You’ve seen those exotic creatures on TV – the extreme couponers.
Their basements or dining rooms look like fully-stocked convenience stores. And everything they have they’ve gotten for next to nothing or even for free. It sounds incredible. But when you hear their stories, you learn that some extreme couponers often spend more time couponing per week than most people spend working at a full-time job.
What if it were possible to land amazing deals without devoting endless hours every week to the pursuit of saving money? What if you could tap into the strategies of experienced extreme couponers while dialing the effort required way, way down?
Here are five powerful secrets of diehard couponers that you can easily tweak and implement in your everyday life:
1. Get organized … but use a low-maintenance system.
The initial time investment of getting yourself organized more than makes up for itself in the hours you’ll save yourself down the road. No more digging through piles of paper – or your purse – to find that coupon you could have sworn you saw just yesterday.
You’ll often see extreme couponers toting enormous, overflowing coupon binders. But Tammy Meek, who teaches beginner and advanced classes on couponing in Williamsport, Ohio, says that snipping coupons is a major mistake. “You will waste so much time doing that,” Meek says. “By the time you cut every coupon out, they will expire before you even use them.”
I wrote this post in coordination with MagnifyMoney, a popular finance site owned by Lending Tree. Read the rest of this post (and check out the video!) here!