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6 Ways To Save Like An Extreme Couponer

With the start of TLC's latest "Extreme Couponing" season, it's a good time to review some basic tricks that these coupon pros use. Read on for six ways you can save like an extreme couponer.

1. Start Small
Don't try to go extreme all at once. Take it step by step, rather than show up at a checkout with 50 coupons and little idea what you're doing.

2. Never Pay For Coupons
There are some things in this life you just shouldn't pay for, and a coupon is one of them. Paying someone to clip or organize your coupons defeats the purpose of living frugally. Instead, surf Sunday newspaper ad supplements for coupon savings; ask your neighbors for their unwanted papers; or dive inside a recycled dumpster or two. Also, free online coupon sites like give consumers access to a multitude of coupon codes and printable coupons for thousands of merchants.

3. Get Organized
A little organization can go a long way. Always create a shopping list and have your coupons and shopping strategy organized before you even enter the store. Use an expandable coupon binder to sort coupon inserts by date, categories and expiration dates. Transfer to a small couponizer only those you'll need for a specific shopping trip.

4. Location, Location, Location
Where you shop is a key factor in making the best use of your time and coupons. Only shop at locations that allow coupon stacking and combining coupons with in-store offers. Don't be afraid to call and ask about policies before you show up. You don't want to wind up embarrassed at the checkout line with a handful of useless coupons.

5. Loyalty Rewards
Always take advantage of club membership rewards. These programs are usually free and have many savings perks, like rewards points, cash back programs, and double points for every certain amount you spend.

6. Don't Be Greedy
This is often where extreme couponers cross over into the world of hoarding. Only shop for items you actually need, products you can stock up on that aren't perishable, and those you can donate. Remember, a bargain is only a bargain if you can actually use the purchase. If your pantry has expanded into your living room and the kids are sleeping on rolls of toilet paper, you've probably reached hoarder status.

This information came from: Consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch. For more information, visit or you can also follow @AndreaWoroch on Twitter to receive daily savings tips.
Shelly, Mom Files


  1. I also go to manufacturers' websites to download coupons there, especially for pricier items, like Kashi cereal or Newman's Own organic pasta sauces. They're usually pretty good - I've found a couple $1.00 off coupons! :)

    Great tips!!

  2. Good tips, but I actually disagree with #2. I think for a beginner #2 is accurate, but for a seasoned extreme couponer, sometime purchasing a large quantity of needed/desired coupons can be helpful. One personal example is Oscar M 98% FF turkey. (sandwiches, salads, wraps, etc) That's the only lunch meat that my family will eat. It's on sale at my local store about once every 5/6 weeks for $2.00. I found 100 coupons ($0.75 off 1 item) on ebay for $3.48 (including shipping). My store doubles, so each package of meat only costs me $0.50. The $3.48 has more than paid itself off in my savings.

  3. Great tips!! I love my loyalty rewards baby program at Waldbaum's - seems like every other week I'm earning some bonus dollars toward my next shopping trip (as long as its a minimum of $50, which is easy to do).

    hahaha @ tip #6. So true, so true. Sometimes the savings seems so good that you find yourself buying something that you KNOW good and well you don't need. Ive defintiely been guilty of this one!


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