“I don’t have time to…” is everyone’s favorite excuse. But when it comes to saving money, I have to reconsider my priorities and make time to do what I can, otherwise my budget suffers. So I coupon. It’s one of the easiest ways to save, and I love seeing my total drop at the register! If you struggle to find time for couponing, check out the tips below.
1. Consider the time of day
Sometimes couponing may mean waking up early, staying up late, or condensing time spent on other hobbies. Get creative: drop by the store on the way to other errands, enlist the help of a coupon buddy, or multi-task (how about clipping while the pasta boils for dinner or while the kids play in the backyard?) Couponing takes time, but we know you’ll find it’s worth it.
2. Stockpile, stockpile, stockpile
When you have a stockpile, you actually save time! Stockpiles mean no more running to the store every afternoon for that last dinner ingredient. When products go on a rock bottom sale, buy extras and store them for future use (and eliminate paying full retail price when you run out).
3. Don’t procrastinate
Find a time that works best for you to clip and organize coupons on a regular basis. When the inserts start stacking up, it can be daunting to tackle them. For many Krazy Couponers, sorting out expireds, clipping the new coupons, and filing them one day a week is the best solution. Set aside a specified time, keep on top of it, and you’ll find couponing to be less stressful.
4. The convenience of eCoupons
Upload these coupons electronically to your store loyalty card, and they will apply automatically at checkout when you swipe your card. They can be loaded and used one time per card. There's no need to clip and file these, and you can add several within seconds! Find out more about eCoupons and how to use them here.
Have a plan of attack. Be prepared and organized at the store with coupons ready to go and a shopping list in hand. This will dramatically cut down on time that would have otherwise been spent wandering down every aisle or flipping through your binder dozens of times to find the right coupon.