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Why everyone should use coupons

Coupons save money.

Everyone Should Use Coupons

Simply put – coupons save you money. If you learn to use them the “right” way, they can actually save you a lot of money. Spending just an hour every week to look for, clip and organize your coupons can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars every year.

Last year I saved over $13,000 using coupons. Thirteen thousand dollars. I still can’t believe that, myself. This was all possible because of coupons.

Coupons allow you to try new products on the cheap

I have tried many new products since I’ve been couponing, only because I had coupons for them. These are things I would not normally have purchased because they were too expensive. When I receive a coupon for $1 off something that is on sale for $1.79, I think $0.75 is worth giving that product a try.

If I end up loving it – awesome. If not, I can feel good knowing that I didn’t pay full price for it.

If there are products you want to try but can’t find good coupons for, I would suggest contacting the manufacturer directly. Simply tell them that you like their products (if you actually do like them) and ask if they can send you some coupons. Many will.

Don’t be discouraged if they don’t, though. Just email them another time and ask again. Maybe you will get a nicer representative at that time.

Save money on more than just groceries

Coupons aren’t just for food and household items. You can also find many coupons for clothing, local services, and restaurants. Always check online for any coupons that may be available to use at the store you are about to visit.

If you plan to shop online, always search for “_____ discount codes” through your search engine to see if there are any promotional codes available to those stores. Many times, there are. RetailMeNot is a great website for this.

Using coupons is not too much work

I cringe every time I hear the line “coupons are too much work”. I saved $13,000 last year and also worked full time. I did not sit on the computer all day, every day, trying to find deals and coupons. I only spent a few hours each week researching good deals, ordering coupons and then clipping and filing them.

I spend about 1 hour once per week planning our weekly menu and planning my shopping trip. Another hour at the grocery store and that’s it. I’d say I average about 5 hours per week dealing with coupons. But you don’t even have to spend that much time.

I use coupons on a massive scale because I donate a lot, so I need to spend a bit more time with the deal hunting. If you just want to save some money off your monthly grocery bill, you really only need 2-3 hours (including the time to shop) each week to dedicate to coupons.

Comments

  1. bestmommy

    Just read this post on Jamies blog and hopped over to subscribe to you. Looking forward to picking up some more money saving tips.

  2. Cassie Howard

    thank you so much for reading 🙂

  3. Shelly

    “I saved over $13,000 using coupons” Wondering how do you keep track of your savings for the year?

    • Michelle

      I keep my reciepts circle the savings and put it in an envelope I have 12 envelopes one for every month. At the end of the month I do a total and write it on the outside of the envelope. Then I add up the 12 for the year and ta da you have your total savings 🙂

  4. Cassie Howard

    hi shelly,
    i dont really have a super complicated system for tracking my savings over the year. after ever shopping trip i just jot down how much $$$ in coupons i used and add it all up as i go. 😛

  5. Maureen

    Saw the story on CTV in February, and finally remembered about it today! So excited to start couponing !!

  6. Brad

    $13000 for the year at an average of 5 hours per week (260 hours total) means you can consider that you’re “getting paid” $50/hr. That’s great, keep up the good work.

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