I found an old but very useful article at HowStuffWorks.com entitled “10 Extreme Coupon Tips for Normal People.” It was from a time when Extreme Couponing was becoming the big thing (is it still a thing?) and it was fun to point and laugh at the weirdos stockpiling 10,000 rolls of toilet paper.
People making a bizarre consumer religion out of coupons is, well, bizarre. That doesn’t mean that their tactics are useless, however. And that’s the point of the article – to remove the goofiness and pass on some useful tips and tricks. Here are the bullet points (with bonus dumb commentary!
- Acquire Advanced Couponing Techniques : Newspapers, magazines, online sources of coupons
- Join in on the Jargon-fest: OYNO? MIR? BOGO? Stackable? Apparently, these words mean something!
- Turn Couponing into a Cottage Industry : You will need to build a cottage in your backyard to store all of that toilet paper. Just kidding… these are methods of organizing your coupons.
- Get Familiar with Navigating the Marketplace: Start small by mapping out one store at a time
- Know Your Rights for Smoother Sailing : Cashiers and managers are sometimes unfriendly to people trying to pay for four carts worth of stuff with 1,000 coupons and six dollars. Imagine!
- Give Time, Save Money : Couponing requires a big investment of time. Too bad there’s not a coupon for that!
- Buy in Bulk : And hope that you have the space for it all!
- Forget Brand Loyalty : Really—what has Captain Crunch ever done for YOU!? I mean, besides defeating Hitler’s navy.
- Go Where the Sales Are : This will take time and gas money!
- Buy Items You Use: Or, as the survivalists say, “Hoard what you eat, eat what you hoard.”
For me, the hardest part of all of this is that I really can’t tell you the price of anything. They say people know the prices of 4 things, and I can’t even claim that. I imagine that is a big first step. Anyway, those were the bullet points. MUCH more info at the original piece
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