I get so many questions about time management that I just really wanted to write this post. Yesterday I counseled my own mother on time management with coupons and shopping, so it is a common problem.
My solution? For the first six months, look at couponing as a part time job.
- For the first six months of building a stockpile, couponing is time consuming. I am talking between 5-10 hours a week or more, depending on your experience level. There is clipping, coupon organization, organizing shopping trips, shopping, and organizing a growing stockpile. Plus there is a learning curve that consumes more time. I could not have been a teacher, blogger, and stockpile builder all at the same time. (Just sayin’!)
- For the first six months of couponing, your savings are about worth minimum wage. Sometimes you can do better, but usually when you are really working to build a stockpile, your grocery bills won’t drop tremendously at first. You will just bring home a lot more product for your money.
- Couponing is the part-time job that you can work for 6 months and then semi-retire. I am serious. After building a good stockpile for 6 months, you can really slow down on the coupon clipping, chasing sales, and obsessing over stockpiling. I consider myself a semi-retired couponer right now. I still use coupons. A lot. But I spend 1-2 hours per week on my personal couponing and shopping (not all the blog deals or blogging). That is a fraction of what I spent in the first six months.
- Looking at it like a job that has big pay-offs in six months can help your spouse understand. Have a talk with your spouse. Let them know that the time commitment isn’t permanent. They won’t have a coupon crazy spouse for the rest of their life. You will always use coupons and spend some time, but it has been my experience that the most time-consuming part is at the beginning of stockpiling.
- This sure is a fun job! There aren’t too many other jobs that can give you the thrills and excitement that couponing can give you. You get to share successes and save your hard-earned money! Plus, you can take a week’s vacation whenever you want!
Oh and as an added bonus, no one can fire you from couponing, except for you!
Please don’t be discouraged about stockpiling when reading this post! Stockpiling can done a little slower so it isn’t as time consuming. This post was mean to encourage you to work hard and reap the benefits!!
What is your best time management tip? Do you think of couponing as a part-time job?