I like coupons. I'm a member to many coupon web sites that help me match up the coupons I clip to the things that are on sale in the grocery stores. I like it best when the coupons I have are in this week's ads of the local grocery stores and I can save some extreme money. However, there are some pitfalls that I've fallen into which have made me re-think the strategies I've used into a more relaxed and timesaving method to alternative couponing.
How do you know that, in every coupon you clip, you're getting the best deal on that particular coupon? What has worked for me is keeping a record what I spend on the items I purchase. For instance, if I had a coupon that saved me $.75 on a cleanser, the reguar price of the item that is $2.99, bring the price down to $2.24, but the only way I'd know if that was a good price is if I kept a log on what the sale price was on that cleanser.
If you could get the same product at a store when it was on sale for $.99, how would you like that coupon now? Especially knowing you could mix ammonia and water to get the same type of cleanser for $.25, that coupon for a product, when it was on sale, would bring the price down to $.24, but some store may accept double coupons which brings the price down to $FREE!
The idea of extreme couponing is to use the coupons to save an enourmas amount of money on products. In order to know you're saving money on a particular product, you need to keep a record of that that product costs regularly, and what it costs when it's on sale, find the best price of an item, and combine the store's sale with the coupon. Without this record of prices, you wouldn't be sute if it's a great deal, or you just fell victum to another marketing ploy.
You need to always evaluate all your options, stores, and sales before using a coupon. Always look at the final price, and check to see if there's another way to get the product for a lower price. My experience as an extreme couponner and an expert grocery shopper has made couponing and shopping very lucrative to me, but at the same time, can be misleading. Always use a price book and find out ways of saving thousands in grocery shopping!