04 November, 2015

Extreme Couponing

A few of you will know that I love a bargain. I love to shop for sales and I also love coupons!
This post was requested through my own personal Facebook account so for all my friends and anyone else, this is my personal guide to couponing.

Over the last couple of years, coupons and the activity of couponing has become rather popular. I started to coupon because I saw the American show of Extreme Couponing and thought why can't we do something like that here? At the time I was also pregnant and babies are expensive! I wanted to save our family money and I see no shame in using coupons.

In the beginning, I wasn't sure where to find the coupons so I took to good old Google for help. There is a list of couponing sites that have done all the hard work for you, all you need to do is click on and see what coupons you want!

So the sites I personally use for coupons and freebies are:

Latest Free Stuff
Magic Freebies 
Free Stuff
Coupon Shop 
Hot Uk Deals 
Voucher Codes 
Super Savvy Me

Most of the sites are updated daily som weekly but you will always be able to find the newest deal, coupon or freebie.

I  also use Facebook for an easy way of receiving any new coupons or glitches.
What is a glitch I hear a few of you say? A glitch is when there is an error most of the time you can end up getting items for much less then they are supposed to be. Sometimes you can end up using several codes at one time or you can get offers that overlap etc. These have to be done quickly though as when people know it can crash the site and as soon as the company spots the error they can easily remove it.

I use these the following Facebook sites for  quick alerts and deals:

10 ways to have more money as a student

Uk extreme couponing and freebies

Extreme couponing UK 

Here is my guide to become an extreme couponer

1.  Multiple coupons - Most coupons won't let you print doubles so use several email accounts!

2. Overage -  Say you brought a pizza for £1.00 but you had a £1.50 coupon, some stores will actually let you use the overage on your other items. 

3. Email / write to companies - Just say how much you like their products and some will send you vouchers in return. 
I emailed Special K to say how much I loved their cereal when pregnant and they sent me £5 in coupons!

4. Use store point cards - If you use your cards enough every now and again you can receive special money off coupons. Boots, Tescos, Nectar, and Morrisons are my favorite ones. 

5. Save all your store card points - Every year we save our store card points so that at Christmas we can use them for presents. On certain cards, you can boost your points by almost 4 times! Think how much you could have and save towards christmas!

6. Bulk Buy - If there is a good offer or glitch this is the time to bulk buy!

7. Plan - If you need a gift or an item start looking before the time you actually need it as your more likely to get it on offer!

As you can see these are really easy and basic tasks. There is no real secrete to couponing, just depends if you are prepared to spend a couple hours on the computer searching and printing them.
I really get a buzz watching my bill come down, the other day I bought £12 worth of pizza for nothing!

Shaz wanted to know how I get deals like this, this is where you become an extreme couponer.....

I printed off several coupons which I got off the boxes of previous Ristorante pizzas. You have to get the code off the box and then you enter them online and they email you 2 coupons. 1 is worth £1.00 and the other was worth £1.50. These pizzas were on offer in store at £1.50 so using my several coupons I was able to bulk buy.

To break it down incase anyone is confused:

1 box = 1 x £1 & 1 x £1.50 coupons

 If I had 4 coupons I would have 2 x £1 and 2x £1.50.  So I could get 2 free pizzas using the two  £1.50  coupons, with the two £1 coupons I could either get 2 more pizzas and pay the 50p difference or I could use it for one pizza and have a 50p overage. If the store allows overages then I could buy another item for 50p and get that for free too.

Always check the T&C of the coupons and of the store before using your coupons.
The pizza coupons say only 1 voucher per person but most of the time the cashier never checks and it just goes through. You can also use self checkouts as this is sometimes easier to use coupons.

I hope this is of some help and if there are any other questions you have please leave them below. 
Happy Couponing! 


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