How to Coupon Without Going to Extremes
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How to Coupon Without Going to Extremes

Posted on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Android Smart PhoneThe extreme couponing fad may be over for most people. It takes a lot of time, effort, and organizational skills. If you don’t love doing it – it starts to feel like work. Fortunately, there are ways to get the most out of your couponing without going to extremes.

Extreme couponing became popular during the recession. People lost their jobs and suddenly had to find ways to keep their family fed on less income. This interest in extreme couponing led to television programs about extreme couponers (sometimes competing in contests). It gave people the impression that it was super easy to do, and some might have been disappointed to learn that extreme couponing requires a lot of work.

You don’t have to be an extreme couponer in order to get the most from the coupons that you use. Try some of these tips.

Be picky
You find a good coupon for a product that you just don’t see yourself using – or enjoying. Or, the coupon is for a product from a brand your family does not prefer. Don’t use that coupon! Instead, choose coupons for things that you, and your family, will actually use.

Use Coupon Apps
The coupon apps that connect to the store you shop at can save you both time and money. You won’t have to search the internet, and the newspapers, for coupons. The store has them all, right there, in the app. It takes seconds to select the coupons you want to use. These types of apps frequently offer special deals and coupons that are only found in the app.

Loyalty Cards
Get the loyalty card from your favorite grocery store. It doesn’t cost anything. Just like that, you have access to tons of deals all over the store. Those special discounts are only available to people who have the store’s loyalty card. The savings is automatically discounted at the register. You don’t have to spend any time hunting for coupons.

Some of the grocery store loyalty cards allow you to add digital coupons to it. Before you shop, take a minute to check the store’s website and load your loyalty card with coupons for products you were planning on buying.

Get Email from Brands
Some brands have switched from offering coupons on their website, to anyone who visits it, to limiting their coupon offers to customers who have signed up for the brand’s email. Sign up, and you can end up with coupons periodically emailed directly to you from the brand. Print out the coupon before you go shopping.

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