• Extreme Couponing: How to coupon without doubles!

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    After being on the show Extreme Couponing and seeing the comments about not being able to use doubles, I thought I would address it.  Many people are asking how they can save without doubles.  Well let me show you

    Wait for the sale!

    Or knowing when to hold’em! Generally speaking if the item is not on sale you are going to want to hold onto the coupon until it is.   If you invest in stocks it runs along the same lines, buy low.

    Example:  There was a coupon for $1.00/2 Fuze or Fuze Slenderize  that came out in the Sunday Smart Source insert on 4/10/2011 SS Insert.  This coupon will not expire until July 10th.  These are usually priced at my local super market for $1.00-$1.39. Now I do what any couponer would do and wait for a Sale!

    This week at Albertsons these are on sale for $0.50 when you buy 10, so if I have 5 Coupons I will get all 10 free with NO double coupons.  This is why most couponers purchase multiple papers.  If I only had one newspaper I wouldn’t be able to do this.

    Be on the lookout for Buy One Get One Free Offers.  This is where you would actually be able to use two $1.00/1 coupons pretty much “doubling” your coupon savings.

    Another example:  Rite Aid

    This week Rite Aid has Tylenol Precise for $5.00.  There is a coupon for $5/1 Precise by Tylenol from the Smart Source Insert dated  5/8/2011 or you can print here.  You can purchase this completely free without using any double.   On top of this Rite Aid has a weekend warrior program that is tracking on selected items thru May, spend $25 receive $10.  Each one of those $5.00 purchase will go toward that total.  Soon you can possibly make a little profit and use towards your other needed items.

    Coupon Stacking

    This is a great way to really save money with coupons.  Most stores will allow you to use a Store Coupon AND a Manufacturer’s Coupon.  Be sure to check the expiration dates as well because if they don’t expire for awhile you can match these two coupons with a great sale and you have one heck of a deal.  Target is a great place for this option.

    Not everything has to be Free

    Sure it seems pretty exciting to get free stuff all the time and once you have been doing this for awhile you will be able to come up with scenarios to roll your catalinas and get really awesome savings for little out of pocket.  BUT there are times you actually pay for stuff.  Not everything is free 100% of the time.  If  you are local you can get a really great deal on Laundry Detergent at Fred Meyer for $0.99 buy enough to last you 3 months until the next sale happens.

    Shopping at Walmart

    One thing that is really nice about shopping at Walmart is being able to receive overage for your coupons. If you have a coupon that is higher value than the product, they will in fact give you cash back for it or you can choose to use it towards other items in your cart.  Just this week I was able to purchase a Frigo Cheese Stick for $0.33 and use my $0.50/1 coupon and profit $0.17.  Now that may seem like little, but when you have 10 coupons you now have $1.70 to pay for other grocery items.  On top of this Walmart will price match which can help you save some time.

    I highly suggest subscribing by email so you will get an update to all these great deals and you can select the ones that apply to you.   If your store isn’t listed on Coupon Connections then find a local blog in your area. You can also grab your sales ad and use the coupon database to see if there are any great coupons to match with your store sales.  Remember not every week will be a good couponing week and you will not use every coupon.  You would go broke if you did.  The ones you don’t use or expire you can mail to the military or host a coupon exchange. If  the deal is HOT buy 3 months worth to wait for the next sale.  You can check out my Extreme Couponing Shopping trip for this week not using any double coupons.

    Stay tuned on more more post on how to make couponing work for you

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    21 Responses to “Extreme Couponing: How to coupon without doubles!”

    1. Teresa S says:

      Love your tips! But, you will save $1.70 at Walmart with 10 coupons for Frigo cheese stick, not $1.17 :)

    2. Robin says:

      Wonderful post! It’s definitely hard watching those coupon shows and reading blogs from people that live in areas that double. Makes for a little more work for those in the areas that don’t double, but like you said…it can be done!

      Thank you :)

    3. Laddie says:

      Saw your episode today – you were great! Love that there was a realistic view as to how we have to do it up here in the PNW. Keep on giving us the tips – I love it!
      THANKS!

    4. Summer says:

      Great tips!! Just have 1? Alot of coupons say that you can only use 4 like coupons in the same shopping trip. How do you use 10 like coupons in the same trip??? I’m just confused.. I would love to start couponing I just had a baby girl and am currently not working so I would love to save as much money to help my hubby out.

      • mc says:

        Proctor and Gamble coupons are the only ones limiting to 4 per trx that I’ve seen, and you can do a couple trips! Definitely follow the coupon-stated and store rules though.

    5. Tiffany says:

      But…..it just looks so much easier with doubles! :) Plus, you don’t have to run around to a bunch of stores, and you can get more. It always KILLS me when I see these stores like Publix in other areas that just auto double! What I would give for a store that does that!!! But we don’t have those, and I guess making due is what we do. At least they take coupons at all! Sigh…….

    6. I don’t have doubles in my neck of the woods either, but I am still able to save tons of money with the tips you stated above (especially stacking)!

    7. Shannon Bistline says:

      Do you or a blogger you know have a list of your “stock up” prices for commonly purchased items? I sometimes have a hard time knowing if it’s stock up worthy or not, especially paper products. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

    8. Amber says:

      Just the other day I got 50 bottles of kraft BBQ sauce for free look in the albertsons or food adds also all coupons are not just for that store food for less had the BBQ sauce at buy ten get them for 47cents with the 50 cent off coupon at albertsons it made it so they owed me 3 cents per bottle, even if you do not need this much BBQ sauce you an donate to a local church or food bank just a lil FYI

    9. Bobbi S. says:

      Thank you for the great post Amber!

    10. Janet says:

      I want to also thank you for being realistic and showing how you actually feed a family through couponing. I understand sometimes you can go “extreme” to get the overage and I appreciate the tips!! I’m not in your area, but I am definitely following you on email to learn from you. I’m still trying to find the best blogger to follow in my area because I’m in a small rural town in East Texas. I’ve considered studying up and starting my own blog, but I’m still a newbie and I have lots to learn!! Thanks, again, for your wonderful advice!!

    11. Debbs Seattle says:

      After only 6 short weeks, I have learned that the price match is a totally awesome solution for the high demand items from Rite Aid and Walgreens. Target seems to be a lot more friendly so I choose that store. The only time it is not beneficial is when the +UPs or RR’s are included in the deal, but even that Target has the $5 Target gift card on Gillette ProFuson Razors at the same price Walgreens has it wth a $5 RR. So sometimes you can get the same deal…The Target gift card is a bit sweeter though – no 2 week expiration!

    12. Terri says:

      Thanks for the tips! I need coupons for Campbells soups but can’t seem to get any, any suggestions?

    13. Khara says:

      Hey Amber! I’ve seen your episode and you were great. It’s refreshing to see someone on Extreme Couponing from this area that can manage without using doubles. In this article you mentioned that coupons we don’t use can be sent to the military or given away in coupon exchanges. Since you host your exchange when I’m in school ;) I was wondering where I can find info on sending my extra coupons to military families. I don’t have any kids yet so I always have coupons for diapers, wipes and kid-friendly stuff laying around. Thanks!

      • Gwen says:

        I am wondering the same thing. There are a lot of coupons that I don’t use and I feel bad about just getting rid of them.

    14. Anna says:

      Does target price match?

    15. zelene says:

      thank you was getting a little discourage with the new coupon thing no one doubles..but thanks for the hope

    16. miraoli says:

      I would also suggest using PrintableCouponsandDeals.com
      They’re friggen fantastic.

    17. Heather says:

      How do you know when something goes on sale before your coupon will expire?

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