As a beginner at couponing the first question everyone wants to know is, will this really save me money?
I can’t tell you how often I have been asked that. When I say yes, the follow up question is how can you save 90% on your grocery bill. It seems there is a lot of difference between the two questions, can I do it to how I can be a professional couponer in 10 minutes or less.
I just have to laugh at that. Couponing is not just about making those huge hauls; it’s about saving money over the long haul. Sure you might get some crazy deal and be able to order 100 of them for free to build a huge pile in a closet but that is relatively rare. But if you can consistently shave 20 or 30% off of your grocery bill that can add up.
A family of four can rack up a huge bill over the course of a year buying groceries. Most people never really add up what they spend so they think saving 20-30% using coupons doesn’t matter much. Over time it does.
Let’s assume you spend $500 a month on groceries for a family of 4. That’s $6,000 a year spent on groceries. If you were to save 20% using coupons to save money you’d save as much as $1,200 dollars a year, or if you save 30% that would be saving as much as $1,800 year just by using coupons.
The way to become good at couponing is to practice and dedicate time to saving money using coupons. You need to collect coupons, organize coupons, and watch sales flyers and much more. In the end though you will be able to save more and more money using the coupons you clip.
One thing you will get to know when you become an extreme couponer is when to expect certain items to be on sale. For instance if you buy pop you will notice it’s almost always on sale around the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day. So it’s a good time to use Pepsi coupons, coke coupons and other similar coupons to maximize your coupon savings.
Around Thanksgiving and Christmas you can often pick up ham and turkey at good prices and often get free coupons if you spend a certain amount of money. Free item coupons are a great way to stock up especially if you have the space to store the items.
So back to the original question, will couponing save you money, of course it will, the only question is whether or not you will take the time to become proficient at it. As with anything in life if you put effort into it you will see results if you want instant results you might want to try something else.