Tonight we watched 2 very likable Extreme Couponers Kelly Charles of Atlanta (who claims to have saved $24,000 in the past 2 years). And Rebecca of Idaho (who has built up a stockpile worth $8,000!)
Coupon addicted Kelly took her friend Candy shopping to share her money saving secrets, and she was excited to learn. With her 11 year old daughters help, she showed them how to shop. She goes into the store to scope out sales, gathers coupons, matches them up and voila! A basement full of mustard! Okay, I’m kidding but you catch my drift.
Kelly took advantage of a ton of overage deals. She purchased items that provided overage, giving the extra funds to the other items she didn’t have coupons for (fresh produce, meat, etc.). When your coupon value exceeds the price of the item, some stores will allow you to use the difference towards other products.
She also gave a GREAT example that most people do not take advantage of; when you have a Buy 1 get 1 Free deal you can use 2 coupons! You have 2 products.
Kelly also talks about donations to families in need, which is refreshing!
Grocery Bill Total: $1,300.03
Total Spent After Coupons: $-.31
For 3 and a half years stay-at-home mom of two, Rebecca of Idaho had built up a stockpile worth $8,000. She brought along her husband Jason, who was skeptical about Rebeccas couponing (and was exhausted by the end of the trip).
She shops at a store that does not put out weekly ads, so she scopes out the sales beforehand.
When a new product is released they release high value coupons, she tries them and buys them up. Also, she talked about how she buys starter kits instead of refills because the coupons have higher value. Also, Rebecca gets a lot of her coupons by writing to her favorite companies who then send coupons. This one had me VERY interested, I have 2 babies in diapers and WOW they are expensive! Her trip was a great example of using coupons on smaller items. She was purchasing smaller packages of diapers, making them very cheap. She opted to do this rather than save a few bucks on a bigger package. I am curious what this breaks down to per diaper.
Grocery Bill Total: $895.65
Total Spent After Coupons: $51.75
She donates her excess goodies and keeps a stockpile that includes food storage staples in addition to grocery store freebies.
??Coupon Terms and Abbreviations
BLINKIES = In Store Smart Source Coupons
BOGO/B1G1 = Buy One Get One
CATALINA = Coupon printed at register after purchased
CNP = Coupon Near Product (similar to BLINKIES)
CRT = Customer Receipt Tape (CVS receipt coupons)
DND = Do not Double (Some coupons have this lang)
DOUBLE COUPON = Coupon that grocery store doubles in value
EB/ECB = ExtraCare Bucks (CVS)
ES = Easy Saver (Walgreens)
FAR = Free After Rebate
FIC = Fresh Idea Card (Marsh)
GM = General Mills (Newspaper insert)
K = Kelloggs (Newspaper Insert)
MIR = Mail in Rebate
OOP = Out of Pocket
P&G = Proctor & Gamble (Newspaper Insert)
Peelie = Coupon you peel off package
RP= Red Plum (Newspaper Insert)
RR = Rebate Rewards (Walgreens)
SS= Smart Source (Newspaper Insert)
STACKING = Using stores allow multiple use of coupons manufacturers & store coupons or rebates.
TEAR PAD = A pad of coupons or MIR near a product or on display
WYB= When You Buy
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary (Depends on certain store policies/factors whether the deal will work.)