extreme benefits of couponing has been brought to the fore recently, but so has the potential for unrealistic, and detrimental behavior. Some people have unrealistic expectations about couponing and their behavior echoes their expectations. Being realistic when couponing is extremely important, it gives you a good idea on how much time you should spend couponing, how much money you can save and how many products you should buy.
BE REALISTIC ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU SPEND CLIPPING COUPONS
You should never spend too much time clipping coupons. The amount of stores you buy from during your weekly shop will influence the amount of time you spend clipping coupons, but it should not be extreme. Also, if you are new to couponing, it is going to take you a little longer to clip coupons than someone that has been doing it for years. Try and make use of coupon binders to set up a system that saves you time. Realistically, you should only spend 30 – 60 minutes once a week clipping coupons for your weekly shop.
BE REALISTIC ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU CAN SAVE
Obviously, the more time you spend clipping coupons the more money you will save. However, is the time you spend clipping the coupons worth the money you will save? Spending time with your family and friends is essential so be careful not to spend more time than you need couponing. If couponing is taking up too much of your time, you need to reconsider your values. If couponing is taking valuable time away from your family the cost is too high, irrespective of the savings.
You are never going to save 90% on your first couponing shopping trip. It will eventually happen but it takes time to build up a good stockpile of coupons. You will need to clip coupons every week for a while before you are in a position to go out and only buy products that are free or cheap. Build up your stockpile weekly and before long you will be able to see the real benefits of couponing.
BE REALISTIC ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU STOCKPILE
If you have more toilet paper in your house than you are ever going to use in 40 years, it is unrealistic! Realistically, you need to buy a few months’ worth of products your family will eat or use, but no more than that. Coupons for particular items come in cycles, so don’t overdo it. A good rule is; one newspaper per week for every member of the family.
Try not to buy products just because you have the coupons. Obviously, if your favorite cereal goes on sale, buy more than one box but never buy too many at one time. Don’t forget, most food items have an expiry date so buying too many of the same food stuff is only going to end in it going to waste.
Couponing is a great way to save money and it can be a lot of fun; but it can also be an addictive hobby. Be realistic with your expectations and you will reap the rewards of intelligent couponing.