couponI AM NOT an extreme couponer.  I don’t have a stockpile in the basement. (I wish I did!)  I do have a small coupon binder…I just got it this week!   But I can see how people become extreme couponers.  It makes sense; why pay full price if you can get it for less or even free?  However, extreme couponing looks like a full-time job.  I became so overwhelmed by the acronyms, lingo,coupon restrictions etc… that it took me about a year of stalking sites to decide to take the plunge.  What helped me was I decided to pick a way to save that fits my lifestyle.  Many of you are probably like me, so  I wanted to share some tips that helped me jump start my saving train.

Pick stores where you already shop to coupon and save

No brainer there.  If you don’t go to Walmart then don’t look at deals there.  Why?  Because you won’t go.  I go to Harris Teeter, CVS and Target so the first thing I did was sign up for their apps and savings cards.  For example, Harris Teeter will email you coupons and savings just for their loyalty card members.  They also double coupons up to .99.  Meaning if I have a coupon for toothpaste that is .50 it automatically doubles to 1.00 everyday.  That’s great and no real work on your part.

Join Facebook groups and an extreme couponing blog

After you signed up for store cards, also join a couponing group on FB.  This is where you can get the best education on when and what to buy.  I belong to a group that coupons at Harris Teeter and another one that coupons at CVS.  When I scroll my feed I can see when someone posts a deal they received and they breakdown how they did it.  Again, your only chore is reading and printing out a coupon. Easy peasy! Another way to find ways to save is find blogs that focus on couponing and saving.  KrazyCouponLady is an easy blog to follow and you can go on their website and select deals by store.  This is where I learned about free gift cards at Victoria Secret and it works!

$190 worth of free stuff from Victoria Secret. You can do it too!

$190 worth of free stuff from Victoria Secret. You can do it too!

Pick items and maybe some brands you want to save on

I decided to focus on deals for a few items. Paper and personal products. Paper towels, toilet paper, feminine products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.  This keeps me from being overwhelmed.  These items are also what I don’t like to run out of.  That does not mean I won’t purchase a deal if it’s outside of this category.  For example, today I was scrolling through my feed and saw a deal at Harris Teeter for Classico tomato sauce for .50 a bottle. The deal was 4 for $6 which is 1.50 each and a manufacturer coupon  for 1.00 off each bottle.  I’m no mathematician but it sounded like a no brainer.  I printed the coupons, went to Harris Teeter and got 4 jars of tomato sauce for 2.00 #WINNING


Here are a few extra tips:

  1. Subscribe to just the Sunday paper. You don’t need the whole week and you can strike a good deal.
  2. There is always a coupon for makeup, diapers, toothpaste and toothbrushes like EVERY Week.  Never pay full price for any of these items.  If you wanna try a new hair or makeup product, use a coupon.  It will make you feel better.
  3. Think about what you can with the money you could be saving.  Maybe start an account for college, a vacation, or just extra FUN money. It will start to add up!

What’s your favorite deal tip?