How effective are couponing websites

May 7th 2016
You've watched "Extreme Couponing" on TLC and you want to be able to save hundreds or thousands of dollars thanks to spending some time clipping coupons and understanding manufacturer offers. Extreme couponing, or even normal couponing, is helped immensely by couponing websites. These sites are run by individuals who spend time compiling all of the coupon information you need in order to get access to plenty of good deals. Here are a few benefits of couponing websites and information on how they're effective in helping you access savings. 
Consolidated Information
The biggest benefit to couponing websites is cutting down on the amount of time you spend searching for coupons. The Krazy Coupon Lady and Cool Savings tell you exactly where to find the coupons, how many you need in order to take effective advantage of savings and whether or not they have printable versions as well. The consolidated information also saves you the time you would spend going to each individual manufacturer's site and signing up for a mailing address or doing another requirement that's necessary in order to access their coupons. 
Printable Coupons
You don't always have to scour the Sunday paper to get as many coupons as possible. Coupons.com and Smart Source give you access to the printable coupons that a store or manufacturer makes available. You can print these coupons right at home, allowing you to get coupons you wouldn't otherwise have access to. This works best with coupons that match up with the brands offered through your local stores, so pay attention to which manufacturers and products are available instead of clipping the highest quantity of coupons possible. 
Explanations about Coupon Stacking
Extreme couponing works by taking advantage of loopholes made possible by store policies and coupon terms and conditions. If you don't know all of the ins and outs of the coupon world, it may be confusing to try to figure out exactly how extreme couponers take advantage of all of their savings. Penny Pinching Mom and Coupon Divas explain, in a step-by-step fashion, exactly what you need to do to take advantage of all of the savings available through these techniques. 
Coupon Plug-Ins
Some technically minded webmasters who run coupon websites create their own browser plug-ins to help their readers discover coupons available for the products they are purchasing. These plug-ins, such as Honey and Coupons at Checkout, are add-ons for a browser or apps for mobile devices that provide information on discounts and savings available on the specific products you are purchasing or the website you are purchasing them from. These plug-ins work in various ways, from providing information about savings when you're going through a checkout process to providing notifications when new coupons are available for a particular store or product. 
Coupon Communities
Coupon websites are more than simply lists of coupons. Some sites incorporate a forum or chat into their site features, allowing you to interact with other couponers, such as Hot Coupon World and Fat Wallet. This helps you have the most up-to-date information on new coupons, techniques to make the most out of the coupons you have and a community that gives you a reason to come back to the website instead of another couponing website. These communities often have other deal boards outside of couponing, so you'll see which sites are offering large discounts, daily deals and discount codes for the checkout process. 
Couponing saves your family plenty of money on the monthly budget, and putting technology to work for you cuts down on the amount of time you spend searching for coupons. It may take some time for you to find the best couponing website for your particular region, but once you are set up, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it. It's a great benefit for cost savings, and when you get massive bulk deals without paying anything, you'll feel like you're on top of the world. 
Resources:
http://thekrazycouponlady.com/
http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/extreme-couponing/about-the-show/couponing-resources.htm

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