As a college student, if i can save a dollar…count me in! One of my favorite shows on tv is Extreme Couponing. Yes, these are real people but it is extreme and a little unrealistic. No college student and not many people have 40 hours+ a week to dig in garbage cans, ask neighbors for newspapers, and cut coupons! As much money as the women save on the show from bringing a $1,000 groccery total down to $8 after coupons, is it really worth it when you calculate how many hours they just spent in the store and how much of a headache it is to cut coupons? But don’t get me wrong coupons are great, you can find a coupon on everything and you don’t have to spend all your time looking for coupons and clipping them! There are online websites that have coupons and not just for groccery stores. I am a shopoholic, I love clothes, but I will not buy anything unless I have a coupon for at least free shipping or 20% off. Almost all stores have coupon codes on the internet and most sites have where you can use a free shipping coupon code and a %off on the same order! The best coupon site for a clothing store is retailmenot.com.
When grocery shopping you can save money on everything you want to buy and I am going to tell you how to do it! First of all, look at where you are going to be shopping. Not all coupons can be used everywhere, manufactureres coupons can. (FYI: they are labeled manufacturer coupon) Some coupons are labeled that they can only be used at a certain store, a big store for having their own coupons is Walgreens. Places like Walmart, Kroger, and Meijer double manufacturer coupons up to .50 cents. So if the coupon is for .50 cents off a bag of chips you will get $1.00 of the chips. Make sure you check in with your supermarket and see what day they double coupons, a few stores only double on certain days and some stores will double coupons up to $1.00. As well as coupons, many supermarkets already have specials going on. This is where you see the poeple on extreme couponing get food for free. They find out the special such as 10 bags of chips for 10.00, which makes each bag 1.00. They may have a coupon for .50 cents, then the store doubles coupons so they are getting 1.00 off each bag that is already on sale. You do have to have 10 (.50 cent) coupons for this to work.
Next, coupons come in the mail twice a week, on Wednesday and Sunday with the newspaper. It is not a big stack of coupons that have to be cut and you might not use half of what is in there, but look through it and cut all the coupons that you want to use. Then go online and find coupons for things that were not in the paper. This is normally where the women and men on the show print out mulitple coupons of the same product. Some stores let you do this and others limit the quanitity of coupons up to two. I normally google the product and type the word coupon after (ex: glade plug-in coupon). Normally it will bring up a site right away that has the coupon, but if it does not I will go to that products actual site such as glade.com or go to a coupon site.
Some people may think I look like a geek when I pull out my coupons at stores, but when I save so much money I dont care! It sounds so ironic but I hate spending money on things I need that seem to be expensive like deodorant, shampoo, and groceries. I can normally get all these things for less and sometimes a buy one get one free 🙂