If you live in the United States, chances are by now you’ve heard of that infamous blonde, curly-haired, spirited seven year old pageant queen from Georgia, her larger than life mother, and the rest of the clan. Of the many interesting habits that makes this family nearly irresistible to watch, the sassy matriarch’s obsession with extreme couponing is proof positive that saving money is more about diligence than formal financial education.
I have wanted to try my hand at extreme couponing for some time, but I had no idea where to start. Since I discovered this concept of saving money while I was still a single, I lacked the motivation to be that frugal with my funds. I shared space with several other single women, so I had no place to stockpile goods, even if I had been able to obtain them for free. Besides, I was still in love with Whole Foods, and I gladly frittered away paychecks on overpriced organics in order to avoid cooking while feeling like I was doing my health a favor. Even after getting married the idea of couponing remained on the back burner of my mind because with just two of us, I still did not see a real need to save copious amounts of money (though I did give up my daily Whole Foods habit). Now with our growing family and plans to finally purchase a home during the next 1-3 years, I realize that it is never a bad idea to save as much money as possible.
I finally decided that I will dive head first into extreme couponing this month thanks to the influence of a former roommate. She has also gotten married and had a baby in the past four years since we lived together, and she made connections with a few women in her community who are avid coupon fans. One of her friends even teaches a course to low income women on how to coupon. When I discovered this, I contacted roommate’s friend and asked if she would be willing to share her couponing presentation with me. Now, thanks to the generosity of a stranger, I am ready to begin my journey to spending less and having more.
As I scanned over her documents, I saw a website that caught my eye. Living Rich With Coupons is essentially a course on Extreme Couponing 101, complete with a massive coupon database, glossary, and recipes. In order to take full advantage of couponing, one must be willing to invest a bit of time in order to rank with the extreme couponing elite. Meal planning, coupon gathering, scanning for weekly sales, verifying coupon policies, careful calculations, and organization are all the various components that add up to success in the couponing game. However, if savings on groceries and household goods upwards of tens of thousands of dollars per year is your goal, it is certainly worthwhile.
I have penciled in a couple hours of meal planning and coupon strategizing next Sunday. If this all works out, we might be in our dream home sooner than we imagined!
Good luck to everyone else who plans to begin their own couponing adventure and happy savings!
Savvy Discovery #3-Living Rich With Coupons