As a stay-at-home mom, you may have a moment of realization every month that your spouse’s income isn’t quite enough to cover all those pesky bills. You may want to help, but getting a job just means handing your paycheck over for childcare. So, maybe a work-at-home job?  But which ones are worth your time? And how do you know which are scams and which are legit?

Here’s another solution: rather than trying to add to your family’s income, become the driving force behind saving the family’s existing income by “working” couponing like a full-time job! Here are some tips for how to do it successfully:

Tip 1: Set aside dedicated hours to research the Internet for deals, cruising the stores and coupon clipping. Time is money, and in couponing, time is saving money. Take advantage of nap time and school hours in order to get things done with as little chaos and drama as possible.

Tip 2: Designate and create a work space. Whether it’s a beautiful, color-coordinated office that could make even Martha Stewart a little nervous, or just your side of the bed, choose a place and set up shop!

Tip 3: If you’re new to couponing altogether, find out what supplies you’ll need and want to get organized. Organization will be your friend, and a lack of organization will be your worst enemy.

Tip 4: Discuss being given a specific amount of money for groceries, household items and gas with the breadwinner of the house. Your job (and kind of a fun challenge) is to get as much as you can while staying within your given budget.

Tip 5: Reward your efforts. When you do your job well and start seeing the savings, get that latte you’ve been craving or put a little bit of the money you saved away for a mani-pedi or a date night with your sweetie. Treat yourself the way you would hope for an employer to treat you when you’ve accomplished something great.

Hopefully this will encourage many of you to find purpose, or realize an existing purpose in your couponing. Becoming a money-saving powerhouse and being your own boss is possible. Just follow the links on the KCL homepage for some “on the job” training!

This is a guest post by Heather from Aurora, CO

 

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