Last year around the Christmas holidays, I stood in line at Wal-Mart behind 2 sisters who were ringing up each over $250 in free groceries, cleaning, and beauty supplies. They paid less than $7 each and pushed out carts full of toothpaste, shampoo, air fresheners and more. The first part of extreme couponing is to get your hands on a great supply of free grocery coupons
. You never know when a store special discount will coincide with a coupon you have in your collection. So if you see a coupon for an item you might enjoy if it were free... clip it! Because it might soon be.
Once you have a collection of clipped coupons, the next thing to do is organize them. This can be accomplished with a store bought coupon organizer, or even something as simple as individual envelopes for each major category of coupons. Consider using organizing by bakery, dairy, canned goods, frozen food, etc. However works best for you and your collection is best. The trick is doing it in a manner which you will be best able to remember the coupons you have.
The next step is to obtain store flyers for the specials for the stores in your local area. Some of these you can subscribe to. Many are probably already sent to your local mail. Others can be researched online. It is worth it to drop by local stores like CVS and pick up their weekly flyers and coupon books as well. Any store you have in your local area should be researched, because even if you don't shop there regularly, many stores such as Wal-Mart have a liberal price matching policy , and you can get ALL your store deals matched in one place.
The next and final step, and sometimes the internet can be helpful for this, is to determine which coupons coincide with the store specials in your area. If you are going to get an item for free, it usually will be a store special matching up with a manufacturer coupon. I have found this to be more easily done by keeping my coupons organized well and pruned of expired coupons. I can usually remember the coupons I have, or at least go through my category "pile" when i find a store item for something I want.
The girls who I was in line behind who had the great haul had an organizational system which included 3-ring binders with different size pockets in clear pages. Any system that works for you and helps you memorize your set of coupons is the best way to go. There are some suggested organizational items and examples of the clear pocket pages the super couponing team used in the store carousel listed below.
When you find an item that you are interested in and have a matching coupon for, especially if it appears you will get that item free... you will want to get as many copy of that coupon as possible. Visit Befreebies.com for information on scoring multiples of a specific coupon. We hope we got you started in couponing.