How to Make Extreme Couponing Easy
Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Watching the Extreme Couponing show, you might think, “Hey, using coupons to save a lot of money is easy. I could do that!” Then you start cutting your grocery coupons and matching up the sales and find that it is taking you hours of head-scratching work.
The amount of time and energy that has to be put into extreme couponing can be overwhelming. Some of the people on that show say that they usually spend six hours a day or more finding deals, finding coupons and going shopping. Is it all worth it?
Well, before you get ready to give up, let me tell you that there are ways to make extreme couponing easy to do.
Use Your Resources
Instead of pouring over grocery store and drug store sales flyers and scouring unadvertised deals at the store, let someone else do your match ups for you. Then, all you have to do is gather your coupons and go shopping. Since store deal match ups are probably the biggest time consumer in extreme couponing, you’ll get your list done sooner and save yourself the hassle of having to calculate everything.
At FreeCoupons.com, we do weekly match ups for Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Kroger, Safeway, Walgreens, Publix and Meijer. And, we plan on adding more stores to the list!
Buy What You Need
While it is exciting to get things for free, if you don’t use something or have a cause to donate it to, don’t take the time and energy to cut coupons for it! Since we don’t own a dog, I never bother with trying to get cheap dog food, even if I could get it for free.
Take a lesson from the mustard lady on the Extreme Couponing show and don’t decorate your home with a wall of condiments that will never get eaten.
Know Your Limits
Along with not buying things you don’t need is knowing when to stop buying. For example, when I reach a stockpile of six containers of body wash, I stop buying it, even if it is a great deal. I take it off of my list and cut down the time it takes to do my couponing and grocery shopping. I concentrate on the items that I don’t have stockpiled instead.
Find a Buddy
If you have a friend who loves coupons as much as you do, use that to both of your advantage. Split up the effort. You can trade from your stockpiles or divvy up the different stores. For example, one of you can shop at CVS and the other at Walgreens, with each of you picking up twice the deals at each shop. Then you can divide the spoils.
Alternatively, one person can do all of the couponing while the other does all of the actual shopping.
Find the Balance
Fortunately, extreme couponing isn’t a matter of all or nothing. You can make it as hard or as easy as it needs to be, however it fits in your lifestyle and your family. It is important to find the balance between the time it takes and the money you can save.
Instead of saving 99 percent on your groceries, you can save 75 percent plus save your sanity while still taking advantage of coupons. Coupons can still give you super savings while being easy to use.