The answer is yes, of course, and here is how I do it:
1. Instead of cutting every coupon from the circulars or printing online, I only keep the ones that I will actually use including personal and household items.
2. I also contact my favorite companies so they include me on their mailing list. They will occasionally mail you coupons.
3. Organize your coupons in a way that works for you. I use a little portable picture album with an elastic closure that I found on clearance at Target. Each sleeve is labeled and it is small enough for me to keep in my purse.
4. Next, I check out the sales at my local stores to see if I can match up the sales with the coupons I have on hand.
Also remember you can stack store coupons on top of manufacturer’s coupons for maximum savings. If I see that toothpaste is on sale but I don’t necessarily need it I may go ahead and get it. It depends on the final price after the sale and coupons.
I could use one of the coupon sites that do matchups but I’ve found that the prices vary based on your location so I just look at the circulars online. This also helps me get the best price on meat and produce since they don’t often have coupons.
I don’t like to go to six different stores to save a few bucks so I just stick with my favorite stores.
5. The next step I do is my meal planning for the week. Meal planning is actually quite helpful for saving money. Before I started meal planning I would buy what I thought I needed and often overbuy.
6. Finally, I make a list of things – food, personal, and household items – to buy from each store. Then I put the coupons and the list inside of an envelope for each store. Since I was looking at the circular online I may need to clip a store coupon when I get to the store so if I do I just make a note on my list.
Couponing really doesn’t take that long if you are prepared. I’m by no means an extreme couponer especially since I don’t buy a lot of processed foods but I do try to stock up my pantry, household, and personal items.
Saving is sexy so I plan on sharing great deals I find with you. Hopefully you can use those savings to buy something for yourself like a nice relaxing pedicure. You deserve it.
Do you coupon? If so, do you have any tips to add?