I love couponing. I know people say couponing is a waste of time, but it’s not. Couponing can save you a lot of money, but couponing can also make you waste a lot of money. Couponing shouldn’t be about buying 100 tubes of toothpaste or a lifetime’s worth of shampoos. Here’s what you need to know about couponing.
There is a sale every eight weeks. That means that what’s on sale now will be on sale again in 8 weeks. Don’t buy 100 boxes of pasta and risk them going bad. Just buy what you need to get you until the next sale.
If pasta is on sale for 1.00 a box and you buy 50 boxes, but they don’t get used that 48.00 you’ve lost versus if you have only bought the two boxes, you will use.
I have said before couponing isn’t a waste of time, but it can be. Couponing should be about bettering you and your family’s life, but if you’re spending hours on end on couponing, it’s not worth it. You have to ask yourself is the time your spending worth what your saving.
Couponing doesn’t have to take a lot of time, though. Use a site Ciacouponspy they break down all the sale every week for different stores. You make your list on their site, print the coupons they tell you to print, and only cut the coupons they tell you to cut. Then you print your list, grab your coupons and you’re ready to shop. They make it super simple and super efficient.
The best part is you don’t have to find the coupons anymore. They make it so easy because they tell you what coupon insert the coupon came from. The days of spending hours searching for deals are gone.
Couponing can take up space, but that’s where only buying what you need comes in handy. If you don’t buy things, you don’t need it will take up a lot less space. You pantry will stay full but so will your wallet.
Not knowing the prices
If you don’t know what prices are rock bottom prices, you’re going to overspend. I recommend using what I like to call a stockpile book. In this book, I write down the price of what I buy, so when the next sales come around, I know if it’s a stock up price or a buy what your need price.
Don’t get tricked into buying stuff. There are a lot of “free” things in couponing. You just pay sales tax but here’s the thing if you’re paying sales tax you spending money you normally wouldn’t have. If you are not going to use it free or not don’t buy it.
I see it all the time people get hung up on a good price, but end up wasting time and money.
My one exception to this rule is stuff I’m going to donate. If I find something at a rock bottom price that I know the food pantry or woman’s shelter can use I will buy it to donate it. If you don’t want to donate or use, don’t buy!
Questions to ask yourself:
- Is the time worth the savings
- Am I buying stuff I don’t use
- How much am I saving?
Couponing can be a blessing or a curse. Use it as a tool to help stretch your budget, but remember that saving money isn’t worth losing time with your family or sleep.