1. Start a stockpile.
Extreme couponers have a stockpile of stuff in their garage or closet. The reason for having a stockpile is not to become a hoarder, but it allows you to buy stuff only when it’s on sale. Then you won’t be forced to pay full price on something you need because you have it in your stockpile. Don’t you plan or a baby? House? New car? Well starting a stockpile is just that-Saving for the what if’s! You never know when you will be in need, your husband might loose his job or a tornado might come through. Stockpiling will prepare you for everything!
2. Secure a coupon source.
Find out which Sunday paper has the best coupons, then subscribe to it. I get my coupons through the Charlotte Observer. Its $2 a paper but in the end will save you money! If you are local to Charlotte your can Call the Charlotte Observer and get the Sunday edition delivered to your house for only $1. You can also find coupons online, in your email, on your phone, inside products, through a coupon clipping service, or print coupons here. Look out for them!
3. Join the store loyalty program.
Most stores have a loyalty program and it’s free to join. So there’s no reason not to join except that you’ll pay more if you don’t! Sometimes coupons are loaded onto your store savings card like at CVS.
4. Get familiar with store couponing policies.
Does your store allow double couponing or using more than one coupon per product? Find out by calling or emailing.
5. Match up coupons with store sales.
You can also follow bloggers who do this. They spend hours matching up coupons with store sales to get the best deal. Don’t re-invent the wheel!
6. Know what a good deal is.
Compare apples to apples when it comes to deals. Make sure you compare the per unit price to see if you’re really getting a good deal. You can do this by dividing the price by the number of items in the package. For example, with diapers you would divide $27.99 by 192 = $.14 per diaper.
7. Be aware of the coupon expiration date and exclusions.
Sunday paper coupons usually expire within 30 days. And with the popularity of TLC’s Extreme Couponing show, there are limits now on how many of the same coupons you can use per transaction and how many products you can buy with the coupon. With CVS, since the coupons are loaded on your card, they place a cap on how many times you can take advantage of an in-store coupon or sale.
8. Shop at more than one store.
The way most extreme couponers are able to save 90% or more on their purchases is because they shop at multiple stores, multiple times. To save the most money, be willing to go to the store with the best sale for toilet paper. Don’t be loyal to only one store.
9. Make multiple transactions.
Some extreme couponers will make multiple transactions to maximize savings, depending on the coupon. This would allow you to maximize savings if there is a limit of coupons per transaction. You can do this by asking the cashier if it’s ok to do so, if the line is short, or be willing to go to the back of the line or come back another time. Some extreme couponers will do their grocery shopping separately from their sales runs.
10. Stock up during a sale.
When something good is on sale, stock up! Get enough to last you until the next sale then you won’t have to run out and buy something at full price.
11. Anticipate store sales and plan your savings accordingly.
After awhile, you will start seeing a pattern at each store and know when things go on sale. Save the most during seasonal sales like after Christmas sales or Back to School sales.
12. Review your strategy.
Did you get the best deal this month on that product or did another store have a better deal? Could you have used a better coupon? Don’t feel like you have failed if you didn’t get the best deal. Learn from your past purchases and put together a better strategy for the next sale.
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