Monday, May 28, 2012

Extreme Couponing, Just Getting Started?

You may be a viewer of the tv show Extreme Couponing, and wonder, how do they do it? In reality, the savings on this show are not typical, and cannot be expected during every trip.

So if you are just starting out, what can you expect?

Expect to find a deal on 2-3 products. You won't find everything you need on sale at once! The people on Extreme Couponing don't have ordinary grocery lists. They stock up and buy ONLY items that are FREE/very cheap. They may buy or trade to get 40-50 of a coupon they need.

Expect to save 15-20% at first. If you save more than that, great! But chances are if you are just starting out, you will not have a stockpile at home, so you will NEED to Buy items that are not at their rock bottom price, or even on sale! Don't avoid buying milk just to keep your total low.

Expect to make mistakes. I'm pretty comfortable with my coupons, and about once a month I forget a coupon, catch something that rang up wrong, or (occasionally) get told of a coupon policy change that I didn't know about!

What should you do if you are ready to get started?

Get some coupons! Try buying 2 Sunday papers, preferably different papers, so you can get a variety. (Coupons and values vary buy region and paper). You can also print coupons from Coupon Network, Coupons.com, RedPlum, and Smartsource.

Choose a store to start with. Don't try to tackle EVERY deal at EVERY store. Get comfortable with one store first, then try another. You confidence and understanding will build slowly. There are some basic things to know about CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid, just click HERE to see some helpful info for those three stores. Ask your local grocery store for a copy of their coupon policy, or print it from their website. Each store is different.

Finally, check the weekly ad versus the coupons you have, and try to buy mostly sales items that you have coupons for. I always post Matchups for the best priced items at national chains like CVS, Target, Walgreens, Dollar General, Rite Aid, and Dollar General, so check out my page to see if you missed anything!

Have fun, and ask questions if you have them! Happy Shopping!



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