Extreme couponing is not just a TV show. It’s a habit, an adventure, a way of life for shoppers around the world who want to stretch their buying power to the max.
Thousands of websites have been created to dispense advice for novice and would-be clippers. But all share some common tips. Here are a few:
- Know where coupons are available: Print or electronic, there’s no end. Sunday newspaper inserts, direct mail from vendors, magazines, in-store dispensers, your email inbox, and online printable-coupon sites are great places to start. Some coupons can now be scanned at the register directly from your smartphone or tablet.
- Look for sales: Save even more with coupons when items are on sale. Try not to waste them on full-price items.
- Stay organized: Use a box or folders, but just make sure you can divide coupons by category, such as meat, vegetables, dairy, etc. This makes it easier to find them when you’re traipsing through the aisles. All kinds and sizes of coupon-centric carrying cases are available, such as accordion-style. Some people carry binders with clear pages for displaying coupons easily.
- Stock up: Use your coupons to buy as many items as you can afford at the discounted price. This will save you trips to the store. A typical stockpile consists of products that can be stored on three to four shelves, which should be all you need.
Master couponer Veronica Hall comes to Ventura County on March 3 to share her secrets for an “effortless” weekly way to save big using just the Sunday newspaper coupons and the Internet. There’ll be door prizes, giveaways and raffled grocery gift cards in this workshop presented by the Ventura County Star, which just might have an interest in peppering you with coupons. You don’t need a coupon to get in, just a free ticket available online. Bringing scissors and a laptop with web access might not be a bad idea.
Courtyard by Marriott
600 E. Esplanade Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036
March 3, 7 p.m.
Cost: Free, limited seating
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