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Couponing is not hard. Or rather, it doesn’t have to be. This post should give you some perspective on how easy couponing and saving money can really be!
There’s a trend when introducing couponing to newbies – they all ask, “Isn’t it hard?”
First of all, the effort that you see bloggers and couponing pros put into couponing isn’t necessarily the norm. There is such a thing as realistic couponing for the average shopper.
While it may seem that couponers spend an extraordinary amount of time planning, clipping coupons, and shopping, it isn’t really necessary if you just want to save a little money on your grocery bill.
Believe it or not, some people just enjoy easy couponing and take it up as a leisurely hobby that happens to save them money!
Do you watch at least one hour of television per week? If you do, you do not have to spend ANY extra time clipping coupons. I always clip my coupons while watching my favorite show each week – which I would sit and watch with or without couponing.
Couponing is an easy way to multitask. Whether you’re waiting for the laundry, sitting outside your kid’s karate lesson, or killing time at the car wash, you can bring along your weekly ad and clip coupons just about anywhere.
To make it even easier, you don’t even have to clip coupons. Some people prefer to file their coupon inserts away whole and uncut. I actually did this for a while myself. The only downside is that you might miss out on some unadvertised deals and clearance.
You can also go paperless with digital coupons using sites like this, or mobile apps like Flipp or SnipSnap. Find manufacturer’s coupons for brands and products you regularly buy and use them at any store (just be sure to read the fine print first). At checkout, simply pull the coupon up on your phone and scan it at the register, just like a traditional paper coupon.
Some stores even have dedicated online portals and mobile apps for loyalty card members where you can search and digitally clip coupons to save them to your rewards account. When you check out using your loyalty card or phone number, the coupons are automatically applied.
While this isn’t exactly couponing, you can also earn cash back on your purchases — online and in-store — with the Ibotta mobile app. Similarly to the coupon apps, you search for offers in the app and digitally add them to your account. When you go shopping and buy a qualifying item, scan your receipt into the Ibotta app and you’ll get cash back!
You don’t have to go to every store and get every deal. Pick your favorite stores where you already regularly shop and stick with those to start.
The very first coupon I used was for $1.50 off diapers almost 4 years ago. I am just as proud of saving that $1.50 as I am of the hundreds of dollars I now save our family every month. Remember, no matter how much you save, you are saving something!
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