Post # 1
Since FI and I are on a single income for the foreseeable future (I’m finish undergrad in June, start masters in fall, hopefully PhD after), I have been trying to save $$ where I can. I caught a couple of tv specials about extreme couponing. I am flabbergasted how much money people save!! $600 bill, paid $6 .
I will scour local coupon flyers, and online coupon sites, but I simply don’t have the time, energy or space for those kind of major hauls. I would like to use more coupons, though.
I would like to know if any bees are couponers, and what your tricks of the trade are. It would be nice to save some extra money that could go to a mini-moon fund.
Post # 3
I’m so jealous of those people on that show, too. Are you on FB? If so, I recently found several pages run by frugal folks who help you get awesome deals, free samples, etc. And there’s also a bunch of coupon sites where people tell you step-by-step how to get started with your own personal stockpile of stuff. One lady (I think her name is Treasure) has some videos on YouTube that were interesting, but the whole thing kind of intimidates me for some reason. Good luck, let me know how it goes.
Post # 4
I don’t have time to do extreme couponing, but I would love to get $600 worth of stuff for $6!! I normally check out the Publix B1G1 and sale deals every week and plan our weekly meals based on sale items …. save about $10-$20 each week off a $40-$60 bill. Also, if I see coupons for items I use regularly, I clip them and stick them in my purse. That’s the extent of my couponing! I am jealous of people who find the time to do more!!
Post # 5
The thing that you need to do is combine sale deals with coupons to get the best deals. This means stocking up on things when they are on sale and not always having a list of the same things that you get every week. I save about 60% every time I shop, but I have only been doing it since the beginning of the year. Try one of the websites that tells you what is a good deal for your store. You can find a site for your local stores here: http://www.becentsable.net/store-deals/
Post # 6
Ditto with @MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I have recentl;y started using a Canadian website http://www.smartcanucks.com
The ladies there combine to do a post every week where they find the specials from the various grocery and drugstores and tell you what coupons to use.
I really don’t need to save the money but I take all the stuff I get for free (or just pay tax on) to the local women’s shelter.
Post # 7
I’ve tried it with household supplies and groceries. The secret is stacking coupons. You can “buy” or trade coupons in online communities. You watch for sales- I forgot the website for it, but it lists all the major stores (walgreens, cvs, etc), gives you the ad before it comes out, you see what’s on sale and buy the coupons for that item. There is also a few websites where you can buy coupons. That way, you get a store discount (let’s say 50% off), with a manufacturer discount (let’s say 25% off), buy the item, and you can even get CVS bucks back = Free.
It is quite time consuming. You have to be on top of sales and what coupons are currently out. You have to “buy” coupons at a certain day of the week, etc etc. I gave up because it wasn’t worth it effort anymore and it was just a hobby for me. My biggest score is a HUGE stock of TP, feminine products, toothepaste, all kinds of soaps and detergents, shampoos, etc etc that I still have, 2 years later – I’m pretty sure it cost me next to nothing and are the brands/type I use.
Post # 8
Okay, scottielass, I live in Gahanna, and I find that in the Columbus area, groceries aren’t cheap. I do try to cut coupons and look at the ads to decide what to fix for dinner that week, but I really don’t know if getting $600 worth of stuff for $6 is even possible here. I know that coupons are limited to one item around here and they double coupons(sometimes triple at Kroger), but that still doesn’t get you to practically pay nothing. I would say try to take a little extra time to prepare going to the store to save money. I just don’t have the time to devote to the “extreme” couponing.