Free Extreme Couponing Guide

Welcome to our new series, Extreme Couponing Guide – 10 Lessons to Extreme Couponing the Smart Way!

So many of us have turned to couponing to save money, but between ECBs, SS, RP, Stacking, Binders and Catalinas, it is easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged.

During the coming days, I will be sharing all of my tips and secrets to being a smart, extreme coupon shopper.

No, you won’t have 68 jars of mustard in your pantry and carpal tunnel from clipping coupons, but you will have all the strategies you’ll need to save some serious bucks.

Lesson One: Be Your Own Expert – Creating a Price List

Lesson Two: Where to Find Coupons

Lesson Three: Coupon Organization

Lesson Four: Coupon Acronyms, Abbreviations and Lingo

Lesson Five: How Store Loyalty Cards Can Save You Money

Lesson Six: Printable Store Coupon Policies


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Sheila October 24, 2011 at 4:20 PM

I just looked at your price list, I would like to know where you shop. I am looking at these prices and if I am lucky my cost on sale would be what you have listed as your regular price. No I don’t live in a major city, or even a suburb of one. I live on 87 acres outside of a (what most would consider) a small rural type area. There is a Giant Eagle, and a Krogers…different directions both about 30 miles away, a wal-mart, and a couple local grocery stores (family owned) both have 10 or so stores…something like a Krogers type store. Very nice stores even on-line shopping. But your prices do not compare to what we have here at any of these stores. We are trying to cut food cost down, we eat well, not junk food, we don’t eat out, but the cost of food is around $1200.00 or more a month. There are 5 of us, myself, my husband, and 3 teenage girls. No one is overweight, I just want to bring down the cost of food, our food bill alone just seems insane. I have 2 huge freezers that I keep full, I just can’t figure out where to cut the cost.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and for any ideas you might have.


ThePrudentPatron November 8, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Hi Sheila, The need it prices I have listed are not regular prices, they are sale prices, just not low enough to be stock-up prices. If your prices are drastically different, print out the blank sheet and start keeping track of your prices, you will soon learn the best prices for your area. When you start tracking, you may notice some of your prices are lower and some are higher, every area is different.

Hope that helps,



lakesha November 30, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Hi i wanted to know do you just use the coupouns you have for items that are on sale only. If they are not on sale do you not use them. I just wanted to know because i just started using coupouns to lower the cost of my food budget. I want to get a lot of food and not pay a lot of money for it. I need some help on how to do that if you could give me some feed back on what i should do and how to do it i surely appreciate it.


ThePrudentPatron November 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I spend around 25% of my budget each week stocking on on items that are on sale and have coupons. When an item you regularly use is on sale, then use your coupons to stock up on enough to last until the next sale, approximately 6 – 12 weeks worth depending on the item. Overtime, you will have a nice stockpile built up so that you won’t have to buy things when they aren’t on sale, but for the time being, if you need something and have a coupon for it, use the coupon regardless. At least you will be saving some money while you are growing your stockpile.


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