It always amazes me when I see a TV program like Extreme Couponing that shows someone buying hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars in groceries and ends up paying less than $10 after all their coupons have been processed.  I can never figure out how they can come up with this fabulous achievement, otherwise I’d be on it like Velcro.

Shopping With Coupons

I use coupons at the grocery store and certain other stores to save a little money but how do people get those killer deals?  One acquaintance was in the market for new kitchen cabinets and came across a coupon for $750 from Home Depot.  I confess that my problem is I don’t really pay that much attention.

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The batch of coupons from our local retailers that come in the mail goes directly to the recycling bin – envelope unopened.

I get a lot of good perks (coupons and discounts) from various businesses through work, mostly on car rentals, hotels but also on services and merchandise, but I always forget to look first before I buy.

For example, we purchased an iMac computer and I discovered after the fact that I could have saved $300 with an Apple coupon through work.

I used to like using an in-store coupon on a sale priced item that also offered a mail-in rebate, which reduced the price considerably.  I’d forget about the rebate because they usually take about eight weeks to process and then I’d get a surprise cheque in the mail.

I once got a nice set of Lagostina pots with an in-store, mail-in coupon.  The coupon had expired but I sent it anyway and in eight weeks there was my surprise pot set.

Extreme Couponing

Coupons come in strange places.  TELUS has a customer care program on their website called TELUS Perks that offers coupons for phone minutes, movie passes and other products, just for being a customer.

You can get coupons for filling out a survey on your retail store receipt.  You can find deals when shopping online through websites like Great Canadian Rebates.

What unusual places have you found coupons?

Have you ever purchased more than one newspaper to take advantage of a good coupon offer?

What’s the best coupon deal you ever found?

Do you take advantage of multiple offers – coupons, rebates, BOGO’s and free products?

Companies are trying hard to get your business in any way they can.  I know I’m going to start paying more attention to the coupons I get before doing any major shopping.

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5 Comments

  1. JT on June 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    The concept of purchasing more than 1 paper went entirely over my head until I started seeing people go to the dollar store for 5- $1 Sunday newspapers, which ordinarily cost $2.

    I guess I know now why I’m so awful at couponing. You have to be an over-achiever to save any amount of money worth writing home about. I’m no overachiever in the savings department.

  2. Brad Chaffee on June 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    It amazes me too. I have no idea where I would find the time to spend to rack up the savings these people do and then there’s the space for storage. haha! I sure do enjoy watching others do it. I figure something will definitely click one of these days but for right now I cannot figure out how they do it.

    What I find interesting is the hate that people seem to have for people who “extreme coupon”. It’s as if they believe that these people have stolen something from them, but I see it more as envy than anything else. When people can’t do something they figure out a reason to hate on people that have.

  3. Boomer on June 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    @JT
    @Brad Chaffee
    You DO have to be disciplined to save money this way AND have storage space. Most people can’t be bothered.
    Brad, I too, don’t understand why people have to put down others just because they’re doing something different. They probably don’t understand the work involved and think it’s just a hand out.

  4. David @ Bar Whiz on June 16, 2011 at 4:16 am

    I have never seen a coupon for $750. Then again, if the furniture costs $5000, that’s just 15%. Nothing to sneeze at, but still not “extreme couponing.

  5. Boomer on June 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    @David: True 15% is not extreme like 75% or 85% would be but it’s still a big saving and in my opinion not many people take advantage of those types of coupons.

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