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07.20.2011 / Is Extreme Couponing for You?

A new reality show on TLC, Extreme Couponing, has many families aspiring to collect and use as many coupons as they can. While the people featured on the show are not your typical shoppers, we can still take away some basics from their habits to easily integrate coupons into our daily shopping habits.

"From groceries to cleaning supplies to personal care products, there are many coupons up for grabs if you know where to find them"

Where to Look for Coupons
From groceries to cleaning supplies to personal care products, there are many coupons up for grabs if you know where to find them.

  • Newspapers and magazines are the most common places to find coupons. Look in the Sunday edition of your local paper for coupon inserts. Check out the ads in women and family magazines such as Good Houskeeping, Family Circle and Redbook for manufacturer coupons.
  • There are many websites devoted to bringing you a variety of coupons. Some of the most popular include Coupons.com www.coupons.com, SmartSource.com www.smartsource.com and CouponCabin.com www.couponcabin.com.
  • You can find in-store coupons on displays, products, printed out at the register or on the back of your receipt.
  • Sign up for store mailings and frequent shopper or rewards cards for additional savings. 

Organize Your Coupons

  • Organization and starting a routine are key to consistently using coupons and increasing your overall savings. It’s important to develop an organizational system that works for you. Here are some tips to start the process: 
  • Purchase a coupon wallet, binder or container to serve as the collection spot for any coupons you have.
  • Develop a filing system to organize your coupons. You can file by category, such as a frozen foods, canned goods, medicine and pet supplies, or by expiration date.
  • Save and file only the coupons you intend to actually use.
  • Remove expired coupons on a regular basis. Set up a bi-weekly or once per month schedule to make the process more manageable.

If you are a First National Bank of Omaha Visa Check or Credit cardholder, you can also receive extra savings with MyDealsSM simply by using your card. MyDeals brings you special offers to your favorite stores, shops and restaurants. You can easily manage all your offers and savings online after logging in to your First National Bank account. For more information, visit www.firstnational.com/mydeals/index.html.

Maximize Your Savings
Using a single coupon on its own will save you money, but the following tips can help you maximize your savings:

  • Review the weekly ads to match the coupons you have to items currently on sale.
  • Combine a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon for the same item to receive two discounts on one product. 
  • Watch for store promotions offering double coupons to double your savings. 
  • Use your coupons for items on the clearance rack; make sure to carry your coupons with you at all times so you’ll be ready to use them on the fly.

Do you have any coupon saving tips? Please share them with us.

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