Extraordinary Art of Couponing – Book Review & Giveaway

This is a travel blog I know.  Sooo, why am I reviewing a book about couponing?  Well, by using coupons and other discounts, we are able to use some of the money we save towards travel. We also use coupons during our trips. Every little bit helps.

Now, I’m sure you’ve probably heard the term “Extreme Couponing”.  When I have mentioned using coupons in the past to my colleagues or family, they automatically think that it’s extreme couponing. To a degree, I think the extreme couponer gives the average couponer a bad name.

I recently had the opportunity to review the book, “The Extraordinary Art of Couponing – The not-so-extreme way to save 50% or more,” by Nicole McDonald.

One thing Nicole has done in this book is dispel some of the myths around couponing.  Saving your household money by couponing does not mean you have to clear out an extra room in your home to store hundreds of tubes of toothpaste.  Nor, does it mean you need to spend an extra 40 hours a week cutting up coupons.  In fact, Nicole points out that by only spending 4-5 hours a week you can save up to half off your grocery bill.

I am reviewing this book as more of an intermediate-level couponer.  I’m not new to couponing. I have been using coupons off and on for most of my adult life.  My mom is a big couponer and passed the “art”of it down to me.  In saying this, in reading Nicole’s book, I still learned a great deal about making the most of my shopping trips.  By following just a couple of the tips in the book, you will definitely earn your money back in your first shopping trip.


I saved over 50% on my recent shopping trip to Target following tips found in the book.

Nicole does a great job of organizing this book into chapters that allow you to go back and review as needed.  I would encourage those who are truly new to couponing to read the whole book through.  Then go back and decide on one store to try out your new found skills on.  This will allow you to get your feet wet and not have to worry about learning all the policies of all the stores at once.  One thing that I found very helpful  is that she shared what her stockpile prices are. These allow me to know when I see that price that this is probably the lowest I can usually expect.  Nicole has laid out the book very nicely making it very easy to follow.

In addition to her book, she also maintains a blog where she posts all of the deals for the week with coupon matchups.  You can think of the book as your instruction manual, and the website as your assistant each week as you let her do some of the the work for finding the best deals.  The website has recently been enhanced to include a coupon database.  It allows you to find if there are any coupons for the product that you are going to purchase.  Check out her website at www.momsavesmoney.net

I think this is the best overall book to get you started on saving money with coupons.  Again, as the title indicates, you don’t have to go extreme in order to save 50% or more on your grocery bill.


Win your own autographed copy plus 200+ coupons!

Ready to start saving money on your grocery bill and more? Well it’s your lucky day!  Nicole is giving one of our readers the chance to win an autographed copy of her book, along with 200+ coupons to get you started!

If you can’t wait for the giveaway or want to purchase extras for gifts, you can also find the book for purchase in physical copy or ebook on Amazon.com.

Disclosure:  Nicole McDonald provided me a copy of the book for purpose of this review and some coupons to use for a future shopping trip.  No other compensation for the review was given.  All comments and opinions are my own.

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  1. I have seen shows on couponing.. but not about it to save towords travel.. That would amazing towards travel.

  2. If i saved money using coupons I would save it towards a weekend getaway!

  3. Oh boy, you’re going to get me in trouble. I had a borderline coupon addiction last year! I lived for super doubles at Harris Teeter, and don’t even get me started on the triples! lol I’ll definitely be entering into this giveaway! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I’d like to say any money I save would go for something fun like a new sports car, but honestly I’d use it to keep paying down our debt faster so we can build a new house.

  5. I would love to flip through this. I’ve gotten it down to being able to get around 40% off of our grocery bill, but there’s always room for improvement!

  6. What a great book! It is always helpful to save money, especially while traveling. The more money you come home with, the better! Lol

  7. Oh man, I don’t use coupons. Ever, but my mother in law uses them constantly and saves probably thousands a year!

  8. A mini VACA with the family.

  9. I’m awful when it comes to couponing. I have the great a gusto to cut them out and put them in my wallet, but I forget and they get lost and expire and end up no good to me! I could really use this book!

  10. I love love couponing and people call me extreme at times (more so because I refuse to pay full price!). Clearing out your home and going crazy in stores is not what couponing is about. This sounds like a great book!

  11. If I could save more money by using coupons, I’d be able to buy clothes for myself that fit and to dig myself out of debt. Both these things are big goals of mine.

  12. I would spend the saved money on a vacation for 4 (:

    moniquebbon at gmail dot com

  13. Like you, some of the money I would save using coupons would go towards travel. I admit I’ve tried couponing in the past, but I’ve not been very successful.

  14. I would also use the money I save to put towards a vacation. The biggest problem that I have with couponing is that most of the coupons are for processed junk foods. I really wish there were more coupons for good healthy foods.

  15. I think I am probably the worst ever at saving money with coupons. I am not a good couponer at all, so I probably need something like this. I always assumed I had to basically do coupon fraud to get so many freebies or stop caring about what brands I got! A book to dispel some myths for me would be helpful

  16. 200 coupons included on the book? wow! We’ll be telling this giveaway to a friend who’s trying out couponing 🙂

  17. I will have to check this book out. Jen mentioned the book too 🙂

  18. Cool.. That’s a great giveaway!!! will definitely participate in this

  19. Items we need for the new baby on the way, and to build back up our savings…. every little bit helps.

  20. I have been learning more about couponing through the blogs I read and it seems like a very good way to save money. I would love to have that kind of opportunity.

  21. I used to love to coupon. The other day I got a bunch of stuff for $0.28 each!

  22. Entered the giveaway! Looks like a great book to help me save 🙂 Thanks for the share 🙂

  23. I need to check this book out. I’ve read several books with tips on “extreme couponing” and really I have 5 kids and no time to spend 40 hours a week seeking out coupons. I like to save money and would love to get more organized without spending an entire work week couponing.

    • This book does do a great job of laying it out and giving you tips so that you aren’t spending all your free time cutting coupons. The book in addition to her website are a great combo.

  24. Coupons! How i love that!

    I just hope that that kind of trend will reach my place! I would really love saving a lot while shopping! 🙂

  25. Couponing is part of life now, who dose not like to use coupons when they are free like these? I would love to get my share out of your offer.

  26. I have to admit that I find the world of couponing a little intimidating. I have found myself using free product coupons only because of the obvious value.

  27. Jennifer Brown says:

    I so wish I coupon, but I live in a resort area and most of time it’s easier to have my food shipped to me. Life in the mountains!

  28. Leah Shumack says:

    I would spent my extra money on a trip to the movies!

  29. I would use the money saved for a mini vacation

  30. Melissa Smith says:

    I would spend all of my saved money on home improvement projects!

  31. I would append it on clothes for my four kids.

  32. kelly mcgrew says:

    dinner afterwards! lol

  33. Kathleen Richardson says:

    Honestly, I would not spend the money…I would save it!

  34. If I saved money from coupons I would just save it. We are on a tight budget so we always use coupons.

  35. I would use the saved money to take the family on a trip to Lego Land, the kids really want to go.

  36. I admit I am not good at clipping coupons. I have gotten much better since I get coupons on my phone. The tips are appreciated!

  37. That’s an excellent way for saving up for travels! Unfortunately here in Spain coupons are very little used… At least I almost never see them! (I’m in your SITS-tribe, by the way! Hi! 🙂 )

  38. Meaghan McD says:

    We’re saving for an expansion.

  39. Michelle L. says:

    Thank you for the review. It sounds like even veteran couponers could find something new and helpful in the book.

  40. I would put saved money into savings.

  41. I’d love to save up for a family trip!

  42. Family vacations

  43. I need to save money to go towards a roof.

  44. We could use this for paying for the baby on the way!

  45. I would take my grandchildren to lunch!

  46. Bertha Wilson says:

    I use coupons all the time, I use my saved money to stock up on the next big coupon savings trip. Then give out big gift baskets at Christmas to family and friends.

  47. yarnaddicted says:

    Saving money by couponing helps to stretch our grocery budget and eat out every so often, thanks!
    Kim Reid

  48. Debby Chandler says:

    I would buy some yarn to make more shawls for the shawl ministry at church.

  49. Brandy Monday says:

    i would use it to pay bills or put aside for christmas fund

  50. By using coupons, I would spend the saved money on getting some new bath essentials

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