I’m no extreme couponer. I’m just a 23 year old girl who recently got into couponing and is slowly finding new ways that work best for me and easy ways to save on things I buy all the time (and spend far too much money on). The first thing I’ve learned so far is that it takes time. I am certainly not at the level of going to the store and scoring hundreds of dollars worth of things and saving 70%, but then again, I rarely go to the grocery store and buy that many things one at a time anyways. I can’t handle it with coupons, so I definitely can’t handle it with coupons.
I’ve also learned to take it slow. In the beginning, I was obsessed with collecting newspaper inserts and building my stockpile of coupons, while not really getting any shopping done. By the time I got to the store, I had no idea where to start, what I was getting, and realized I had been wasting all of my time rushing the whole learning experience and trying to do too much at once. Now I’d like to think I’m progressing to the point where this new way of using coupons is simply adjusting to my lifestyle, rather than me adjusting to it. Couponing can be a tool you use with your normal way of shopping to save you money on stuff you really need and want.
What I buy hasn’t really changed, the only thing that has changed is how I shop (being more aware of what I buy and not wasting money on things I always had in the past) and how much I save. In just a couple of months, I’ve saved hundreds of dollars. I haven’t kept track of the exact number, but the majority of the shopping trips I make now I’m saving on average 50% and sometimes more.
For you couponing newbies, I know it gets overwhelming. I’ve been there and I’m still there, but give it a chance. Your day will come where you check out and realize you just bought $30 worth of things for a few dollars. My boyfriend had his first the other day, and all it took was that one time and now he wants to get into it with me. (We’ll see if that enthusiasm really lasts or not…) Start small. Take it slow. The best way to learn is to practice. Choose one drugstore and one grocery store you’re familiar with, and start there. Learn their coupon policy and how to get good deals there inside and out. Once you have it down, maybe you’ll want to include more stores. It will get easier and eventually you won’t be spending hours reading up on it and feel like you’re getting nowhere.
Soon I’ll share with you some of the ways I like to go about couponing and some strategies I’ve found that worked for me and made it much easier on me.
My goal for this blog is to simply share with you my favorite freebies links (I love freebies), my favorite coupons, my favorite coupon blogs, and in general my favorite deals!
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