When I first saw the show, “Extreme Couponing,” on TLC, I thought I could never do that. I don’t have time for it, I don’t wanna stock pile etc. Not to mention, with two toddlers and a baby on the way, I don’t have the brainpower or the organization necessary that the ladies on the TV show have. But there is a moderate way to extreme coupon that even a full-time mom with a full-time job can handle. And it’s worth it. Here are some great family tips from http://www.gohenryreview.com:
I don’t exactly pile bins of toilet paper under my toddler’s bed, but I have indeed gotten my share out of my coupons. But, like I said, moderately: just getting my feet wet. And here is what I have learned:
- Definitely check out the store’s coupon policies before you go and try to use a bunch of coupons, and also make sure to check the online coupon codes before doing online shopping. For example, my grocery store accepts double coupons, but only up to a 99 cent total. And what good does that do me? Target, on the other hand, accepts three of the same coupons per one item, which is how I got my boxes of Organic Fruit Rollups and Nature Valley Granola Bars for literally pennies.
- When relying on newspapers to extreme coupon, you need to buy at least six Sunday papers in order for them to add up enough to count.
- Self checkout lines are often testy to use for coupons because often the drop slot for the coupons doesn’t recognize that you actually dropped them in, and therefore won’t count them. Which is why it was very tricky for me to get my Tide stain lifting tablets, but in the end, I did get them for $1.00 versus $8.99 with the help of a customer rep.
- Ask all your friends and family to save up the mailer coupons they get, such as Redplum or P&G saver. You can combine them all to get a pretty good deal. They’ll love to help you out if it means getting rid of what they consider junk mail. It gives them an extra perk if you bring back a treat or two you extreme couponed for them, or if you pr0mise to put aside coupons for a product they buy all the time (Such as my sister’s favorite eye shadow or prenatal vitamin).
- Look for coupons at your pediatrician’s office. Every time I go in, there’s stacks and stacks and stacks of coupons for lotions, Children’s Advil, etc.
I hope to have more pointers for you as I learn the tricks of the trade myself. But for now, I’m enjoying couponing as my new hobby: especially if it gives me an excuse to sit and clip coupons in front of my favorite TV show after the kids go to bed!