As the economy declines and the popularity of “Extreme Couponing” a reality show which airs on TLC rises; so do the use of coupons.
The goal of the extreme couponers is to plan and plot their way to unbelievable savings.As the show gains popularity, many are asking the question, can I too, become an extreme couponer? The answer to your question is yes. Becoming an extreme couponer involves organization and much effort.
A good investment for serious couponers is to buy an organizer in which to store coupons. The organizer should be divided into categories. This type of system enables one to access coupons more efficiently.
Serious couponers should become familiar with store policies regarding coupons. It is helpful to keep a hard copy of each store’s policy in which you plan to shop in your organizer.
Now that you have your organizer and printed copies of the store’s policies; your next step is to obtain circular ads and coupons. Many weekly circular ads can be found online. I have found it helpful to have a printed copy in which to mark on. Coupons can be found online or/and through your local Sunday Newspaper. A subscription to the Dallas Morning News would be cost efficient and convenient. For those that are serious about couponing, I would suggest subscribing for as many papers as you have family members. The goal is to stock up on items when they are on sale.
When you sit down to cut your coupons, don’t make the mistake of only cutting the ones that you think you will use; cut and organize all available coupons. You may use them later.
After cutting and organizing your coupons, look through the weekly circulars. Your goal is to find sale items in which you have coupons. This goal results in more savings. Three stores that seem to offer more for your buck are Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid. These three stores offer reward bonuses plus some really nice mark downs.
Most stores accept one store coupon and one manufacture coupon per item. You must also have the same number of products as you have coupons, many times inexpensive filler items may be necessary in order to reap the greatest benefit.
Keeping up with the best buys can become tedious. In order to make your bargain hunting less stressful, sign up with a variety of couponing sites. These sites post weekly advertisements, which make it less complicated. Several sites I have found to be beneficial, include Cuckoo for coupons and Krazy Coupon Lady.
The main components of becoming a successful couponer are planning, patience, and persistence. Good luck couponers.