Extreme Couponing Tips

One of the most common ways to save money on your grocery bill every month is by using manufacturer’s coupons collected from the Sunday newspaper. People are saving hundreds of dollars a month by simply taking the time to collect and cut these coupons out. It can be time consuming but doesn’t have to be and the rewards are more money in your bank account while still creating healthy and great tasting meals for your family.

Extreme couponing is a full time job. People spend many hours a day searching for and collecting coupons from many different sources. Dumpster diving, asking friends and family, writing companies and searching the internet for printable coupons are the daily activities of an extreme couponer. These are the people that will save thousands of dollars a month but unfortunately for those of us that work full time with families there usually isn’t enough time in the day to perform these extensive tasks

Luckily there are coupon cutters that will do the work for you for a small fee. These individuals collect coupons from many different sources and offer them for you to purchase for a handling fee. It is illegal to sell coupons so you have to remember, they are not selling the coupons to you. You are paying them a small fee for the time that it takes for them to put your coupons together and send them to you. These services are extremely valuable if you would like to become an extreme couponer but don’t have the time to collect the coupons that you want. Handling fees vary but can be as low as 6% of the coupon’s face value.

Matching up the coupons for the best deals is another time consuming task for the extreme couponer. The easiest and fastest way to do this is to take 15 minutes to examine a sale ad when it arrives and circle the deals that you are interested in. Match up the coupons with the deals for each store that you plan to visit. Write on the ad how many coupons you have, the value and the final price of the item. This will help you determine the savings you will receive as well as know how many of that particular item you need to put into your cart. It will also help you determine the amount that your bill will come to so you know how much cash you need to have on hand for your trip.

When you do your shopping you will want to have your store ad, your coupons and a list of everything that you intend to purchase that day that isn’t on sale. This will help keep you focused in the store and cut down on impulse purchases that can easily lure you in. If you don’t have a coupon for it and it isn’t on your list, don’t buy it. Stick to that one rule and it will help you immensely in the long run.

Following these few simple tips will help you get the most out of your couponing experience and put you on the right track for your successful savings in the couponing world.