It’s been a couple years since I appeared on TLC’s Extreme Couponing, (watch my episode on Amazon or Netflix) so I thought I’d do a refresher course for all of you who are just finding this blog! Each day this week, I’ll go over one of the basic tips to help you start Extreme Couponing.
The first thing I wanted to let you know is that Extreme Couponing is possible to do, however, it may not be as possible or as frequently as the television show would have you believe. What I teach is Extreme-ly Realistic Couponing :) My goal is to have you save between 50-75% each time you go out to the store, that is very possible on a regular basis assuming you follow the steps outlined below:
1. Start Collecting Coupons – My motto is “The more coupons you have, the more deals you can do”. The reason that Extreme Couponers are able to buy mass quantities of items is because they have mass quantities of coupons. In 2013, there are so many places to get coupons that you might actually be able to collect them blindfolded..ok, not really..but close!
- Sunday Coupon Inserts: Coupons found in the Sunday Coupon Inserts will always be your easiest way of getting coupons. Extreme couponers have been known to buy dozens of coupon inserts per week. Here are a few tips on how to get more coupon inserts.
- Printable Coupons: There are so many websites to get printable coupons including some of the more popular sites: Coupons.com, CouponNetwork.com, RedPlum & SmartSource. As a matter of fact, I once put together a list of 101 places to get FREE printable coupons.
- Digital Coupons: There are a couple digital coupon services that I recommend signing up for SavingStar & Cellfire. These services actually allow you to load coupons right onto your store loyalty cards.
- Mobile Coupons: Within the last year we have seen an explosion of new coupon apps. Some of my favorites include Ibotta (find out more here), Endorse, Target Mobile Coupons. These are coupons that are only available on your phone and you redeem them either by showing the cashier your phone OR uploading the receipt after purchase.
Come back tomorrow, when I’ll explain why knowing WHEN to use a coupon is the biggest challenge for new couponers!