Coupon like a pro

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Extreme Couponing is a new show on TLC. It chronicles extreme couponers who manage to save 90 to 100% on their grocery bill each week. Here are useful tips in becoming an extreme saver.

Buy more than one Sunday paper for their coupons. You can also obtain circulars from friends and family or recycle bins as some brave people utilize. Separate the circulars so all pages of like kind are stacked together. Clip away and save time by only clipping the stack at once. Organize coupons in notebooks with clear card pocket inserts. This is a huge time saver as you can see exactly which coupons you have.

Sign up at your grocery store for a savings rewards card. Often they have digital coupons online that you can download to your card. This increases your savings without having to clip manufacturer coupons. Usually stores will only allow you to use either the digital coupon or the manufacture coupon if there are two types available for a product. Double check and see which one is the better deal for your purchase.

There are numerous online sources available as well. They print right from your computer and can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. Coupon Mom and Shop at Home are two such locations. They will ask you to download a printer software. Yet the money you save using such online sources is worth it.

Purchase from online couponing cutting sources. Examples include The Coupon Clippers and Power Coupons. Then you can buy multiples for the items you use the most often. This is a great way to stock up on frequently used items. Another great source is the magazine All You. They usually have over $50.00 of coupons in each issue and the subscription to the magazine more than pays for itself. You can find this magazine at Walmart for certain.

Stock up on the items you get for pennies a piece. Toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and other health care items I have been able to stock up on for free. Just wait until the items go on sale and redeem your coupons once items have been put on sale. Watch the weekly inserts and if an item is free make sure to stock up on as many items as you can. You can always resell the excess online or at a yard sale. This works especially well on beauty/health care items such as razors, shampoo, hair color. Items that don’t have a short expiration date.
If you end up having a nice size of usable goods use them to barter for items you need. A haircut, free baby sitting. Exchange a trip to your stock pile for many services you might need. This goes a long way in increasing your buying power. Even if the items you have gotten for next to nothing is not your usual brand they will be for someone else.