How do extreme couponers do it?

Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
How do extreme couponers do it?
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Mon, 06-16-2014 - 4:53pm

I will never spend 40 hours a week couponing, but I saw a gal in front of me only pay like $1.80 for her items (nothing like you see on TV) but she had coupons I had never seen before.  Kicked myself for not asking her how she got them.  

I find what I can on-line, but 95% of the time it is the same items over and over again each time, and the same items on all the websites.

Any tips?  

Serenity

Serenity
Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 06-17-2014 - 10:13am
Funny, a co-worker and I were just talking about this yesterday, her daughter does it. She didn't have many tips at all, she has no understanding of it, but did say her daughter was part of a couponing group on FB. I get the sunday paper on occasion and was happy with myself that I got $17 off in coupons and savings at CVS this weekend, but it was still a large bill! I have found the only things i can really use coupons for are toiletries and personal care items mostly since we don't buy much in the way of pre-prepared boxed foods and convenience foods.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 06-17-2014 - 2:40pm
I think some of the 'extreme' couponers have access to multiple sets of coupons that are in the newspaper...some buy multiple papers and some have what I think are questionable arrangements to get a lot of sets from unsold papers. I often wonder if people use everything they acquire...I saw a tv show where the couple bought 40 bottles of mustard for like one cent a piece...but how much mustard can one family use? I get my toothpaste free with coupons, but I had to stop before I acquired a lifetime supply of toothpaste. My mom used to get the paper delivered, and she would check the coupons and tell me if it was worth buying the paper. A couple weeks before holidays, I find there are usually a lot of 'useful' coupons, but some weeks, there is nothing that I buy. I do like when I can match CVS drugstore sales with coupons...I sometimes wonder how they stay in business based on how much I get there for so little....
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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-03-1999
Tue, 06-17-2014 - 8:26pm

Google Extreme Couponing, and you will find tens of websites which will tell you how to get the coupons.  Most are NOT in the sales papers.  HOWEVER, the vast majority of coupons are for canned, boxed and prepackaged foodstuffs, which are mostly high in calories, and low in food quality AND they have to be used at someplace like Dollar General, Food Lion, Ultra, Walmart, etc, where the original cost is low, to get the "ultimate" deal.  Also, as someone else mentioned, often you have to buy multiples to get the deal.  I wouldn't eat one slice of WonderBread, much less 4 loaves.  Free garbage is still garbage.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2009
Wed, 06-18-2014 - 3:17pm

agreed. Free garbage is still garbage.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2008
Wed, 06-18-2014 - 5:18pm

Could we please stick to the topic?

First of all, "garbage" is somewhat subjective.  One of you ladies so proudly talked about her hamburger recipe and I consider that "garbage".

I buy mostly organic produce and all the meat from local farmers with whom I am on first name basis, but also understand others have different priorities, economic circumstances, etc.  It is condescending to label all packaged foods garbage and low nutritional value when the original question was how to maximize coupon usage.  There are people living in cars, motels, or in shared housing with no or very limited access to a kitchen.  There are people living in areas with no "real" grocery stores but Walmart.  I know the OP is not one of those, but coming onto a board and making flippant remarks is rude and totally uncalled for.

This is a support board for people in various stages of their journey to financial security.  Some have just started, some are completely debt free and have decent amounts of savings.  We are all trying to be responsible for our behavior.  I have had my "garbage" eating days (ramen noodles, etc.) when I was much younger and would never look down on anyone on a tight grocery budget.

Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Thu, 06-19-2014 - 2:11pm

Thanks everyone!

I found a FB Safeway group, (very strict, Safeway only) and also two local groups, one being a place to trade.  Now to Google Extreme Couponing....

It has never made sense to me to buy the newspaper ONLY for the coupons.  If you already read the paper, then great.  But I would only be buying it for coupons, and unless it is the Safeway $10 off, it is unlikely to be worth it for me.  

Like I think Arryl said, it is unfortunate that it is almost impossible to save on fresh produce and meat beyond a store's sale.  Although I did get a "credit" from having a coupon loaded on my Safeway card on an item that was FREE.  That was pretty cool!

The "garbage" topic has already been addressed, but I will say that I do believe we have to be careful when stocking up.  Sure, things are good for a long time, but not forever.  I have seen some on the TV show donate a lot, which makes way more sense to me, especially when they are getting free items.  It is sad to see houses being taken over with toilet paper, KWIM?

I told my DH "A pantry full of soup or cereal won't do us any good if we don't have any milk money"  That is what I have to watch out for.  Getting carried away with my monthly grocery budget.

While on the topic, I got a totally 100% free $34.95 Shutterfly photo book from My Coke Rewards (the bottle caps)  My second free book, actually.  Just had to pay shipping.  I also redeem the rewards for FREE pop all of the time.  

Serenity CL making a marriage work

Serenity
Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 06-20-2014 - 2:52pm
Serenity, I hadn't thought about the coke rewards points. We don't drink soda at the house, or if we do its very occasion and it tends to be Pepsi, but my parents do and they always bring the caps to us and ODD uses them for her magazine subscriptions, not necessarily and not needed, but still a nice benefit. When the little girls were in diapers I saved up ALL the pampers and huggies codes and points and would use them for things, usually photo coupons. I ordered all of ODD's graduation open house postcards for free with the last of my points!
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