I still remember that day, it was early February 2011, and as I sat behind my computer screen looking in amazement and awe of these amazing shopping trips from other couponers, I felt two things: 1) this is too overwhelming and 2) I do not have time for this level of commitment
If this is what is running through your mind now, I reassure you, you are not alone. I also reassure you that couponing does not have to feel like a second job when you get home.
Couponing is a choice – a choice to save yourself money as well as a choice to keep money in your wallet to spend on other more important things like family vacations, a new home or even a nice dinner out with someone you love.
I have a few tips to get you feeling excited to shop using coupons:
1) My first tip is to START SMALL – start by price matching, shave off a few dollars here and there and by the time you do this for a few weeks, you feel ready to take on couponing along side of price matching. Try collecting a few coupons on the items you would typically purchase on a weekly basis for your home (toilet paper, eggs, milk, bread, cheese). It is an amazing feeling to save $10-$20 off your bill the first time you go and you become very comfortable with couponing.
2) Second tip is DO NOT SHOP DURING PEAK HOURS – not only do you feel overwhelmed, but so do the people behind you. Go when its not busy (like a Saturday afternoon) and tell customers behind you that you are couponing and price matching
3) Third tip is TELL CASHIER WHAT YOU ARE DOING AHEAD OF TIME – if you are price matching and couponing, ask the cashier how she/he would like you to set up the items – does he/she want the coupons on top of the products? at the end? It always works in your favour to be pleasant and to work WITH the cashiers and not against them
5) Fourth tip is to COUPON FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE. If you don’t have the room, space or money for 18 jugs of laundry soap, don’t splurge just because its on sale and you have a $2 off coupon. Often times you will see another great sale in a few months and still have coupons to use. I know this cause I have seen this happen to me all the time.
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