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My Couponing Story

Updated on August 28, 2012

My Little Stock Pile

I don't have shelves and shelves of numerous products I will never use, but I do stock up on things I will use when I can.
I don't have shelves and shelves of numerous products I will never use, but I do stock up on things I will use when I can.

I am not an extreme couponer, I am a 23 year old with college debt and a budget. Although I do admire the extreme couponers I see on television and read about in articles but you will not see me pulling up to a grocery store in a mini van with my overflowing coupon binder in tow.

I am a couponer however, and proud of it. Two years ago I watched an episode of TLC's "Extreme Couponing", and while my sister and I sat there going "pff...these ladies are LOSERS", in my head I was secretly thinking "I MUST LEARN THEIR WAYS".

My sister still picks on these extreme couponers...but I can tell she secretly wants to learn too.


What is "Extreme Couponing"?

Extreme couponing is a craze that is taking over the nation more and more each year. Extreme couponers are showing up in articles, through youtube, and on television every day. Young or old, these frugal penny-pinchers all have one thing in common: they all love to save money.

After watching a few episodes about these women (and men) who come home with bag after bag of groceries totaling up to over $500 and literally only spend $1 or less on them at the store, I went online and began my quest to become a young couponer myself.

After a night of researching how to coupon on a site called couponmom.com, I went to bed and spent the night thinking, with small coupons swirling throughout my brain.

I was hooked and I hadn't even started yet.

There is something about the feeling you get when you peel through your Sunday paper and find your circulars for the week; the coupons all shiny and new with expiration dates that seem years away. My heartbeat quickens as I ponder what items I will be bringing home for free this week. A couple tubes of toothpaste perhaps? Or maybe I'll get lucky and score shampoo for a negative transaction total. Oh the possibilities...

Now before I completely scare you away I want to once again remind you that I am not like one of the ladies on TLC. I do not have a giant shelf in my garage loaded with 75 bottles of hot sauce and 100 tubes of denture cream that I will never use. I don't spend more than 5 minutes of my time each day on couponing, and I only use coupons when I know it's going to be a really good deal. I don't buy 35 this or 50 that, but I do collect things that I will definitely be using quickly if I can get them for free. I am an example of how you can put couponing to good use, without having to take time away from your life.

Why Bother?

What keeps me couponing? For starters, I haven't spent more than 50 cents on toothpaste in months, and you know those Gillette Fusion razors? The ones that have all the blades and cost at least $10.00 each? I get those for $1.00 or less about once a month. It's amazing that it's even possible to get deals like this, but I'm going to take advantage of it for as long as I can!

Learning to do basic couponing is pretty easy, and definitely worth trying out in this economy. You don't have to be crazy like the middle aged women on TLC, but you can definitely snag some unbelievable deals every week!

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Yes for sure! It gets addicting fast, but there's no guilt in spending literally negative amounts for otherwise expensive products, and it can be so easy to do too : )

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      LisaJClark 6 years ago from Triad NC

      I have a similar story, I was looking for ways to cut costs and noticed all the unopened newspapers we received every sunday. I searched through them looking for a reason to keep receiving the paper when I ran across the coupons. With a little dedication, time and luck; the rest is history. Its great being able to save so much more than we spend.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      I've recently learned to love coupons, and they definitely help!

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      Shana 6 years ago from East Texas

      I don't think that I have look at that blog. I will have to check it out.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I like couponmom but I think I have gotten more attached to the krazycouponlady blog, there's something about the overall appearance that I find more user friendly, so I usually switch back and forth between the two. I agree though I definitely like to hear about other couponers and how they got started : )

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      Shana 6 years ago from East Texas

      Couponmom.com is the one that I started with also. It seems to be the simplest for newbies to get started. I love to hear other peoples adventures about smart couponing.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      There are a lot of sites that basically do all the work for you, which is really great and makes it so simple. I plan to write a hub soon about getting started and how I like to coupon.

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      POWERS1205 6 years ago

      Excellent hub! My wife and I just watched one of those shows and sat in awe as the end totals came to ridiculously low amounts! We want to try more of it ourselves!

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Right? I get that "oh you use coupons?" face a lot, but I don't think people realize how little effort actually goes into it, and I usually save around $10-$20 per week, not crazy but it's worth it :)

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      Shana 6 years ago from East Texas

      It is a great feeling when you save money couponing. It is also great to know that it is not taking over your life or your house. We share the same couponing attitude.

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      Jessie Miller 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Thank you!

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