Couponing is a time consuming task. For some people it’s so time consuming that they just don’t do it. If you have more time than money, you may realize that time IS money and so couponing is definitely worth it to you. So much so, that there are people who become extreme couponers, who go grocery shopping and get money back from the store (don’t ask me how they do it) or buy tons of stuff for a couple of dollars. I am kind of in awe of those people really. I, on the other hand, am kind of in the middle as far as couponing goes. I do LOVE when I go grocery shopping, use a couple of coupons and save $10 (over and above what I’m already saving by shopping the sales). But, I HATE when I go through all the trouble of clipping coupons only to forget to use them, have them expire right before I try to use them OR not be able to find them while I’m at the store only to find them later. Does anybody know what I’m talking about?
Organizing is half the battle- I have seen people who are so uber-organized they keep their coupons categorized, in a binder with clear plastic sheets – the kind used to protect trading cards. That is admirable but I don’t think I’m ready for that. So, I carry with me a handy little wallet sized accordion file (I got it at the dollar store) with tabs labeled – Food, Cleaning, Hygiene (couldn’t fit “Health and Beauty”) & Misc. Honestly, this helps a little, so I always have my coupons with me AND I don’t have to search through all my coupons when I am looking for any one particular category (trust me, I learned that the hard way). But it is just a beginning…
Do Your Homework- Carrying your coupons with you organized by category is a good start to saving money (honestly, to me a $1 coupon is equal to having another dollar because it increases my buying power by a dollar). SO, when a $1 coupon expires on me without having used it it’s as if a dollar expired on me – not good 🙁 By the same token, I am not going to buy something – A) that I don’t need, or B) above my normal price point for that type of item – just so I can use my coupon.
Couponing 101 – If you want step by step lessons – http://thekrazycouponlady.com/beginners/