The top question on many people’s minds after watching shows like Extreme Couponing on TLC is simple:  Can I experience my own extreme coupon savings without the extreme lifestyle?  Is it possible to save money without spending countless hours clipping furiously?  Can I save 50% on a $100 grocery cart full of healthy foods?  The answer is “yes”!  The best thing about couponing, is you can tailor it to fit any lifestyle, any diet and any family- seriously!  This will be the first in a series of posts on HOW TO GET THE EXTREME COUPONING SAVINGS WITHOUT THE EXTREME LIFESTYLE!

Customized Your Couponing Plan to your Diet

You can save money while purchasing only the foods you and your family are ALREADY eating!  In fact, you can probably afford to buy better quality foods, thanks to your new dedication to extreme couponing!

Like any mother, I do my best to feed my family healthy foods and meals.  I buy a mix of fresh and shelf-stable foods.  The processed food that I buy the most is breakfast cereal. For me, shopping with coupons has actually improved the diet that I feed my family.  It has created extra room in the budget!  When I don’t pay over $0.50 for a box of cereal, that leaves extra dollars in my wallet and I can buy organic blueberries to go on top of the cheap cereal!

When we post a deal on our website for a product that you do not use, don’t get discouraged and think that extreme couponing isn’t for you!  Simply scroll down to the next deal!  Even if only 1 in every 10 deals is something you’ll buy, that’s still going to show you some significant savings for minimal effort!

Regardless of diet, some of the best coupon deals out there are found on health and beauty items.  Shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion and lip balm are some of the items we find for free or under $0.50 every single month at many of the national stores!  If you feel like you want to continue your “grocery” shopping because you’re skeptical that there are coupons out there for the foods you eat, then start just using coupons on the non-food items.  I recommend choosing a drugstore:  Walgreens, Rite Aid or CVS and follow the weekly deals that are posted each Saturday.  In the space of 3 months, you can have a few months worth of each of the health and beauty products I named above!

When your family follows a more restrictive diet: be it gluten-free, sugar-free or organic only, it does create an additional challenge for you as an extreme couponer.  But it does NOT disqualify you from the game!  There are hundreds of coupons available for specialty products, especially organics!  Still not convinced?  Here is a list of the most comprehensive organic-only coupon sites.  Visit these sites and safely print coupons that can be redeemed at most any store!

Earth’s Best coupons
Stonyfield coupons
Mambo Sprouts coupons
Newmans Own Organic coupons
Organic Valley coupons
Whole Foods coupons

Some more of my favorite organic or G-free coupons from other sites:

$1.00/1 – Arrowhead Mills product – (arrowheadmills.com)
$0.55/1 – Aunt Millies Healthy Goodness – (auntmillies.com)

$0.75/1 – Cascadian Farm Product – (coupons.com)
$1.00/1 – Cascadian Farm Product – (cascadianfarm.com)
$3.00/1 – Country Life Vitamins – (earthlightorganicfoods.com)
$1.00/2 – Dickinson's Organic Fruit Spread – (Dickinsonsfamily.com)
$1.00/1 – Hans Organic Sausage Original Brat – (colemannatural.com)
$1.00/2 – Horizon Dairy organic milk + DHA half-gallons – (horizondairy.com)

$0.75/1 – Lundberg Gourmet Blends, 1lb – (lundberg.com)
$1.00/1 – Olivia's Organics Salad – (oliviasorganics.org)
$1.00/1 – Rice Dream product – (tastethedream.com)
$0.75/1 – R.W. Knudsen Just Juice Product, 32oz, Min. Purchase $1.99 – (rwknudsenfamily.com)
$1.00/1 – Rudi's Gluten Free Bread – (bricks.coupons.com)
$0.75/1 – Santa Cruz Juice Product, 32oz, Sunflower Market Coupon – (scojuices.com)
$1.00/8 – Stonyfield Oikos, 5.3oz Cups – (couponnetwork.com)

Check back for more posts on this topic:  how to get results of extreme couponing without extreme lifestyle!  What topics would you like to see discussed?  And, for those of you Krazy Coupon Ladies, what advice would you give to someone who wants to save money, but is worried that they don’t have time, or that the process won’t work for them?  How can you save your sanity and your budget?!