Couponing for the Busy Mom
After watching shows like Extreme Couponing, you realize it’s possible to save money on your groceries. But really, who has time to cut all those coupons, organize them, and then plan out your shopping trip? The gals that truly save tons of money, spend loads of time doing this. You can still see great savings on your grocery bill, but you can do it faster!
Here are the simple steps to using coupons in a flash:
- Collect coupons. Whether you get the paper, or get coupons from your neighbors, the first step is to collect the coupons ALL IN ONE SPOT! No keeping some in your purse, others in your cupboard, and still more in your car. Collect them to one location.
- Cut coupons. Here is where I save most of my time. Cutting coupons with scissors can take too long for me. Instead, I use the edge of my counter and tear them. You can do this if your counter has a sharp edge. If it doesn’t, find a surface that will work, because this saves soooo much time!
- Sort the coupons into category piles. Don’t have too many piles. Keep them simple. I use broad categories like: Cleaning, drinks, baking supplies, frozen foods, breakfast foods, dairy, personal items, etc.
- Keep the coupons in a small folder that can fit in your purse. Always carry it with you! When you are about to make a purchase, it’s easy to thumb through to check if you have a coupon. Then do the math right there on the spot to see if it will save you money to purchase the item with the coupon, or to buy the store brand.
- Then you are done! You are at the store, shopping off your normal shopping list, and if you happen to make a purchase you think you have a coupon for, then dig it out for that purchase!
- Keep the coupons you are using for that shopping trip in a separate part of your purse. Don’t put it in your grocery basket. I’ve had too many coupons fly away and didn’t notice. Hold them down by keeping them in your purse until you get to the register!
And that’s it! Don’t make it complicated, but don’t miss out on some good savings either! I also recommend following some local savings blogs. Staying local will be more relevant to the stores in your area. My favorite to follow for Utah County is www.savvyshopperdeals.com. There is a message board here I check before I got to a store to find out if someone else had luck landing a good deal.