“I can’t be a krazy couponer because I don’t have any stores that double or triple coupons!”

This is completely false! Couponing is not just for people in one part of the country. Opportunities to double your coupons are great but not necessary. I have never shopped at a store that doubles coupons regularly, and I’m about as krazy as a krazy coupon lady comes.  If you’re already trying to shop on a budget, the grocery store you currently shop may not be the store where you can save the most once you start using coupons. The best deals are often found at higher-end stores with specials such as store coupons, Catalina or instant saving promotions, or weekly ads with great sales. Also, take advantage of stores that allow you to stack coupons (using a manufacturer coupon + a store coupon on one item), product rebates, and reward programs. Krazy Couponers always save big, with or without stores that double coupons.

Be on the lookout for stores that occasionally have double coupon events (ask customer service and keep an eye out on the weekly ad fliers). But remember, you don’t have to be saving 90% every time you shop. Here at KCL, we aim to save 50-90% on our overall bill, which includes food and non-food items. We save where we can and focus on the positives instead of bemoaning hard situations and giving up. Run into empty shelves? Try special ordering, getting a rain check, or price matching at another store. Missing inserts from your newspaper? Call customer service, subscribe to home delivery, or purchase inserts online. Tired of negative views about being an “extreme couponer”? Turn the tide by taking charge of your attitude and actions, playing by the rules, and helping others. Know what you can and cannot control, and make it work!