Anyone See Extreme Couponing or Participate in Using Lots of Coupons????

Updated on January 14, 2011
M.S. asks from Petaluma, CA
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Hi Ladies,

I saw a show last week about Extreme Couponing--- it really intriqued me and I wanted to know if anyone else does this and how are you sucessful at it? I use coupons, but would love any tips on how to save more money. I don't want to have to buy so many things in bulk to get a good deal, but I would do it if I knew it was a good deal--- I would donate all the excess stuff I got to shelters etc.

Please tell me how do you save money with coupons???
Have you ever had a purchase like they did?? was like 500 bucks to start and with coupons got it down to like 5 or 6 dollars??? I was amazed! Any great websites to find coupons or get on lists for recieving coupons?

Thanks ladies!


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answers from Dallas on

I would certainly be careful of what I download from an unknown site. You never know.

Personally, I do not use coupons. I did a long time ago and it was too time consuming for me. My opinion is my time=money and you have to justify how much of that time is used in sorting, collecting, etc.

My time was worth more than couponing. I simply shop smart at my local favorites, Market Street, Target and Costco.

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answers from New York on

I use costco coupons when it comes to groceries. Or for example if I am buying pasta sauce at the local grocery store, I will look for 3 for 5 bucks or something like that. I buy the produce at local markets because they're cheaper and more fresh.
I use coupons for clothes all the time. I use since I usually order online. I almost never pay full price for anything, but I certainly don't do extreme couponing. That just sounds so time consuming plus it would eat up a lot of storage space, which I don't have to begin with.

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answers from Phoenix on

Be careful with sites that make you download their coupon printer. They say they don't contains spyware, but it still collects malware..which is basically the same. It can affect the use an dspeed of your computer. I love getting great coupons, but not if it costs my privacy and effectiveness of my computer

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answers from Providence on

there's also The Grocery Game
there's a book available on this.
I have not joined this website.. but it alerts you to sales in your area.. and helps you to save on items.. I'm not sure if you have to buy large quantities.

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answers from Chicago on

My mom took a free class at the library called Supercouponing here in IL. She now gets most of her groceries for free or almost free. What she does is time consuming, but she lost her job and needed to save money and she has the extra time to do it. I know that it involves pairing coupons with what's on sale, plus when stores give back "in store" money or giftcards, she applies those to her next purchase and does it over and over. She goes to several different stores several times per week. But she has shelves full of cereal, soup, peanut butter, shampoo, toothpaste and more in her basement... it's crazy! You can look at for more info.

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answers from Rochester on

Never saw it, but I do use coupons. I like using coupons for anything I already buy and check the expiration dates and wait to see if items hit sale prices I'm familiar with. For example, I buy whichever granola bars are on sale for 2/$5 and use the typical $0.55 to $0.75/off coupon, which my grocery store doubles, so I pay between $1.00 and $1.40 for a normally $2.99 box of granola bars (like Fiber One or Nature Valley). I also use them if I am picking a "treat" cereal (anything with sugar) since you can get coupons for that and I don't mind treating my kids once in a while. My last grocery store trip was expensive (my opinion) at $182.91, but I saved $5 in coupons and $4 from the doubling, and we got enough food (mostly) for 2 weeks, including all the dinners we were planning (family of 4). We have had to run by on the way home from work to pick up milk and things like that that we can't store in bulk but go through quickly. That also included enough steak for 2 or 3 meals, enough chicken breasts for several dinners (even with company since we have company once or twice a week it seems). So, yes I love coupons and use them--it doesn't take me much time to flip through the coupon flyers since I do them as soon as my husband brings them home from work and I use them to help plan meals and snacks anyway, which I do before shopping. I keep them on a clip in my purse so if I'm not sure about something I'll keep it handy in case I see it on sale when I'm out. I do use and for online coupons, and a few other sites, but find the smartshopper coupon printer no longer works on my computer (it is installed, but tells me it is not).

I have never gotten $500 worth of groceries for $5 or $6 though. If you're looking for another way to save on totals, angel food ministries can save you between $28 and $32 on a box of food (I did the math with my favorite grocery store out here) and you can pick up the boxes of food from a local church. I still haven't ordered from them but have friends who love it.

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answers from Biloxi on

I watched the Extreme Coupon show last week and while I was impressed with the savings I also think these people could be on Hoarders. I mean, who really needs to purchase over 100 boxes of pasta for a family of two? Yeah, the savings were amazing but the fact they all have their garages and houses full of food was pretty over the top. They could all stop shopping for the next two years. LOL

I do use coupons and try to apply them when local stores are running a sale on the same item to increase my savings. I use Angel Food Ministries every month and that supplies vegetables and entrees for the month for my son and I. Huge savings over grocery store prices. I also tend to stock up on items when they are "buy on get one free" or on super sale.

I also take advantage of free samples from websites like Walmart and P&G as a way to try new products without having to purchase them.

Realistically, I don't think we are ever going to get our groceries for free or save over $500 on a single trip unless we go extreme. I am happy with modest savings and being a good steward of my household budget.

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answers from Sacramento on

I use the Grocery Game. It's true it does cost but you can try it for free the first time. It costs $10 every 2 weeks. We used it the first time and saved $175. It's really easy and they also have a facebook page to check it out.

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answers from Las Vegas on

I get the coupon weekly ads from all the local grocery stores to get some good deals. retailmenot seems like a good place. When I'm shopping for clothes I shop one season ahead for me b/c I haven't changed sizes in F. and around holiday sales as much as I can or sales in general for my daughter, which is pretty easy because children's place always has sales on something. If there's a way to turn a 500 purchase into 6 bucks I'm in :)
The only time I've seen that is on wife swap (I doubt it's real anyways but I'm sure relative stories have gone that way), but I would think it may be hit or miss, end up buying things you don't need because they are on sale.
I love a good sale though

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answers from San Francisco on

I was pretty intrigued, too! Check out, she's got online tutorials and pretty much tells you which coupons to stack for the best deal. I think she's local, too.

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answers from Chicago on

I really like this website:

She's also on Facebook. She explains how to coupon and get better deals with coupons. For example, it's great when you use coupons, but you save more when you use coupons with items that are already on sale and items that are buy one, get one.

She'll go through stores' sales flyers and tell you which coupons to use. She explains different programs (Walgreens' Register Rewards, etc).

I also like The Frugal Girls:

The are also on Facebook.

I don't use the coupon Mom much anymore, found that site too hard to navigate.

Hope this helps!

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answers from San Francisco on

Julia @ The Frugal Find talked about that show...she lists amazing coupon deals, match-ups, etc. Check at her site. She is really awesome at what she does!
She has lots of giveaways too, so follower her on Facebook/Twitter for those announcements!

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answers from San Francisco on

Someone already mentioned it, but my sister has a large family and used to swear by I never tried it because you do have to pay something. She said that when she was checking out the cashier had to get someone to fix the register because it shut down. She also said they usually have a couple items you can get for free on the site as well. I was curious about this. I think she said she saw cat food on there, but they don't have a cat. Anyway, it might be useful to someone.
My dad once got PAID $ .25 for buying frozen pancakes. haha He stocked up the freezer. He thought it was the deal of a lifetime.

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answers from Chicago on

I like Deal Seeking Mom and Common Sense with Money. They will send you some great deals daily. Just sign up for their blogs!
I think couponing is a great idea. I just wish I had time to do it. I clip coupons from the Sunday paper then look for extra deals on the sites I am subscribed to but that's about all I have time for with working full time. To do couponing, I think you have to be able to stay home and have a ton of time to do your research. I would love to be able to do it. Maybe someday!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I saw that too! I always so pathetic after I check out with my O. or two measly coupons! LOL
BUT I don't like the stockpiling of items unless it's stuff we really use and will use for a long time. I know it's different if the item is extremely discounted but, really, do I want 20 bottle of Windex on my shelves?
I also do not like going to multiple stores for deals. I stick with O. grocery store and Target. (If my Target had a grocery section, I would probably only use O. store.)
I agree with the other posters that use a site like which can help you pair coupons with sales at YOUR local store for maximum savings.

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