Are you an extreme coupon-er???

Recently I have decided to start cutting coupons. Thought maybe it would save us a little money in this trying economy. I must say, even after the time spent cutting out, sorting, and preparing all the coupons it really is going to be kind of nice (if I remember to take them to the store with me that is).

Now what exactly "is" an extreme coupon-er? Not me by far!!! I don't make it my life's ambition to cut out every coupon I see. I don't fret if I don't take the coupons to the store because there is always next time, if they don't expire by then. An extreme coupon-er in my opinion is the person who goes dumpster diving just for coupons, the person who gets every newspaper just to cut them out, the person who goes to coupon swaps all the time to get better coupon deals, the person who sits at home and cuts out coupons over 8 hours a week, and the person who has that large 3" three ring binder filled with plastic sleeves just for their coupons! That is my opinion of an extreme coupon-er.

I do have to say though that the printing, cutting and sorting of the coupons is kind of therapeutic for me. It's nice to start with a huge pile, a huge mess, and end with nice neat piles and a trash can full of leftover stuff, or in my kids opinions, more stuff to color on! I take time to myself once a week, only about an hour to sit in the kitchen at the table with my scissors and my purple notebook pencil holder and go at it. I cut out all the coupons whether I need them or not and then sort them into the piles of keep and don't keep.

Below are a few links I use for more coupon savings

So what do I do with those coupons I cut out and don't use? Well, since I am just coming back from Italy, I am able to send the coupons I won't use or those that are expired to my friends still living there. They are able to use expired coupons up to 6 MONTHS after the expiration date at any of the commisary's. So if you know anyone who is military living over seas, be sure to get their address and send them any and all coupons you don't use. You could help others save a lot of money too!

Are you an extreme coupon-er? An average coupon-er? Or like me a just starting coupon-er? I'm going to try it out and even if it doesn't work for me, at least I get the hour or so a week to do something that gives me a goal!!!!

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MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

Voted INTERESTING. I agree with you! Cutting coupons is therapeutic, especially when I see the $$$ I am saving at the grocery store.


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CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Thanks! I'm a bit of a professionist and my husband tells me this helps me with my OCD. LOL I sure hope I see the $$$ saving too! Thanks for stopping by!!!


Tiffany 4 years ago

Sooo Tim told me i should start do this to save money, I said ok go buy a paper( we never buy a paper) and printer is broke you get the picture...then when he came home with paper i said ok look in there tell me what you would like for me to go buy that we don't need and wont use just so i can use the coupons. :)


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

LOL awesome Tiffany! I normally buy the Sunday paper and cut out all coupons (good therapy for me) and even if I don't use the coupons I send them overseas to Italy. They are allowed to use coupons up to 6 months expired!!! So even if I'm not saving money I'm hopefully helping someone who can!

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