As some of you know I'm one of those crazy coupon ladies. Just last weekend I got about $800 in groceries and spent $85 out of pocket. Much of the time RESEARCH is the important part of savings. Walking the store to see what sales are not in the flyer, making a list of prices from multiple stores, getting extra savings from FB and store webpages, etc. This is a part-time job for me.
Many times the best extreme savings won't come from the store flyer, but from the Discounted Clearance Rack(s).
Let's think about this....just after Christmas you can get all Holiday supplies at DEEP discounts as stores are trying to unload all their surplus. In this case, you need to let your feet do the walking B 4 you go to start shopping. It does NOT pay to have a surprise sale pop up while you're shopping. Remember, an Extreme Couponer never buys anything not on her list that she wasn't prepared to purchase - no matter how tempting the deal. Go home, get the coupons together and go back. We NEVER impulse buy. So, before you go to start your shopping trip, walk through the store, peruse the clearance isle. Etc. I always suggest shopping just before the store closes - because stores will continue to add things to the clearance rack throughout the day.
You can still use your double coupons on the clearance items! This is how many EC's will start stocking up on $$ the store will apply to the rest of their groceries....If a can of soup is on clearance for $.50 and you have a $.55 coupon which doubles, then the store will OWE you $.60! Now most stores will not give you a gift card for the surplus $$, but many will apply that $$ to the rest of your cart within the same shopping trip. So if you have something you want to purchase for a recipe or if you have a b-day coming up and the child wants an obnoxiously expensive ice-cream cake (and you don't want to make it yourself) then that $.60 (times however many cans you can get your hands on - let's say 10 = $6!) will go toward the more expensive items in your cart.
Over the next year I suggest keeping a spiral notebook with your coupon book. Then you can write down the type of things/savings usually seen on the clearance rack and when they appear. You'll notice that in July/August stores will start clearancing their Summer party/grill items, to make room for autum/back to school items. In January there will be the clearance of Holiday items (chistmas cookie mixes? candy? etc) to make room for the more hearty oatmeal, soups, etc for those extra cold months. In February those item will clearance or go off sale as the store prepares for Spring items, then in May the spring items will be clearanced. Keeping track of these trends can save you TONS!
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