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Beginner's Guide

Extreme couponing in Florida seems to be a little easier than it is in most states. There are a lot of shops that participate in buy one get one free, or BOGO promotions. The stores here will also price match BOGO deals in Florida. Savvy shoppers can take advantage of these rules and roll in some serious savings.

Whether you are in Florida or any other state in the US, many of these extreme couponing tips are the same. When learning how to extreme coupon, it is important to follow these tips.

Get Multiple Newspaper Subscriptions
Usually, couponers in Florida buy newspapers in sets of two. This helps them take advantage of BOGO offers at Publix and Winn Dixie where you can use 2 coupons on one BOGO deal. Because you are purchasing two items, you can use two manufacturer’s coupons, one on the one you are paying for and one on the free item. Store coupons are the same way, so you can technically use 4 coupons on one BOGO deal.

How Many Newspapers Do I Need?

Personally, I buy 2 but there are 2 people in my household. If it were just me, I would still buy 2 papers a week. Why? The general rule of thumb is that you should buy one for every member of your home. If you have an odd number of people living with you, round up. So a house of 5 should purchase 6 papers to maximize their savings.

How to Learn Store Coupon Policies
Taking advantage of store coupon policies is what extreme couponers do. The idea is actually pretty simple when you think about it. Match up the store sales to your coupons while following their rules.
Every store has their own policy regarding coupon use. Some stores, such as Dollar Tree and Walmart, limit the use of printable coupons. They might also limit price matching. Some will also refuse competitors coupons.
How Do You Get Around Store Coupon Policy?
In a nutshell, you don’t. If you are going to use coupons, you have to follow their rules. Each coupon is a contract and to use them outside of the contract is considered fraud.
Some people who have just figured out how to use coupons may accidently use the wrong coupon, and that is a little different. Usually, a cashier will correct you if the coupon is being used incorrectly.
The Benefits of Knowing Store Coupon Policies
Understanding the rules of coupons can come in handy in many instances. New cashiers, for example, are often just as confused about using coupons as you are. Print the store coupon policy and carry it with you. If something seems wrong, ask to speak with a manager.
Store Coupon Lingo
  • Stacking – Using a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon. This term may also be used with phone app deals.
  • Double – Will your store double the value of your coupon?  Ask ahead of time so you know before you shop!
  •  Overage – When your coupon value exceeds the cost of an item, some stores will allow you to spend the difference elsewhere in the store.
  • Internet Printable Coupons– Will your store accept printable coupon?  

How to Create a Price Shopping Cheat Sheet
One of the biggest hurdles of extreme couponing is learning how to distinguish a good deal from the best deal. When you first learn how to use coupons, you are going to see deals all over the place. If you aren’t used to regularly saving 70 to 90% off of your grocery bill, saving $1 on your favorite brand of cereal may seem like a deal you can’t beat.

Unfortunately, saving just $1 isn’t always the best course of action. When used correctly, that $1 can make it so you aren’t paying anything or are paying pennies, rather than a couple dollars.

So, how do you know if you got rock bottom prices?

Creating a price shopping cheat sheet can help you remember the lowest prices the item is available for. Once you figure out the lowest prices, you can learn the sale cycles and learn how to get those sweet deals.

When you first start out extreme couponing, you should sit down and write a list of 20 items that your home uses. Research past deals on these brands and try to come up with a great stockpile price. You will use this as a guide when you shop.

Here is an example. If you have a dog, you are going to be buying dog food a lot. Dog food coupons usually only take $1 or $2 off of your total. Some stores will offer printable dog food coupons that stack with these coupons and any in-store promotions. Find when your brand goes on sale, then deduct these coupons and write the amount on your cheat sheet. Try not to pay more than that amount for your pet food.

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