To be a true extreme couponer, you will need to properly plan and know where and when to shop. The following tips can be applied anywhere in the United States, will help you boost your savings and help you grow your grocery hoard to huge levels, fast.
Only go to stores that double coupons. This should be fairly obvious, but those new to the coupon world might overlook this bonus. The higher the doubling amount, the better. In Birmingham, Ala., where I live, Winn Dixie, Publix and Food World will double up to $.50. My local Food Giant and Piggly Wiggly double up to $1 on Mondays. Call around and ask your local stores if they double, up to how much and if higher doubling days exist.
I do not recommend using your buy one get one free coupons at grocery stores unless the item is specifically on sale. Buy one get one free coupons tend to have a shorter time period before they expire, and you may not have time to wait around for the item to go on sale. Since you do not want to give up the free items, visit your local Walmart. Since Walmart tends to have overall lower prices, chances are you will have to pay less for the first item than you would at your local grocery store.
You do not have to use every coupon you have on every shopping trip. Those that want to build a grocery hoard immediately are usually the people most tempted to do this. Yes, you must be mindful of the expiration dates, but it is best to hold on to them as long as possible to see if the item goes on sale. This could mean the difference between paying a dollar for something or getting it free. Your patience may just pay off.
There will always be things that you need but do not have a coupon for. This usually includes basics such as milk, eggs, bread and vegetables. It is rare to find coupons for these items, but that does not mean you have to pay a lot for them. If you have an Aldi or Save-A-Lot in your area, take the time to stop by one of these stores when your basics are running low. To draw in customers, they offer the basics at a substantial discount. Aldi and Save-A-Lot do not take manufacturers coupons, but if you sign up to their online newsletter, you will likely receive one of their dollars off total spent coupon. They recently issued a printable coupon for $5 off of $25 spent. I used this to stock up on the basics that I did not have a coupon for.
Some coupon gurus will tell you to pick your favorite store and stick with it despite what others have on sale. I do not agree with this. You do not have to visit every store in your area each week, but if you are serious about building your grocery hoard and maximizing your savings, you will likely need to go to two or three. If you only have time to go to one store each week, that is understandable. Just keep in mind that your grocery hoard will grow more slowly.
Practice makes perfect in the extreme couponing world. The more you learn the policies and perfect your preparation, the easier it will become. Extreme couponing can be quite frustrating at first, but take heart. Before you know it, your pantry will be fully stocked, and you will have spent very little to do it.
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