Many people think couponing isn’t worth the time. But, it can save you thousands. Read on to learn how to do extreme couponing and why you should.
Are you looking for ways to save money on your monthly expenses? Looking for something that doesn’t involve you taking on an extra job or skipping your favorite activities, like dining out?
Well, we’ve got a solution for you: extreme couponing. A lot of people balk at the thought of extreme couponing. After all, how much can you really save?
If you go about it the right way, you can easily save hundreds, even thousands of dollars with extreme couponing.
If you’re ready to give it a go, read on to learn how to do extreme couponing.
1. Organize Your Supplies
Extreme couponing is all about staying organized.
So, first things first, you need to organize your supplies. Here’s what you need to do extreme couponing:
– A laptop
– A printer
– A plastic binder, complete with divider labels
– A pair of scissors
– Your couponing sources (we’ll discuss the different sources you can use in a bit)
If you don’t have all of these supplies, don’t sweat it. To save money, you can head to your local library and use their computers and their printer.
2. Know Where to Look for Coupons
To be a pro extreme couponer, you need to know where the best coupons are.
There are several sources for finding coupons. Let’s take a look at which ones you should be using.
The oldest source for coupons is still one of the best. If you haven’t already, sign up for your local newspaper.
Trust us, even if you only coupon occasionally, the prescription will pay off.
If you are looking to get extra serious about your extreme couponing, you may want to buy subscriptions to multiple papers, as it will still pay off.
The internet is an absolute gold mine when it comes to finding coupons.
Here are some of the top websites you should be using for your extreme couponing:
This is the internet’s largest database for coupons.
All you have to do is go to the website, find items that might be on your grocery list, and then take it from there.
However, coupons.com doesn’t allow you to search for specific items, therefore, you may have to do some sifting before you find what you’re looking for.
However, if you aren’t picky about using a specific brand, this is a great site.
Second on our list is hotcouponworld.com.
Unlike coupons.com, this site does allow you to search for coupons by item name. This will make your couponing a lot more efficient.
Just be aware that you cannot search the database on a cell phone, you will need a laptop or a desktop.
Here are some other coupon websites we recommend:
- Groupon coupons
- Buyvia.com (more information here for this UK coupon site)
Pro tip: Most coupons can be printed two times per device. Therefore, you should always print two of every coupon. Unless it’s a food item that will quickly expire, it’s best to double up and buy items when they’re at their cheapest.
And, as we said, it’s two per device. That means if you have a laptop and a computer, you can print two from each source. If you live in a place with a computer room, then you’ve really hit the jackpot!
However, keep in mind that some coupons are limit 2 per customer.
Last but not least, there are multiple coupon apps out there.
For these, you don’t even need to print out the coupons. This is super convenient for anyone who doesn’t have access to a computer or for someone who likes to coupon hunt on the go.
Some of the best coupon apps are:
- Checkout 51
Nearly every large chain store out there has their own couponing program set up.
Places like Target, Walmart, and your local grocery store chain all have coupon programs.
Try getting to know one program at a time, and then move onto the next one.
You are likely going to feel overwhelmed by all the options out there. But, you’ll soon figure out which ones are your favorite. Or, you’ll get good at knowing which source is best for finding a certain type of coupon.
3. Get Organized, Again
As we said earlier, the best extreme couponers are the most-organized couponers.
If you attempt to do extreme couponing haphazardly, you will waste a lot of time and not save as much money as you could if you were organized.
So, set aside a couple hours a week to get your coupon game organized.
Start by writing down everything you need to buy in the next week or two. Then, start searching for coupons for those items.
Once you’ve found all of the coupons you can, print them, and then organize them in your binder in a way that makes sense to you.
Some people think it makes sense to organize them by product, while others like to organize them by store.
Then, the rest is simple. Bring your coupon binder to the store and find the corresponding items!
4. Extra Pro Tips
Here are a few extra pro tips to help improve your extreme couponing game.
Extreme couponing is all about buying items when they’re at a rock bottom price.
Therefore, you should be buying multiples of each item whenever it is a rock-bottom deal.
Overage occurs when the worth of the coupon is more than the worth of the product. Aka, the store has to pay you money.
Here’s how to make overage happen:
- Combine a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon. For example, you print a coupon from Target for Pantene shampoo, and then you also print one from the Pantene website.
- Use a coupon on an item that’s already on clearance. For example, you have a $7 coupon for a product that costs $10 normally. But now, the item is at $5. Use your coupon to get $2 back.
Write to Manufacturers
If there’s a certain company you buy a lot of products from, write to the manufacturer to let them know how much you love their product.
More often than not, they will write you back and send some free coupons, and sometimes, even free product samples.
How to Do Extreme Couponing: Are You Ready to Start?
Now that you know how to do extreme couponing, all you have to do is start.
Extreme couponing takes some time to get the hang of, but once you do, you’ll be saving tons of money.
If you have questions about extreme couponing, please drop a comment below.
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