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Many people are familiar with couponing. To some extent, everyone does it. Even if it is on a smaller scale. While looking through the paper or using an app you may run across a coupon for something you would normally buy. You decide, why not use this coupon to save $0.50? Well, what if that $0.50 could end up being much more than that.

Couponing is an excellent way to save money. That is really its main benefit. Who doesn’t want to save all of the money that they can! Those small amounts can add up. However, with a little more work you’ll see way more value in a $0.50 coupon.

Couponing is not for the faint of heart. It requires a commitment of time, planning, preparation, and discipline. Impromptu trips to the grocery store won’t work if you’re planning to take your couponing to the extreme. It takes a little bit of time to understand the concept and get good at it. But once you do, it is totally worth it!

Getting started

To get started, you need coupons! You can get coupons from the Sunday paper, online websites like, and also manufacturer websites. In order to extreme coupon, you’ll need multiple ways of getting coupons. One idea would be to have your Sunday paper delivered, but also pick up extra papers from a store as well. Depending on your area, your local dollar store could have the local Sunday paper for $1. You could get several papers for a very inexpensive price that will equal major savings.

It is important to make clear that there is much more to couponing than just clipping paper. You have to be organized, which will mean having a binder. You also have to know the different policies at various stores and how to stack your coupons for the best deal. It can be overwhelming and may feel like too much. Don’t panic. Get on Pinterest and search “couponing for beginners.” Tons of blogs will appear that will break down couponing in a way that will make it very easy to understand.

Stockpiles save the day

A goal of most couponers is to create a stockpile. Stockpiles are great because you no longer have to worry about running out of household items like toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish soap, etc. Stockpiles also come in handy if you have family coming into town or a gathering like a cookout that might need condiments, napkins, paper plates, etc. For most people, when they need items at the last minute they rush out to the store and pick it up without paying attention to the cost. Last-minute shopping is an easy way to pay more than you would normally spend on an item. Have your stockpile armed and ready for any event!

 Extreme deals

There are lots of couponing groups on Facebook where couponers bond and share their deals. Many couponers share photos of their unbelievable hauls. There have been recent posts of some shoppers leaving some grocery stores with 40 Huggies wipes and 20 dishwasher pods $42. That’s actually a mild haul in comparison to others. Members in couponing Facebook groups really show some extravagant hauls that you have to see to believe.

Couponing does more than save you money. It helps a person be more organized. It can also be used to spend quality time. There is nothing like family coupon sessions or girls trips to the grocery store. There is also the thrill that you get from couponing when you get a lot of items for a small price. Give couponing a try for 30 days and see if you don’t fall in love with it.