NEW YORK (PIX11) – Do you envy those super shoppers who rack up a $1,000 bill at the grocery store but pay just 90 cents for their loot?
So-called extreme couponing has captivated audiences on TV and in the aisle, and the practice can seem daunting.
But according to Main Street, even the extremely lazy can get in on the extreme couponing game by following these steps:
Follow the right blogs
- CouponMom.com, Krazy Koupon Lady and Brad’s Deals are great places to start, since these expert couponers have already done most of the legwork for their thrifty apprentices.
Do double duty
- Think about both the manufacturer’s coupon and the coupon at your local store when it comes to doubling your deals. Search your zip code on couponing websites to find deals near you.
- Use virtual coupons in addition to the tradition paper ones. Most grocery stores and retailers have apps that will do most of the couponing work for you, just log in with your grocery shopper card, add the coupons you want and it automatically deducts them from the final cost at the register.
- For example, SnipSnap lets users take a photo of a coupon then sets off an in-store reminder to use the deal. Yowza brings the deals to you via alerts, and it can be customized to only show the savings that reflect your shopping list.
- Most shoppers leave money on the table because they assume the savings shop when they leave the register. But rebates can range from 50 cents to $50.
- Ibotta and Checkout 51 are two great tools to use to get cash back on items you frequently buy.
- Many stores will match their competitors’ prices for certain items. Both Target and Walmart have these policies.
- Apps like BuyVia, The Find, RedLaser and Amazon Price Check let you compare prices before you step foot in the store.
Sunday paper or circular
- If you see a coupon you like in the Sunday paper, get more copies of the paper. TheStreet suggests making friends with your local gas station or bodega manager, who may let you take whatever coupons are leftover on Monday and headed for the recycling bin.
- Use ShopatHome.com to print out grocery coupons and get promo codes from a culled selection of circulars. Combine that with coupons from FreeShipping.com.