Couponing...where do I even begin on this subject. Most of us are familiar with the show Extreme Couponing on TLC. And then most of us, like me, get inspired to do the same thing so they can save money at the grocery store. Personally, I think the way it is done on the show is totally unrealistic so here are my tips on how you can coupon without spending hours and hours a week.
- Newspapers and coupons: The people on the show buy about 5 or more papers every Sunday!! I think that's a bit too much so I'm just sticking with 2. And, I get mine at the Dollar Tree where they are only a dollar each and they aren't taxed, so I spend $2 a week for my coupons.
- Clipping: I find that it only takes me about an hour to go through both of my papers and clip the coupons that I think I'll use. I don't clip every single one, just the ones for things that I might buy.
- Organize: Now you wouldn't have to do exactly what I've done to organize my coupons, but I got a binder and baseball card holders to put my coupons in. At first I had them just paper clipped together with a piece of paper that had the name of the category on it, but I found this too confusing. Check out my post here to find out how I put together my binder.
- Using your coupons: The best piece of advice I can give anyone about couponing is to pair your coupons with the sales at the store. I found that when I organized my coupons, as I was putting them into the different categories, I subconsciously memorized what coupons I had. So now whenever I look through the ads, I know what items I have coupons for. But if this method doesn't work for you, here's what you can do: say you're looking through the ads and you find something that you want to buy, look through your coupons to see if you have a coupon for that item. This shouldn't take you that long if you have your coupons organized by category.
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