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Smarter Savings: Couponing for Normal People

Posted by on May. 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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It used to be that couponing was about the un-hippest thing you could do. These days, though, couponing is cool thanks to shows like "Extreme Couponing" that show people walking out of the store with unbelievable deals ... like four carts of groceries for $9. 

Of course, those people are just a wee bit obsessed. However, as someone who's used coupons my whole adult life, I think it's equally as crazy to not use them. And you can do it without setting aside a room in your home for newspaper inserts and filling your basement with a stockpile of discounted goods.

All you have to do is acquire a Sunday newspaper with its coupon inserts and start clipping the coupons for brands you like or new products you want to try. Feeling a little more energetic? Flip through the sales circulars and figure out what coupons you have that match things that are on sale, and you're saving even more....and without spending a whole hour of your precious time. 

KMart has coupons on their site that you can simply click to "clip" and then print them all out together. Many manufacturers will have coupons on their websites, also. 

You'd be surprised how much you can save with just a little vigilance...without turning it into an "extreme" lifestyle.

Are you a couponer...extreme or otherwise?


by on May. 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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heathermichelle
by on May. 21, 2011 at 2:44 AM

I cut them out but never use them LOL.

Kainalu55
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 2:59 AM

i try to be...but i have  a hard time getting coupons

chiquis
by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:12 AM
Me too heather lol
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Mrs.Pool2Be
by on May. 21, 2011 at 5:53 AM

I guess I am a normal couponer.  I am too lazy to be extreme.  HAHA

amy7243
by on May. 21, 2011 at 6:50 AM
I do love coupons....I am not an extreme couponer though.
mumsy2three
by Silver Member on May. 21, 2011 at 6:52 AM

I use more coupons at Walmart for household items and HBA than I do at the grocery store. I think extreme couponing is amazing but I don't have the time or energy to do it.lol.

critter_boo
by Sarah on May. 21, 2011 at 8:58 AM

iam not to the extreme you see on the show. but i do stock pile everyday things like body wash,tooth paste,tooth brushes,toilet paper, but never more then 5 of one item maybe 10 of the tooth brushes

nomadbrat83
by Gold Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:44 AM
Me too

Quoting Mrs.Pool2Be:

I guess I am a normal couponer.  I am too lazy to be extreme.  HAHA

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cara124
by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:50 AM

i clip all the one from the paper and i such the internet for stuff i need....but i dont go to extremes when it unneed....the left overs i either take to the wic office (baby stuff) or the elderly center (pet supplies) and i go about my shopping trip in normal ways unless i happen upon a good deal in a circular......

jen113000
by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2011 at 10:04 AM
I search the internet sites of places I shop, but only for things that I already buy. I am not extreme at all.
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