I can’t help but think I am missing a trick with this extreme couponing lark. I regularly read articles about how people get their entire week’s shop for £3 and plan to pay off their mortgage and buy a yacht (OK, maybe not the yacht). My daughter likes to visit the on-line coupon sites and gives me lots of them, but I rarely use them unless they are for something I was planning to buy anyway. It seems pointless buying stuff just because it is cheap.
It took me a while to fathom how extreme couponing works and how you could end up paying nothing at all for some items. For those not already in the know, you need to use the on-line vouchers alongside the supermarket offers on the same product. For example, if there is a product priced at £1 on BOGOF, effectively making it 50p per item, and you print off two 50p off vouchers, you get both products for nothing. Sounds easy? Maybe not!
There are three things that put me off becoming an extreme couponer. Firstly, I don’t have time to spend hours each day researching where there are offers and finding vouchers. Secondly, I don’t want to end up eating loads of rubbish just because it is cheap – I want to feed my family cheap but nutritious meals. Finally, I don’t want to be the mad coupon lady at the till, making everybody wait whilst the cashier checks all my vouchers.
There! I seem to have talked myself out of it. I will start actively looking for coupons for products that I want to buy though to save a few pennies where I can. In case you want to give it a try, this seems like a good article that I found in the Telegraph: