by Menka Dimitrovska, Money Columnist
Published in Money on 3rd April, 2018
It's no secret that we spend a lot of our time on Facebook, Instagram and all other social networks. It's clear that we have some extra free time, so why not use it towards something that could save us a lot of money in the long run.
Some time ago, people started catching onto this and started what is now known as extreme couponing. Some regard it as a hobby while others see it as a way to save hundreds or thousands of dollars each month.
Let's see how you can do that too!
Here's what you need:
If you commit to it, you'll need to set aside at least an hour weekly, so that you can look for coupons, print them out and cut out the ones you need. When you really think about it, that hour you spend on couponing instead of scrolling on Facebook, could save you up to $40-$50 on grocery shopping. That's an hour well spent if you ask me.
It all depends on where you live, and where you find your local coupons, but mainly you can look for coupons in the following places:
We'll talk about the best coupon websites a bit later. For now, let's go through the rest of the steps.
When you're organized couponing is a lot easier and takes a lot less time. You need to go through tons of coupons and select only those you're sure you'll need. Organize them neatly, and put those that expire soon first.
Now that you've gone through all the websites, apps and flayers, and organized everything neatly, you can easily find the coupons you need next time you go shopping.
Don't forget to combine store and manufacturer coupons together to get double savings. You can also use coupons with items that have been reduced, or are on clearance. You have numerous options that you can go with, so be sure to take advantage of them all.
Just because you have coupons doesn't mean that you need to use the opportunity and buy things you don't really need, and you'll never use. Use coupons for things you actually need.
Now that we've gone through the basics, let's take "extreme" couponing to the next level and take a look at the best coupon sites out there.
Buckle up, I have more than a few!
If you're like me and don't really care for buying newspapers, when you can find basically everything online, and use less paper in the process, then you will love the websites that I'll share with you today.
You can quickly go through the coupons and choose your favorite deals, print them out or save them in your phone (available on some sites) and you're good to go. Some of the sites I'll mention today also have their own apps for iPhone and Android so you can use them as well.
This site is the first place people go to look for coupons. The name is really easy to remember and the website is easy to use. You just input your ZIP code and you can see all available deals and coupons in your area.
There are thousands of deals available, including groceries, cosmetics, household items and clothes. You can check out all the deals in your area, print out those you like or just download the app on your phone, it's so much simpler.
RedPlum which will soon be RetailMeNot Everyday is probably quite familiar to you, mostly from the coupon books you've received in the mail, or seen in a newspaper.
They usually issue new coupons on Sunday morning, which is very convenient, since most of us do our shopping on Sunday. So before you head out to your weekly shopping, check and see what kind of coupons you can use. You can also find a lot of interesting savings tips as well as local deals on their website.
ShopAtHome offers thousands of printable coupons from your favorite stores as well as cash back deals. They even offer a $10 bonus if you sign up today.
Their website is easy to use. You just sign up, shop and enjoy your cash back and awesome deals.
Just enter your ZIP code, look through their deals, select the ones you like and clip away. It's that simple. You can sign up to their website and be the first to get exclusive coupons.
They offer deals for multiple categories, like: food & beverages, household items, health care and personal care.
Their site offers lots of "krazy" deals. They even have tips and tricks for beginners, and a printable guide to couponing. You can check out their golden rules of couponing, as well as their great weekly and daily deals.
Couponing has become digital. You can also find a lot of mobile deals on their website and redeem discount and coupons trough your phone, which is great if you don't want to print out coupons.
Hip2Save offers great coupons, freebies, in-store deals, online bargains, secret store savings, and simple and easy budget-friendly recipes every day!
They post new content all the time, so you might want to check the site more frequently to see what's new.
Hip2Save will help you save a lot of money on shopping, cooking and living, and will take saving and that whole deal-shopping experience to a new level for you.
They make extreme couponing easy for everyone, especially beginners. You'll learn how to save money, get organized and drastically cut down on your spending.
You won't just find coupons and online deals on their website, but a lot of saving tips, advice, free giveaways, birthday freebies, easy money-saving recipes and a lot more.
Let the experts at Savings.com find you great deals and offers for your favorite stores.
They have tons of categories to choose from, starting from clothes, accessories, food & beverages, personal care, cosmetics, books & movies, technology, computers & software, sports & recreation, toys, gifts, travel destinations and so much more.
I'm sure you'll be able to find the best deals for you and your family on Savings.com.
You can also use their website to contribute to the community by sharing your saving tips and advice.
Slick Deals puts emphasis on the community. It offers everyone the chance to submit deals and coupons for others to use.
You can see how people rated the coupons, and make your decision according to that, or look for particular coupons in their numerous categories.
You can find tons of weekly and daily deals and coupons on Flamingo World, and the best thing about the website is that it doesn't require you to sign up in order to get coupons. All you need to do is search for the coupons you want, and choose between the range of coupons available. They have printable coupons, and online coupons which you can use when shopping online.
Living Social is a great site for people who like supporting local businesses, as it offers thousands of deals for local stores, restaurants, spa & beauty salons and much more.
They have also joined forces with Groupon, which means you can create your own Groupon campaign on their website so that you can feature your business and your special offers as well.
Frugaa has a huge database of tens of thousands of coupons and deals, and they add to the list each day. Their categories include: art and entertainment, beauty, business, computers, dating, clothes, and so much more. You can also find a lot of free shipping deals and read about some saving tricks and tips on their blog.
You've probably heard of Groupon so far. It offers a lot of deals and coupons for local businesses. Groupon is a very popular source of deals and coupons in the U.S. The site is very easy to use and navigate through. You can find amazing offers and save up to 70%.
DealNews offers deals on clothing, electronics, computers, household items, and garden supplies. You can find lots of hot deals and offers, which are available on their app for easy access.
This website offers new deals and coupons from almost 4000 stores that are available online and for printing.
You can find a range of items and services and you can also check out their top deals right on their hope page.
Ready to save some more? She Saved is full of special deals and coupons that will help you cut down a lot on your daily expenses.
You can find lots of great deals on restaurants, entertainment, automotive and home services on Valpak.
Their website is very easy to use. You just enter your ZIP code or location, and look for the best possible offers for your favorite auto repair shops, restaurants, dry cleaners and much more.
You can also download their mobile app for a more convenient and easy use.
SavingStar has tons of paperless and printable savings options, and offers lots of cash-back deals.
Price Blink works a little bit differently than the rest of the sites we mentioned. Price Blink is actually a browser add-on that signals you when it finds good deals and looks for the lowest prices while you're shopping.
You won't even notice it's there, until you go to a shopping site. That's when it starts to look for better deals and signals you once it's found something.
Price Blink saves you a lot of time by going through tons of coupons and deals for you, while you do your shopping.
We all know that Amazon has lots of deals year round, but what most people aren't familiar with is that they also have a coupon section, where you can find great deals, and save lots of money.
So next time you're shopping on Amazon, browse the coupon section first, and see what kind of coupons and deals they have available.