Many people tell me that they have no time to coupon or to save money. Everyone has time for what they want to have time for which means, if you really want to save money, you will likely find the time to do so. Because of Extreme Couponing, people have assumed it takes 40 hours to clip coupons and find great deals. That's not the case at all! In fact, many of the couponers featured in that show have coupon blogs (like me) which means, they're likely factoring in their "work time" into their coupon time.
If that were the case, I could easily tell you it takes me 40 hours or more a week to coupon but in reality, when you take my job out the equation, it takes only about an hour or so. See? That's not bad at all. If you are spending more than a couple of hours a week couponing, something is not right. It's time to re-examine your routine and check out the tips below to help you save time.
1. Follow the Coupon Matchups: This is VERY important and will cut your time in half. We already write up the deals for you and put the coupons with them too, this takes out the hours you could be spending looking for deals.
2. Plan Your Menu: Instead of cutting out every single coupon, plan your menu around sales, coupon matchups and your stockpile then, cut the coupons out according to what you need. Once you've been following our website for awhile, you will learn what goes on sale regularly and then, you will know what coupons to cut out. To make it simple, if you don't use Depends or don't ever plan on buying them then don't cut out the coupon.
3. Chore Chart It: Yep, you heard me. If you have kids old enough to have a chore chart then put coupon clipping on the list. This helps kids in the shopping/money saving process but it also helps you keep your coupons cut and ready to go. You can also add organizing the binder to the list too!
4. Keep it Simple: If you have your coupons ready to go, keep it simple. Write your grocery list on a white envelope and place your coupons inside. BAM. Simple. You can carry the binder with you if you'd like or keep it in your purse but if you are short on time, just plan your menu, write your list and grab the coupons then you're ready to go.
Don't make the method of money saving too complicated or you're much more likely to give up. It is important to make this work for you and your personal schedule. It will take time but it won't take 40 hours a week. Keep in mind, if you're really short on time, you can simply plan your menu around what is on sale in your local grocery store circular and you'll likely save up to 50% without ever clipping a coupon.
Check out the segment on this very topic below: