How to Save With Coupons Online and In-Store
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

For part three of our coupon series, Black Enterprise got some great savings tips from Sami Cone, DealPro and founder of

Black Enterprise: How did you become a couponer?

Sami Cone: When I was pregnant with our second child, we found ourselves in one of the most difficult economic situations of our lives. After trying to sell our house unsuccessfully, I found myself unemployed and having to sell our car just to make ends meet. It was a unique experience that taught us to reevaluate our priorities and our budget. We learned what was really important and we saw firsthand God’s faithful hand of provision.

BE: What inspired you to start your website,

Cone: I began blogging to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. I’ve taken my thriftiness to a new level. With a plethora of free family activities and a community of money-saving moms by my side, I’m committed to sharing all I’ve learned and continue to discover about life’s fun and free opportunities. I’m constantly reading and learning from others so I can pass that knowledge on.

BE: What are three of your best couponing tips?

Cone: 1. Develop a personal system for keeping track of coupons. If you don’t remember where your coupons are, you can’t use them.

2. Always search for a coupon code before buying online. Websites like are a great ‘one-stop-shop’ where you can find discounts and free shipping.

3. Know the store’s coupon policies. Shop where you can maximize your coupons through doubling, stacking, and store rewards.

BE: What advice would you give on how to save more money?

Cone: You’ll never know how much you can save until you realize how much you’re spending! If you’re not keeping track of what you spend and where you spend it, either through a paper budget or an app, start today! Also, don’t give up what you love, just find the best time to experience it. For example, travel during the off-season, eat out during lunchtime instead of dinner, and always look for special savings opportunities.

Black Enterprise: How can our readers find out more about couponing?

Cone: My blog, is a great place to start. Consumers can also visit Anyone can listen to my daily savings tips on the nationally syndicated radio show Family Friendly Mornings with Doug and Jaci Velasquez. I also teach couponing classes in my local area in Nashville, Tennessee.

Check out the previous installment of this series for tips from coupon expert Kasey Trenum.

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