Using coupons is one of my all time favorite things to do to save money. But if you’ve never used coupons, it’s easy to make excuses not doing it.
I’m here to debunk some of the common myths surrounding coupon clipping. And over the next week, I’m going to provide you with a series of posts designed to help you get started with saving money with coupons.
First, the myths debunked:
Coupon clipping takes too much time. When you’re organized and you have a good system, it only takes about 1/2 hour to an hour a week to clip coupons and plan your shopping trips. The time spent can easily save you 30 to 50 percent on your grocery bill.
I have to buy the Sunday paper to get coupons. There are many other sources for coupons – including printable coupons, coupon clipping services and directly from the manufacturer. I’ll be sharing my list of coupon sources in an upcoming post.
Saving money with coupons is difficult. The internet has made it a cinch to save money with coupons. I’ll share my tips with you on how to make the most of your coupons in my Coupon 101 series.
You can’t find coupons for anything healthy. Not true! There are coupons for everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to organic meat and snack foods. The secret is knowing where to look.
Coupons make you buy things you don’t need. It’s all about willpower. No one made you eat that giant slice of pie at Thanksgiving, did they? Just because you’re offered something doesn’t mean you have to use it. The same thing goes with coupons. Don’t buy things just because you have a coupon! The key to saving money with coupons is to use them to make smart choices with how you spend your money.
You can’t really save that much money with coupons. Every little bit adds up! While I am an avid couponer, I’m not as serious as some (no stores double or triple coupons in my area and we don’t have a lot of stores to choose from). Yet over the past two years I have saved close to $4,000 by clipping coupons. Coupons should be thought of like cash. Would you leave a $1 bill lying on the ground? So why not use a coupon for a product you were planning to buy anyway?
Stay tuned for the rest of my series on Coupons 101. I’ll cover everything from where to find coupons, to how to make the most of them, to how to keep them organized.