Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide
I enjoy just hanging out with my husband and my girls; I don’t want to spend my whole life clipping coupons and driving to 10 stores a week. My husband took the picture above of me and my daughters just hanging out. These are the best times we have and I want more.
Thus I have compiled a list of inventive ways to save time couponing, since it can be so time-consuming:
- Instead of clipping all the Smart Source, Red Plum, and P&G inserts yourself, find some friends each Sunday to do a coupon insert swap with. For example, each week I clip the Smart Source coupons and one of my friends clips the P&G and Red Plum inserts. Give them back their coupons once you’ve finished clipping them.
- If a store is far away, trade weeks with a friend to shop there. For example, Target is 25 miles away from me. I print out all the deals I want to get, compile my coupons in an envelope, and give them to my friend who picks up my deals for me at Target. I do the same for her at Rite Aid and Walgreens; they are also quite a drive away from our homes. We make sure to have everything organized for the person who is going to make it easy for them. We also get separate receipts at checkout to make paying each other back easier & so we can have receipts to submit for rebates that need mailed in.
- If you have 3 copies of the same insert to clip, make sure to stack all the individual coupon insert pages that are similar on top of each other and cut them at once.
- I always save my shopping receipts because you never know when a rebate form will appear that has an item that you already purchased on it. For example, I recently did the Coors Rebate and used a receipt for Plastic Cups that I had purchased before I even heard about the rebate. The rebate dates were so long (Dec. 15-Feb.8) it was easy to find receipts to make the rebate work.
- Gather all the ads for deals you want to do and price match them at Target. Remember, they won’t price match Rite Aid Plenti Points, Walgreen’s Register Rewards, B1G1 Free and other deals where an exact price isn’t listed. I like to shop at local stores that are running the ad to support them, plus the local stores pay for their ads, but if I don’t have time to visit them all or if the stores are too far away.
- Use a coupon-clipping service and order coupons in bulk. Here is one of the cheapest (usually 5 cents per coupon) My Coupon Hunter here. Remember it will take a few days to get your coupons though.
- Heather from Sweet Deals 4 Mom sent me this great idea: “I do a coupon train with about 7 other people. When I get the envelopes of coupons in the mail, I take what I need, replace what I took and remove the expired ones. Pretty easy.”
- Kristin from Making Cents Out of Life sent me her tips: “I saves a lot of time and impulse buys just to not clip every coupon. I have a mixed method of coupon organization…when I get organized that is :), where I leave them whole but I plan 4 weeks of sales as far in advance as I can. I use Cuckoo for Coupons and other forums and blogs to look ahead, clip what I need and use 4 different accordion holders to store that week’s coupons until I need them. I keep the rest of the insert filed away and when I hear of a clearance deal I go clip. Always take a notebook and pen with you when you shop so you can write down clearance deals, and run back the next day if you really want the item. I spend less money not having my coupons with me at all times. I miss the occasional hot deal but the pay off is worth it. It’s hard to explain in a short (for me!) paragraph but not keeping my coupons with me all the time is usually a good thing. If you really are afraid of missing a hot deal, take the inserts but leave them in the car. You still don’t clip them but you have your box in the car so you can go out and clip the ones that you need if you come upon a clearance deal. But…I despise clipping coupons and trying to stuff them into the baseball card inserts or any other insert. Hahah. I love using them but hate clipping!”
What ideas do you have about saving time couponing? I’d love to hear them!