The Beginning Of The End
The Beginning Of The End By Michael T. Snyder - Kindle Version

The Prepper's Blueprint

Don't Buy Survival Food Until You Read This - If you stockpile the wrong foods, you could be setting your family up to starve. It sounds harsh, but the truth is too many people with good intentions are making critical mistakes with their food stockpiles. Watch this video now >>
The End of Obama? Approaching Obama scandal could change the White House Administration and our country overnight... Click Here
Gold Buying Guide: Golden Eagle Coins

Archives

The Mystery Of The Shemitah

Extreme Couponing: Desperate Economic Times Call For Desperate Measures

Even in the midst of a horrific economic decline, there are tools that all of us can use to make the most of our limited resources.  This includes doing some things that many of us never imagined that we would do.  A couple of months ago I never would have imagined that I would be doing an article on coupons.  But in these desperate economic times you have to look for any economic edge that you can get.  Did you know that it is possible to get $500 worth of groceries for less than 10 dollars?  I didn't know that either until I started watching a show called "Extreme Couponing" on cable television.  I was amazed as I watched person after person get over 95 percent off on their groceries.  Personally, I have always thought that clipping coupons was a waste of time.  Sure, you might save a few bucks, but I really didn't think it was worth the time or the effort.  Well, my opinion has changed.  There are a growing number of people out there that are using coupons to provide all of the groceries that their families need almost for free.  In an economic environment where incomes are going down but food prices continue to go up, "extreme couponing" is a financial weapon that virtually anyone can use.

Yes, not everyone can take it to the extent that many of these "extreme couponers" do.  There are some women that spend 40, 50 or even 60 hours a week on their couponing.  Most people cannot afford to do that.

But even if you just spend a couple of hours a week you can still save significant money.  At a time when many family budgets are tighter than ever, saving 50 or 100 bucks at the grocery store can mean a world of difference.

Not only that, but "extreme couponing" is a great way to build up your stockpile of emergency food.  Everyone should have enough food in their homes to feed their families for at least a year.  Unfortunately, many people don't have that kind of money.  That is where "extreme couponing" comes in.

If you are willing to put a little hard work in, you can build a stockpile of emergency food for pennies on the dollar.

Extreme couponing is not complicated and thanks to the new TLC show it is becoming extremely popular.  The following is how a recent article on MSNBC describes these "extreme couponers"....

Hard-core couponers are in it to win it — for free, if at all humanly possible. They plot their grocery-store trips with the precision of military commanders. They load up three or four shopping carts at a time. They test the mettle — and the congeniality — of cashiers by having them tally dozens of discounts on their behalf.

And what do they get in exchange? Hundreds of dollars’ worth of merchandise for as little as $5 to $10, the applause of onlookers — and a surge of adrenaline that can be downright addicting.

If you have never seen the show, you should check it out at least once.  The following is a very brief preview of "Extreme Couponing"....

Yes, people are actually doing this.  In fact, some of my readers are actually doing this.

On a recent article entitled "Inflation 2011: Honey – They Shrunk Our Paychecks" one of my regular readers named Maria shared that her and her circle of friends have adopted extreme couponing as a way to fight back against the bad economy....

In the last six months, I have seen a complete attitude adjustment in many of our friends and family. As a result, a resource sharing group has formed amongst us. We share work, ideas and tips on everything from budgeting to gardening. All of us have curtailed the “luxuries” like gym memberships, expensive clothing, latte’s and mochas from those expensive little stops on the way to work, dining at restaurants, first run movies at the theater, and a myriad of other little things.

Our latest discovery is the world of couponing. Anyone interested in dramatically cutting their household and grocery expenses should take a serious look at TheKrazyCouponLady.com and read their book, Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey. I never understood how couponing could make a difference until I read this book. Our group now looks at coupons almost as a tax free source of income, because it is saving us hundreds of dollars a month…no exaggeration.

I admit, I am not as diligent as the others about using coupons, but even with my minimal efforts I saved 60% on my meat purchases last month. That was huge for my family of 6. Our home is out in the country near a rural community, and the only grocery store in town is Safeway. I never shopped there before, because it was too expensive. I drove into the big city once every three months to do our grocery shopping at the “discount” stores. Now, using coupons on sale items, I can shop at the local Safeway and save more money on food and gas.

Sadly, this extreme couponing phenomenon will not be around forever.  As thousands more pile on to the bandwagon, it is inevitable that food producers and retailers will start changing the rules.  So take advantage of extreme couponing while you can.

Look, I never imagined that I would be recommending that people should start clipping coupons.  But when any of us are presented with solid evidence that we are wrong about something, we need to be willing to change.

Personally, I am not an expert on coupons.

Thankfully, there are some people out there that are, and they have shared their knowledge for free on the Internet.  The following are some of the best extreme couponing sites around if you are interested in learning more....

*The Krazy Coupon Lady

*Tips From A Mom Of 3

*Coupon Geek

*Saving With Shellie

*Couponing 101

*Jill Cataldo

*My Frugal Adventures

*How To Shop For Free With Kathy Spencer

*Clippin' With Carie

*Money Saving Mom

People are always urging me to write more about solutions.  Well, extreme couponing is a solution.  A lot of us men might not like the idea of "extreme couponing" because it may not seem like a very "manly" thing to do, but the truth is that it works.  In these desperate economic times, you have got to do what you have got to do.  Today, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.  An increasing number of children are falling into poverty.  If it takes clipping coupons in order to survive, then that is just what we are going to have to do.

As mentioned above, all of this exposure on television is going to mean that "extreme couponing" is not going to be around forever.  When too many people start jumping on a boat it is inevitable that it is going to sink.

But while this tool still exists, why not use it?

In particular, this is a great way to build up your emergency food stockpile for a fraction of the cost.

So what do all of you think about extreme couponing?  Do you think it is a good tool?  Do you have other tools that you would suggest for saving money in this tough economy?  Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts below....

Be Sociable, Share!
  • wardback

    I do use coupons for some things. But I draw the line at food. Most of the coupons seem to be for stuff that is more processed “product” than “food”. If you pay pennies on dollar for that junk, you are getting exactly what it is worth.

    As for stocking up, try and get the highest quality food you can find (with coupons or otherwise). If times get tough, you are going to want the best nutrition available. Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lunchables just aren’t going to cut it – even if you got them for a nickle apiece.

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    Here are 6 other ways to save money on groceries in addition to coupons:

    http://www.planorperish.com/?p=4049

    • Greta

      Thanks for the great link!

  • Ailu

    The problem i find is that 95% of coupons are for unhealthy or highly processed foods. I never see coupons for fresh vegetables or unproceesed meat. Sure we could save money, but If we were to eat the stuff we always see coupons for, we would definitely spend more money on dr and hospital bills.

  • Johnson

    I’ll use coupons where they match something that I have a need for. That isn’t too often though because unfortunately, many of the available coupons are for garbage snack foods that you probably shouldn’t be eating any or much of, regardless of how cheap they are.

  • Josh

    This is my impression of Gary2
    “Tax the extreme couponers!! Spread the cheetos and oreos. It’s not fair they have shopping carts full of groceries. They did the work, now they should have to share their groceries with me! I hate this country!”

    • anonymous

      Then leave…

      • xander cross

        You first.

  • jd

    US Economy, 1776-2008
    RIP

  • Just Me

    the rules around here changhed a few yrs ago, you have to buy 2 or 3 of an item to save any money or drive to a store that has double coupons that day spending over 4 dollars a gal for gas. example, right now Hellmanns is .40 off for buying two 16.5 oz jars, the jars are over 5 bucks each so you would save .40 by spending a little over 10 dollars unless you were near a store that had double coupons to save .80. It works for us but 8 out of ten people in the line do not have 10 bucks to spend for mayo even to save the 40 or 80 cents.
    we have one store and one CVS in our town, last week the CVS had the same Mayo 2 for 5 bucks and with the coupon, the 2 jars were less than 5 dollars.those are the bargins to look for, but people with no money or on public assistence can’t take advantage of the bargins. Bargins are for people who can afford to bargin.

    I wouldn’t eat most of the processed food that I see on sale anyway, A full stomach is nice, but if it is full of fat cals and sodium and other chemicals, there is no advantage to that.

  • http://jamesjomeara.blogspot.com James O’Meara

    Glad to see you covering this. The show is fascinating.

    I’m not sure, though, if it’s a solution, or even a rational response. These people [on the show, not your readers] may just be obsessive-compulsive.

    However much you game the system, you’re still playing THEIR game. Their rules, and more importantly, their products.

    Have you really ‘saved’ anything by getting six months of beef jerky or Pop Tarts [tm]? I save 100% by not buying it at all.

    Seriously, if you look at what they’re buying, it’s mostly pre-packaged crap. And don’t forget to factor in the cost of the bypass operation.

    Don’t get me wrong, I look for sales, but it seems to me you could save big just by buying your own ingredients and making it yourself. Time? Oh, you have the time to ‘extreme coupon’, but not the time to make your own tomato sauce? See what I mean about buying into the corporate game?

    This weekend, for example, Whole Foods had a sale on organic sliders, whole wheat buns, and organic potato salad. Bang, there’s my Memorial Day menu; cheap and patriotic! Later that day at a regular grocery [buying local beer] I see these hipsters doing the same thing, but they’re buying pre-packaged frozen “Bubba” brand sliders. Who saved money?

    Also, for the same reasons, I’m not at all sure you can ‘extreme coupon’ emergency food, unless you think people ‘need’ a years supply of Pop Tarts [tm] and Kraft mac ‘n cheese.

  • Silver Bean

    An interesting article, and something to consider. I’ll be looking through the websites for more ideas. Working at this for 40 – 60 hours a week? That is a fulltime job. It is unclear if these same people are saving $500 a week, or a month. If it is $500 per month, and they spend 40 hours per week couponing, that’s 160 hours per month. That means they have paid themselves $3.10 per hour. And then there is the time spent driving to different stores, and the gas, and vehicle wear and tear. Is it worth it? Maybe if you’re unemployed.

  • Sam

    I use not only coupons, but also take advantage of in-store sales whenever I can. The Safeway that I go to has lots of “Buy x, get one free.” They even do this with fresh meat. My freezer is full to bursting with these type of deals. If a store has a club card, USE IT, because you can really lop off a lot on your bill.

    Another thing I do is recycle. Recycling is not just for Algore adherents. Plastic margarine tubs, lunchmeat containers, and so on are great for storing leftovers or meals you want to freeze.

    Wash and reuse freezer bags.

    #10 cans are great for storing other food items like noodles or rice (just make sure you have an absorbant packet packed in there as well).

    A fancy plastic container which held snacks is great for storing spaghetti, a used envelope can be reused FOUR TIMES to write a grocery list on.

    Plastic shopping bags, WITHOUT HOLES, are perfect for scooping cat litter in, as well as a garbage bag for a small family, or a lunch bag to work.

    The cardboard dividers from a box of tea can, taped together, make a sheath for a small knife; a large cereal box, with its top and part of one of its narrow sides removed, makes a nifty magazine holder for your back issues.

    Breadbags have all sorts of uses.

    As the son of Depression-era parents, I practice what they taught me, and have come up with ideas of my own. I am your millionaire next door, I do this stuff not only because, like others, I want to spend less money, but also because it really stretches my imagination.

  • sharonsj

    The problem with coupons is that you can only use them on certain brands and products. I tend not to use or eat any of those things and I found that most coupons were useless for me.

    I prefer the sales of “buy one, get one” and whatever loss leaders the stores have. If I confine my shopping to just what’s on my list and when it’s on sale, I do pretty well.

  • http://the-end-time.blogspot.com Elizabeth Prata

    The rules are already being changed. For us in the south, Publix announced a change in early May regarding coupon redemption that was directly related to the extreme couponing crowd. Tampa Bay Online has it here:

    http://www2.highlandstoday.com/content/2011/may/12/extreme-couponing-and-shopping-publix/

    If you are of that ilk, your message of do it while you can is timely…

  • DownWithLibs

    Thanks for the list Michael. I’ve heard of this but didn’t know where to start.

  • Gary2

    On several occasions I have saved big. $200 of food for $96 and other lesser but good savings. It is a fair amount of work to do this but it can be done. I have somewhat slacked off on this as working multiple low pay crap jobs I have a time crunch most days. Also the food pantry is free and it does no good to use coupons if you have no money to begin with.

    I think one can get on a cycle of working low wage jobs and not have a lot of time to do things like clip coupons to a large extent. I would rather spend the time with my kids,meeting with their teachers etc etc.

    I wish manufactures/stores would simply lower their prices and do away with coupons. I do see some regional stores have a shopper card where no coupons are needed.

  • karen

    Sir I am not going against your solutions they are great, but what happened to good-ole beans and rice, most coupons to food stuffs are really not very healthy, read the contents, beans are cheap and good for you, rice is great for you, I grew-up on beans and potatoes, rice, throw you some pork in the beans and what a meal. Awhole chicken can go a long way, a 5 pound bag of flour goes a long way, liver and onions corn bread. As I have said before people don’t want to cook, if it doesn’t come in a box or a frozen bag of something to throw in a microwave it’s not what they want to deal with.

  • karen

    Me again!!! All that diet stuff go search man-made sweetners, MANY products have it, soda’s number one and the new reduced kids drinks capri sun they changes those drinks a few years ago to diet look at the labels, these sweetners cause cancer tumors birth defects, low birth rates, thats just a few of the major health problems, go do your reseach and you will find the truth.

  • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

    I don’t do it, but I’m looking into it. It’s still all about CONSUMING, and training us to consume more, which isn’t a solution as far as I’m concerned. As a vegetarian, I doubt that 95% of what I buy at a grocery store will ever have a coupon, but I’m willing to check it out. Aren’t most coupons for processed, packaged foods that make you fat??

    GROWING your own food supply makes more sense to me in so many ways. Better, fresher, you get out in the sun and get some exercise.

  • Maria

    Great article, Michael!

    I didn’t know about the television program on TLC, because we don’t have television in our home. Most of my friends and family don’t either, but we all enjoyed the Youtube videos. Thanks.

    The great thing about couponing is each family can cater their purchases to their particular interests and needs. The storage space in our home is limited, so our purchases are mainly frozen foods, meats and dairy products. We bought an extra freezer, so we could stock up when the meat and veges go on sale. For the most part, we avoid the processed foods and store bought sugary snacks (too many excitotoxins). Coupons have made the purchase of flour and sugar for home baking much more affordable.

    For those who like to donate food and HBA products to charitable organizations, couponing can help you expand those contributions considerably. This is also a great way for members to stock up their church pantries.

    Like you, I am afraid that this great opportunity won’t last long. I have been told though, that couponing has been around a long time…even back in the days of the last Great Depression. Guess we better make hay while the sun shines.

  • bobbobbobbob

    thank u

  • Tripseven

    Love the article!

    My wife clips coupons for us- and regularly saves us between 40 and 60 percent.

    Be warned though, the truly extreme couponers can make life hard for the family shopper by clearing the shelves and not leaving products for others.

    777

  • greta tuck

    Please remove j’aime kirlew from your reference sites! She teaches unethical couponing practices and how to blatantly commit fraud. The boat will sink oh so much faster if people follow her example.

  • Tim

    Too little too late

    Here is a quote from a recent etremer on the show

    “I think that manufacturers and stores have already begun to set limits. In many parts of the country you see LIKE coupon limits. I’ve had many conversations with executives at major grocery stores and their concerns center not on extreme couponing, but fraud and stock issues. If a couponer rudely takes all of their product, they have none left for regular consumers. Those customers then get upset at the store. Manufacturers have marketing budgets and coupons are a part of that. Some manufacturer’s have already set limits (P&G) and others may in the future. Those limits are NOT related to the show, they are related to the simple fact that more people are using coupons. (P&G set limits months ago)”

  • Greta Tuck

    I sent my first comment from my phone immediately after reading your article. Here is a link detailing the fraud commited on TLC’s Extreme Couponing.

    http://www.jillcataldo.com/alleged-tlc-extreme-couponing-fraud

  • James

    Yes, most of the coupons are usually for “junk food”. However, when things get lean and you start to lose a lot of weight. You are not going to care about the quality of the food. You’re going to be looking for high energy, high carbs food that an sustain you during lean times. I suggest you buy and stock up on things like dry beans, dry lentils, mac & cheese, rice, and any other type of cheap bulk foods. Coupons won’t buy most of these. Also, when food goes up in price, people tend to eat less and will be much leaner.

  • 1984

    Wardback is right, junk food will make you sick. Keep eating processed and ill health will soon knock, loudly. Rice, any kind of beans, veggies [even canned] is really all that anyone needs. Rice milk is the way to go for kids, comes in chocolate and vanilla. Bananas are still cheap. How about low sodium soups, or make it yourself. Learn to bake your own bread. Grow food indoors, on balconies, in any kind of containers. And remember that extra vitamins and supplements are important. One more thing, WATCH WHERE THE FOOD IS PACKED. Had several cans of Dole fruit in Big Lots. My son noticed that it was packed in China. No Thanks. Don’t buy food from places that are dirty or heavy polluted[Asia is getting mega-dosed from radiation]. For example there is a new product from Italy called Pomi tomatoes packed in a ‘box’ type container. Taste like vine ripe! And cheap. Stick with brand name American or food from larger countries like Germany, Italy, ect.. As we go down like the Titanic, food quality will sink too.

  • McKinley Morganfield

    Forget coupons, unless they are for ‘real’ food such as grains, fresh fruit & vegetables, or unprocessed meats. Shop at discount stores (Aldi’s & Fairway in my area) instead. Stock up on white rice, couscous, pasta, oats, canned beans & soups, canned tuna, peanut butter, generic vegetable juice, powdered milk, etc. Look for foods that require less energy to cook/warm up. You can set aside a considerable amount of food at low cost by following these guidelines, and you’re going to need a sizable pantry in the days ahead.

  • CatNap

    I’ve seen that show a few times now and 9 times out of 10 the “couponing divas” are “extremely” overweight. Which is ironic, since you can be fat and malnourished at the same time.
    Bet you ask them if they are malnourished and they would laugh at you and show you their hoard.
    How sad that many of them are including their children in this unhealthy pursuit.

    Eat food in as close to it’s natural state as possible and I guarantee you will save money since your body will be nourished and not need as much to feel satisfied.

    Much of what we think we need in order to live is just dust in the wind.

  • Maria

    I used to feel the same way about couponing that many of you do…TOO MUCH JUNK AND NOT ENOUGH SUBSTANCE! Believe me. I decided to give it an honest effort, and I discovered that it is a more valuable tool than I ever thought possible.

    I don’t buy any junk food or products that I didn’t use before couponing except canned veges. We still prefer to buy fresh or frozen veges when not growing our own, but I need our freezer space for the sale meat.

    You will save a little money clipping manufacturer and store coupons out of the paper, but if you wait to use them when products go on sale and couple that with other special coupons like a doubler, you can often save a substantial amount of money. I believe the technique is called “stacking”, and it increases the value of the coupons exponentially.

    Running around town wasting dollars on gas to save dimes on food is not my idea of savings. I live too far from town to play that game. Nor do I spend more than two hours a week clipping coupons.

    It is a hobby that does require patience. Over time you will begin to see the effect on your food bill as well as your cost of cleaning supplies and health and beauty aids (HBA).

    I am not able to buy all of my groceries, household supplies, or HBA with coupons. However, the couponing does have a domino effect on the rest of the budget, and it simply gives us more freedom to save more or purchase other needed items. And it has even allowed us to do something fun…enroll the family in a martial arts club. My husband and kids love it.

  • Evan T

    Dumpster diving; there’s a whole online movement for dumpster diving for groceries; favorite places include upscale bread joints like Panera that have entire dumpsters dedicated only to old bread; yes indeedy, some folks feed their families primarily by harvesting from dumpsters!

  • Colin

    I carefully select which coupons to use. Many of these coupons, like others have said, are for items which are very processed and made with the cheapest ingredients. The area I see that coupons make a difference is in non-food items. These items are also going up in price, and using coupons for these items for our family is a good thing.

  • mondobeyondo

    I do clip coupons from time to time.

    However, I have found most of the coupons that are in the local Sunday newspaper, are for items that are irrelevant to me, or for products that I don’t need.

    For example:

    1) Lots of pet food coupons. Well, I don’t have a dog or a cat.
    2) Feminine hygiene products. Great if you’re female, but I’m a male, so….
    3) Laundry soap. Well, that I can use!!
    4) Salad dressing. Ummm…. yeah.
    5) Vitamins/nutritional supplements. Yup, that’s useful.

    Perhaps Groupon would be a better source. I’ve heard of it, but have never actually used it myself. Wonder if anyone has had any experiences using that website/service.

  • Jack Payne

    Coupons are printed for more than just junk food,such as:
    Paper Towels,Toilet Paper,Tissue,Plastic Wrap,Aluminum Foil,Bleach & Cleaning Supplies,Toiletries,Pet Food,Condiments etc.etc.

    Couple the above with: Buy 1 Get 1 Free,10 for $10 and similar WEEKLY promotions,and you increase the amount you can spend on quality food staples.

    For example(one of many): My local supermarket,frequently runs specials on their brand of Aspertame Free yogurt varities. The promotion this week: 20 for $5.
    Economic depression,or not,that is a good deal!

    Wasting undue amounts of time clipping coupons is not the answer,the answer is learning to,or “re-learning” how to shop.

  • Greta

    Unfortuantely there is s lot of misinformation about coupons out there. Manufacturers do issue coupons as a marketing tactic; however that does not mean you are reqired to use the ones that don’t meet your criteria. There are plenty of coupons available for organic and whole foods including fresh vegetables, fruit, and milk. (Mambosprouts.com is a good resource for organic/natural) Rice coupons are very frequent. Coupons are very useful for stocking up on health items and paper products as well. Do you want to go without toilet paper ever? The ‘trick’ to sucessful couponing is matching a coupon to an item when it is at its lowest price possible. As the author stated, there are loads of websites that do these matchups for you.

    In case you are wondering if I’m overweight, I’m 5ft 8in and 115lbs. ;) Couponing has saved my family tons of money and allowed me to help others in ways I never thought I’d be able to afford. The great thing about it is that you can do as little or as much as you want, and it will still benefit your family. You can tailor it to your needs- it doesn’t mean you have to buy all the super refined uberprocessed junk. I score free or almost free unseasoned frozen veggies on a regular basis. I still have a huge vegetable garden out back and a freezer full of free range beef. Couponing hasn’t changed my values, or my standards. It has just lowered my expenses.

    Ok, off my soapbox now. I just wanted to offer an alternate perspective in case someone was initially interested and became discouraged by all of the previous comments.

    • xander cross

      Extreme couponing is greed and gluttony. I though you were not to be glutious about anything according to scripture.

  • Josh

    Hey Gary 2,
    You said “I have somewhat slacked off on this as working multiple low pay crap jobs I have a time crunch most days. Also the food pantry is free and it does no good to use coupons if you have no money to begin with.”
    Now I know where your politics about stealing from the rich come from. It’s called bitterness and jealousy. Sorry about the low paying jobs and the hard work. But it is not their fault.

  • Jonathan

    You’ll see some real extreme couponing from the men when this is available for beer………..

  • jeff198524

    The wealthiest 1% own 40% of rgw nation’s wealth, but because of tax loopholes only pay 15% of their income in taxes. How is wanting the rich to pay their fair share equal to envy?

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    The American middle class will shrink and disappear. More shoppers than ever are aggressively using coupons. So-called “extreme couponing” is taking off, fueled by TV shows highlighting shoppers paying mere pennies for hundreds of dollars in groceries. And millions of American shoppers have discovered couponing in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, fueling the resurgence of an industry that had been declining or flat for a decade.

    We help Americans find jobs and prosperity in Asia. Visit http://www.pathtoasia.com/jobs/ for details.

  • xander cross

    There is nothing wrong with couponing, the problem is that people take it to such an extreme as buying 100 packs of lifewater. I mean, come on people, we can do better than this. 100 packs of butterfinger, 100 packs of asprin, really?

  • sharonsj

    Josh, you could use more education as to why people have multiple low-paying jobs. All those rich people you like, they shipped the good factory jobs overseas–first to Mexico, then Bangladesh, then China–in search of the poorest most desperate workers they could find.

    The rich pay off our politicians so they can write the laws the rest of us have to live by. The rich manipulate the stock market so they can make millions off of crazy things like derivatives, credit default swaps, short selling–and illegal insider trading, which goes unpunished. The rich avoid paying taxes. The rich are happy to accept government subsidies and tax credits while tell us peasants we must “share the pain.”

    We have class warfare going on right now but apparently you are too stupid to see it.

  • jaime

    Great to see coupons as a recommended source for money saving! I have been using them for two years now as we were struggling to pay bills and mortgage…I could kick myself for not knowing about it earlier-perhaps we’d not have been in the financial mess we were in!

    We feed a family of 10 on less than $1000 in Northern CA! (4 adults-6 children age 17-6). Contrary to popular belief, it is not just junk food! I am sometimes paid to take the item out of the store! I have a price list for food so I know the deals and their cycles. It takes a few hours per week, but is so worth it to our “Walton’s Mountain” family!

    Any coupon website can train you in the benefits of it and the how to side. We do stock up when the sale is on so we are good until the next cycle. Stocking up is key and coupon etiquette says to leave some on the shelf for the next couponer! As it has become more popular, I notice the shelves are cleared early so more and more struggling families are on the coupon bandwagon! Great article!

  • http://www.shelfreliancesanantonio.com Kim

    I use coupons for the items I would buy anyway, detergent, T.P., toothpaste, etc… In San Antonio we do not have double coupons at the grocery stores, but our local chain has some great deals each week. We take advantage of them all the time. I also buy a lot online at http://www.shelfreliancesanantonio.com with a special discount account. They have great prices on freeze dried foods, grains and basics and they ship it right to your door.

  • foo

    There is NO STORE in SAN DIEGO that offers DOUBLE COUPONING. I think thats true for all of california

    DOESNT EXIST

    So much for your great idea

  • Bryan

    The best site we have found out there is http://www.truecouponing.com. They teach ethical couponing and also hold free workshops so folks can learn how to do this effectively. It can be overwhelming and frustrating at first if you don’t understand the exact methods right off the bat.

  • Rex

    Extreme couponers have a sickness, sort of like cat hoarders. When you spend most of your waking hours clipping coupons or figuring out how or where to get more coupons, you have a sickness – not a hobby.

    • Tracy

      You’ve never gone hungry before, have you?

  • M

    Because their 15reconstitutes the vast majority of all tax revenue. Your tax bill doesn’t even pay a month’s salary for the IRS staff reading your return. Maybe you should learn to earn over $250,000 or more so that you can lead us by good example by paying the maximum tax rate, without claiming credits and deduction. Once you do that, maybe I’ll consider your opinion worthwhile. I am impoverished, earning $7,755 last year after losing my job. I had to move out of my house because I couldn’t afford to pay for it, so the IRS just socked me for $7,500 plus a fee to pay back my 2008 tax credit. Why would I be mad at the rich? They didn’t do this to me. The politicians did. Politicians are getting rich by impoverishing the middle class.
    I’m angrier at stupid people blaming the rich instead of taking responsibility for themselves. Put up or shut up. Someday I, too, will be rich thanks to my own entrepreneurial drive and the desire to serve others through my business. The government will only serve as an obstacle to me becoming self-sufficient. I owe them nothing, and I mean nothing toward my future success, so I plan to avoid as much tax as I can legally. I will not evade, that’s illegal, but not immoral. You don’t have to render Caesar what is not his.

  • Maxi

    I can see why food prices are skyrocketing if you advice people to stock 1 year of food in their homes.

    Do you Americans realize that you are the only crazy people in the “civilized” world doing it? If somebody in Europe will stock pile 1 year of food it would be considered a good candidate for a psychiatric hospital…what is the ratio behind that anyway?

    • jacksdad

      Stockpiling food is a hedge against all manner of disasters that could hit us without warning (which is what disasters usually do). Those (like myself) that have stockpiled food, water, medical supplies, toiletries,light/heating and cooking equipment are simply accepting that when TSHTF, it happens suddenly and we don’t want to be one of the angry mob in the parking lot of an empty store wishing we’d shown a little more forethought. “Stuff” happens – the only variable is how prepared you are when it happens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annathule C Hall

    I agree w/ the folks who say it’s mostly for junk food and then, you STILL have to get the paper just to get said coupons. (Then me? I’d forget to take them! Always my greatest pet peeve!)

    But while we’re talking about good food for less than one would usually pay – why doesn’t anyone use Angel Food? (http://www.angelfoodministries.com/) Now their all-meat boxes don’t save you a penny, not at basically $5-something a pound, (unless that’s good for your area.) Their kids’ boxes contains about half junk food, maybe less, but they’ll go thru it like the dickens, most esp. if there’s more than one kid. W/ those you’re over-paying. BUT, their regular boxes, and now they have 2 sizes, are about, or were, about $60 worth of food for about $35. You can’t beat that, their meat that comes in these big boxes too and are all vacuum packed already, heading off freezer burn, (‘cuz what about the money invested in the material to vacuum pack meat to last long enough and not get freezer burnt – that costs a pretty penny!) Yeah, there’s a meal or two of “microwave it” pre-processed food, and most times I don’t like what it is anyway, but my neighbor upstairs, an elderly gentleman on a small pension usually snatches it right up and is happy for it! They have frozen veges, but they aren’t vacuum packed, (they freezer burn easily), and there’s some I hated even as a kid, but the lady above the elderly gentleman LOVES those! (Lima beans usually.) So see? I’m buying food cheaper and nothing is going to waste! Also this money you spend goes to a food ministry of some sort. Also, in some places, you can order online, but you pay a fee for that and they don’t ship it to you, but that’s still one less trip, maybe using MORE than $2 worth of gas to order on a particular day you may not be able to get there. (They also take food stamps!) And check out this month’s menu – a whole chicken, a 1.5 lb pork roast, ALWAYS a pound of hamburger – 80/20 – and veges, sausages, milk (the keep-almost-forever kind), eggs and one desert. More than what I’ve said here, too, they give you dried beans and long cooking rice a lot too. $35! No taxes!

    Also either FLYLady (http://www.flylady.net/) or Organized Home (http://organizedhome.com/household-notebook) has a “form” that goes into either your “Control Journal” (FLYLady) or the Organized Home’s notebook and let’s you keep track of store prices – which DO follow cycles – and see what’s expected to go on sale next week or whatever. Both sites, but in this case more the Organized Home’s website has some AWESOME ideas on how to make the most of the time you have. If they have anything to do w/ coupons, I don’t know, I haven’t read the last site in a year, but otherwise VERY good ideas.

    But hey – Angel Food. Can’t beat it! You don’t need to be under a certain income level to use it and the more you use it, the more money for their ministry. And the site shows you full color what they’re offering this month and it’ll change, not completely, but will change from month to month. Only problem? It’s not a “month’s worth of food”. Still, it helps! The meat you get ROCKS!! We weren’t eating hardly ANY meat until we ordered from Angel Food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annathule C Hall

    PS: They (Angel Food) also carry a BIG box of fresh fruits and veges – cabbage, carrots, lettuce, apples, even a pineapple or a mango sometimes, potatoes, and on and on. GOOD fresh food in those. $24 this month and it looks guuuud! LOL!

  • Tracy

    Those of you who are talking negatively about people using coupons have never gone hungry, have you? Couponing does not seem extreme nor crazy nor glutonous if you ever have truly been without food or basic neccessities. And as far as buying only junk food with coupons goes, fruit roll ups and pop tarts are better than an empty stomach anyday.
    Store food–anyway you can.

  • Marie

    I have been watching the TLC program on extreme couponing and wish I had the stores they use in my area. I live in a very small community way up here in ND. The nearest Wal-Mart is 75 miles away. Groceries here are very high priced. Nearly $5.00 for a gallon of milk. My income is limited so I need to use coupons to help stretch my food dollar. My problem is finding coupons for groceries or a store that carries the brands of foods I can find coupons for. I recently went to our local store with a fist full of coupons for items I would use only to find out the store didn’t carry any of the brands. They didn’t even carry most of the store brands they had in their own sale add. I find lots of websites for free coupons only to find that in order to get any you have to download their toolbar. My computor monitor is not large enough to display all the toolbars to get one or two useable coupons. Does anyone know where I can find printable soda pop coupons?

  • http://jaxlocalconnect.com B

    I love using coupons whether I’m shopping for groceries or household products. You really can save alot of money if you shop smart.

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared
Agora Financial
Thrive Life
FEMA Hates This

Austin Coins
Family Survival Plan - Check This Out!
High Blood Pressure?
The End Of America?
MHAdNew_125x125 copy(1)
FINCA BAYANO
Survive After Collapse
cheaper to burn dollars than paper

Silver.com

Camping Survival
Facebook Twitter More...