Okay, how many of you have seen the TLC reality show “Extreme Couponing”? I’m sure even if you haven’t seen it, you have heard about it. The show features many well-intentioned people going on huge shopping trips or “hauls” where they score several hundreds of dollars worth of items from their local supermarket for only pennies. Their savings usually hover around 90% or more off of their original grocery bill.
These seemingly outrageous shopping trips are not only fun to watch, but they are also not within the reality of the average shopper. So what do you do? There is a solution. Yes, you too can be walking out of your next shopping trip with savings that are 60% or more off your total bill.
Now if you are anything like I was a few years ago, you are sitting there saying “you are crazy”. Yeah, I had tons of reasons why these “couponing crazies” were mythical or fictional characters put before us on TV in very scripted situations to boost ratings. I thought:
- I can’t do that!
- Who needs all that stuff?
- Who has time to clip all those coupons?
- I am certainly NOT going dumpster diving.
- You only get deals on junk food?
Relax. Take a deep breath. Learning how to coupon has proven to be not only easy, but it has become my newest hobby! I mean…hobbies are great, but this particular hobby, if mastered, can save you ton of money!
Have I piqued your interest yet?
Now let’s handle a few misconceptions:
- No, you don’t have to become an “extreme” couponer to save money.
o You don’t need a lifetime supply of toilet paper or dish soap and you don’t want to create a 40-hours a week job to go grocery shopping.
- No, you don’t need to fill you cart with “junk food” just to use coupons.
o There are plenty of coupons for organic and/or “healthy options”. Even Whole Foods Market produces and takes coupons.
- No, I have NEVER had to go dumpster diving and neither do you!
o You can find coupons in a variety of places. According to Neilson, 80 percent to 90 percent of grocery coupons still come in the Sunday newspaper. But you can also get coupons online, at matchup websites, coupon company websites and manufacturers’ sites, as well as at some grocery store websites. Plus, some stores offer what is called a “Catalina” strip of coupons when you check out.
Why should everyone coupon?
There are so many reasons why you should learn to coupon. Think of it this way, let’s say your family of four spends $800 a month on food budget. If you take the time to learn to coupon, with minimal effort you could easily save 30% or $240 a month, which is almost $3000 year! That’s a lot of Benjamin’s that stay in your pocket not the supermarkets! Now imagine if you really took advantage of all the savings that are to be had out there….the savings could be life altering!!
Times have been really tough out there for the past few years. For some people this would not only be a hobby, but a lifeline to help keep the household afloat.
Are you ready to start the best paying hobby you have ever had? You can start by downloading the Couwalla app. Check back in with my blog and follow me and Couwalla on Twitter @keithsims69. Together we will begin saving you money.