In May, I watched my first episode of Extreme Couponing on TLC. It was eye opening. I never knew you could save so much money using coupons. After seeing that one episode, I decided that I could learn how to do this. I’ll admit I’m not quite as extreme as the people on the show, but my efforts have made a huge impact on our budget. We’ve been able to complete several financial goals much sooner than expected.
Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about couponing and how it works. Here are some answers to the most common questions.
How do you get your coupons?
I get three Sunday papers with coupon inserts delivered each week. My mother-in-law and a neighbor send their coupons my way as well. Many free sample items I sign up for are sent with high value coupons. Another source I like to use are printable coupons. Get quick and easy access to dozens of name brand coupons at Coupons.com!
How do you store your coupons?
I cut and file all coupons into categories using baseball card holders. Check out this tutorial on how to put together your coupon binder. I usually spend a couple of hours on Sunday afternoons clipping and organizing coupons while watching football or a movie :). Sometimes, I go through the binder and pull expired coupons during Clara’s violin lesson.
Is it really worth the time?
Absolutely! As I mentioned before, my couponing has helped us complete several financial goals in a short time. It’s so exciting.
To help you save time, take advantage of couponing blogs. They match up current store sales with available coupons and are full of valuable information.
Here’s a list of my favorite blogs:
Money Saving Mom – Another great blog for drugstore matchups and MUCH more.
How do you shop with coupons?
I reasearch the blogs and copy and paste all relevant information to create my shopping list. Then I pull all the coupons I plan to use from my binder and put them into envelopes. I have an envelope for each store.
3 more tips:
1. To maximize your savings make sure you stick to your shopping list and resist impule purchases.
2. Don’t leave the house without your binder and always take it with you into the store. (I have kicked myself for not bringing my binder along many times.)
3. Learn your store’s coupon policy.
Now…Go shopping and enjoy the savings!
Let me know if you have any more questions and please share some of your couponing tips and favorite blogs.
For more inspiration and reasons why you should use coupons read this blogpost Refuting 8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Coupons.