We’ve all heard of scenarios where extreme couponers buy hundreds of dollars worth of items and only pay a few bucks. While this sounds fabulous, realize this is NOT the norm, nor what you should expect with every shopping trip! We here at the Krazy Coupon Lady recommend your target savings be between 50 to 90 percent overall.

Once you’ve adopted the Krazy lifestyle, you’ll be cutting your grocery bill by at least half. You can achieve this by pairing coupons with the best sale prices and stocking up when a rock bottom deal comes along, eliminating last minute runs to the store for full-priced items.

Shopping at the national drugstores and utilizing their reward programs will enable you to get everything from toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream, and soap to medicine and make-up for a fraction of the price you used to pay. Although we all need to buy everyday items like bread, dairy, and fresh produce, when we save on other areas like non-perishable food and toiletries, we really see a lowering the overall bill.

Another great tactic in our couponing game plan is shopping the sale cycles and stocking up when seasonal prices come around. Look to purchase what is in season and stock up when you can. Watch for school supplies, ice cream, and BBQ sauce in late summer; baking supplies and soups during the holidays; and allergy medicine and cleaning supplies in the spring. Fresh fruit expenses can be drastically lowered when you buy what’s in peak season and, therefore, at the lowest price, such as corn and melon in the summer, apples in the fall, and citrus in the winter.  For a full list, check out our comprehensive Sales Cycle List!

For more on the basics of couponing and how to implement these practices, head over to the KCL Beginner Section and start saving!


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12 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Aim to Save 50-90%”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks KCL for the reminder/reality check. While I do not save 90% here in NorCal, I do normally save at least 50%. This has been a huge help to our already struggling finances.

  2. Guest says:

    If we’re “aiming” anyway, I dont see why one wouldn’t AIM to save 50% – **100%**?!!

  3. AshleyAshley says:

    A lot of friends at work and my son’s school ask me how I couponing works for me. I’m happy to tell them, but will always have a few naysayers that will say, I only buy fresh fruits and vegetables, coupons dont help me with that. My response is, if you could cut your bill down for toiletries and paper goods in your house you could apply the savings toward your other items. Then I start to see the wheel turning. They can lower their overall bill and put some of the money toward something else =)

    • Anonymous says:

      Excellent! And to help dispel the myth that there only coupons for processed/ junk food, we’re starting a weekly Healthy Food Deals post every Wednesday, highlighting sales on organic, gluten-free, and vegan products, along with any great sales on produce, meat, and milk. :)

  4. Anu Paruchuri says:

    I just started seriously couponing about a month ago, and I’m finding that I save about 30 – 50% on my shopping bills. I live in Chicago, so the high city prices and the ridiculous sales tax cut into my savings. I’m also a bit picky about the household and personal care items I buy – trying to stick with inexpensive cruelty-free products (which is becoming difficult as companies are bought out or change their policies). Still, 30% savings is better than 0% savings!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, that’s definitely good! My in-laws live in D.C., so prices are higher for them too, so I know where you’re coming from. Thirty to fifty percent is great for areas with a higher cost of living :)

  5. Momof3 says:

    I grow a little garden in the summer, then freeze the extras so I’m not buying much produce through the winter.