I’m sure by now, everyone has heard about the new TLC series – Extreme Couponing. I admit that at first, I kind of looked down on these Extreme Couponers and said Extreme Couponing is not for me! I don’t have 4-6 hours every week to clip coupons and research. I don’t need 50 gallons of Gatorade, 150 bars of Butterfingers, or 40 bottles of ketchup. However, as I learned more and more about couponing, it seems like there are reasonable ways to do this.
The following video shows how to get 4 jars of pasta sauce, a bottle of ketchup, and a package of beef for $3. This, in my opinion, is actually a practical way to coupon. I can even use cash to pay as usual.
The key is to combine manufacturer coupons with a store’s promotion to get the best price. I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time I see coupons.
Here is another story on couponing. She spends 40 minutes per week to clip coupons and plan. Her total for this week’s groceries worth $167 is just 42 cents. Wow, that’s actually pretty awesome. I think 40 minutes is much more reasonable than 4 to 6 hours.
Couponing takes a lot of effort, more than I’m willing to put in, but it seems like it gets easier as you keep at it. In addition, we do not have any storage space at our current residence so we can’t stock up. We do take advantage of some coupons when we can for smaller purchases. The most convenient ones for me right now are internet coupons.
Anyway, I’ll go over the Sunday paper more carefully next weekend and see if I can figure out a saving strategy. I have never seen those “get $5 gift card after spending $10” coupons for the local stores though. But first, I’ll have to go buy a Sunday paper…and figure out how much time I want to spend on this activity…or if it is sunny, I may just give up the whole idea and go enjoy the weather.