How to Coupon Without Being Extreme (Part 2)

25 Aug

This is part 2 in a series about couponing. Click here to read Part 1.

Extreme couponing may be trendy, but it has little appeal to me.  I believe you can use coupons effectively without giving your life over to them.  Part 1 of this series discussed time management and couponing.  In Part 2 I’ll talk about balance when selecting coupons.

There are people that believe every coupon they come across should be kept, stored and spent.  If you were to follow this mindset, you would quickly be overwhelmed with more coupons than you ever needed.  If you’re trying to save time and money, prioritizing the coupons you keep is important.

You know what products your family uses most.  Don’t feel the need to clip every coupon, especially if it’s for a product you won’t buy.  You don’t want to waste time and space hanging on to coupons that you are highly unlikely to use.  There are plenty of coupons out there that you will be interested in.  Being selective will result in you having less coupons to manage and more effectiveness in using the ones you have.

This also applies to online coupons.  It is tempting to print every coupon offered from a coupon website, but it’s not worth it if you are overwhelmed with coupons you will never use.  Coupon blogs help a lot with this.  These blogs list weekly store ads and match coupons to the ads for you.  If there is a printable coupon you can use on an item, they provide a link for you.  This helps you save time and money by pointing you to only the coupons you need.

Here are some coupon blogs that I suggest: moneysavingmom.com, mymemphismommy.com.

Learning to be selective with your coupons will keep you from wasting precious time and money (printer ink is not cheap).  It will also help you focus on your purpose–saving money on the things you already use.

To read Part 3 in this series, click here.

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