You don’t need to have a lot of extra time on your hands to coupon. The Busy Person’s Guide to Couponing will give you tips and tricks you can use today!
If you are living a frugal life, you have probably tried couponing or at least known that this is one big way you can save money in your budget. The one big reason why many people don’t coupon is time. It is true that hunting down and clipping coupons takes some organization, time, and planning in order to do. That doesn’t mean only those that have the time to do so should be reaping the savings that couponing offers! Here is The Busy Person’s Guide to Couponing so you can get started even if you’re short on time.
The Busy Person’s Guide to Couponing
Do some stockpiling. One of the easiest ways to get deals that coupons offer and not have to do it all the time is to create a small stockpile when you do find a good deal on something your family uses a lot of. This way, you don’t have to do it as often and you can still get the deals. Additionally, it helps save you money by keeping trips to the store for 1 or two items at a minimum when you run out because you have some backup supplies.
Let technology work for you. Many stores now have digital coupons stored on apps. For example, Safeway has an app called Just 4 U that you just scan on the shelves as you go through the store when you see a coupon you want to snag. At the register, you just enter your phone number associated with your Just 4 U account and the coupons automatically come off. There are even bonus personalized coupons added over time as the app figures out your buying habits. Other stores with similar apps include Kroger stores, Whole Foods, SaveMart, and Wegman’s.
Pick a couple of stores and products to focus on. Trying to coupon to save money on everything can be very time-consuming. Instead, focus on a few items you really use a lot or are expensive. get to know a few store’s apps and layouts and you can maximize your savings in less time as well. you don’t have to shop at 10 different stores to save money.
Follow couponing and deal blogs. Let someone else do all the legwork and gather up the deals and coupons. Subscribe to their emails and you will get savings sent right to your inbox. These kinds of sites also usually offer specific advice for maximizing specific store deals so you can learn more about the 2 or 3 stores you are focusing on. If you are already at the store, use the Favado app to do help you find the best deals.
Try rebates rather than coupons. There are a few cash back apps out there such as ibotta that offer instant rebates on items purchased. You simply take 10 minutes to scan the app before heading to the store, ‘unlock’ rebates (by simply pressing a button, answering a quick 1 question survey or viewing a short ad), and scan items when you get home. When you reach $20, you can cash it out into a PayPal account.