Can You Coupon?
Of course you can coupon. Anyone can clip coupons and take them to the grocery store and hand them to the cashier.
Do you have to spend 40, 50, or 60 hours a week to save money?
Um, no. Sometimes I find it hard to carve out 2 hours, much less 60.
As my kids are getting older and needing more and more of my time, money, and attention (and gas), I find it hard to keep up with my coupons. So in this busy season, I am keeping it simple.
1. Shop at the stores with the best prices. For me and my shopping habits, this includes loading my Randalls card with my Just4U savings, combining that with a trip to Trader Joe’s, and a swing through HEB or Foodarama or Food Town to balance out the rest. There is no way I’m going to get to all of the stores that we have, so I need to focus my attention on the stores that have the best prices that week. By looking at the ads, checking my pantry, and utilizing digital coupons, I can still save a lot of money.
2. Printable coupons vs insert coupons. I’m not always the biggest fan of printable coupons, but I have a handy dandy laser printer at home and I’m not spending a whole lot on ink. So instead of stressing about all the coupons I haven’t clipped, I can print the ones I need. Here’s a link to Coupons.com, Redplum.com, and CouponNetwork.com.
3. Planning. I’m going to try to plan our meals a little further out so that I can take advantage of really good sales and start stockpiling again. My kids were aghast to learn we didn’t have 8 bags of french fries in the deep freeze. Hopefully, the time I save by planning and stockpiling will leave me more time to clip coupons and chase deals.
4. Letting it go. I do not have time to chase every deal. Between my full time job, my part time job, and my kids, something has got to give. And these days more often than not, it’s the deal chasing that goes first.
So, that’s my blueprint for May, June and July. I need to take it a little easier on myself and remember why I love couponing so much in the first place.