by William Geldart
(Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Everyone knows about the new phenomenon that is the extreme couponer, but not everyone is able to understand how they do it. If you are just an every day shopper, only needing to feed your family of four and are not interested in stockpiling a house full of food and supplies, the tactics used by extreme couponers might seem more than excessive. Here are a few coupon tips for the every day shopper that will help you save plenty of money without having to make a full time job out of the chore.
Gather Your Coupons
Getting all your coupons together from reliable sources is the first step in your coupon saving task. The last thing that anyone wants is to head to the store with coupons that are not valid or usable, which is happening more and more as coupons grow in popularity. Knowing what coupons you have will also make it easier to shop and get through the register.
Shop Sales With Coupons
Extreme couponers know that the best way to save is to only purchase items when they are on sale already. A coupon is a great start toward saving money, but a coupon on top of a sale price is even better!. Before heading to the grocery store scan the weekly sales ads to discover those items that are already on your grocery shopping list that you also have a coupon for. In this way you are able to save anywhere from twenty five to fifty percent off of the regular price of any item. Do this often enough and you will easily be able to save a huge percentage off your grocery bill every month without having to go extreme. To help you keep your new money saving empire tidy why not consider investing a small amount of cash in a coupon organiser wallet worth every cent!.
Only Shop When You Need
One thing that extreme couponers are great at, and every shopper can follow, is only shopping for something when you need it.Stockpiling might seem like the opposite of only shopping when you need something, but it is actually the basis of this idea. Shopping for things that you don’t need or that you will not be using for months. Many families shop for the same items over and over again well before they finish what they have on hand and throw the remaining away even though it is still good. If there are products that you use regularly, shop for what you need, and only then, leaving yourself enough product to last till another sale cycle comes around.
Comparison Shop Across Stores
Comparison shopping is the best way to save money, but comparison shopping across stores is an even better way to save. Some stores are better able to secure the same products at lower prices or sell them at a lower profit, resulting in lower retail prices being passed on to the consumer. While shopping more than one store might seem like a huge time consumer, it can actually be done quickly and efficiently when you get used to shopping the shelves in your preferred stores and stick to your lists.