Top Excuses People Give for Not Couponing
When I tell people about couponing, I often hear a variety of excuses why they don’t coupon themselves. In my view, there is no excuse for not saving money. Here are the common excuses I hear and suggestions I have for easing into the habit of couponing.
“I don’t have time to coupon.” Let’s face it, life is busy. As with any new habit, it takes time to incorporate couponing in our schedule. Start by making small changes. For instance, begin by setting aside 15 minutes on a Sunday where you can review the coupon circulars and store ads. A valuable tip I learned was to label each coupon circular with the date. This way, you only need to clip the coupons you will be using in the near future. Set aside the rest in a handy place. Coupon Mom has a coupon database that will tell you the date a coupon was in a particular circular. You can then go back and review that date’s circular.
Check out manufacturer’s websites for printable coupons for their products. Just the other week I was able to download a coupon for Advair. It took me less than one minute, and it will save me nearly $40 a month!
Use mobile apps whenever possible. Coupons.com has an app that allows you to “clip” coupons you can then email to yourself for printing later. This makes it easy to coupon on the go.
“I can never find coupons for items I need.” I always hear this excuse from foodies. While I agree that coupons for gourmet items are hard to find, don’t be quick to give up. New couponing services such as Ibotta, Snap and Checkout 51 give rebates for items such as produce, meat and eggs. Keep in mind that comparison shopping is a useful tactic. Many stores list prices on their websites so comparison shopping can be done on your home computer or mobile phone. I often save money by simply buying generics.
Regardless of whether you can find coupons for food items, there are coupons for items every household uses: paper goods, personal care, cleaning products, etc.
“I forget to use my clipped coupons.” Put your coupons in a legal sized envelope that you can easily stash in your purse or car. Organize coupons by expiration date, not by category, and place the coupons you are using that week in the front of the envelope separated in a paper clipped pile. I have never been a fan of those big binders couponers suggest; they make it hard to keep track of when the coupons expire. By clipping only those coupons you think you will be using in the near future and filing away your circulars, you are creating a manageable amount of coupons. You can always use the Coupon Mom database to find coupons you haven’t clipped. Lastly, take advantage of those services that let you electronically load coupons on your store loyalty cards. The savings will automatically be deducted at checkout.
“The savings don’t really add up to that much.” I firmly believe every penny counts! Nonetheless, by couponing and comparison shopping, I am able to save an average of $200 a month for my family of two (three if you include my dog Bella). I can’t imagine throwing two hundred dollars into the trash each month. Can you?
“I don’t want to be one of those people who buys 50 bottles of hot sauce.” You definitely don’t have to use every coupon you clip. I only clip coupons for items I will use within a reasonable amount of time. If there is an exceptional deal you have trouble passing up, you can always donate the items you won’t use to a food bank.
Making small, gradual changes will help you develop a coupon routine. Until next time, happy homemaking!