I hear it all the time: “Couponing works out great for you, but it’s just not for me!”
When I ask why, people usually describe one of these eight concerns.
1. “I don’t have time to coupon.”
I won’t argue with the fact that couponing adds time to the shopping routine. However, KCL does so much of the work for you. All you need to do is follow the links inside the KCL app to print coupons and submit rebates.
Couponing for just as little as two hours a week (choosing deals, printing coupons and hitting the store), will give you $100-200 of breathing room in your grocery budget each month. And it scales with you, so it’ll take up as much or as little time as you want it to.
2. “I don’t get the weekly newspaper.”
Coupons from the Sunday paper are strictly optional. Yes, clipping newspaper coupon inserts is a great way to coupon, particularly if you don’t have a printer or if you can get a good deal on a newspaper subscription. But you can absolutely avoid newspapers and still coupon successfully.
How? Filter printable only deals on KCL to weed out deals that require Sunday newspaper coupons.
3. “The deals aren’t as hot as they used to be.”
It might be true that there aren’t as many opportunities to get free salad dressing as there were in 2011. But you can still get stock-up prices on nearly all the staples including detergent, toothpaste and cereal.
For example, you can find Tide deals at stock-up prices about once a week. I just hit up Rite Aid yesterday and got a bottle for $1.99.
4. “I’m embarrassed about using coupons!”
If you view couponing as something only poor people do, or if you view it as an inconvenience to cashiers or people behind you in line, this excuse might resonate with you.
But I’m gonna be straight — you have to get over it! Nobody is thinking about you and your coupons, and who cares if they are?
Coupon usage is trending especially high among millennials. In fact, a survey conducted by Valassis in 2016 found “47 percent of millennials say they increased their use of coupons in the past year, 14 percentage points higher than all respondents and 21 percentage points higher than baby boomers.”
5. “There aren’t coupons for the things I buy.”
If not, then you’re right. Couponing isn’t for you.
6. “Okay. But what about food? I don’t eat the processed foods I see coupons for.”
Since healthy alternatives to processed foods are less common, deals aren’t as abundant. It’s true.
But, if you eat healthy foods, you’ve already bought into spending a little extra money for a premium product.
These are just a few of so many ways to save money on healthy food!
7. “I wind up buying things I don’t need.”
Been there. I used to be tempted by any hot coupon deal, even if it was an item my family didn’t use. No more.
Today, I’m pretty tough about what I will and won’t coupon for. I only buy items we use or could donate if I absolutely can’t pass up a deal.
8. “I thought couponing wasn’t a thing anymore.”
Couponing is better than ever, because it’s no longer a fad. It’s a way of life.
Sure, many stores have updated their coupon policies in recent years. But couponing is still easy, thanks to the many new forms of digital coupons.
Also shelves are less likely to be cleared. For example, P&G recently made a move to only allow two identical coupons per day per household (instead of four). This may result in it taking a bit longer to build a stockpile, but it also eliminates the frustration of going to the store only to see empty shelves.
I might be biased, but I’d say couponing is nearly as good as it’s ever been. And it’s still the most consistent way to save money on your groceries and household items.