Lately I’ve noticed a bit of a trend when introducing couponing to newbies – they all ask “Isn’t it hard?” I know that my confusing lingo and major shopping trips might make it look like a lot of work, so please allow me clear up that misconception right now!
First of all, what you see bloggers and couponing pros put into couponing isn’t necessarily the norm. Some people just really enjoy couponing and take it up as a hobby. While it may seem that we spend an extraordinary amount of time planning, clipping coupons, and shopping, it isn’t really necessary if you just want to save a little money on your grocery bill.
Do you watch 1 hour of television per week? If you do, you do not have to spend ANY extra time clipping coupons! I always clip my coupons while watching my favorite show each week – which I would watch either way. So, no extra time spent clipping coupons!
You don’t even have to clip coupons! Some people prefer to file their coupon inserts away whole and uncut. I actually did this for a while myself. The only downside is that you might miss out on some unadvertised deals and clearance. When you need to find a coupon you can search the Coupon Database. Just type in the product you are looking for, for example: Huggies or diapers, and it will tell you every single place you can find a coupon for that product. You can even narrow the search by store and coupon source (printable, insert, magazine, etc). Tip: You can find the date of the coupon insert by looking along the spine of the insert.
You don’t have to search for deals. Blogs like Couponing 101 do all the leg-work for you! Print my list, gather the coupons you need, and go! All of that can take 10 minutes or less. Tip: Does Couponing 101 not cover your store? BeCentsAble’s Grocery Gathering includes links to blogs with coupon matchups for grocery stores all over the country!
You don’t have to go to every store and get every deal. Pick a favorite store or two and stick with them. If you prefer one stop shopping, Walmart will pricematch competitors grocery prices. That means, if the grocery store in town has a cheaper advertised price on an item, Walmart will adjust their price down to match it. Just bring in the ad circular and present it to the cashier at checkout, pointing out the items you would like to pricematch. You can still use coupons on those items as well!
The very first coupon I used was for $1.50 off diapers almost 4 years ago. I am just as proud of saving that $1.50 as I am of the hundreds of dollars I now save our family every month. Couponing is just a way for me to contribute to my family. Remember, no matter how much you save, you are helping your family!
If you are new to couponing, I highly recommend that you read my tutorials in the Getting Started section of my blog. Please feel free to ask me ANY questions!