The other day, I was asked the question, “Do you watch Extreme Couponing on TLC?” My response was no. I had heard about the show, but hadn’t had the opportunity to see the show. I can tell you right now, before I go any further in this post this is going to be a coupon adventure for me. I’ve used coupons before at the grocery store here and there, however not as routinely as these people that are showcased in the show.
Will Coupons Work For Me?
I made some time over the weekend, thank goodness for DVR to watch the shows that previously aired and did some research on the web to see if couponing routinely will work for my family. I must say, I’m a little skeptical with the stores here in Northern California. We have three major grocery stores –Raley’s, Safeway, and Save Mart. I didn’t add SPD market in this category because I feel feeding a family of six, SPD prices are fairly high if you’re trying to maintain a grocery budget. And the two drug stores–CVS, Kmart and Rite-Aid. These are all stores that are within 10 minutes from us. Kroger seems to be the main grocery store that is mentioned the most on these shows along with Albertsons. If I’m hearing it right, Kroger will double coupons? This is a huge factor when it comes to saving money while using coupons. Hopefully, I can find some stores here that do the same.
Extreme Coupon Adventures
After watching the shows, I decided to give coupons another try. After all, who wouldn’t want to purchase over a $1000 worth of groceries for only $4-$8? I plan on clipping every coupon and if I find a deal on items that my family doesn’t use normally, we are going to donate the items to our local food bank or shelter for women and children. I will be using the binder method to stay organized. In Sunday’s paper were ads from Safeway, Kmart, CVS and Rite-Aid. All of these stores have some type of Rewards card which can be used to ad to my savings.
I clip my coupons and keep them organized by categories in baseball card holders with category pages.
Here are some tips I’ve used to get started:
1. On Sunday Buy 5 Papers
2. Buy a Binder or Folder for Organization
3. Join weusecoupons.com
4. Obtain your Weekly Shopping Circulars by Calling Promotions like RedPlum and Have Them Delivered if Your in a Major Urban Area
5. Get to Know Your Store Policies
6. Be Prepared to Spend Time Planning out Deals, and in Line at the Grocery Store.
7. Make Two Shopping Lists Every Week, One for Essentials (Matching Coupons) One for Almost Free, or Free Items.
8. Learn to do Price Comparisons Between Stores.
9. Avoid Impulse Buying.
The most important trick: . Relax, Saving Isn’t That Hard
Next Up: What I’m saving on this week……