SOURCE: Freebies2Deals


July 12, 2011 08:00 ET

Freebies2Deals Calls for Stop to Out-of-Control Extreme Couponing Behavior

Expert Couponer, Melea Johnson, Shares Five Couponing Tips for Saving Without Being "Extreme"

LEHI, UT--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2011) - Freebies2Deals, a popular shopping, deal and couponing company, is asking consumers to use ethical and responsible couponing behaviors to help put a stop to out-of-control hoarding. Such action casts a negative light on couponing and causes merchants and manufacturers to make alarming changes to coupon policies, the company said.

"Using coupons is not the problem; it is the unethical use of them that has retailers, brands and other couponers on the defense," says shopping expert, Melea Johnson, founder and publisher of Freebies2Deals. "This is made worse by the TLC show 'Extreme Couponing,' which has featured people who went beyond being unethical with allegedly fraudulent actions. People need to understand that they can still save 60 to 70 percent every time they go shopping by using ethical couponing behaviors that don't harm the entire system."

According to Johnson, with the extreme couponing craze sweeping the nation, it is becoming clear that dangers come along with it, including increased prices and stricter couponing policies. National brands and stores, such as Rite Aid and Target, have already changed their coupon policies because of extreme couponing behaviors, and other stores and manufacturers are following suit.

With the coupon craze growing, Freebies2Deals offers the following shopping tips on how to be an effective couponer without being extreme.

  • When an item is on sale, feel free to buy multiple items, but never clear a shelf; that's not fair to those who follow.
  • If you need to buy a large quantity of an item, make a special order through the store and use coupons to sweeten the deal.
  • Use coupons only when you can get an item cheaper than the store brand. "Just because you have a coupon doesn't mean you have to use it," Johnson explained.
  • Stack coupons by coupling in-store coupons with manufacturer coupons to save even more money and get more bang for the buck.
  • Sign up for free couponing forums and deal sites like which do almost all the work for you and teach you how to get deals for your family and still leave enough for other savvy shoppers.

"Sometimes people get discouraged when they see someone getting more than $1,000 worth of groceries for less than $100 and wonder why they can't do that themselves," said Johnson. "The one thing people need to remember is that they can be effective without being extreme. A little planning and help from sites like can go a long way to saving big every time they go shopping."

About Freebies2Deals

Founded in 2009, Freebies2Deals is a leading provider of money-saving tips, ideas and information. Led by expert couponer and savvy shopper, Melea Johnson, Freebies2Deals helps anyone learn how to stop paying full price by finding deals and sharing them with others. Its free website,, is one of the fastest-growing shopping, deal and couponing sites in the world, one of several company properties where visitors can learn about deals and how to save money. For more information, visit

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