Coupons 101

Want to save money on your grocery bills? Need to stretch your household budget? Then you'll love couponing!

Using coupons can be a fun, and financially attractive, way to cut your costs on everything from pet food to oil changes. Here's the steps you need to take to your couponing skills to the next level!

Set A Goal

Start by deciding why you want to become an extreme couponer. Sure, everyone loves to save money, but the fact is that couponing can be a lot of work. Setting a goal will help keep you motivated while you're clipping coupons for hours, digging through the recycling bin, and sorting through spreadsheets!

Maybe you'd like to slash your monthly grocery bills to save for a family vacation, pay off debts, or be able to spend more time at home with your loved ones? What are you going to do with all the money you save with couponing?

Source Your Coupons

Coupons can be found online, in weekly newspaper inserts, and on store shelves. In some cases, it might pay to subscribe to your local paper in order to get the weekly coupon insert; you might also want to invest in a low-cost, black & white laser printer to print out online coupons - after all, there's no need to waste money on color ink!

Don't Be Loyal To Brands

If you're serious about saving money with coupons, you'll need to be prepared to buy a variety of products that might not be your 'usual' brand. Lesser-know brands often issue attractive coupons to lure shoppers!

Coupon On Sale Items

You can stack your coupon savings simply by waiting until items go on sale! This is where you can really rack up the savings with your coupons!

Be Patient

One of the keys to being an extreme couponer is patience - you'll have to learn how to buy what's on sale, and what you have a coupon for, rather than simply picking up the items that you want, or need.

Plan Your Purchases

The most successful extreme couponers are exceptionally organized - they always know exactly what they're shopping for, and have their purchases planned down to the last dollar!

Get in the habit of making a shopping list, and always sticking to that list!

Look For Stores That Double Coupons

Depending on where you live, you might be lucky enough to find a store that allows you to double your coupon - this is a great way to boost your savings, especially on sale items!

By following these simple, money-saving tips, you can start on your journey towards becoming an extreme, money-saving couponing machine!