So how many of you watched the new TLC series, Extreme Couponing, last night? What did you think?
I only watched about 15 minutes of the first episode, but had seen the whole premier episode several months ago. Here are some of my thoughts.
- Yes it would be cool to save thousands on one trip, but I don’t have room to store all that. I refuse to let the deals overtake my house. I sort of found it ironic that the next show after Extreme Couponing was the Hoarders show.
- I prefer to not clear the shelves like the one lady did with the mustard.
- I don’t have 6 hours to prepare for a trip, and I don’t get 100s of inserts per week.
- I did agree with the first lady who got the rain check when they were out of the item.
Does that mean that I don’t experience the Coupon “High” because I don’t Extreme Coupon. It’s quite the opposite as you can see in all my Coupon “High” trips HERE.
My trip to Giant Eagle this week was a total Non-Extreme Coupon “High” trip, but yet it was still fun and exciting to get needed items for next to nothing.
My Out of Pocket for all this was $2.03 after coupons and two On Your Next Order (OYNO) coupons from a previous trip worth $4, plus I received $3 in new OYNO coupons.
My Savings was $17.22 in Store Savings and $36.25 in Coupon Savings. That doesn’t include the $3 worth of OYNO coupons I received. So for $2 I got $55.50 worth of products or a 96% savings. Now who wouldn’t consider that a “High.”
It didn’t take me hours to plan for the trip and I don’t have to worry about my stockpile overtaking my house.
I plan on using some of the Instant Potatoes to make my Jazzed Up Potatoes meal, but have put a side 5 boxes to donate to the local food bank. I ended up making $4 buying these 10 boxes, so it’s a great item to donate to the less fortunate.
How to Share in The Coupon “High”
So if you have watched the show Extreme Couponing and want to start saving money, but the show has made you feel a bit overwhelmed and not sure where to start, realize that you don’t need to go large scale to share in The Coupon “High” and save your family money.
Here are some helpful resources to get you started in sharing in The Coupon “High” – not necessarily Exteme Couponing:
- Know your stores rules. Every store (even those in the same chain) has different limits and rules in place. Most stores will have their Coupon Policy up near the Customer service Desk
- Know the Lingo – As you check Coupon Blogs for deals, there is going to be different terminology. Here’s a great list of the Coupon Lingo. You’ll also want to understand the fine print on the coupon.
- Find the Coupons. This not only includes Coupon Inserts, but also Printables from Coupons.Com, RedPlum, SmartSource and even Target.com. To find a specific coupon that you are interested in you can check The Coupon “High” Coupon Database.
- Add eCoupons to your store cards – For Giant Eagle shoppers, be sure to check Giant Eagle eOffers and Shortcuts eCoupons. Kroger shoppers – load up Cellfire Coupons and everyone can take advantage of Upromise and even get cash back.
- Organize your Coupons – This way they are ready for you when you want to shop
- Create a Pricebook – You will know if a sale is really a good deal.
- Be sure to check your Receipt after shopping and verify you received the proper catalinas. By doing both of these you might just save some more money.
If you check out some of the posts above you should be on your way to sharing in The Coupon “High.” You really can learn to save your family money and reduce your budget. I hope you’ll join me on this journey of saving money. You can sign up for my Daily Email Newsletter so you don’t miss a deal or Follow me on Facebook for instant updates all day long!