Extreme Couponer: Insider Secrets to Getting Groceries for Free
Marcia Layton Turner
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Have you ever wondered how certain coupon users—the extreme couponers—are able to buy hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars of groceries for only a few bucks? They fill their shopping carts full of everything from soup to apples to pasta, fish, beer, dish detergent, yogurt and milk, and then pay next to nothing for it. People routinely save 30%, 40%, 50% or more on their grocery shopping each week, sometimes as much as 90% or 95%. And you can, too.
The key is in gathering and strategically using the billions of dollars of coupons currently in circulation. And that’s exactly what you’ll learn in Extreme Couponer.
hand, unless some of those items will expire sooner. You may want to store your goods by expiration date to be sure you use them up before they go bad. When you dip below a six-month supply of something you use regularly, like spaghetti sauce or toothpaste, start buying more when you can get it for free, or nearly free. But when you hit a 12-month supply again, cut back. Rebates: Freebies 101 While savvy use of coupons will frequently net you food and household items for mere pennies, one
buy more of their products, or to try a related product, are now printing coupons right on the side of boxes. Some are easy to spot and others are tucked away on the underside of the packaging. Free diapers for life Rayven Perkins, of www.stay-a-stay-at-home-mom.com, came across the best deal on diapers—ever—shortly after she started couponing several years ago. She had two children in diapers at the time, one boy and one girl, and came across a Huggies Pull-Ups coupon for $2.50 off any
95% off their grocery bill. “We don’t do the crazy deals like 100 boxes of cereal because our store only allows three of the same coupon to be used at one checkout,” says Kelli. “But we do shop as a team and check out separately to get the most bang for our coupons.” They have been known to make multiple trips to a grocery store that will double coupons up to $1, turning that $1 coupon into $2 of savings. “One of our biggest scores was 40 tubes of toothpaste for free,” she says. At $2.49 a
play). If you can then submit a rebate to be reimbursed for your purchase, that would be a quadruple play, and you would probably get the product for free or even make money on the deal. Fill in the Gaps After preparing your shopping list based on what’s on sale this week and what you need, whether it’s on sale or not, it’s time to find out if you’re missing any coupons for items you intend to buy. That is, if there are coupons currently in circulation for items on sale that you don’t
coupons—even ones you don’t ever expect to use. You may spot potential overage on something you wouldn’t normally purchase for yourself, but when the store is going to pay you to buy it, you’ll want to have these coupons in your inventory. When you find overage opportunities and end up buying products you know you don’t need or won’t use, donate them to a local soup kitchen or animal shelter. You may even be able to take a tax deduction for that donation, and you’ll be able to help the less