Not all coupons will get you free, money maker, or even a stock up deal. So do not try to use up every coupon you have. The best coupons have no or low size limits and usually have a dollar amount off one product. Also, a coupon for $1/1 ($1 off one item) with no size limit could possibly be way better than a $3/1 coupon for a certain size of the brand. Do not worry because the Coupon Blogs will tell you the best coupons to use.
Coupons that require you to buy a lot of items also can be bad. Example would be a cereal coupon for $1.00/3 is terrible. Or a coupon for buy one box of diapers and get one free baby wipes is usually way worse than buying diapers with a just diaper coupon and wipes with a just wipes coupon deal. But, always save all of your coupons just incase a great deal pops up because you never know what rebates, Catalinas, sales, or store coupons could be used to improve that terrible coupon! Also, If you have any stores that double (for example up to a $1) then a coupon of $1.00/1 coupon would be better than a $1.50/1 coupon.
STOCK UP PRICES
You will save tons of money in the long run if you buy when on sale and not when you need the item. If it is a really good deal you will want to load up on as much as you can. If you need something and it is not a good deal but cheaper than normal you may want to buy what you need to just get to the next better sale.
If you are broke try to stock up slowly. Start with the freebies, money makers, and almost free stuff all of the time. Lots of free stuff could be mouthwash, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, shampoo/conditioners, razors, or whatever the websites tell you. If you are shopping at the drug stores learn to roll your points and to lower your cost for the next week’s deals. If you have time you can spend more out of pocket if you do more than one transaction. The drug store’s have several deals where you save money on a future or next transaction. CVS has Extra Care Bucks (ECB). Walgreens has Register Rewards (RR) and point redemption, Rite Aid’s point system. Once you get the hang of couponing you will be able to be broke and pay with rolling rewards and paying tax and small amounts with the change in your purse. Yes, I have done it several times but it is more work on planning your transactions. Then, when you do get paid stock up on something cheap (like deal on laundry detergent, toilet paper, diapers) that is usually never free. Then go back to freebies, money makers, and almost free items. Then when you get paid again, pick another item or items to stock up on (like paper towels, low price on meat or cheese you can freeze) depending on deals at the time.
After awhile you will have a stock pile and will be easier to stock up because you will not be buying items in your stockpile unless another awesome deal comes along. So lets say you get alot of free toothpaste. Try to not buy any toothpaste until it is free or a money maker. If you get a great deal on Toilet Paper keep track or memorize your final price. Try not to buy again until the same final price or cheaper deal pops up.
If you have been couponing several months and are running out of the items in your stockpile before the next deal you are not stockpiling enough. Now you have to pay more per item or full price and not saving money. If you are all out only buy what you need and try to stock up more next time a stock price comes along up.
Some extreme couponers may also stock up on things to take them through a certain time period
Examples could be:
– Stocking up planning for a maternity leave
– stocking up before winter – I shop less stores when temp. gets really low or when the snow storm season starts
– planned layoff or job loss
– or stocking up for an emergency – like unplanned job loss, family emergency, unplanned lay off, etc.
– busy work schedule – if you are always working overtime during certain times of the year or month then you may want to stock up more ahead of time
When I was pregnant I planned to take the full amount of time allowed by the law. I did have short term disability insurance for part of the time that covered a percentage of my pay. But it was still less – plus the % of my pay they paid me did not account for commission I was used to at that time. After the amount of time the insurance would pay me for short-term disability I had along time with no pay. There is no way I would of had that valuable time off with my newborn and my young daughter if it was not for my couponing stockpile!
I have also lived off of my stockpile years ago when I got sick and had to leave my full time job. Which changed our family to household with only 1 person working but still with all of the bills due from before the unexpected job loss. It was amazing to see the bills get paid. I did spend less money because I cut back on couponing to only the free or money maker deals for awhile and lived off my stock pile. And let me tell you when I was sick if it was not for my stock pile we would of been paying full price of items because my husband is not good or does not want to try to be good at couponing! And my short term disability insurance did not cover me when I was sick because they said my work environment caused me to get sick. So I had to wait 2 years to get my workers compensation money.
Brand Specific and Stockpiling
Lots of thrifty shoppers save more money not to being brand specific. For example for laundry detergent I spend way less money if I use :
– for clothes that touch our skin I buy: Free and Clear All and Arm & Hammer Free and Clear Laundry detergent
– for non clothing items (like towels, wash clothes, cleaning pads for my steamer, rugs, blankets, etc. I use detergents that smell good like Tide and Gain Flings.
So I can wait till prices are around $1.00 each or less to stock up. Plus, I am spending less money on inserts that way by rotating coupon deals. But we still have some brands my family or certain members of my family will only use. If you are stocking up on other brands and someone in your house goes out and buys the brand name full price then you may want to note their favorite items that they are brand specific on and adjust your other brand names plan. So your stock up price may sometimes be higher if you are brand specific.
EXTREME COUPONING 101 – HOW TO INFO and TIPS
- Organizing Coupon Inserts
- Store Coupon Policies
- Non Insert coupons
- Organize coupons with no binder
- Good Coupons & Stock up Prices
- Shop the loss leaders
- Loading E Coupons
- Printing coupons
- Read coupon blogs daily
- Transferring & Filling Perscriptions $ Offers
- Organizing Loose Coupons with out a Coupon Binder