I must admit that I got a little obsessed with the Show Extreme Couponing.
Extreme couponers are people who spend anywhere from 20-30 hours a week clipping and organizing coupons in part due to family financial problems brought on by the recession.
The action of the show is at the check out line. Our extreme shopper gather at the check out with several loaded shopping carts in tow and a stack of coupons.
They even have to bring their husbands or a friend with them to split the purchase between two people to maximize their coupons where there are one coupon per person offers.
Some of the deals after a sale and double or even triple coupons comes out with the store owning them money on each item.
There is a rule that they do not give cash back, so the extreme shoppers get a few non-coupon items like meat to get the balance over zero.
One extreme couponer was able to purchase $2,000 in groceries for about $100.
What they all have in common is that their houses are filled with bulk, packaged and/or dry goods.
Whole rooms are used for storage including under the kids beds.
They are basically bulk buying and stocking up. An extreme couponer might have several years worth of laundry detergent.
Some of them use saving skills to donate some stuff to chairties.
But coupons are not for everything. Organic Food are harder to find and staples like meat, eggs, dairy and produce rarely go on sale.
And if that is pretty much what you eat, a farmers market may be the place to get better deals.
For example, if you were interested in bulking up on storage produce and you have a storage ceiler, you can probably ask your farmer to give you a deal.
You can load up on squash, potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, garlic, pumpkin…
And you can load up on fresh berries in season and freeze them or can them.
Co-ops also give you deal on bulk foods too.
The trick is to be on the look out for staples that you buy like condiments, canned beans, etc…
Plum Market offered a 1/2 off sales on all “green cleaning products” for earth day for example.
And sometimes health food stores offer sales on supplements.
I noticed that Kroger had my favorite organic raisin brand on sale from $5 to $3 and there was a buy two save $1 coupon offered.
I bought four boxes, but if I bought 50 for example, that would have saved me $125 for the year.
If I found 10 similar deals a year, that could save $1000.
What would you do with an extra $1000 this year?
Here is a quick list
Presents and holiday/celebration meals for a year
Books for school, electronic equipment and software,
Two new bicycles,
Gym Membership and trainer
Art supplies for craft hobby and garden budget
Kitchen gadgets (food processor, mixer and garage refrigerator
Attend a comedy workshop with Second City in Chicago