Learning To Coupon Series
So You Think You Want to Coupon?
I’m glad you’ve decided to learn how to coupon. It’s definitely saved my family tons of money. I get asked questions often about coupons, how they work, does it really save money, is it worth my time, and so forth. So I’ve decided to start giving you all more “how-to” and “why” information.
Before you jump off into coupons, though, ask yourself this question. Why do I want to use coupons?
If your answer is something similar to I watched that show on TV and I want to get $1,000 worth of groceries for free, then stop right now. If you think that it’s possible to do that every shopping trip, you’re going to get discouraged fast. The first time you have $100 worth of merchandise and pay $90 for it after coupons, you’re going to think about throwing in the towel. Couponing doesn’t always get you stuff for free. And you won’t always have coupons for every single item your family needs or wants. But if you can save money on a consistent basis by using coupons, then you will be less likely to give up. Sometimes, realizing the long term savings takes a little time.
Now, if your answer is something along the lines of “I want to save money” or “I want to be more responsible with my finances”, or “I want to be able to help others with the extra things”, then you’re on the right track. Understand something from the beginning – Any savings are good savings. It’s really that simple. If you only save $50 per month with coupons, you’re still a success. You have $50 to spend somewhere else. Pay on a bill, put gas in your car, etc.
You see, being a couponer is not about getting something for nothing. It takes time to clip coupons, match them up with sales, learning what your rock bottom stock up prices are, and planning out your shopping trips. Couponing is about saving your hard earned money, making your budget stretch, and helping others when you can. Throwing away coupons is the same and throwing away dollar bills. When people behind me in the checkout line comment “I wish I could do that,” my response is always “Anybody can save serious money with coupons if they really want to.”
I stuck with it, and now, right at a year later, I have a stockpile valued at around $5,000, that cost me less than $1,000. That’s what’s just sitting in my stockpile right now. That doesn’t include the 2 or 3 thousand dollars worth of products I’ve given away to food pantries, shelters, and families in need. That also doesn’t include the things that have been eaten or used along the way.
I could go about 2 years without buying shampoo, conditioner, body wash, facial soap, feminine products for my wife/daughter, razors, and more. I’m not telling you this to gloat. I’m telling you this because you need to know it’s possible. You also need to know it didn’t happen overnight. It took time, planning, and determination.
I’ve had to slow down a little because we are running out of room to store things at the moment. Most of what I’m buying right now is just to replenish what we’re using from the stockpile, is being donated to those in need, or is being given to members of my family. Grocery wise, the only thing we have to buy is meat, milk, eggs, and other perishables. Of course, I can’t pass up a great deal on some things.
You will have to spend some time to coupon effectively. So prepare yourself. But don’t let that scare you off. Coupons are like money, you spend time earning that, don’t you? Then you’ll have to spend some time getting your coupons, clipping them, organizing them, and planning where and when to use them.
With all of that being said, I pose this question to you. So you think you want to coupon? If you do, you’re on the right track already. Online couponing/deal blogs like this one are great resources.
You can do this! And I’ll be glad to help you in any way I can. Just ask.
This post is part of the Learning To Coupon series. Be sure to check them all out! The purpose of these posts will be to teach you about couponing, give you some of my personal insights and tips, but mostly to encourage you. Be sure to stay tuned, and never be afraid to ask me for advice or help.
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