X-Treme Coupon Clipping

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Cutting coupons for some has been a lifelong way of saving money. Others are just getting into it because of the economy.

“I’ve probably been cutting coupons since I went to college which I would say maybe 15 years. Ever since I needed to buy my own things I would cut coupons for them.”
-Nicole Wiseberg, Coupon Queen

Nicole Wiseberg is an attorney by day… and coupon junkie by night. Her focus is trying to save on groceries. And she claims the time she invests is well spent.

“Easily you can save 75% on groceries, it’s kind of a game.”
-Nicole Wiseberg, Coupon Queen

Couponing used to mean trudging through the local papers. But these days for people like Nicole, the internet has replaced the paper as her main source of bargain shopping.

“There is a total network for this. There are a lot of blogs that post coupon match ups. There’s coupon forums that you can find.”
-Nicole Wiseberg, Coupon Queen

In fact, Nicole’s so serious about saving money, she’s created her own blog where she helps other coupon cutters find the best deals.

Even if you’ll never be this serious when it comes to using coupons, this time-honored way to save can still be worthwhile for practically any budget.

Here are some tips to clip:

  • Check with your grocery store and ask about double coupon days or any other discounts.
  • Check manufacturer’s websites: they often offer coupons…you can even request them.
  • Use coupons for things you buy anyway… not to try out stuff.
  • Create a system to stay organized.
  • And finally compare the money you save with the time you spend.

“If you go to the grocery store and you can save $50, most people don’t earn $50 in an hour so if it takes you an hour to do it, that’s well worth it.”
-Nicole Wiseberg, Coupon Queen

One last tip: while coupons can save you serious cash, don’t let them lead you into a purchase you wouldn’t otherwise make. For example, generics might still be cheaper, even after that coupon price.

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  • Zack

    Great piece! I agree with Nicole….coupons are worth the time involved once you get the hang of it. I know for my family of 6 we have knocked about $700 off our grocery budget per month. I would say on avg we spend about an hour to an hour and a half per week clipping, organizing and printing. Worth my time especially in this economy.

    I mean what could you do with an extra $700 a month!

    Zack

  • Zack

    Great piece! I agree with Nicole….coupons are worth the time involved once you get the hang of it. I know for my family of 6 we have knocked about $700 off our grocery budget per month. I would say on avg we spend about an hour to an hour and a half per week clipping, organizing and printing. Worth my time especially in this economy.

    I mean what could you do with an extra $700 a month!

    Zack

  • Susan

    I have another way to gain coupons.. Call the toll free # and give praise about a product! They will offer to send you %off and coupons for free products!

  • Susan

    I have another way to gain coupons.. Call the toll free # and give praise about a product! They will offer to send you %off and coupons for free products!