Less than Extreme Couponing

In the past year, couponing has gained popularity because of The Learning Channel's “Extreme Couponing.” Although watching people’s immense savings and stockpiles of nearly free groceries, extreme couponing isn’t ideal for college students because of how much time and space it requires. Students can still coupon, but in a modified way. It’s a lot easier today to find coupons on cell phone apps or print coupons online since we already spend so much time there for leisure and school-work.

Websites and Blogs

There are generally two types of websites you can print coupons off of: websites for products and brands such as P & G, or those sites dedicated solely to online coupons such as coupons.com.

It’s a great idea to follow couponing blogs to get suggestion on what coupons and store deals to combine for maximum savings. My favorite website is thekrazycouponlady.com. Although there are suggestions for large transactions that require extreme couponing, keep an eye out for a combination of coupons that apply to products you’re interested in purchasing.

Policies

Most store websites have posted their coupon policies online in the past few years. If you can't find a company's coupon policy, learn how to request your own copy.*

Printing

Don’t forget that as a University of Florida student, you’re allotted 250 free prints at the SGA printing lab in the Reitz Union.** If you don’t use the lab to print school-work, consider printing out coupons there so that you aren’t spending extra money on ink and paper. If you have used up your free prints, no need to worry. There are plenty of ink and paper coupons available.

Hannah Bernat shows off her coupon organizer.

Hannah Bernat shows off her coupon organizer.

Doorstep

Mail

Regularly check for coupons mailed to your house, apartment, or dorm.

Newspaper

Lastly, if you are willing to invest in the Sunday newspaper, it’s a classic source for coupons. Most deals still rely on a combination of not only printed coupons, but also those from newspaper inserts. Consider investing in the local newspaper, or consider asking for a subscription as a gift.

Organization

Once you have collected your coupons, try organizing them in either an accordion folder or small binder that you can take with you to the store. Make sure to take a shopping list with you that reminds you what coupons you will be using on that trip, and remember to check your receipt before you leave the store to make sure all of your coupons were scanned in.