Those of us who love clipping and organizing coupons know that it’s easy for these tiny scraps of paper to take over our purses and counter tops.
And when we don’t use all those coupons, it can make you feel more than a little guilty about that paper waste.
Here are a few ways you can make using coupons more green:
Recycle what you don’t use. If you’ve got kids, let them cut up your old expired coupon inserts for art projects and scissors practice. Be sure to recycle the inserts when you’re done.
Swap those coupons. If you have coupons you don’t need, swap them with a friend or relative for coupons you want.
Print your coupons. Rather than collecting all of the glossy newspaper inserts and magazines for coupons, print your coupons – in draft mode to save ink. And the biggest tip to making your coupons more green: Only print the coupons you absolutely know you will use.
Mobile coupons. Sign up for services like CellFire and download coupons right to your mobile phone or grocery store loyalty card. Target also offers mobile coupons. Text message fees may apply so read the fine print before you use mobile coupons. In many cases the mobile coupons can be combined with manufacturer coupons.
Don’t use coupons at all. You can still save money on your grocery and household goods by buying storebrand items, shopping at Dollar Stores, thrift stores, and wholesale clubs. Remember that the less processed and the less packaged an item is, the better it usually is for the environment.