Many people would like to save money, but when asked why they don’t use coupons, it usually boils down to not having enough time. When I started using coupons, I immediately starting saving at least 50% off my grocery bill. But is that enough? Are coupons really worth your time?
The truth is YES, they are. Like most things, the time you put in will pay off, but you also don’t have to spend hours a day trying to get your coupons ready for a shopping trip. Their are steps you can take and resources you can use to make it easier (and quicker) for you.
Here are a few tips to make using coupons easier, and worth your time:
1. Organize your coupons in a way that works best for you. This may be by using a coupon binder, a coupon pocket, or a clipless method. Whatever works best for you is the right way. Just make sure that you are able to find your coupons when you need them. (You can check out my coupon binder Here.)
2. Save time, use printable coupons. If you just don’t have the time to go through the Sunday inserts, then you can still save with coupons by just printing the ones that you need. Sites with good printable coupons include Coupons.com, RedPlum, and Smartsource.
And if you don’t want to print, you can save by using e-Coupon sites like, Cellfire and Shortcuts.com, where you load the coupons that you want onto your shoppers grocery card. Doesn’t get easier than that!
3. Use your resources. There are plenty of websites that can help you find the best deals and coupon match-ups. If you are looking for a coupon database, you have come to the right place. You can use the Saving Cents with Sense Coupon Database to help you find available coupons (inserts, printables, magazines, etc).
Of course, sites like this one (Saving Cents with Sense) can also help you by matching up the best store deals with available coupons. We do the work for you so that it can save you time and money. If you are looking for other deal bloggers in other states, check out the Frugal Map.
4. Watch the sales. When you know the prices of products you use in your area, then you can make sure that you buy at the lowest price. If you have multiples of a certain coupon, then you can stock up on that product at the lowest price, and save more in the long run.
5. Know coupon policies. Do your stores double coupons? Do they take printable coupons? How many of 1 coupon will they take per transaction? My recommendation is to have a print out of that store’s coupon policy (if there is one) and keep it in your coupon holder so it is readily available.
So, are coupons worth your time? Definitely! Just use your time wisely (because I know you have a million things to do with your family, job, church, etc.). You’ll find that by taking easy steps, you can use coupons quickly and efficiently, and then you’ll end up saving your family money at the store.
What do you think? Are they worth your time? Why or why not? What things do you use to make the most of your time when using coupons?
You can find more ways people save their cents at Frugal Friday.