Post # 1
Mr. Library and I are trying to find ways to cut back on expenses, so I thought I would give extreme couponing a shot. Anyone else do this? Any good tips or tricks for a beginner? My state doesn’t do double or triple coupons (come on, Maine! You’re killing me!), but I would love to hear how you ladies save money!
Post # 3
Pay attention to store policies. Since that show came out, a lot of stores and maufacturers are cutting down their coupon policies to prevent hardcore couponing.
Post # 4
@zippylef: that’s stinky!
Post # 5
@zippylef: Agh, the man. Always trying to bring you down…
Post # 6
check the various couponing websites for tips-like Krazy Coupon Lady
get all the coupons you can
use the coupons when things are already on sale
Post # 7
@Ms. Library: Not necessarily. Just a case of the few ruining it for the many. It came out that one of the women on the show was illegally using them.
Post # 8
i gave it a good try, but in the end, it was just too time consuming:/
Post # 9
I just started couponing last fall, and I have saved SO much money. I’m a grad student in Boston trying to live on a tiny stipend, and this has helped me get by. Note, I won’t say I am *extreme*, but I do spend a few hours a week clipping coupons and planning trips to the grocery store and CVS (Extra care bucks have let me not spend a penny here in months). First, start out on the blogs – someone suggested Krazy Coupon Lady, and my favorite is Hip2Save (Collin is the best!) and I’ve checked out Money Saving Maine-iac (yeah Northeast!). These will alert you to new printable coupons, freebies, what coupons will be in the Sunday paper, and matchups for stores like CVS and Walgreens. Also, I find just googling the ad for the grocery store that week (if local, for example) links me to blogs with ad scans and coupon matchups (ie Shaws ad 7/8). I would suggest starting out with one grocery store and one drug store to simplify things. Start small – try saving 30% of your billl. Once you have accumulated store rewards and coupons, it is much easier to save 50-80%. Make sure you subscribe to the Sunday newspaper- I got a sweet student discount for the Boston globe for $7 a month for the Sunday edition. If coupons are extra extra good that week, I might pick up a few more copies at CVS at the end of the day. Also check out the coupon websites (coupons, redplum, smartsource, couponnetwork etc) – these change often. And don’t get discouraged!! Start slowly.. and some weeks it is hard and you will feel like you wasted your time. But SO and I just splurged on a trip to CA and felt absolutely not guilty knowing I saved all that money on groceries and essential items the past 6 months.
I started out trying to save a few bucks, but couponing has turned into a really fun hobby for me. I am proud of my tiny stockpile of toiletries and cereal, but in no way can justify being an extreme couponer and buying 100 boxes of cereal at a time. Due to new limits (as a result of the show) most stores will only accept 4 or 6 of each coupon, or have doubling limits as well. This is fine for me – just SO and I would take 3 years to get through that much cereal! And the way the sales cycles work, these limits don’t really hinder what I am trying to do. If chicken breast or cereal or pasta sauce is on sale for a really good price, I will buy 3 or 4 packages, which will be enough to get us by for a month or so until it is on sale again. Don’t get too *extreme* and ruin it for everyone, though the TLC show is a guilty pleasure 😉 Good luck and keep us posted!