When you first learn how to coupon, you may feel overwhelmed. How can I find time to learn? When am I going to clip and organize all those coupons? Is it worth the time and effort? Working a full-time job can add even more doubts and additional stress.
Once you have the tools and knowledge of how to coupon, the time it takes to put into couponing is well worth the effort. You will be able to run in and out of a grocery store in no time flat with a cart full of groceries, saving 50% or more! You can have a pantry full of stocked food and products. You will never pay out of pocket for toothpaste, floss, condiments, shampoos, soaps and more! Couponing will change the way you shop!
Working full-time will give you some advantages but also a few disadvantages, but there are ways around those. You might have to work a little bit harder but isn’t it worth saving your family $200-$400 per month or more? Not everyone is an extreme couponer and no one really has 40hrs a week to devote to just couponing. I’m going to show you some short cuts to save you time and money. Most important, I want you to understand that couponing doesn’t have to control your life.
Getting started, couponing is very frustrating. Start out by learning slowly. On my first shopping trip, I only saved 15% of my total bill. That was because I only had a few coupons to start out with. I was truly disappointed, but I didn’t give up. I was expecting huge savings like on the show. As I started couponing more and more each week, I started to understand that I couldn’t save exactly like those on Extreme Couponing because I had to purchase milk, eggs, bread, produce and meat. If you watch the show carefully, you will notice they are only buying 20 items of the same product. If you had 20 coupons and you only bought 20 items of the same product, you’re going produce 90% or more in savings. They also speed up the checkout process and don’t show you exactly what coupons they are using. The show also doesn’t reveal to you where they found high-dollar coupons. You just can’t find or get coupons for $4.00 off one product. Once you are past the point that Extreme Couponing is just a show, you will come to understand what true coupon saving is all about.
I coupon on certain days of the week, Saturday is when I buy my 2 papers and Sunday is the day I organize coupons and clip. This takes probably an hour to two on my Sunday. My husband watches my son for me while I do this. If my husband is not home I do this during nap time or when he’s watching a movie. This particular day helps prepare me for next week’s shopping trip. I also collect inserts from friends and family that are given to me during the week. By the time I’m ready to cut my coupons out I have about 4 inserts of Smart Source, Red Plum and a few others. During the week, usually Tuesday or Wednesday night is when I get my shopping list together. Thursday is when I shop at Kroger and Publix. Yes, I shop at two stores in the same night. This gets me everything I need and I get the BEST sales at both stores. I compare the best prices at both locations. I can do this because my Publix and Kroger are less than a mile apart. If I only had one store close to me, then that was the store I shopped at. You have to save on gas too! Remember you need to plan and prepare a shopping trip if you want to save 50% or more on groceries. It’s worth the time and effort when you see the savings come back in your wallet! I’m going to show you step by step showing you tips and tricks on exactly how I find, cut and save money using coupons.
Hunting Down those Pesky Coupons
When you’re not looking for coupons you really don’t see them. When you are looking for coupons they are everywhere! Some are hidden, some are out in the open and some are in places you are familiar with. Where you ask? It’s easy!! First, the most obvious spot is your local Sunday paper. Every Sunday, except holiday week, they will have coupon inserts in your local city paper. The general rule is one coupon per person in your home. This depends on how many people are in your family. I get in total about 4 of each insert, giving me 4 of the same coupon. You want as many of the same coupon because you’re going to start building a stock pile. This is how you’re going to save money on top of saving at the grocery store. I currently live in Cobb County, GA. which is great because they give out the AJC nightly Thursday paper for FREE on my front lawn. The Evening Edge carries a preview of the Sunday paper coupons. It’s not a full insert but it still has some great coupons and it’s free! You can call the AJC and ask if they can send the Evening Edge to your neighborhood. Check those odd ball papers; you never know if you’ll find coupons inside. I also get coupon inserts from friends and family. My mother-in law gives me her unused coupon inserts. This adds a little more to my pile. You will be surprise at how many people are willing to let go of those coupons. Ask neighbors too! They may be willing to hand them off to you.
Check your stores. Publix and Kroger have store cou