i don't do the whole extreme thing but i cut coupons that i might want to use, look at ads and try to combine the sale, ads and hopefully have it be at a store that doubles the coupon value. If its something I can get for free and will use, I'll try to get a couple of them if I can.
what stores do you shop at? once you have those...you can look for coupon match up sites for those stores...buy your sunday paper to get coupons and also print off coupons.com etc
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I've been a couponer for a long time. I am not an extream couponer though. I use paper coupons from newspapers, peelie's off the item @ stores, magazines, sign up online for coupons / print off or from the mail. if I can get get an item for free, by matching a clearance item with a coupon GREAT, or use an in-store coupon + manufacturer coupon + APP generated by the store; and there are many new buy this item, use an APP (send in a copy of your receipt) and get $$ back by PayPal or check)....so many ways to save money. I typically 'hold' my high value coupons until I find the item on Sale or Clearance, then I can get it for free. I typically do not buy a product just because I have a coupon for the item, and I rarely cut out coupons that I don't use the product,,,I've used to do this, and its a waste of my time. I prefer coupons that have a long expiration date (those are these best). I take my small little coupon holder in my purse, when I'm waiting for an appointment, I go thru my coupon holder & throw out all expired coupons...makes it nice & clean. I carry around about 50 to 100 coupons in my purse at any given time. I 'share' coupons with my friends if I can't use them.
I'm a couponer for a few years, and I've never figured out the 'cut your grocery bill in half' scenario. Now, if you are using the coupon show as an example, that is b.s. --- all staged.. Yes, I have 'free item' coupons in my coupon envelope, now do I have 4 or 20 of the same coupon ---- no. I have noticed to that some of the extreme couponers were using the coupons for the wrong size product, & the grocery stores were actually letting the couponer 'do this' , basically for the store to get publicy, i think, wrong on all accounts. If a store states, we will take 4 coupons the same, on 4 products, great...i follow their rules; if there is no guidelines set, I buy what i need for my family. If I can save money on areas where coupons are popular, then I can put that money saved into buying fruits, vegetables, and salad for my family. Thats how I save money...not bu having a coupon for every item I buy, as this would be way too time consuming for my lifestyle.
< blockquote class="quotedText">Quoting Libra113: I have been trying to start this as well. So interested in what everyone has to say. I feel like there are not a lot of coupons for groceries so how do people cut their grocery bill in half?
When I started over 20 years ago I bought 2 newspapers every sunday for 3 weeks. Then i bought an organizer from Staples. I cut all the coupons and organized them by categories-paper products, baking products(flour, oil and sugar), beauty products and etc. Then I got the weekly ads for all my nearby stores and layed them all out in my living room floor and got a marker. I matched my coupons to all sales items and circled the ads and made notes on them. That would be a good start. Then organize your coupons by 1st isle products and so on. I do not throw out any coupons. You just never know. I may not use clairol haircolor although the coupon last week was 3.00 off and Target and Walgreens have them all on clearance right now for 2.98--so its free. I will post them on my freecycle group or on craigslist as free and put out in my driveway along with other free items like clothes and shoes and someone can use free stuff. Just out of the top of my head 2 people have left me a small gift and one even wrote me a thank you letter. It only takes me a few minutes and it goes to someone that can use it. If I am at a store and coupon will be expiring I leave it next to the product if I am not going to use it--my kids say the coupon fairy is leaving it. LOL
Last night we went out to eat with coupons and I had two sets of a page full of coupons . We will only use one. I turned around and gave the 2nd page of coupons to the people behind me and they tore it off and gave it to the next person. It beats paying full price!
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