Saturday, December 17, 2011

Extreme Couponing

Normally I wouldn't write an article like this, but tough economic times have come and I thought it would be nice to share this with the rest of you. Most of you have most likely seen on TV the show about couponing and the crazy amount of money that these people save, but also the amount of time and work that goes into it as well. I am here to tell you that you can do this, without as much work.

The thing is that you do not have to do the same amount of work and still you can have savings, this is what I do. To start off, I will buy several papers each week. I have a newspaper for 1$ on Sunday, but even if you buy multiple ones for more, the coupons can save you money. You do not have to cut them all out at this point, just look through them and see what you have.

The next step would be to look at your supermarket flier for what is on sale. Here you can see if you have any coupons for the sale items. I usually only buy items that are on sale, and I stock up a bit. This is whether I have a coupon or not. It does save a lot of money.

It doesn't even have to be extreme. Using just one coupon can save the cost of the paper. Do more than one, and you are saving extra money. By shopping smartly and using a few coupons one can really save a bunch of money. With the current economic state we all could use to save some money. It is easy to do, you just need to try.

On one shopping trip I saved about 15 dollars, more if you counted the sales savings. It is not much, but that 15 dollars bought more food later in the month. Food I would not have had if not for those coupons. I only spent 4 dollars on papers. Add to that, I am still saving from other coupons. Trust me, it is worth it.

And for those of us that are always thinking of ways to be prepared for disasters, this method could allow one to build a stockpile of items that normally you would not have much of. Think on it, and before you shun couponing, think of the savings.

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