Friday, October 14, 2011

The New Rules of Extreme Couponing!

If you are looking to be an extreme couponer, then you need to know the new rules of couponing.
Also see my post on where to find coupons.

Remember carefully selecting only coupons for items that you normally purchased? That's out!
  • New Rule 1. Save every single coupon you get. (Unless it's for an item that you wouldn't take for free or give to someone else for free.)

Remember cutting out your coupons and organizing them in a recipe folder? That's out!

  • New Rule 2. Keep your coupons in the Sunday inserts that they come in. Write the date on the outside. When you read a couponing website, they will tell you which insert to look in. (More on this below at Rule 6.)

Remember using your coupons right away? That's out!
  • New Rule 3. Save your coupons and combine them with sales. This is the true key to extreme couponing. Coupons + Sales = Cheap Stuff! (See Rule 6. for how to easily do this.)

Remember how we learned to buy the largest size to save money? That's out!
  • New Rule 4. Buy the smallest size when using a coupon. You will usually save the most money.

Remember when all you used was coupons? That's out!
  • New Rule 5. Combine coupons, sales, and other offers including rebates, “buy X get $ back” store offers, catalinas, or store “bucks.” Combine as many as possible for the most savings!

Remember when you would scour the store's weekly ad for deals? That's out!
  • New Rule 6. Let someone else do the work! There are loads of really amazing coupon websites out there that will do coupon matchups for you. My favorite is She is located in PA. If you're not in the East, you may want to follow a blogger/couponer who lives in your general area.

At she will set up deals using a store's sale flier information and any available coupons. Find her posts about your favorite store and see what deals + coupons are happening there. They will look something like this:

St. Joseph 81mg Aspirin $4.99
$1/1 St. Joseph 81mg Aspirin, exp. 12/7/11 (SS 08/07/11)
$3.00 after coupon

Name of Item $Sale Price
Coupon Information, expiration date (Insert & date where you can find the coupon)
Price after coupon

Here are the abbreviations for the inserts:
SS = Smart Source
RP = Red Plum
PG = P&G (Proctor & Gamble)

Now that you have your coupon inserts intact and clearly labelled (from Rule 2.), you can easily find the available coupon. For the example above, you would flip open your Smart Source coupon insert from August 7th and find the aspirin coupon. 
Got any questions about how this works? Leave me a comment and I will let you know all I can!

Happy Couponing!
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