I caught up with Michele Drocella of Pasadena who owns her own handbell retail business, Kids Play Music, and teaches piano to students at .
Her daughter is getting married and her son is a full-time college student. Michele started preparing herself about ways to save money for her upcoming expenses.
"Have you heard of Extreme Couponing?" Michele asked. This is when you time the purchase of a certain item so that you are buying it when it is on sale, combine that sale with a coupon that can be doubled in value or shop during the sale and stack a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon. These combined discounts result in many free products and significant savings (there is also a reality TV show on this subject and a on this site as well).
Michele started using this system and noticed results right away.
“I saved 50 to 90 percent off at my local Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and Shop Rite bills each week by using coupons," Michele said.
You will have to get used to different brand items and may find yourself stockpiling some things such as paper towels and shampoo, but it’s worth it.
One time-saving tip for extreme couponing is instead of cutting coupons and making a huge pile to sort through, keep them in their ad form and punch holes in them to store in a binder. This makes it easier to flip through and cut them when needed.
I recently walked into my local Shoppers Food Warehouse and was greeted by a man trying to give me a coupon for $10 off my groceries if I signed up for the Baltimore Sun. I rushed off without even really listening to him and he looked at me very strange and said, “Don’t you cut coupons from the weekly paper?” My answer was no because I am not disciplined enough to do this, but I have to consider it now that I heard the success stories of these coupon clippers.
With Fourth of July right around the corner, now is a good time to start checking those sale ads and stocking up on picnic and barbeque items. The store circulars all have some type of rewards program and combined with their free customer card, the price is sure to be unbeatable.
A good tip to keep in mind that I read in Real Simple about picnics is that wasps and yellow jackets are attracted to sweet scents like your perfume or the watermelon drippings on the blanket or table. Also, leave the checkered tablecloth at home since wasps are attracted to reds, yellows and whites.
If you are going to have sparklers for the kids this holiday, a great tip for keeping them safe is to place the stem of the sparkler in a small can of play-doh so they can hold it without being afraid of the sparks.
Happy couponing and have a safe Fourth of July.