I must admit that I used to think using coupons was a waste of time. I thought it took too much time for too little returns. I was so wrong! Once you have a good collection of well-organized coupons, you will not believe the amount of money that you can save! I know I was shocked at how much money I was able to save! I think that you will be shocked as well!
Here are some steps for being a productive coupon user:
- Purchase multiple Sunday newspapers every week. I usually purchase 3-4. You might think that this is excessive, but, trust me, you will make your money back in a short period of time. The reason for purchasing this many papers is to maximize your ability to take advantage of a deal as many times as possible. Some people purchase more than 3-4 papers a week, and you might decide to do that as well. I have found that 3-4 papers is a nice, manageable amount of coupons.
- Decide how you would like to organize your coupons. There are many ways to organize coupons, and you will have to decide what works best for you. I have tried several methods, and I will tell you what I have found to be most effective. I purchased 2 flexible plastic recipe/coupon holders. Each holder is a different color and is small enough to fit in my purse and/or diaper bag. I put alphabetized coupons for food items in one holder and coupons for non-food items in the other. BetterBudgeting has other great ideas for coupon organization.
- Clip/organize coupons regularly. Once you get going with your coupon collection, things can get out of hand quick if you don’t stay organized! You want it to be as easy as possible to locate a coupon when you hear about a good deal.
- Keep your eyes open for other coupons. Check online for internet printable coupons. A good place to find online coupons is here. I often find coupon booklets at my grocery store (they are usually located near the pharmacy). These are just a few places that you could find extra coupons.
And that’s pretty much it! The key is organization and being diligent in your search for coupons. After you have done all of these things, you will be ready to begin maximizing your savings and minimizing your spending.
My next post will be “So I have all these coupons…now what?”