One of the things that I love about a new year is the chance to start fresh &, dive head first into things that you never thought possible. For so many of you I know that Couponing can be overwhelming at times so I am so excited about our new series on Extremely Simple Couponing!
I know Extreme Couponing isn’t for everyone, in fact I’m not as much of an Extreme Couponer personally because there are so many other things in life that are important to me right now and I just run out of time to do every single deal and clip every single coupon. Extreme Couponing is about Maximizing Your Savings and for me that means Minimizing the Time I spend looking for and grabbing deals as well. I want Maximum Savings with Minimal Effort, I want Couponing to be Practical, Simple and Efficient!
So, with that in mind, over the next few days and weeks I’m going to be sharing with you some Basics on Couponing, Some Tips on how to simplify the process and then also some more In Depth looks at Different Rewards Systems you can use to Save Big with or without Coupons!
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5 Ways to Simplify Extreme Couponing
1. Don’t do every deal!
There is FREEDOM in not having to do every deal! It’s so easy to get caught up in finding every single deal, or not missing out that you can spend hours running from store to store to pick up 1 or 2 items. I pretty much shop once a week with the exception of really great deals. When I first started couponing (And only had 1 kid) I could run to every store to pick up the hottest new deals, now that isn’t as practical I will still run into a store really fast for a Really hot deal that might sell out, but for the most part I save up my coupons, keep a list of the deals and shop once a week! I might miss a few deals, but the time saved is worth it to me!
2. Pick 1 or 2 Stores!
Let’s be honest not every store is a couponing paradise :) Then there are other stores (Think Target or CVS) that have HUGE Savings from using coupons and rewards programs! Pick a few stores to do coupons at and watch for deals at only those stores. This will really vary by your area, for example if you have an awesome Grocery Store like Kroger or Shop Rite you might do a lot of couponing there, I personally choose stores like Target, CVS and Walgreens I can grab most of the Hot Deals at these stores on a weekly basis and I keep my stockpile stocked without running around like a crazy person.
3. Ditch the Newspaper!
Wait, What??? I thought we were talking about Extreme Couponing, how can we ditch the newspaper??? Hear me out on this one. Every once in a while we see high value insert coupons not found online so this one wont be for everyone but Clipping Coupons can be Time Consuming and these days you can find Awesome High Value Coupons online, so if you’re looking to save both Time and Money ditch the newspaper inserts and opt for Online or Digital Coupons. There are also some great new Money Saving Apps that I’m going to be sharing with you that can save you money without using coupons at all!
4. Learn to Stockpile!
I know this is one of those “Crazy” Words that make you think of a Garage Full of Dijon Mustard, but Stockpiling doesn’t have to be extreme and it can save you SO MUCH MONEY! The concept is buying multiples of an item that your family uses when you find it on sale, that way you aren’t ever paying full price again! It’s a simple concept that once you get used to will save you big!
5. Make a List & Check it Twice!
Let us do all the hard work for you! Make sure you sign up for Email Updates and get all the latest deals sent to your email each night. We will tell you what the best deals are at each store + give you direct links to the coupons so you can print them out and you’re ready to hit the stores! It’s that simple! We also have Printable Shopping Lists for each grocery store, Just use the menu bar to find your local store and click on the Weekly Ad Post at the top of the page, You’ll find a HUGE list of deals at your local stores, you can print the items you want to buy or sync the deal list with your phone! It’s SO SIMPLE!
I always shop with a list, having a list of deals I want to grab and my coupons ready before I hit the store saves me so much time and it saves my sanity when I’m shopping with kids in tow. I’ll be diving into the Basics and Details of using coupons over the next few weeks so hang with me if you’re new to this Couponing thing :) I hope to make it simple and easy to understand!
Here are the links to all the posts in this series:
Top 25 Printable Coupon Websites
Saving Money on Printer Ink, Paper & More
5 Things You Need to Know about Newspaper Insert Coupons