Couponing 101: Stockpiling Vs. Hoarding
Is it ok to stockpile? Yes! But, I didn't say hoard-pile, that's totally different. Both in my book and workshops, I teach about the sales cycle. That basically means almost every item will go on sale every 6-8 weeks (12 weeks at the most). You only have to stock up until the item goes on sale again. You don't have to hide tubes of toothpaste under your bed and in your bathtub, in fact, toothpaste is nearly free all the time. All it takes is watching the deals and our coupon matchups to find out when to pick it up.
Is it ok to buy a ton of products just to donate them? Of course, in fact, most couponers donate items on a regular basis. The only thing I have ever said about this topic is to be considerate of other shoppers. I know in the city I live in, it doesn't take much to wipe out the entire store of one product. While I do believe it is the responsibility of stores to stock their shelves, I also believe we have a part to play in this as well. There is no way to tell someone how much they can and cannot buy, it varies for each of us. The bottom line, just remember there are other people shopping too.
Is it really worth it to purchase coupons? YES! In fact, I just bought some today. One of the major coupon complaints I hear is 'I can't find coupons for products I actually use.' Well, try buying coupons online. Yes, it makes sense financially and you'll likely be able to get coupons for the brand you like. Coupons are regional, therefore many online coupon retailers have popped up so you can purchase coupons that may have come out from different parts of the country. See a list of the coupon companies recommend in our forums.
Are all couponers extreme? No. I believe that was even 'extreme' for those in the show. Keep in mind, it is TV....
Can we get great deals in our area? Yes. You can get great deals in any area even if the only store you have is Walmart. Deals are everywhere, you just need to learn how to use coupons effectively and how to find the ones you actually use and need. Getting great deals does not require double coupons, it just requires strategic shopping.
How do I start couponing? First, check out our Couponing 101 page to help you get started. You can also ask questions and browse our Money Saving Queen Forums. In order to save 80% or more on your grocery bill, you have to learn the whole technique. If you live in Oklahoma, you can check out a Coupon Workshop . You can also pick up a copy of my book, The Power of Coupons: 13 Ways to Save.
If money is an issue, request a copy of my book at your local library. Our Tulsa libraries have several and most will order it for you. Also, keep an eye out for free workshops throughout Oklahoma as well...I have a few coming up in the next couple of months.
I started couponing because we literally could not afford to eat. It was life changing for our family in more ways than one. Not only could I feed my family but I can now teach others how to feed their families as well. No matter what light the show on TLC portrayed couponers, the fact that couponing can save you BIG money is still true.
We're not talking a couple of dollars either. You can literally save hundreds of dollars a month. Does it take time? Yes, but if you spend 2 hours couponing a week and save $100 or more-that's likely more than you make at your own job! It is WORTH THE TIME!
We try to make couponing fun on this site and we do our best to give you the best deals possible. Have fun and enjoy the savings, it is possible to provide the best for your family without going broke in the process.