Part 1-Collecting Coupons
Learn the Methods of Extreme Couponing – Collecting Coupons
The first step to extreme couponing is collecting coupons. You’ll want to get as many coupons as you can, from as many different sources as you can find. The first place to look is the Sunday newspaper. Many areas sell the Sunday newspaper in a 2-pack bundle so you can get double the coupon inserts, for less than the price of 2 single Sunday newspapers. These coupon inserts appear every Sunday, and must be clipped, organized, and maintained for an extreme couponer to be successful. In order to purchase multiple quantities of the same item with a coupon, you’ll need a coupon for each item. This requires you to gather as many copies of the Sunday coupon inserts as possible each week. This is where many extreme couponers get creative. Some regularly get copies from friends, family, and neighbors each week, while others go “dumpster- diving” at local paper recycling facilities to fish out coupon inserts. Whatever methods you use, the more coupon inserts you can get your hands on each week, the better.
Most grocery stores also publish a weekly flyer or insert that contains store coupons. These are promotions that the store uses to draw in shoppers each week, and can contain very valuable coupons. Once again, the more copies of this flyer you can obtain the better. Many grocers also have coupons available through their website, either printable coupons, or some chains allow you to load coupons onto your store shopper card to automatically deduct for the coupon without having to cut out or print anything.
Look for money saving coupons printed at checkout, or printed on the back of your receipt. Many grocers print coupons based on what you just purchased, so you’ll return to their store the next time you’re looking to purchase that item. Many times the coupons are geared to entice you to purchase more quantities on your next visit like a buy 3 get 1 free coupon. Hold on to these coupons and organize them with your manufacturer coupons, as most have expiration dates and are just as valuable.
Products often have instant coupons affixed directly on the products themselves, to be redeemed immediately. Many times cashiers will pull these off and redeem them for you, but not always, so be sure you peel them off and hand them to the cashier with your other coupons. These are the easiest coupons for the general public to redeem, as there is no preparation involved, it’s like instant savings.
Discounters are increasingly utilizing the internet to publish printable coupons. There numerous different sources of online coupons and using search engines to find the exact brand and type of coupon you’re looking for will usually steer you in the right direction. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to coupons, so just start searching and you’ll soon be tapped in to the world of online printable coupons. Also be sure to check manufacturer websites. Most manufacturer websites include a promo or coupon page with information on their latest promotions. Many sites allow you to print their current coupons directly from their website.
There are also sources available to have coupons delivered directly to your mailbox. Coupon suppliers such as ValPak periodically deliver envelopes full of coupons through the mail. Most of these coupons are for local businesses, but manufacturer coupons can often be found here. Proctor and Gamble runs an excellent marketing campaign surrounding free samples and coupons called P&G Brand Saver. Just enroll online, and choose the free samples and coupons you’d like to have delivered to your mailbox.
Ebay is another source for coupons, where there are hundreds of auctions for multiple copies of coupons for nearly any product. Most of the time you can find multiples of 5, 10, 20 or even 100 copies of the same coupon at auction for a few cents or dollars. Depending on the value of the coupon, the purchase price will be well worth the small amount spent to purchase the coupons. It’s an easy way to find product and brand specific coupons to match a current local deal or promotion where you can double up on the savings and end up getting the product for free or at least for very little money spent.