1 Coupon Myths


I used to teach free coupon classes to friends here in Boston. I understand we all have to make a living, but one thing I couldn’t understand is charging people to learn coupons. If someone wants to learn how to coupon, the last thing they are thinking about is spending more money!

When I started out, we were counting every penny. The furthest thing from my mind was asking my husband to spend money in order to learn how to save money?! I taught myself, and hope that others can learn also, freely!

It was a quick little presentation and I called it ’10 Step Couponing.’ Even my twitter name used to be 10StepCouponing before I became The Frugalette! I’ve always been passionate about making things easy.

If it’s not easy you’re either not going to do it, or you’ll quit..real quick!

So taking my powerpoint course I’ll make it a 10 day course to couponing!


10 step couponing


Since the first step is titled Coupon Myths, these are the top 5 things I hear from people new to coupons..and they are all MYTHS my dear Frugalettes!


Here are the truths:

#1 According to, those with higher incomes tend to use more coupons. Those making $100,000 or more are 25% more likely to use coupons than those making $25,000 or less.


#2 Once you get the hang of it, it shouldn’t take the average couponer more than 1-2 hours a week to clip and sort. Forget what you see on TV, that’s unnatural and unnecessary.


#3 With the increase in coupons over the past 3 years, there are coupons for everything from produce, vitamins and even organic products!


#4 Matching a sale and coupon will yield bigger savings than store brand regular price.


#5 Stores get reimbursed the face value of the coupon PLUS a handling fee! No worries, they are making their money.


What coupon myths have you heard?



  1. Those are so true. For me it takes no time clipping lol My son does it. He even sits there with the ads and matches everything for me then says what we need to get.

    I think the biggest myth I have heard is you only save at certain stores. We live in the middle of no where we have one store in town a not cheap store, and then safeway 25 miles away So I show them that you can save using one store with the sales, the store coupons and the manufacture coupons. I then explain how it works and how to plan your trip. (If my 9 year old who has been doing it for 3 years can do it anyone can)

    • I love getting our kids involved, it's never too early to teach them about saving and spending wisely. :)

      • Well I have tried to start couponing twice but I got discourage by my husband who says “the items they sell with coupon are not good brands”.
        I would like somebody to help me clarify that to “Mr. I know everything”.
        Thank you.


  2. Great post, very true!!

  3. I'm looking forward to following this! I've couponed quite a bit, but it's always nice to read another person's tips, especially with all the changes in the past year. I especially like your view about not charging to share your advice…it's so true!!

  4. I am great at showing other people how to coupon but when it comes to doing it myself I seem to be having a hard time. So anything that will help will be great!

    • I know exactly what you mean! I think when you know it so well, you tend to be harder on yourself about perfecting it, and if it's not perfect than we just don't do it. That's why I started the new feature on the right, I'm tracking every single coupon I redeem to encourage myself and others to keep couponing, even if it's just a little bit! It all adds up.

  5. Great post and so true. I think you should create a how to video .xo

  6. I started keeping track of exactly how much I'm spending and saving, every coupon I redeem and every rebate check I cash. Seeing the numbers is really encouraging

  7. This is such a great resource, and I love that you have made free as it really IRKS me when I see certain couponers SELLING E-books on how to coupon.

  8. Thanks for the tutorials. Going to read all these tonight..and start looking for coupons!

    • Coupons are everywhere! Look on, on pads next to products in the store, lots of places! Good luck, feel free to let me know if you have any questions! :)

  9. Okay….I’m convinced. I’m going to read through the steps and attempt couponing. I’m so lazy when it comes to things like this. It looks like work. But I know the benefits of couponing and I can do it to help my family. That is always a good motivator.

    • Diane, you are right! You are doing it for your family. Start slow! At this point I only do one store and one transaction every week and it still saves so much money. It’s not about catching every deal, which is what burns out so many new people to coupons. Imagine if you swap one shopping trip with one with coupons, it will save a lot. Feel free to reach out here or on Facebook for any questions or advice! You can do it, good luck!

  10. Thanks for the tips! I have started couponing on several occasions… only to become overwhelmed and give up. I need to follow your tips and steps and ease myself into it and learn it a little at a time, I guess!

  11. So excited to find the ten steps! I need to use coupons! I am going to try these!

  12. I used to be so much better with coupons, but now I feel like I don’t have time. But you’re encouraging me to take the time and save some big money!

  13. The problem is that I am at the store twice as long because I still have to compare if with the coupon I am actually saving money versus buying something not on sale/not with coupon. It’s pretty exhausting. It would be so much easier if there was a price list for everything you could get online so you could compare ahead.

    I know about price books but prices are always changing.


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