"She bought $600 worth of groceries for $20". Have you ever heard of something like this? Do coupons really save you money? Watching episodes of TLC's Extreme Couponing I'd say they do! With a few tips and careful planning....you too can save money!
Where do I get coupons?
I find mine in Flyers, the Sunday papers and online. Other ways would be to call companies that make the products you use and ask them if they have any coupons that they can send you to try out the product. Tell them what you like or don't like about their products. After receiving your coupons, separate them into categories of expiry dates.
With the coupons you plan to use. It helps to have some sort of filing system set up. It doesn't have to be elaborate...anything from a recipe box to a store bought coupon organizer will do. I use a coupon organizer with the coupons separated according to category. ( Baby products, breads, cereals,etc...)
Once coupons are ready, start watching the sale flyers from the stores and visit www.extremecouponingcanada.net for weekly updates. Find out what each store's couponing policy is. Do they double coupons up to a certain amount? If you find a store that does have their own coupons for sales...combining them with manufacturers coupons can save you money.
Do the stores lose money if you use coupons? No. The value of the coupon will be reimbursed by the manufacturer.
How much money do you save? That depends on how much effort you put into it. I've heard of people who save 50% of their grocery bill by couponing. I save $75 to $100 weekly from using coupons alone and I always collect the point from store cards and Air Miles so I can use them to purchase gift cards for shopping/food ect.. Couponing can save you money only if you buy products you would normally buy. Do not buy things just to shop.If you are not going to use it you are wasting your money.