If you’ve ever seen TLC’s “Extreme Couponing,” you might conclude that coupons are for crazy people. You don’t need a five-year supply of toilet paper, and you especially don’t want to devote 40 hours a week to planning your grocery shopping.
If you do a little studying and monitoring, you can easily design a coupon strategy for yourself that gives your maximum savings with minimum time invested. How about 15 minutes per shopping trip and $150 in savings? That’s what Stephanie Nelson, publisher of Coupon Mom, did recently, combining coupons, store sales and deals offered by her store’s loyalty card.