Extreme Couponing Challenge (Week 3)
This week's episode of TLC's Extreme Couponing featured Missy from Feeding God's People and Amy from Blessings n Couponing.
Darn. I wish I'd known about extreme couponing when I still lived in Central Florida. I'd have loved to meet her when we were in Lakeland for all of those synchronized swimming meets.
Any way, on to this week's tips (all created based on this week's episode of Extreme Couponing):
- Be prepared to donate! Last week Nathan shopped for charity, this week both Amy and Missy have said that they were donating products purchased in this episode. Soon, if not already, it will be your turn to coupon for charity. If you have enough toothpaste to last your family six months (like I do) then why not keep buying it (when it's free or a money maker) and give it away! If you find more pasta for less than .50 a box but have enough to feed your family for six months (like I do) then why not buy it and donate it? Use your mad coupon skills for good!
I have a donation bag in my stockpile room, err my laundry room, where I drop extras that I want to donate. When the bag is full, I'll drop it off.
If you aren't quite ready to make a donation, go ahead and look around your community for places to donate -- animal shelters, women's shelters, homeless shelters, food pantries, your church's pantry, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts do food drives, some grocery stores even have food donation drop spots. Look around and start planning. When you make your first donation, be sure to come back here and tell us all about it!
- Don't be afraid to ask companies for coupons! In tonight's episode, Amy was able to buy bananas (for free) with a coupon because she wrote to the manufacturer and asked for coupons -- and they sent them! Living Rich with Coupons regularly posts contact information for companies you can contact and ask for coupons. Here's her master list, you can start there.
- Look for moneymakers. Missy mentioned buying cat treats where she actually was paid .60 to buy each package. Find some moneymakers, stock up (and donate to charity if you can't use the product!) and use the overage to pay for meat, produce or other products that you don't have coupons for.
Most coupon blogs and forums will provide you with possible money maker/overage scenarios -- so subscribe to some blogs, check out some forums and plan your trips appropriately. (Here's one example of a free/moneymaker thread at A Full Cup
If you're new to the challenge, be sure to visit all of the couponing information in Coupon Lovers and get started. (Feel free to leave comments and questions, I'm happy to help if I can.)
Last week, BlogHer community members saved a combined total of (drumroll) $369.58! (We are awesome.)
Add your savings by adding a link to a blog post you write about this week's shopping trip or by leaving a comment in this thread. Let's see how much we can save, together, this week.
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