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Confessions of a Couponing Beginner

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I have tried couponing many times in the last few years. But no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to gain the maximum benefits. Like any other area of organizing, couponing requires discipline. Something I lack severely at times.

So, I usually just give up when I don’t reap the rewards I think I should be getting. I mean, it gets tiring cutting out coupons, trying to match them to the lowest price, and remembering to take them with me when I go shopping.

Have you tried couponing but didn’t feel successful?

Well, it’s a new day, and I’ve decided to give it a try again. The potential for saving money and using my family’s resources wisely has drawn me back in. I’m not aiming to be a super saver or a coupon queen. I just want to save a little money each week.

This time I’m trying a different approach. Instead of stressing out wondering if I’m getting the best deal, I’m just going to clip my coupons each week and make it a habit of saving some money. Saving a little money is better than not saving any money, right?

Here are a few things to think about when you start couponing:

  • Cut out the perfection tendencies. If you are running all over town just to save $.50 on an item, you are probably wasting more than that in gas for your car. Clip the coupons you know you’ll use, and pick the one store that has the best deals.
  • Check out CouponMom.com. CouponMom.com has a free list of sale items at different stores all over the country. Check here to see what is on sale and to match any coupons you may have. This is a great way to get more bang for your buck with your coupons. There are also links to printable coupons for items that are on sale.
  • Beware of sale items. Just because something is on sale does not make it a good deal. Even if you have a coupon and can get an item for almost nothing, it will do you no good if your family does not need that item. Don’t become a hoarder and buy up all the sale items. Think responsibly and buy only what your family can actually use.
  • Plan your meals. Having a plan for what you will cook for the week will help you to make a comprehensive list of what you really need. Check your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to see what you can cook with what you already have on hand. Consider planning meals based on what is on sale for the week.

What are some of your tips for couponing?

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