Some people think that it takes a lot of time to coupon and find deals. It can, but it doesn’t have to be time consuming. We all have a lot of responsibilities each day and don’t always have time to coupon or find deals. Below are some tips that will save you time and will still help you be an efficient couponer and deal finder.
1. Clipless Couponing – When you receive coupons in the mail or the Sunday newspaper, take a few minutes and only clip out the coupons you think you would use. With the packet of unclipped coupons, write the date on the front, then file it away in case you need to pull it out again to grab a coupon.
2. Weekly Grocery Ads – If you are hard pressed for time, use this technique as a time saver. When your weekly grocery ads come in the mail, take a few minutes to circle the sale items on the front and back of the ad that you need to buy or that are a really good deal that week. Almost all of the sale items are on the front and back of ads. This will save you time by not browsing through the entire ad. Then take the ad to the store and mark off your circled items as you place them in your grocery basket.
3. Couponing and Deal Sites – Take a few minutes a couple times a week to look at 2 or 3 couponing and deal sites (like Saving Cent by Cent). You can easily scan through and print off the good, high-value coupons you would use. These couponing and deal sites do most of the work for you and keep you informed about great coupons and good deals.
4. Stay Organized – I know this can be difficult, but stay as organized as possible. Every couple of days take the coupons you’ve clipped or printed and organize them in your binder. If you have a pile of coupons all over your house, you won’t be able to utilize them, let alone know what you have. Keeping it in organized in one location will help you to save time because you can quickly locate the coupon you’ll need to use with a sale.
I actually only spend a few hours each week to coupon, and and I only print or clip coupons I would need or use. To be totally honest, I don’t use half of the coupons that come in the weekly inserts; however, it’s worth it when there are good, high-value coupons. And it’s even better when you can pair the high-value coupons with a sale and pick up a product inexpensively.