A “Realistic” Look at Couponing Part 1: Coupon Preparation

by Kaley on March 14th, 2011

in Money Saving Series

Last week I shared with you all that I was going to begin a new series called “A Realistic Look at Couponing” in response to TLC’s Extreme Couponing Special (which will become a series beginning Wednesday, April 6.)

In my first video, I tackle the ins and outs of Coupon Preparation:

After watching the video, I’d love for you to take this little quiz:

How much of this video do you think is an accurate picture of my coupon preparation?

1) 100% — It’s ALL true.  (Couponing is a contact sport after all!)

2) 50%–Ok…that cart puller thing is stretching it a bit.

3) Approximately 2%–we pack snacks, of course.  Oh–and coupons.

Then tune in next week when I reveal a REALLY Realistic Look at Couponing. :)

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{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan J. Reinhardt March 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm

The answer has to be #3. No way do you go to the store like that! You would be on the evening news.


Julia @ The Frugal Find March 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Oh my goodness Kaley, I loved that – you are too funny!


Amy K March 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm

9:30 PM in the Landis parking lot & be prepared for a scuffle!! There’s nothing I won’t do for a day old shoefly pie. Look out.

Great job Kaley:)


Retired647 March 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

#3 – I love the video, very funny.


Rebecca March 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm

That was hilarious! My guess is #3!!!


Lisa S. March 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I’m really hoping the answer is 3 because I was getting a little concerned when I started watching that video….lol!


Kelly @ Kansas City Mamas March 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

My real question – if you have a nametag – shouldn’t you have the store uniform too. It really would make the clearing of the shelves so much easier.

LOL – thank you friend. I needed that laugh today.


Stacey March 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

very cute!!! is it bad i thought the name tag was a good idea? LOL


Sarah March 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I was thinking the name tag was a little excessive! LMAO!! I thought you were serious up until you put the elbow pads on!


r8chel March 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Haha… what a fun video! I don’t think I could have done it with a straight face. :)


Jennifer March 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I LOVED that video! You had me laughing more and more. Of course, I’m going to say #3 is the only accurate thing you do. :) That was really funny.


keli March 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

OMG How in the world did you get through the video without busting out laughing?!?! You crack me up!!


Lisa March 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I agree. I couldn’t believe you were not laughing hysterically =) Very funny. My guess is #3


Amy March 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm

This was hysterical! #3 has to be the right answer :0)


Jen March 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Hilarious!!! I am also amazed you kept such a straight face the whole time! I think the cart puller was my favorite! Lol!


Caroline March 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

You forgot your roller skates so you can get through the store faster. I love it!


Tracy March 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Tell me it’s number 3, please. Though the mule-cart-pulling this has its appeal…


lynn @ Maven of Savin March 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Still laughing! I will suit up and shop with you!! I agree with Kelly – we can snag some store uniforms – even better.


sharon March 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Oh My Goodness!! You to TOO MUCH!

The helmet. The U-Haul. The jump rope!!!

I loved it. Hysterical. I laughed out loud.

Must share with the world!


kaleyehret March 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm

You all have made my night. Thanks for thinking I’m funny and not just crazy. :)


Paula March 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

LOVE it!! You did such a good job! I am sending this to all my couponing friends!! I’m voting #3 too. I hope you wouldn’t take your sweet kids out without a snack!! :)


Michelle March 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm

very funny, but I am going with #1! Kidding, of course, you have to take a light hearted approach :) good job on the video


Gina March 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm

That’s great! I love that you did it with such a straight face!


Melanie March 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm

You had me at first but…the nametag??? Then I knew the answer was #3! Love it!


jfred March 15, 2011 at 1:07 am

oh my goodness–this is hilarious! Though that teeny binder won’t get you a uhaul of groceries! hahaha!

I bring snacks and water bottles and the kids can bring 1-2 small toys when we do a grocery shopping trip. And we ALWAYS have to hit the bathroom halfway through the store–wherever the bathroom is farthest away–that’s the point my dd HAS HAS HAS to go to the bathroom. every.single.time.


eunice b March 15, 2011 at 7:52 am

thanks for the coaching, kaley….I’m headed out with my U-Haul this am! :-) Might need to stop by to borrow my husband’s knee pads though. 😉


Lydia March 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

Do you know how badly I needed a laugh this morning?! Thank you so much!


Janice K. March 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

Too Funny! You had me going at first! By far #3 is the answer!!!!!!!!


sheri grennille March 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

that was very cute! #3 although sometimes the bribery for good behavior is to BUY a snack that might not even be on sale…


Jody Hickok March 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I’m REALLY hoping the answer is #3!!! LOL I was beginning to get quite concerned (and so were my kids!!!! ) They were afraid I’d go out looking and acting like that, too….they know I take to heart ALL the good stuff on Chaching!!! :)


Marina March 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

This was funny and really had me going. My children were concerned I would take these tips to heart. My guess is #3!


Cindy Livesey March 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

OMG, I am dying over here. Love, Love, Love it! That was the best video EVER! Don’t forget the keys for your U-Haul. Bahahaha!!


Katrina March 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

You are too funny! That was hilarious! I’d come to watch the shoe-fly pie scuffle in the Landis parking lot! :)


Andi March 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

So funny! I thought in the beginning that you had lost your mind and then realized that you were being silly. I would love to see someone with elbow pads on at the store.


Sarah B March 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

LOL – you’ve got to be willing to throw some punches if your planning to get all those uhauls filled


Angie March 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Thanks for the shock and awe. I was hoping it was all a spoof but you sounded so matter of fact and convincing. I kept thinking, “This can NOT be the same woman I read day after day!”
Gotta say you lost me at packing a bag for the kids. I can still barely do trips alone. I can’t imagine taking my three girls, all three and under, with me. However, I did it years ago with my first three when they were little. Hmm…must be getting old.
Thanks for the fun vid. Well done, indeed.


A.Q. March 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm

LOL tooo funny. I will go with #3… As much as you are successful with couponing without the dumpster diving, I couldn’t stop laughing and thinking if you were really out there like that, they would have you all over the news.


Karen March 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Based on your preparation and strategies, the only right answer is #1 !! Hil-ar-ious!!!


shahina March 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

This is hilarious!!!!! lmao @ the cart puller….


Saidah@AProverbsWife.com March 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

BWAHHH!! I almost thought this was serious because I the word (parody) didn’t connect in my brain. This was too…funny!! I’ll go with #3.


Saidah@AProverbsWife.com March 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Oh…Kelly..so sorry about the image. I thought you were asking me to upload my comment image :}


Betty N March 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Had me in hysterics. What a fun video. I love love love the nametag idea! I am a #3 – couponing is rewarding but a lot of work. xo


Leanna March 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I’m not as familiar with you as some other people, so I actually thought this was a serious video at first. I was thinking, “Does she really think that cord will pull 2 carts????”

LOL – awesome – thanks for tricking me 😉


Treasure March 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

#3–of course

OMG—I LOVE this video. It made me crack up!! I thought for the first couple of minutes it was the real way you did your prep! Too funny-and quite ingenious!! Mind if I share it in a post on my site?


Tari March 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Loved this, Kaley!! Thanks for the much needed laugh.


Danielle March 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

LOL! Too too funny!! I can’t wait to see next weeks episode. My choice would be #3.


Valerie March 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Dear Kaley,

Can we please be BFF? I know it’s all rather sudden, but I truly believe we were MFEO. If you were not married… and if you were a man… I would totally want to marry you.


Your not so secret admirer


Sarah March 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I started to doubt when you talked about sheets on cost analysis or something like that. I’m the one that is standing in the store aisle cutting coupons because I didn’t have time to do it before I left :)

Very funny video.


Beckie March 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

I can attest I have totally seen her dressed up like that in CVS. 😉


kaleyehret March 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

I learned from the best, Beckie!


Sharon W March 24, 2011 at 11:40 am

I came to your site from Fun and Frugal Adventures and knew the video was a spoof ahead of time, but wonder what my reaction would have been if I hadn’t known! I think I might have been a bit suspicious at the leanness of your coupon and analysis chart binder!!! I got some great laughs from the video and will share it with friends.


Laurie K March 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Pretty funny!


Julie @ Frugal Shopping With Julie March 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Most excellent lesson! hehe
Curious: Were you able to get a discount on the Uhaul rental?


kaleyehret March 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

Of course, Julie! :)


Iris April 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Love it!!!


Amy September 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Hilarious! I can’t believe you did that with such a straight face.


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