[Editor's Note: Alanna Kellogg wrote this brilliant strategy post for saving money on food in 2008, predicting food prices would only get worse. Even though the post is a few years old, her tips are still spot-on, and I'm using them as I try to squeeze more out of my family's combined income. -Rita]
If you spend any time at all reading coupon blogs or forums, you might feel like the posts are written in another language. After three months of total immersion into the world of extreme couponing, I still run into an acronym or a tip that doesn't make sense to me. Let me see if I can explain some of the most confusing bits of couponing lingo for you.
People ask me, how do you get things for free? well, I'm going to tell you how I do it so you can too.If you want to get things for Free or at a steep discount, there are certain things that you need to make habits, apart of your daily/weekly routine such as
Buy Sunday Papers for the Coupon inserts, never miss a week....more
Last night I was watching a show on Extreme Couponing and I was completely enthralled.These people were able to walk up to the check out lanes with over $1000 worth of groceries and walk away spending somewhere around $.06 or less.Read more HERE....more
Confession: I still haven't created a price book, like The Mrs. Another confession: Unless someone forces me into it, I may never make a price book. That's horrible, isn't it? What kind of extreme couponer am I? I haven't made a price book and I haven't bought 100 bottles of Tums or Maalox.
You may know that I am stockpiling mens grooming products for Christmas. I have five men in the family to buy for and since I can get a pretty good deal on this stuff I'd like to give them each a little extra basket of items this year.
So today I went to Rite Aid. They have Gillette Fusion Proglide power razors for $9.99 with $5 up rewards on the first two (so I bought two). Plus I had coupons for $4.00 off each.
Next they have Crest Pro-Health toothpaste on sale for $2.99, with $2 up rewards on each. I also have $1.50 coupon for each tube. ...more
Last week there were no coupons in the Sunday paper because of the holiday. Today I am in total withdrawal and I'm ready tomorrow!
How pathetic is that?
I have cleaned out my binder, cleared out the expired coupons, and made it look nice and pretty for a whole new batch of coupons for tomorrow. I can't wait to drive around to family members houses who save their coupons for me, divide them all up page by page, clip them out and file them away. I'm ready for a good deal.
I just wish I had more stockpile room....more
Many areas of the country have local coupon deals through sites such as Living Social and Groupon to name a few. These sites offer coupons for discounted deals on everything from fine dining to oil changes. Are they worth it? Depends on what you're looking for!...more
The question I've been asked over and over again is, "Where do you find coupons?" and I have to be honest -- I didn't really understand the question. Even before I started extreme couponing, I knew where to find coupons -- they're everywhere. I just didn't use them as effectively as I could have. Now that I've been doing this for awhile, I've decided that most of you know where the coupons are -- you really mean something else when you ask that question.
I swore I wouldn't become one of those weird stockpilers when I started my extreme couponing experiment but here I am, three months later, with a nice little stockpile that I'm not only happy with but proud of. ...more
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