How to Live on Extreme Couponing
Free Coupons, Printable Coupons, Grocery Coupons Online

The Global Domain Name (url) is currently available for acquisition.

Please contact us by Email for Details

How to Live on Extreme Couponing

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Pin It

When you watch the extreme couponing shows or here about extreme couponing trips where people get all of their groceries for free, it might make you wonder whether or not these super coupon clippers ever pay for groceries. With the goal being free, they rack up thousands of dollars worth of free coupons to feed their families.

Wouldn’t it be great to live on all the things you get with extreme couponing?

The reality is that normally, even if you are getting all of these items for free, you can’t necessarily get away with never having to pay anything for groceries. This is because of a little known fact that the extreme couponers don’t tell you on the show: most of the best bargains and coupon sales combinations happen on very processed food.

So yes, you can get hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for just a few bucks, but you may find that your freezer and pantry are filled with things such as 40 boxes of toaster pastry, 60 boxes of pop tarts, and 25 boxes of sugar-laden cereals.

But where is the milk, eggs, meat, fruit and vegetables?

While you can still get some good deals on healthier whole foods with extreme couponing (see my recent article about using catalina coupons to do this), you can’t count on doing this often or enough to supply your family with good food. So you need to apply other strategies to get the healthy food that you want.

First of all, realize that you need whole foods to maintain a healthy diet. There is just no way around this one. Let go of the goal of not paying for any groceries for a moment and make sure your budget has some money in it for unprocessed or minimally processed food.

Next, see if you can trade some of the products you get by extreme couponing for healthier items. If you know someone with a garden, for example, you might be able to trade a bunch of cleaning supplies or frozen pizza that you got for free in exchange for their abundance of garden produce. This way you both win, and it is as though you got all of that produce for free!

Another strategy is to use your extreme couponing savings to pay for a share in a CSA, community sponsored agriculture program. You basically buy a share in a farm and share all of the bounty of all that the farm produces. Sometimes this also includes dairy products and well as vegetables and fruits.

So can you live on extreme couponing? Not completely by itself, but you can get pretty close if you employ some of the strategies listed above.

One Response to How to Live on Extreme Couponing

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.