Extreme Couponing: Understanding Sale Cycles and Stockpiling

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One last example, a few months ago there was a great deal at one of my local grocery stores. Buy four boxes of certain varieties of their granola (type) bars and get a $2 OYNO coupon PLUS a coupon for a free gallon of milk. There were great coupons to go along with some of these granola (type) bars. We bought a few different varieties and everyone in the family fell in love with one specific type. They're not very healthy, even if they are kind of promoted as healthier snack options... so I refused to buy them again, unless there was a good sale on them. Last weekend, there was a decent sale (not as good as the one I mentioned above) so I bought a few boxes. You'd have thought I gifted everyone in the house with a brand new car -- there was that much excitement over these. This can be a problem... if your family suddenly loves a product that you've not bought in the past, and you didn't buy enough to get you to the next sale cycle... you either have to tell your family members "Not til they go on sale again!" or you have to buy at the normal price. Me... I'm not buying until they go on sale. You might make a different choice (and your family will probably like you more, heh.)

Another thought about toothpaste... because it's always free, and quite often a moneymaker, I almost buy at least one tube every week. In my house right now, I have 11 tubes of unopened toothpaste on the shelf. This weekend, I'll probably buy another tube. Next weekend, I'll probably buy another. Why do I keep buying toothpaste when we have more than enough stockpiled for my family of eight? Because toothpaste is always a good thing for me to send to the adult children in my family who don't live with me. Because toothpaste is always a good donation item. Sometime in the next few weeks, I'll box or bag the bulk of my toothpaste stockpile and send it to one of my kids or I'll donate it to a food bank or a shelter. I will not keep stockpiling the toothpaste until it takes over a room in my house -- and most couponers won't do this either. They give their excess stockpile away... to friends, family, charity.

As you watch season two of TLC's Extreme Couponing, keep Jenny's video in mind. Think about the examples of stockpiling that I've shared. Remember that what you're seeing on TV are couponers who are making these specific trips in order to create good TV.

If you're thinking about giving extreme couponing a try, start with Jenny's video about sales cycles and get familiar with her buy price list and then begin to create your own. Don't watch TLC's Extreme Couponing and envision yourself buying 40 bottles of barbecue sauce, 50 candy bars, and 100 bottles of water. Picture yourself buying the enough of the products you normally use to get you through until the next sale cycle. That's what Extreme Couponing really looks like.

Do you have questions about sales cycles, buy prices, or couponing? Ask them here, I'm more than happy to help you find the answers you need -- or coupon bloggers in your community who can help you learn the ropes.

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