When people watch the TLC Extreme Couponing Show, they sometimes come out with a wrong impression that that extreme couponing is unhealthy. The reason is that they find the extreme couponers go to their favorite groceries, and load up on foods that may or may not be healthy for them.
Additionally, extreme couponing often leads to "shelf clearing", "hoarding" or "stacking", that is, buying extreme quantities of a certain item when it goes on sale (more about how to do extreme couponing in the next section titled How To Extreme Coupon).
The large quantities of apparently unhealthy foods, combined with the impression that many of the extreme couponers are overweight, to be mildly putting it, leads to the conclusion that healthy extreme coupons and healthy extreme couponing do not exist.
But is that really the case? Is there such a thing as healthy extreme couponing?
Moreover, if there is, how can you maintain sanity when it comes to getting grocery food for next to nothing while demanding of it to be healthy for your body?
Indeed the situation looks hopeless at first, but then, as you look into it more closely, you will find out that, to the contrary, healthy extreme couponing is possible, in a big way. Let us illustrate this with a few examples of Healthy Extreme Couponing 101, and a few tips on how to do healthy extreme couponing to maintain both your health and financial stability.
Deciding what "Healthy" means to you
This is a big area of food research that we can not possibly tackle here in its entirety. Suffice it to present some examples of what you could consider "healthy" and what not.
Although Coca Cola would have you think otherwise, for the most part, heavy doses of high fructose corn syrup are not good for you. Recent research shows that fructose in the isolated form (not when present in fresh fruits, for instance) is about as good for your liver as alcohol, i.e. it is quite harmful when you consume it on a consistent basis. Likewise, most artificial sweeteners have proven in studies to have undesirable side effects.
On the other hand, natural, unrefined, unprocessed sugar, contains less fructose and, while still unadvisable to consume in large quantities, healthier than the high fructose corn syrup.
Similarly, organic food contains less preservatives, hormones, and other ingrediets that one can consider unhealthy.
For some people, gluten in cereals and breads will cause alergic reaction. Consequently, gluten-free food will be healthier for them than regular food.
Make a list of foods that you consider unhealthy, as well as a list of food that you consider healthy or healthier at least. This will help you find companies, products, that you will focus on.
Picking companies and products that you use that you consider healthy
Free grocery store coupons are so prevasive nowadays that you can indeed be very picky in choosing what foods you will use them for. The list of healthy foods that you made following directions in the previous paragraph will help you create a list of companies and products that you consider healthy or healtier. The items can be quite generic such as "organic milk" or even just "organic", or it can be quite specific such as "sprouted grain bread" or even include the producer such as "Horizon organic milk".
Don't hold anything back here. You will be surprised to find how many quality, healthy foods will have manufacturers' coupons available for them.
Finding coupons for healthy products that you want to buy
Now that you have created a specific, detailed list of foods that you would like to get for a discount, it is time to get to places where large numbers of coupons are listed on a monthly basis, and look for coupons that we want.
It is time to head on to couponing websites and healthy extreme coupons blogs. One of the most useful couponing sites I found where I was able to find coupons for many of my favorite healthy foods, was the site Southern Savers, Coupon Database because they provide a monthly list of coupons that is searchable by keyword. That is where I can use the "healthy keywords" from the previous paragraph to pick coupons for the items that I want to save on and that are healthy at the same time. I can choose a newspaper I want to find coupon inserts from or I can just search by keyword.
Another great way to find healthy food coupons is the coupon search engine. Just enter the "healthy keywords" such as "organic milk", or "sprouted bread", or "natural food", and you will get the coupons available on over 100 couponing sites.
Now that we are all set with the list of healthy items we want to buy, and the printed newspapers and online coupon site selections to find the coupons, it is time to put it all together into a workable system of healthy extreme couponing. Find more details about how to extreme coupon in the next section: How To Extreme Coupon.