SAVINGS: Part 2 – Jumping IN, Signing UP and Getting Organized!


Welcome back! Now that you’ve been formally introduced to couponing to save and earn money in Part 1 of this series, its time to take action. If you missed Part 1, catch up here.

Now, let’s jump in. I will focus on a few websites and stores you must sign-up in order to start maximizing your savings. The sign-up bonuses and terms are always being updated, so make sure to check out what deal they have to offer when you sign-up!

(Below is based upon current promotions as of March 12, 2019, Broward County when applicable.)

As promised quick referral links to these websites, join me and let’s start saving together. It’s never too late to make a new goal or start a new project.

You can do this!

FIRST: Here’s a list of WEBSITES (online only) to sign-up for that offer cash back, deals, rebates, promo codes, and discounts.

Ebates – Free to Join – You get a $10 BONUS just for signing up!

You can find coupons on Ebates and earn cash back from over 2,500 stores. They also offer a great referral program, you receive $25 for everyone who signs up and makes a purchase. Visit their website to sign-up and check out their referral program for yourself.

Swagbucks – Free to Join – You get a $10 BONUS just for signing up!

Ibotta – Free to Join – Join now and claim up to a $20 welcome bonus!

Checkout51 – Free to Join.

Savingstar – Free to Join.

TopCashBack – Free to Join.

Groupon – Free to Join.


SECOND: Here is a list of LOCAL STORES you need to sign-up with to receive their store savings.





Dollar General

Family Dollar




Office Depot

 –You can sign-up for every store that offers savings/coupons/deals. These are just a few of my favorites. 


THIRD: Here is a list of APPS (applicable to your mobile device) you need to download to receive in-store savings and additional coupons.





Dollar General

Family Dollar




Office Depot









Burger King

Dunkin Donuts


Taco Bell



Panera Bread

Door Dash




Every project has a few tools to the trait. Here’s my list of must-haves.


What you need to start couponing and $aving money$

  • A computer or laptop.
  • A printer.
  • A coupon organizer or binder with dividers and tabs.
  • A dedicated space to store your weekly inserts.
  • A newspaper subscription for weekly inserts (it’s best to get inserts in sets of 2’s).
  • A set of store flyers & store coupon inserts/ booklets.
  • Dedicated time to coupon.
  • A good pair of scissors (Trust me!)



How to start the Organizing Process:

Find The Time – This is very important, you need to really focus and concentrate when you are putting together your shopping list, calculating your cost and organizing your coupons.

Get Coupons – There are many ways you can get coupons. I’ll list a few ways below to help get you started on your couponing journey.

  1. Subscribe to a Sunday newspaper subscription.
  2. Look for coupons inside of the store, usually on a display, by a product, attached to a product or at the customer service counter.
  3. Look for flyers or coupons in your mailbox.
  4. Ask your friends, family or neighbors for their coupons (most of the time they don’t even use them).
  5. Get printable coupons by signing up for different coupon websites.
  6. Get store only coupons by signing up for certain stores that offer deals to members only.
  7. Follow local couponers in your area on social media, this is how I get 95% of my deals!

(There’s only one thing a true couponer at heart loves more than a good deal…to tell everyone about it of course!) 


Stay Organized – Start off with something small like a coupon organizer (the dollar store has them for a $1). This will do at first, but I highly recommend a binder to stay organized.

Follow the organizing method that works best for you. I have listed two methods below that I have used in the past and sometimes I use both methods at the same time. For example, if I get 10 weekly inserts each this is how I would use both methods together. I only cut and store 4 copies of each insert and file them in my binder (the binder method). I then store the other 6 copies of each insert inside a sheet protector and then file them by date inside my cereal box (the whole insert method).

      • The Binder Method – This is the most popular method and it’s the method I currently use. You store your coupons in a 3-ring binder inside plastic sleeves and keep them organized by category and stores.
      • The Whole Insert Method – You store your weekly inserts by date. I used this method before, I stored the inserts by date inside of sheet protectors and put them inside of old cereal boxes and labeled the cereal boxes by date. This method is good if you don’t have a lot of time to clip coupons. When you plan your weekly shopping trip you will need to get your inserts and cut the coupons as needed.

There are many different ways to stay organized and over time you will decide what method works best for you. Now that you have jumped in, signed up and mastered the 1, 2, 3’s of starting to coupon, stay tuned for Part 3 of SAVINGS. In Part 3 we will breakdown a few couponing transactions and discuss how to do a couponing deal to maximize your savings and get cash back!


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Annie Makhanlall is The Co-owner & Founder of Spectacular Creations – South Florida, LLC., and Broward Mom Collective, LLC. She brings creativity and sparkle to everything that she does. Her designs include the most exquisite personalized gifts and her followers are always looking forward to using her savvy couponing skills! She manages her “Sparkle Empire” smoothly while staying super busy with her two sassy girls. She’s is the mom that walks down the hall with 2 bookbags on her shoulders; lunch bags in one hand and coffee in the other all the while managing to take pictures of her daughters… Yes, that is Annie! Amidst her busy schedule, she also continues to volunteer and give back to her community. A never-ending sharpie box readily accessible, she is constantly organizing in the hopes of finding the best alternative to simplify life. Annie’s ability to do all this while still making time for her favorite things is inspirational. She enjoys spending quality time with her family; creating arts and crafts; holding nostalgic family picnics at the park; baking and decorating delicious cookies and adding glitter to just about everything she does!


  1. Wow! That’s alot of in formation. I always wanted to know how to start I like the fact you can get back money using those sites. I use amazon all the time so if I use ebates it just logs me on to amazon? Do I need to do anything else?

    • Yes, it is a lot of information which is why we are breaking it down over a four-part series. Stay tuned, more good information to come!

  2. Awesome tips. I’m heading out to get my binder today. 😊 These articles are making me very excited about couponing and saying money. Thank you

    • You’re welcome! Happy to see all the excitement, looking forward to your continued feedback on your couponing journey.

  3. There are so many ways to save that I have been missing out on. Things that I already use or do daily. I am ready to start maximizing my savings!

    • Great, so very happy to hear your Jumping IN! Please keep us posted on your journey and the impact it has on your family. We’re so happy to help!

  4. I’m always looking for ways to scale back on my expenses, reduce debt and ultimately save some extra cash . These are all great tips on how I can start saving !


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