I hear it all the time, “I’m too busy to coupon!” I was in the store last week and the lady behind me saw that I had saved 70% off of my grocery bill. She said ” I wish I could do that but I just don’t have the time.” I then told her how I make couponing easier and that I only spend about 30 minutes a week getting my coupons together.
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She was amazed and said she would have to start doing it now that she knew it didn’t really take up a lot of time. You really can make couponing easier for when you don’t have a lot of time!
When you start to coupon it can be a bit daunting but once you get organized and have a system in place, then you can do it quickly and efficiently.
You don’t have to extreme coupon to benefit from all of the savings and deals that can be found. Just save on what you would normally buy, don’t go crazy and get yourself stressed out over it!
I used to spend hours clipping every coupon in the newspaper inserts and organizing them by category. I had to come up with a way to make couponing easier once I had my daughter…..you don’t have free time with kids around!
Now I only spend about 30 minutes a week clipping coupons and I normally do it while I am watching TV. I wanted to share how you can make couponing easier when you feel like you are too busy because there really is no excuse not to be saving money when you shop!
We can all use more money in our wallets!
How to Make Couponing Easier
I used to have a coupon binder that I would take with me to the store every time I shopped. Once I realized how much time I was spending clipping every coupon and putting them in the baseball card holders, I knew I couldn’t keep up with it.
Binders work well for some people but not those that want to coupon quickly.
I like using an expanding file folder and I put the whole insert in the section. I label each section with the date of the insert so I can quickly find it.
Then once I know what coupon I want (from the explanation below) then I just grab that insert, find the coupon, and clip what I need instead of having to clip every single coupon.
Finding the right deal blog is key to making couponing easier when you don’t have a lot of time. There is no need to spend time trying to match coupons to store deals all by yourself…..they do all the work for you!
My favorite deal blog is Hip2Save. I get all my coupon matchups for Target and the drug stores from this site. They tell you exactly what to buy and which coupon to use and where exactly to find the coupon in your inserts (or online).
There are so many deal blogs out there so finding the right one for you depends on where you shop. Just do a quick Google search like “(Your store name) coupon matchups” and it should bring up some for you to look over.
- The Harris Teeter Deals: Harris Teeter grocery store
- Southern Savers: various retail and grocery stores in the South
- Krazy Coupon Lady: various retail and grocery stores
Most of these sites even have the option for you to make a list to print out. Just check off all the deals you need and it prints out with a list of the coupons that you will need beside each item. Super easy!
It has never been easier to find coupons. Not only can you get them in your Sunday newspaper but you can find them online as well.
I do recommend getting a newspaper subscription, mine is only $1 a week for the Sunday paper, as well as using online coupons.
Ask your family, friends, or neighbors that don’t coupon if they will save their coupon inserts for you. I have a sweet neighbor who does that for me!
I like checking Coupons.com twice a month. I check it at the beginning of the month when new coupons are released and at the end of the month before most of the coupons disappear or reset.
This way you aren’t constantly checking the site and can print what you think you might be needing just a couple of times a month.
When You’re Too Busy to Coupon
I love using cash back apps to really maximize my savings. A lot of people forget to use them though. I like to check them as the new deals arrive each week. I then just add what I want to my account and I don’t have to worry about it again.
- Checkout 51: I check it every Thursday when the new offers arrive.
- SavingStar: Check every Sunday when the new offers arrive
- Ibotta: Check every Sunday, most new offers arrive then but some come throughout the week as well.
The good thing about SavingStar is that you can link up your loyalty card so you don’t have to submit your receipt to get the savings added to your account!
Checkout 51 and Ibotta both need you to take a picture of your receipt and/or scan the barcodes of the items you bought. I usually do this as I am putting away my groceries so that I don’t forget to do it!
It really only takes a couple of minutes and they are all free to use!
Don’t spend hours searching for online coupon codes anymore. I love saving online by using Ebates. It’s a great way to make couponing easier when you shop online. They offer cash back on every purchase you make through their site and it’s free to use.
When you sign up for a new account you will get a $10 bonus when you make your first purchase! That is in addition to the normal cash back you will receive!
I like that I can just type in the store I want to shop and it tells me how much cash back I will receive, example 5%, and it also has all of the coupon codes that are available at that store.
You can quickly scan the list to see if there are any that you want to use before you start your shopping. It is so quick and easy to do!
Couponing may take some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, you can do it even when you feel like you are too busy to coupon.
You will be surprised at how much you can save in such a short amount of time! It is possible to make couponing easier so that you can save on things you buy every single day.