Couponing Efficiently Series: A Guide for Saving Money and Time
I wanted to take the time to introduce you to my tutorial series on Couponing Efficiently 101. I have been couponing for over ten years and it is one way I save money. Over those years, I have made some couponing mistakes which I will share, however, it is through those mistakes that I learned to make couponing work for me and my family.
I believe there are different types of couponers and these differences really depend on time. For example, extreme couponers spend hours upon hours trying to snag those free deals. It literally is a full-time job. I should know, I tried. Then, there are people who see a coupon, clip it, stick it in their purse, and if they remember, they’ll use it on their next shopping trip. They mean well and really want to save but don’t know how to coupon efficiently or think it’s just too much work.
Over the years I have showed friends and family members how to save money by couponing. And just like I have warned them, in the beginning, couponing does take a little work. This is why I have broken down this tutorial into seven parts starting with gathering your materials to the actual shopping day. In this way, you won’t feel so overwhelmed with the process. So take your time with each part. In time, week after week, you will become more efficient and it will become second nature to you.
So before you embark on part 1 of this series, ask yourself:
How much time am I willing to put into couponing?
Whatever your answer, remember that the more time you put into it, the more you will get out of it. I spend four hours a week, spread out over four days and save, on average, close to 50% of my grocery bill. So, in essence, I get half of my groceries for free. I think for the hours I put in 50% sounds great. By the way, I am paying for all my blogging expenses with my coupon money.
Now, remember, I am not an extreme couponer. I don’t have the time to be one and I bet you don’t either. I am just giving you the information, tips, and tricks to saving money through couponing. It is up to you to apply what you learn and make it work for you and your family.
Next: Couponing Efficiently Series 101–Part 1: Finding Coupons
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