With raising prices and a television show called ‘Extreme Couponing’ it is easy to be envious of the money saved with the stories of amazing shopping trips saving upwards of 90% or more! For those of you who have never couponed or have limited success with couponing let it first be said that ‘Extreme Couponing’ is not the norm nor is it even realistic. Honestly, it should be called ‘Obsessive Couponing.’ The time involved to reach such amazing savings seems to match that of a part-time or even a full-time job. Who has time for that? Perhaps, a stay-at-home mother but still the time invested in extreme couponing is still an unrealistic demand of one’s resources including the purchase of additional coupons online that seems sort of ridiculous and ironic. The concept of couponing can save money but if not done correctly and in an organized fashion it very well can cost you more money in the long run in terms of time and gas.
If used correctly it is ideal for someone to save money on retail prices every week. You can also start or add to your panty and/or food storage. Not only for in case of emergencies but for those busier than usual days where you just need to throw something together for a quick meal or a surprise potluck at work or unexpected donation to the school’s or church’s bake sale. For those items that you rarely use but are just too good of a deal to pass up your family can donate the items to canned food drives or to your local food bank.
After attending a FREE workshop presented by www.SavvyShopperDeals.com it was interesting to learn some new information even to an experienced coupon shopper. For example to maximize your savings you can use additional coupons that can be found attached to the actual products, these coupons are called ‘peelies’ due to the fact that the coupons are peeled off of the products. At certain stores you may have seen black little machines with blinking lights attached to the store shelves. Known as a ‘blinky’ these coupons are available for the taking, just don’t take more than you think you will use before they expire. Another surprising method of saving additional money are using a Catalina. Catalinas are printed out of a machine near the register when you buy a predetermined product or combination of products. These coupons are good on your next shopping trip or can be used to buy additional sale items to max out your savings.
To save even more money and time it was recommended to use a 3 ring zippered binder (2” or 3”) with plastic baseball card holders to hold and organize your coupons. Dividers can also be used to divide coupons into categories such as: baby products, bread & cereals, cleaners, dairy, desserts, meat, medicine, paper goods, personal hygiene and miscellaneous items. Of course, you can organize in any way that may be best for you and your family. One step you defiantly should not forget before each and every shopping trip is to go to www.SavvyShopperDeals.com to help organize your attack. You can print out a shopping list organized by a variety of factors that you choose to make your shopping experience most beneficial.
Additional tips shared included but was not limited to the following:
- Remember to be courteous to store employees and fellow shoppers.
- It is best to invest some time (not a lot of time) to being organized to save more time and money.
- Only buy what you need and can use before the coupons and the products expire.
- Do not attempt to use expired coupons.
- Use the correct coupons for the correct products.
- Use one manufacture coupon per product.
- Sign up for store reward programs.
- Pick your favorite stores to shop at, do not drive all over town wasting gas to save a few dollars on a few items but don’t be afraid to try out a new store either.
- Know the stores’ coupon policies ahead of time.
Michelle Butler, of www.savvyshopperdeals.com offers free classes with more details throughout Utah County every month. She explains her favorite places to shop and why, when she prefers to shop for the best deals, information on the new Wal-mart coupon policies, how to best use the shopping wizard on the website and much more. Contact Michelle Butler at (801) 669-7955 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on her next class or on how to use the website to maximum your shopping experiences.