To successfully start saving money with extreme couponing, you need to avoid these time and money wasting mistakes. Being prepared and knowing what mistakes to avoid is going to give you the advantage you need to start extreme couponing without the risk of getting too frustrated with the process.
1. DON’T USE COUPONS ON PRODUCTS YOU NEED RIGHT AWAY
Getting excited over a $2 off coupon for a product you need is not classified as extreme couponing. Rather than rush out and buy the product with the $2 off coupon, wait until that product goes on sale and then use the coupon. If the product goes on sale using the “buy one get one free” technique you will be able to save much more than if you used the $2 off coupon by itself.
2. DON’T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME LOOKING FOR COUPONS ON SPECIFIC ITEMS
There are bloggers in every state that can do this for you. A simple online search will tell you what items are on sale, at which stores, and what coupons you need to get the best savings. Not only this, the search will even tell you where you can get the coupons from. Try using a search like “cuckoo CSV deals” and substitute the store name with the stores you buy from.
3. DON’T TRY COUPONING UNTIL YOU LEARN THE LINGO
Most blogs use couponing lingo that you will not understand at first. Your best bet is to learn the lingo which will then enable you to use your coupons in the best possible way to save the most money.
4. ORGANIZE YOUR COUPONS
Throwing them in a zip lock bag does not count! Find an organizational method that lets you know where all your coupons are in an instant. Having the coupons on hand when you need them is critical. There are various methods such as binders and filing systems, you just need to find one that works best for you.
5. NEVER PASS OVER FREE ITEMS
Just because you don’t need that item now, does not mean you are not going to need it in the future. Don’t think of it as hoarding, think of it as planning ahead. Always purchase free products, if you don’t use them you can always donate them to charity.
6. DON’T EXPECT YOUR WEEKLY SHOPPING SPEND TO DROP INSTANTANEOUSLY
It takes time to build a stockpile so when you first start couponing, you will still need to spend money on daily items you use. It can take a few months before you see the real benefits of couponing so don’t give up after only a few weeks.
Extreme couponing may sound complicated at first, but the more you practice the better you will become. You will soon reap the money saving benefits you desire if you just practice and learn as much as you can.