Hi! I am a fairly new couponer. I started back in the fall and have done decent. I love the rush it gives me. But, I have a few issues. I only want to buy stuff that I need or will use and it’s only me and my fiancé at the moment. (no kids that live with us). I also work full time and have been getting overwhelmed trying to clip all my coupons and hit all the sales each week. I hate having to get up so early in the morning to rush out and beat everyone else before the papers are gone. The people in my town are nuts. They will buy up all the paperS way early its crazy! Also, Sometimes I feel like I’m spending money just to get the good sale. So, I was wondering if you have any ideas to help my situation. Thank you in advance, Andrea
We are all new at some point! When I was new to serious couponing, I chased after every deal. I bought things I didn’t need (and even had a hard time donating some of it). I have been where you are! Let me reassure you it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here is my current time-friendly couponing method:
- Only buy what you need for your family or can very easily donate.
- Don’t clip every coupon. Either file your whole inserts OR clip what you will definitely use and file the rest.
- Get a paper delivered, if possible. It is not always the cheapest method, but it saves time and gas money!
- Save on items you can to be able to spend on items that don’t go on sale often.
- Shop once a week (unless there is a special coupon event going on…). I was tempted to stop by the store an awful lot in the beginning. Shopping once will make you focus in on what you need, what the best deals are, and being prepared for your trip.
BONUS Tip: If you miss a deal, it will be ok. You might be sad for a short while, but another deal will come along.
I know my Coupon Teacher readers will be able to help with this one too!
What advice do you have for Andrea?