Extreme couponing is becoming a household term. It is being discussed in many circles now; it is no longer relegated to just the “coupon queens.” Extreme couponers can be seen on the Internet, in magazine and newspapers; there is even a TV show that is dedicated to the concept of extreme couponing, and the various men and women who are extreme couponers. The usual reaction to extreme couponing, after the initial shock has worn off, is to wonder if it’s really worth it to try and create the same success for yourself and your family, and if you can really purchase hundreds of dollars’ worth of groceries and household items for a fraction of the cost.
In short, the answer is yes and no. First, consider the advantages. Extreme couponing is worthwhile enough that, even if you are not able to achieve the very same level of success that the extreme couponers that are shown in the media have achieved, you can still apply the principles and cut down on your grocery bill. You should begin by acquainting yourself with the sales that your local stores have on various items that you typically buy. Stores place items on sale in cycles, so you will begin to learn when toothpaste is at its absolute cheapest, and when you can pick up deodorant for free. It’s not just enough to catch a sale—some sales are only for 5% or 10% off of an item, in which case it’s not enough of a bargain to purchase it yet, even with coupons—you need to catch a really good sale, and then match it up with coupons. In this way, extreme couponing is possible, and is worth the time and effort you will put into making it work.
To be fair, the disadvantages need to be considered, as well. First, it is not worth it to try extreme couponing on items that you do not normally buy. So, if you do not normally buy canned soups, which tend to have a lot of sodium and preservatives, then buying 20 cans of soup for a penny each has no meaning for you, and you should not do it. You should not compromise good, healthy eating habits simply to be able to say that you bought a cartload of groceries for a few bucks. Your health is worth more than any dollar amount of savings. Second, extreme couponing does take time and effort. So, even though the slightest investment of time can still reap some positive benefits, if you do not have even a few minutes a day to devote to this, you will frustrate yourself before you even get started.
These topics are only the tip of the iceberg where extreme couponing is concerned. You can probably name many more pros—and cons—of extreme couponing. Of course, no one can decide for you if extreme couponing will be worth it for you and your family; you will need to weigh all of your options to make the best possible choice.