How much do you spend each time you walk into a grocery store? Depending on the size of your household and the appetites of those that are in it, some families can spend upwards of $300 in a single quick trip. However, did you know that there are some families that walk into a grocery store and leave without even opening their wallets with a full cart or more of groceries? Yes, it’s true! That is one of the large perks of being a dedicated extreme couponer.
If you are looking to cash in on some of the many benefits of couponing, and never buy anything again, then take a look at how you can get started saving thousands of dollars per year.
Start by clipping and collecting coupons – Coupons are literally everywhere! An extreme couponer will never overlook the opportunity to clip or collect a coupon, whether it comes from signing up for a grocery store card, cheap newspaper subscription or finding a couponing website to join. Anyway that you can get your hands on another bit of savings should be taken if you want to be successful.
Organize your coupon collection properly – Part of the challenge of being an extreme couponer is being extremely organized with your coupons. Not only do you have to read the fine print on everything you clip, but you want to keep them sorted based on expiration, the item for sale and locations where the coupon can be used at. It is not unheard of for extreme couponers to keep store advertisements and binders full of organized coupons at their disposal, even when they are in the grocery store.
Learn about the coupon policies at your local store – Because every store is different, you want to be sure to educate yourself on the coupon policies that they have available. Some stores offer certain days of the week where manufacturer coupons are doubled and others have a limit to the type of coupons they accept. These are all policies that you are going to need to know to make the most of your shopping experience.
Be prepared to buy in bulk – When you collect coupons and piggyback them onto in-store deals, you are likely to find that buying more at low (to non-existent!) prices is a smart decision. For instance, if you have ten $1.00 coupons for hand soap, and the grocery store has them on sale already for $1.00, you could walk out paying $0 for soap. Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of the savings and use all ten coupons?
Plan your trip to the store – Trips to the grocery store as an extreme couponer should be properly planned. Go in with a list, coupons and time all in mind! It is even more helpful if you take someone who is patient, and not afraid to push a cart, with you. Make the most of your couponing and money by properly creating a strategy and calculating your estimated costs before you start shopping.
As you can see, true extreme couponing will take time and effort on your part. You might even have to enlist the help of your family and friends that are willing to save you coupons or pass along helpful information. All your efforts and all your hard work will certainly pay off though when the cashier at the grocery store tells you your lack of total at the end of your multi-cart shopping spree.