Although extreme couponing has gotten a lot of attention lately due to various television shows, there is a simple way to couponing. The methods I use in college require a lot less time than extreme couponing, fit into my lifestyle a little better, and still save me money. What "broke college student" wouldn't like that?

Things to do before a shopping trip:

  1. Write out shopping list
  2. Collect coupons from Sunday paper
  3. Print coupons from the Internet
  4. Look for in store specials in weekly ads
  5. Look for special deals on money-saving blogs which will often give tips on what coupons to combine
  6. Pick out or combine coupons for items on list
  7. Categorize coupons (for example, in an accordion coupon organizer)
  8. Add on to your list a reminder of the coupons you have for specific items
  9. Shop and save!

Why I love shopping at PUBLIX:

Publix has great sales and "buy one get one free" deals weekly. The store occasionally does a "buy theirs, get ours free" sale where you purchase a brand name food product, and receive the generic Publix brand of that same product for free. Their weekly ad is available in Sunday newspapers, mail inserts, in-store, and online. Read up on their coupon policy to see that they accept just about any coupon!

Why I love shopping at CVS PHARMACY:

At CVS Pharmacy, there is a great, free-to-join Extracare rewards program. By scanning your Extracare card at the Coupon Center kiosk found by the entrance of every store, the kiosk will print out discounts and sometimes even coupons for free items. You can also scan your card at the cash register to recieve 2% back on all of your purchases. These will occasionally print out extracare bucks which is a certain dollar amount off a store purchase. Now and again, they will have sales where the cost of an item will be returned in Extracare Bucks. Although it seems like you're spending money now, you can apply the extrcacare bucks that print out with your receipt to your next purchase, paying itself off.

Sound Like Too Much Work? Try Ordering Free Samples!

Photo of free samples I've recieved

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If couponing sounds like too much work, then maybe raking in free samples is for you. Go to webistes such as to sign up for 'freebies' which will arrive in the mail. As seen in the photo, my latest bundle of freebies included samples of everything from toothpaste to a free steak dinner at Outback Steakhouse!

In the past I have recieved coupons in the mail that were good for a free full size bottle of shampoo or conditioner. Although a deal of almost no cost to you is often obtainable with a combination of coupons, you can quickly head over to the freebies website, find an offer, provide them with your information, and wait for the coupon to arrive. It really is that easy!