About me

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Hi, my name is Callie Washer. I am a Southern transplant born and raised in Louisiana now living in Denver, CO. When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband decided to sell his business and move us to Denver, Colorado, where he got accepted into a top engineering school. I am a stay at home mom and our children are 2, 3 and 5. To help us out  since we are just living on student loans and love, I started couponing. I use them for everything, like groceries, clothing, home furnishings and restaurants.I am a proud castmember of 3 episodes of TLC’s Extreme Couponing and on the show I was known as the “Cajun Couponer”. But i’m sure my accent wasn’t the only thing at gave away my southern-ness.

This blog is all about saving money, living fabulously frugal without giving up the finer things in life! I can teach you how to save on your everyday purchases so you can spend your money on more fun things! I also post recipes, product reviews and giveaways and any mommy ramblings along the road.

 

Callie Washer, The Cajun Couponer

 

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Comments

  1. Neal Lasyone says:

    Callie, this is Neal, the guy that you did the episode with at Ford’s. I have recently branched off from Fresh Start to start my own ministry for addiction. I just wanted to touch base with you and see how you were doing. Stay in touch, because I may have some events coming up that I would love you to be apart of. Take care and God Bless.

  2. kim says:

    I learn more from u every time I’m on facebook. I just recently received 6 coupons for unsalted chips that I just love. I also take advantage of the free ebooks I get from Amazon. They just download right on my kindle!

  3. Callie my husband is a U.S marine reservist that is a stay home dad I am an R.n and we just had a baby aug 9th we would love to learn how to extreme coupon we need all the help we can get but have no idea how to start can you help us?
    hope ful
    Shirley

    • Extreme Couponing says:

      I would love to help. The first thing you need to start doing is collecting coupons. Then follow coupon blogs that share deals for the stores you shop at. What stores do you shop at?

  4. Jayne says:

    Hi! Where are you from in Louisiana? I’m originally from New Orleans, lived in Metairie until Hurricane Katrina :( and now live in Hammond.

  5. May says:

    Hi Callie, I have a family of six that has growing hungry teenagers. I just started learning to coupon, but I feel that I’m not doing it right. Saw you on 9 news and you’re in Thornton. Would love to get together and have you teach me the ropes of couponing in this area.

    • Extreme Couponing says:

      I would love to help. Do you live in colorado?

      • May says:

        Yes I do. I live in northglenn actually. We can meet at a public place if you’re not comfortable meeting at home. I work nights, so anytime in the mornings till 2:00pm i’m available.I am out of town this weekend, but will be back next week. Let me know when it’ll be a good time for you.

  6. Monica Kime says:

    Callie, I am with MomsNext. We have you scheduled to speak to our members on May 20th, 2013 and I wanted to touch base with you to confirm the date as well as get some info to you and from you regarding the event. Please contact me via email or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Moms.Next.5. I will get you my phone number so that we can speak over the phone. Previously, Melissa was handling the speakers for our group, but she has stepped down due to schedule conflicts. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Have a great day.

    Thanks,
    Monica Kime
    MomsNext Publicity

  7. Aimee BULLERS says:

    Hi, I need to start couponing and I just don’t know where to start and how to do it. I had just moved to Thornton and have two growing kids to feed. My husband was laid off for 4 months and just recently found a new job. We are playing catchup on bills and need to save where we can. I was wondering if you could help me get started?

  8. Ann says:

    Hi there!

    I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you that I just LOVE you and your EC episode! So many of the episodes come off unreal to me, a fellow couponer, but I felt at home when you are on the air. I just thought I’d finally Google you and say thanks and hope to see you around cyber space!

    Ann

  9. Michelle says:

    Hey Callie,
    Have a recent couponing experience I would like to share, and get feedback on.
    @ Dollar General Store, get to check out, when cashier has rang all my items, I hand over coupons.
    Keep in mind, completely legit coupons, one was anewspaper clipped, the other I got in this Store during the shopping trip I am Speaking of, tear pad coupon.. the coupons will not Scan, cashier Literally
    Yells for the mánager Approx 5 min, mánager is on the floor chatting with someone (friendly gossip), Finallyshe comes up front, already I am feeling over whelmed with Kids home sick, the line behind me is so Long, mánager States “I am sorry, we are not accepting coupons today”
    I reply, “excuse me? What do you mean, today?”. Her response, “that part of our register is not working today, but if you would like to come back tomorrow, we will Gladly accept coupons”.
    Considering it was a few items, and I desperately needed, I purchased them. On the rodé home, the more i thought, the more irritated I became. That was $3 I could have saved.
    Has this ever happened to.anyone? How could she guarentee the register would be fixed the next day, if by.chance it was really broken?
    Thanks . I really needed the vent on that.

    • Extreme Couponing says:

      I do not shop at dollar tree with coupons very often. I would personally call the store and ask to speak to the manager and report what happened because I have never heard of a register not being able to take coupons for the day. I know that is very frustrating taking the time to go all the way there and getting frustrated like that. If the store manager doesn’t help I would call corporate and just let them know in a nice manner how inconvenient that was.

  10. Michelle says:

    It was Dollar General, but I really don’t use many coupons at either ,General or Tree, it was a quick trip. Thanks for your input
    I am going to do as you suggest and will let you know the results. I love couponing but some people can really spoil the moment.

  11. Garilyn Bardash says:

    Hi Callie, I just found your site thru an online contest page. I’m between Lafayette and Carencro. Very nice to meet you! Garilyn Bardash.

  12. natoyaboo says:

    what are some good coupon blogs

  13. Samantha says:

    Hi Callie,
    I live in Thornton and was wondering if you teach any couponing classes or seminars?
    You were great on TLC!!
    :)

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  15. Holly says:

    Hi Callie, I just wanted to say hello and say that when I saw your episode of Extreme Couponing, it made me want to keep at it. I was getting so frustrated with couponing and when I would watch the show it always seemed so unrealistic. As one person said above, you seemed the most real and made me feel at home. I was wondering if you can give me some advice on couponing so that I can maximize my savings? Thank you so much and hope you are doing well!

    Holly

    • callie says:

      Sure! I would love to help. I never do 1,000 shopping trips like on the show on w weekly basis just because it does take lots of time to plan those trips but I still save just as much money going on smaller trips. What stores do you shop at?

      • Holly says:

        We typically shop at Kroger. We’ve tried other stores, but we prefer Kroger the best. Thanks so much, I really do appreciate your help! :)

        • callie says:

          I shop at a king soopers which is a kroger affiliate. Does your kroger double coupons? If not you can still get some really good deals. The first thing you want to do is find out when their sales run. Our sales run from wed to tuesday so you now how long you have to get certain deals.

          • Holly says:

            Yes, our Kroger doubles coupons up to .50. Our sale ads run from Monday to Sunday each week. I think what I’m having the biggest struggle with is I get a little overwhelmed at the store. I’m looking at my coupons, looking at the sales, I have a certain list that I’m going off of and then I’ll start getting a little overwhelmed because I have people shoving past me, my boyfriend is getting restless and then I can’t think because there are all these distractions. We have done a good job with saving so far but I want to try to figure out how I can save more and how I can get more for free and build our stockpile. We are trying to save for a house right now. How do you get the most for your money at the store? I still am feeling like I’m still paying a lot but we are saving quite a bit but I want to pay under $100. It’s still all so confusing haha!

  16. Heidi Hile says:

    Hi Callie! I stumbled across your about me page, looking for the “blog comment” section for your giveaways. WOW!! I follow your posts via facebook and your website, but hadn’t seen your “about me” section until now! Your family is absolutely beautiful, AND I am so excited to know that I’m following a famous couponer! Your blog is awesome! Thanks for your hard work to help the rest of us out!! Keep up the awesome work!

  17. Kristen says:

    Hey Callie! i just wanted to tell you i loved you on Extreme Couponing and i am so happy i happened across your website and i just did the diaper deal on amazon that was awesome ! and our bank just started doing money back on amazon orders i will get 10 dollars back so it was technically completely free :) thank you so much ! i have just recently gotten pretty good at couponing through lots of trial and error lol i have only been able to save about 50% on our food bill so far but i get lots of toiletries free !

  18. callie says:

    So glad you found my site! And I am loving that amazon deal too! So awesome you get $10 back!

  19. Annette says:

    hey Callie….
    so nice to see the link to your mom and dads book… was such a delight to see your whole family standing together a few years back….. you are a wonderful testimony to Gods amazing grace…..

  20. Annette says:

    oh….. congrats btw….. beautiful baby. :D

  21. Wendy says:

    Hi Callie!
    I am originally from Colorado but have recently move to Arizona. I am a stay at home mom with five kiddos. My family of seven are living off of one income. I am trying to find any information to help me start couponing. could you help? Do you know of any blogs like yours that offer coupons from that area? Please and Thank you!!!

  22. Wendy says:

    Hey Callie. I shop mainly at Fry’s which is our kroger brand store. I have picked up a few things at walmart, but only things that you have posted. Thanks for all the great deals…. so far so good for me! Keep up the great deal info!!!!! thank you Callie you have already saved me in the last week at least $75. thank you!!!!!!!!

  23. Leanne says:

    Hi Callie! I was in front of you at Old Navy today (buying the parrot costume for my littlest guy). Lol. I walked through the door after picking up my kindergartener and went to my computer to look up my go to local coupon site, since my grocery paper wasn’t delivered yesterday, when it suddenly hit me why you looked so familiar. I had no idea you were in CO. It was nice to have “met” you :)

    • callie says:

      How fun!! Yes I am based out on Denver, but am originally from Louisiana. So nice to meet you! It’s fun to meet other local couponers! And that parrot costume is the best!

  24. Hello from louisiana being two disabled older couple we struggle to make the month on our income. Shop walmart winn dixie & leblanc (local ag affillate hm town store) husband bedridden due to mulitple strokes medical eating us up in finances but we still try. Near Baton Rouge

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  26. Erica says:

    I am new to couponing and started clipping, collecting and organizing coupons. I went on my first shopping trip at the same supermarket you went to (we live in CO too) with my coupons and list. I had 4-5 items each of a few items that worked out to be free or making an overage of a few cents. I was told that I could only use 4 like coupons total per day, per person and they would not honor any overages towards the rest of the purchase. I had to put back the 1 over extra items and even asked the manager about it, to no avail. He basically told me not to even try to come back in the store and use the 4th coupons because it violated the policy. I was pretty disappointed. Any recommendations?

  27. Donna says:

    Hello,

    I saw you on TLC Extreme Couponing. I noticed you were using an application on your tablet. Can you share what app you were using?

  28. brittany davey says:

    Hi callie my name it brittany and I live in colorado springs I was so excited to learn that your lived so close to me because me and my fiance are getting ready to move out on our own and need all the extra money we can get so I was wondering if we can get together some time in the springs so you can teach me how to coupon if you would be up for that please email me at brittanyhdvy@yahoo.com or call me at 719 306 2803 thanks so much

  29. Bryon says:

    Do some couponers donate food to places of need?

    I am trying to start sending food home on weekends to some families at my school this year.

    We have a lot of students on free and reduced lunch. Food is not provided over the weekend.

    If you know of anyone who would like to donate on a one time or regular basis it would be much appreciated.

    Thank You

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