Extreme Couponing in a Small Town
Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011 at 12:00 pm
While it is wonderful that Extreme Couponers can get thousands of dollars of groceries for less than $100, things can be a little different when you don’t live in a city or suburb. Extreme couponing in a small town requires different strategies than does using coupons the average way.
Why Are Small Towns Different When It Comes to Grocery Savings?
There are a few reasons why extreme couponing in a small town can be different from shopping in a more populated area:
The only place in town
There is less competition, so stores don’t have to worry as much about having rock bottom sales and prices. They know that unless you want to drive out of your way, you will pay the prices that they set within reason.
Coupon policy changes trickle down
Recent changes in store coupon policies, especially price matching, can put those in a small town at a disadvantage. Many price matching policies have changed to limit the distance of comparison stores, so there may not be a store within your range that you can price match against.
Low price stores
Box stores, such as Walmart and Target, known for coupon match ups and low prices may not be available in a small town. The same goes for drugstores. This is where many extreme couponers get all of their freebies.
Lack of inventory
Small town stores generally experience issues with limited inventory. They have smaller shelf space and they smaller quantities. There is often a lack of variety of stock as well. Clearing the shelves at a small town store may consist of taking all six cans of soup.
How Can You Practice Extreme Couponing in a Small Town?
It might take a little more work, at first, to do extreme couponing in a more rural area, but you’ll quickly learn which strategies work best for you. Here are some of the proven tips that will get you your grocery savings.
When to shop
You’ll have to pick the best time to shop to make sure that the products that you need for your coupons are available. Go as early as you can the day the sale starts. You can also time your shopping for when the supply truck comes in (although they have a tendency to be late) and on the very last day of the sale (in case the store was holding back some inventory).
Submit a special order
If you know that you will be stocking up on a particular item, ask the manager to put in a special order for you that can be held back in the stock room. I’ve done this a couple of times, such as when whole chicken was on sale and I needed four of them. The store makes the extra sale, you are guaranteed to get the product, and other shoppers won’t face an empty shelf. Everyone wins!
Ask if the store will price match
Sometimes small town stores will be competitive with the pricing at larger more urban stores if you just ask. Bring in a flyer to prove the pricing and ask to speak to the manager. Be discreet, as you will be more likely to be successful if the store doesn’t feel like they have to give everyone that lower price.
Extreme couponing in a small town is not impossible. In fact, you may wind up being something of a local celebrity when others notice how much you can save.