Many of us have seen stories on the news or reality shows that feature extreme couponing. Extreme Couponing is something of a sport as well as a money saving hobby that more and more families are embracing. During the frenzy of clipping and clicking, motivated shoppers collect as many coupons as possible to save tens or hundreds of dollars on weekly grocery trips.
Pennsylvania resident Melody da Silva never pays full price for groceries and uses savings on her gas card to fuel her vehicle. This stay-at-home mother of three children more than earns her keep with her dedication to saving her family money and getting cash for shopping through special deals.
Recommended Apps to Get Started
Besides clipping coupons from the daily newspaper or various circulars that come in the mail, savvy savers also check out reliable online coupon sites, such as Coupon Plus Deals. Melody and many other couponers also rely on apps and websites to provide deals they can’t give up. Here are just a few of the many apps available:
- Checkout 51
- Receipt Hog
Savings Can Reach Thousands
With apps that let users earn cash by taking pictures of receipts, such as Ibotta, Melody says she has earned up to $2,000 that can be traded in for cash or gift cards.
Those who are getting started may like Fetch, which tells someone immediately how much they make for buying each product. Of course, online coupons, discount codes and paper coupons all have immediate value when a user get the requisite products on sale.
Helping the Family and Those in Need
Melody express pride in her ability to help not only her family but non-profit organizations as well. The industrious mom and good citizen occasionally goes through a room filled with discounted and free items, looking for spares she can donate to others.
This is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon and can be turned into a family project that teaches kids the value of money and let parents and children bond over a typically less than exciting plan to shop for the weekly supplies of food, healthcare products and sundry other items.
Whether an experienced couponer and their family prefer to search the papers or google on the quest for the best deal, the activity, in general can be as fun as it is rewarding.