You’ve watched the videos and attended the class and read the online tips but being an extreme couponer still seems out of reach with your busy schedule. Here are a few Practical Tips For The Busy Couponer that should help make your dreams of savings a reality even if you only have minutes here and there to devote to the lifestyle of couponing. Just because you can’t spend hours a week devoted to couponing doesn’t mean you can’t be a successful couponer and save money for your family budget.
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR THE BUSY COUPONER
1. INVOLVE THE WHOLE FAMILY
If your children are old enough to use scissors put them to use clipping coupons and sorting. In only an hour a week you can help teach them monetary responsibility and accomplish your goals of keeping up with your coupons at all times.
2. ONLY BUY 3-5 NEWSPAPERS FOR INSERTS A WEEK
Although you may dream of a stockpile that would rival those of the most famous couponers out there, practicality trumps fame. Don’t go overboard. Get 3-5 inserts each week instead of 10-20 some purchase. This also cuts down on your clipping & sorting time.
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3. PURGE EXPIRED COUPONS WEEKLY
Take 10 minutes a week to pull expired coupons from whatever storage method you use. Binders, envelopes and boxes are most common. The time spent pulling bad coupons will save you the struggle or embarrassment of making a mistake at checkout by inadvertently grabbing an unusable coupon. This is a great way to help a busy couponer stay on top of their storage system on a regular basis.
4. DON’T GO TO EVERY STORE
With so many stores featuring excellent deals that make items free or cheap after coupons, it can be tempting to run around to all the stores to get their individual sales. Make a note of your preferred stores and those closest to your home and stick with those. Unless it is something you will really need or use and totally free don’t waste your time or money running all over town for one tube of free toothpaste.
5. JOIN A COUPON CO-OP OR LOCAL COUPON SWAP GROUP
Check your local area for a local to you coupon swap group. This is a great way to exchange coupons you can’t or won’t use for those you will. Some coupon groups also do a co-op where you can shop from each other’s stockpile of items for those you need. Perhaps you got a bunch of deodorant last month but found out later you can’t use it due to allergies, you could trade it for laundry detergent, toilet paper or soaps you can use from another couponers stock.
6.DON’T FRET IF YOU MISS A SALE
Yes there are rare sales on items that make them free or a moneymaker that only come around once or twice a year, but if you miss that sale you are not out of luck. Every item will go through a sale rotation and coupons will always come out again. If you have to pay $0.25 next time instead of getting it for free remember that any savings is a good savings. If you didn’t coupon at all, you would pay full price. Every dime you save is a great success.
Being busy doesn’t prevent you from saving money for your family. Not everyone can be an extreme couponer but everyone can be a couponer. Utilize these practical couponing tips to help save your family money even as a busy couponer.