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Extreme Couponing - Online Coupon Systems Lead To More Free Items Than Ever Before
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Extreme Couponing   -   Online Coupon Systems Lead to More Free Items Than Ever Before

My mother was a coupon clipper. We would go to the local convenience store every Sunday morning and buy 4 or 5 newspapers and spend the day cutting coupons. I was a frequent helper, and I knew that clipping coupons helped us save money.

After getting my first apartment, I started buying the Sunday paper and clipping my own coupons. And what I found was that it would take me a few hours each week to clip and sort the coupons, then match the coupons up with the ads in the circulars in order to obtain the best deals.

Enter married life. And children. I no longer had time to run to the store and buy a few copies of newspapers and clip and sort all the coupons. I did not have an hour to an hour and a half to match up the circular with my coupons and make a grocery list before going to the store. Now that I have a house, husband, and babies to care for, traditional couponing went out the window.

Until...

I went to a seminar on Extreme Couponing. I learned SO much information from these wonderful ladies. For instance.

  • There are two types of coupons. Manufacturer's coupons and Store coupons. What I didn't know is just about every store will allow you to use BOTH a manufacturer's coupon and a store coupon on the same item. It's called stacking your coupons and it's acceptable at just about every store!
  • If you purchase an item and your coupon is higher than the price of the item, stores may allow you to keep the difference! No, they will not give you money back, but if you buy an additional item, the difference will apply as a credit toward that item!

Extreme Couponing has become so popular that there are clubs all around the country to teach it and trade coupons. There are also lots of websites available that will teach you how to maximize coupons for the best deals.

I would have to say the best thing I learned from this seminar was to pay more attention to my local drug stores. Join their frequent buyer programs, pick up their circulars with the additional store coupons, stack them with your newspaper or printable coupons and in some cases, get what's called Catalinas or coupons good for your next in store purchase of ANYTHING in the store. Many times if you do all these things, you get your item for free!

Couponing has gone digital. Printable coupons are available from many reputable sources, but beware of a few scamming websites out there - you could end up in an endless website redirect loop if you get onto the wrong website. However, with the ability to search websites, search printable coupon sites, and search newpaper coupons online, the time to prepare to go shopping with coupons has decreased from 2-3 hours to 30 minutes to an hour. And the savings can be insane. I think I will do this!


Street Talk

Thank you for explaining how to use extreme couponing. I am glad it can be done in less than an hour. Cutting coupons was time-consuming.

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  about 2 years ago

Free is good!

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  about 2 years ago

It is different here in Canada says the wife, we cannot use these coupons like you do in the States one coupon per purchase of a item...25 cents or 50 off of one or two products that I buy not making me jump to high....now from what I see you can do in the States, now that is couponing and it really makes a difference...thanks AJ

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  about 2 years ago
  

Here in the states there are "store coupons" and "manufacturer coupons". Most stores will let you use them together to purchase one item - and if that store doubles coupons up to $1 like many do, you really can save. It's a shame you're not able to leverage this in Canada as I've saved a lot this way.

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  about 2 years ago

May have to give this a shot! Thanks for the great info!

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  about 2 years ago
  

You're welcome. Good luck!

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  about 2 years ago

Great advice! I too learned a lot this year from others.

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  about 2 years ago
  

Isn't it amazing? Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia!

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  about 2 years ago
Meredith  

Thank you for a great article with Very Timely Advice! I don't think grocery prices are going to come down anytime soon, so "couponing" is a good way to stay within budget, Thanks again.

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  about 2 years ago
  

It's startling how much higher food prices are today than this time last year. Sales and coupons are a must for every budget.

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks for the info. I will check into it for our family.

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  about 2 years ago
  

Try and find a couponing group locally, it really can be beneficial. Good luck!

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  about 2 years ago

Extreme couponing, sounds a little crazy! I never heard of stacking coupons to the point of getting items for free. I think I'll tell my wife about this and see if she can get us some free items at the store. Can this work for flat screen TVs? just wondering

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  about 2 years ago
  

Jay, I hope your wife has lots of success with couponing. I think a huge advantage is finding a club to join, even if it's not a local club. Sharing of information is key. If you find a way to get a flat screen TV for free - let me know!

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  about 2 years ago

Interesting AJ, I must let my wife look into this maybe we can save a bob or two. Thanks

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  about 2 years ago
  

You're welcome, Rob. I hope it helps you and many others decrease their grocery bills.

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  about 2 years ago
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