How would it be to feed a family of four for $100 per month? I’m not just talking about Ramen Noodle soup every night.Nope, I’m talking about healthy portioned meals that cover the entire food pyramid. And it doesn’t have to stop at groceries, it can include toiletries and clothing too.
If saving money like this sounds like something that interests you, check out the sweet deals these extreme couponers get.
Now, you don’t have to go crazy like some of those people (who needs 100 boxes of Tic Tacs?!), but watching for good deals and better coupons can make all the difference in your grocery budget.
Here are a few things to think about when you start gathering coupons:
Pay attention to the small print (expiration dates, quantity, brand, size, etc.)
If you can’t find a coupon in your Sunday news paper, try online (and print that coupon several times)
Don’t clip a coupon until you are sure you’ll use it
Buying in bulk is the best way to save money, but don’t buy things you don’t need (make a list and stick to it)
If you aren’t already, get comfortable with one store, their products and their coupons
Get organized and buy a special accordion folder to keep your coupons
You’ll usually save more money if you buy the smallest size of something available
Don’t be afraid to turn away from brand names
If the thing you want is out of stock, see if customer service will give you a rain check so you can get the deal when the item is back in stock (it never hurts to ask!)