The new season of TLC’s Extreme Couponing premieres this evening at 10pm. Will you be watching? I will definitely be watching so that I can discuss it live tomorrow morning at 7:15am on WINK. Local readers–I really hope you’ll tune in to watch. (Non-local readers can catch the clip on the WINK News website.)
To me, TLC’s show is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, I really think it is great that so many people have found renewed financial hope in the form of coupons. The economy has left a lot of people struggling & shows like Extreme Couponing show people in a very real way that the every little bit helps. On the other hand, the show has on more than one occasion promoted unethical, unkind, and downright illegal behavior. That is unacceptable.
But ultimately you gotta take good with the bad.
Lots of us have already figured out that using coupons is an awesome way to save money for your family, especially on those things you have to buy–food, toiletries, diapers–whether you feel like it or not. It is just a smarter way to shop.
If you stumbled upon this site somehow and are just now entering this whole new world of coupons, then you have come to the right place! This website is an abundant supply of useful information on how to start extreme couponing, or as I like to call it, “Extreme Couponing for Normal People™.”
If you are new, you might be overwhelmed, so I am going to try make it as simple as possible for you! Here are three simple things you can do right away to get started on the path to coupon success:
The first thing you’ll want to do is check out the LWSL Beginner’s Guide to Coupons. It is an eight-week series that breaks down the entire process of extreme couponing into easy-to-follow baby steps. You can read the whole series online, or you can download and print the free eBook version:
Did I mention it’s free? (What’s better than free?)
2. Check out the LWSL YouTube Channel
In my Extreme Couponing for Normal People™ video series I take you along on real shopping trips & show you not only what I buy, which coupons to use, how to check out with a whole stack of coupons, and what things not to do!
Here is one of my more recent videos:
3. Take a class
If you live here in Southwest Florida, you can attend an in-person coupon workshop. My next class will be a 5 hour Extreme Couponing Mega Workshop, scheduled for Saturday, November 5th. You can read more details here, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
If Florida is too far away, or if that date doesn’t work for you, I am excited to soon be offering online classes through Growth Education. The first online course session will begin Tuesday, October 18th, and you can read more details and enroll here:
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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while but haven’t quite dared take the plunge into extreme couponing, I really encourage you to give it a try. Even if you’re on a special diet or eat only organic, there are still ways to save serious money with coupons. Remember, any savings is better than none.
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What are your thoughts on the new season of Extreme Couponing? If you’ve been using coupons for a while, do you have any tips to share with the newbies? And if you’re new, what questions do you have?
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