Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New to Couponing? It Doesn't Have To Be Extreme

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If you are new to couponing or even the subject of saving money on groceries, watching TV shows, like Extreme Couponing on TLC, can be overwhelming or intimidating.

I guess it is possible to buy hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of groceries for pocket change, but nobody needs 62 bottles of mustard...or 70 containers of detergent...or 40 boxes of sugary cereals.

I believe the grocery bill is one of the easiest categories of the household budget to reduce and you don't have to be an extreme couponer to accomplish the task. I use coupons but they are not my only method to reducing our grocery spending.

There are lots of ways to save money on groceries without sacrificing the quality of your diet, the time you spend with your family and your closet space. Check out these links to some of my past posts on the topic:

I DO use coupons. I use them weekly. I love finding coupons for the foods and products that we use. Aside from the newspaper inserts, you can find printable coupons at online sites, such as Coupons.com. You'll find a variety of coupons for products like:

If you get your coupons via the newspaper and you want to plan ahead? Sign up to receive an email alert of the upcoming Sunday Coupon Preview.

Do you shop at stores like: Baker's City Market Dillons Fry's Gerbes Hilander JayC King Soopers Kroger Owen's Pay Less QFC Ralphs Scott's Smith's Carrs Dominick's Genuardi's Pavilions Randall's Safeway Tom Thumb Vons ShopRite? You can sign up at CellFire Coupons and load coupons directly to your store loyalty card. You just swipe your card at checkout to redeem the coupons.

There are many ways to save money on groceries and coupons are part of it, but it doesn't have to be obsessive and it doesn't have to be extreme.

Have you heard about the new reality tv show, Extreme Couponing? Did you watch it? I watched about 30 minutes of it, but when I saw food stock piled in the master bedroom, I decided I had seen enough.

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3 comments:

  1. And I thought it was crazy when the woman said she'd be sad if she didnt get her 30+ bottles of antiacid. Now I have heartburn too, but come on. I keep 1 bottle in my car, purse and house and 1 back up. Thats it.

    I I had their stashes Id quit shopping for a couple monthes to use it up.

    And leaving 1 mustard on the shelf for another customer is just fooling yourself if you think its polite.

    And too, dont you want your house to look nice. Not like a store.

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  2. Thank you for this post! I just wrote today about how ridiculous I find the Extreme Couponing show. Thank you for showing a more moderate approach!

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  3. I did see the show and I blogged about it today too. The show is crazy. Not like real couponing at all.

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