As a busy mom, the thought of adding one more thing to your to-do list can see downright crazy. When it comes to couponing, the time tradeoff might be worth it. I’m sure the last thing you want to be doing is clipping coupons, but even a few hours a week can help you save money!
If you have been nervous to give couponing a try, I can guarantee that your time spent will pay off in such significant ways. Here is the busy mom’s guide to couponing.
The Busy Mom’s Guide to Couponing
This is especially important for those of you just getting started. With so many deal matchup sites and coupons out there, couponing can start to feel overwhelming. Start small by picking just one or two stores that you are already shopping at regularly, and coupon ONLY at those stores. Starting with a store you are already familiar with is going to help you ease into couponing, without the overwhelm.
Use digital coupons
If you don’t have time to sit down at a computer and print coupons, you can still enjoy the savings! Mobile apps such as Cartwheel by Target, iBotta, and other grocery store apps can help you save a ton of money on your purchases. These can be combined with store coupons AND manufacturer’s coupons as well, so if you can do both, you should!
Find an organization system that works for YOU
There are so many ways you can organize your coupons. The most popular is the coupon binder method, however, if you don’t have a lot of time to clip coupons it is the least effective method. If you are short on time, I recommend the file box method. Here’s how it works:
- Purchase a large box, folders/dividers/or tabs
- Place the dividers into your box and label them by category, insert date, or whatever method works best for you
- Arrange your coupons in the folders or behind the tabs
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After making your grocery plan each week, go through your file folder and pull out only the coupons you need to take with you!
Couponing works hand in hand with meal planning. It’s all about preparation to save you time and money in the grocery store!
Be confident at checkout
So you think you’re ready to start shopping? Before you even leave the house, you need to be organized. Write down the price of the item, the quantity you’re buying, and the final price next to your items. This will help you watch the scanner at checkout, and catch any errors. If you have a lot of coupons, this will help you stay confident at checkout and ready to answer questions your cashier might have.
Know your store policy
Coupon store policies will vary by each store and sometimes even by location. Some limit how many will double, which they will take, and even place limits on how many you can use. Keep the store’s policy handy when you’re planning your trip, and even take it with you. This way if there are any questions about what was scanned, you have the policy handy.
You don’t need to spend hours clipping and preparing to be a coupon mom. If you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to saving money in no time at all!