Top Tips from an Extreme Coupon Clipper

Find out how you can save money from someone who has mastered the skill of coupon-cutting.

Take note shoppers: You could be saving nearly two hundred dollars a week.

How so? Extreme Couponer Linda Morgan, who will teach her money-saving tricks next month at , has tips for you.

What is extreme couponing? 

In my opinion, extreme couponing is obtaining a lot of coupons, following websites for store matchups and purchasing items as close to free as possible while also doing your normal grocery shopping.

For example, I purchase 10 newspapers. I clip and save almost every coupon. I also get a lot of coupons from friends, family and coworkers. I follow certain websites that post matchups (sales with coupons). I focus on these deals each week when I'm grocery shopping. Almost every week, I get items free or super cheap and I stock up on those items. This week alone, I redeemed over $80 in coupons, getting over $100 (retail value) worth of items free.

How much money can someone save a month with coupons? I save anywhere from $30-$200 each week, depending on the sales and deals. Each week is different. 

Where should they go to find the best deals? Quite honestly, has the best prices for grocery savings. However, I find many deals at , , and . It really depends on the product, sales and coupons available at the time.

What items could they potentially save the most on? I was surprised to learn that almost all personal hygiene products can be free. People actually never need to pay for toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrushes or deodorant, as examples. I hear many critics saying that all the coupons are for junk.  My response is generally that we all use personal hygiene products and geting at least those items for free can be helpful for anyone. 

How does someone stick with it and not stray from the plan? I find that once you get started and see how much you can save and reduce your weekly grocery budget, it keeps you going. 

Most serious couponers can't wait for the next coupon inserts and sales ads.  You feel really good when you know you're saving your family money and can possibly even help others through donations. 

While every bit of savings helps, I don't know if those who only get one newspaper's coupon insert feel the same. But since I buy at least six newspapers, when you get a deal and can really stock up on an item for cheap/free, you really see a difference and keep at it. 

Many people tell me they get one newspaper and clip only the coupons for products they use. While extreme couponing is not for everyone, you can't get the same reward if you don't collect a lot of coupons, try different products and really follow the matchups. Anyone can save a little money using coupons. But to make the most difference in your grocery budget, I feel, you need to take it to the next level.

What else can someone learn about couponing by attending your session at the Chesterfield Township Library?  

I will talk about all the ways I get coupons. I will tell everyone how I organize them. I plan to talk about the websites I follow and other tips to prepare for shopping. I will explain what I've learned regarding each of the store's coupon policies. 

I plan to discuss all the various products that I've gotten free or cheap and how the deals come together. There are a lot of intricacies with extreme couponing.  I love to help others save money and will share all that I've learned over the past 10 months and how much it has helped my family.

Program information

Linda Morgan will host "Clip It: A Moderate Form of Extreme Couponing" from 6:30-8 p.m. April 25 at Chesterfield Township Library at 50560 Patricia Ave. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 586-598-4900. Morgan, a Trust Administrator at Talmer Bank and Trust, has mastered her money-saving skills with coupons.

Dave March 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Everyone's gotta have a hobby i guess..... i can see you put alot of time into your couponing. I don't know if you recycle your newspapers you cut them out of.. but i assume you do. If you want a more economical alternative to buying all the newspapers you might try going to the recycle center on mondays or tuesdays and sifting thru all the discarded papers there. I know it might seem like stealing to some people.. but i used to take as much in weight from the coupons i'd gather up off the floor as what i had brought in in trash papers. I gotta warn you though it's a very time consuming job cutting out a hundred pounds of coupons a week. But back when i used to coupon i could get at least $200 worth of free groceries at just about any store at any one trip..
Dena March 23, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Cutie Patootie's/The Green Room Consignment at 23/Card has a coupon swap box now!
sallycrowder March 24, 2012 at 09:09 AM
WOW as a coupon mom I loved the Extreme Couponing series it is awesome my five cent for extreme couponing is the place called Printapons you will love it
Dave March 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I'll say you sure must love that website sally.. five posts in 20 minutes about it. Fortunately i quit couponing before they came out with websites like that. Things have changed quite a bit i'm sure since i used to do it over ten years ago. I can just imagine how much time i'd of spent and how many reams of paper and cartridges of ink i'd of needed to print out all the coupons i used to collect. It makes me chuckle a bit to even hear the words extreme couponing from someone who's only been doing it for 10 months. If that's what you'd call extreme i'd hate to think what they'd of called me.. probably fanatical, obsessed or insane. It was fun at times cutting out coupons 24/7/365 but then it just became too time consuming for me. That and running a coupon club where we'd swap or sell our coupons thru the mail. Anyone remember mail? Can't say i didn't save thousands in groceries every week, but all that time spent shopping and having every room of the house stacked to the ceiling with free stuff just got to be too much for me. Linda wasn't kidding about getting things like toothpaste or bleach and household products for free when you get double coupons. But do i really need a thousand tubes of toothpaste, thousands of bottles of shampoo and hundreds of gallons of bleach just taking up all the living space in my apartment? I'd love to come to your event next month Linda.. but then again.. if i did they'd probably have to lock me up for hoarding or something.
Dave March 25, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I don't want to spoil your event or anything and i don't want to make any promises... but if you'd like to cut out coupons i'll see what i can do about getting a trunk full before the 25th. If you have any papers that needed to go to the recycle center before then it'd make it easier. Like i said i like to exchange at least as much in weight as i take out of the recycling center. It's been a long time since i've been doing this, so things may have changed.. but back when i used to work at the Great lakes one i used to find all the coupons you could ever dream of. It was nothing to gather up 200 cartons worth of ciggerettes in free packs of cool or newport coupons in one or two days back then. If you know what your coupons look like or which papers they come in .. or what dates they came out it makes the search easier too.


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