Simple Realistic Couponing

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How to keep couponing simple and easy to manage.

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Saving money, living intentionally, being frugal, and couponing are popular right now. There are so many posts orbiting the web on how to coupon. And….here’s another one!

time:   the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues {Merriam-Webster Dictionary} noun

You see, the key word here is TIME. It’s something many of us don’t have a lot of.

Like many, we are a busy family. My jobs consist of being a wife, a mother, a teacher, a house cleaner, a secretary, an accountant, a cook, a problem solver, a nurse, a blogger, and a manager. And there are even more job titles depending on the day. Can you relate?

Time is valuable around here. There never seems to be enough of it. So because of this, I have to be careful how and what I spend my time on. I don’t like spending so much time on ALL the ‘other’ areas of my life that I don’t have time for my family.

Couponing does take time… if you get carried away with it, it can take LOTS of time. That being said, the last thing I want to do is go crazy with “extreme couponing”. I just simply don’t have the time!


Most of the suggestions circling the web tell you to scour the sale ads, print out coupons from the web, and shop different stores to save the most money.  I tend to not follow this advise. You see, It’s not because our stores here are too spread apart. Quite the contrary actually. It’s because I view my time as valuable. So valuable in fact, that I view it as saving money. Not literally, of course! Although, the less time I have to spend running in and out of different stores, either with or without my children the better. For me the savings of a dollar or two isn’t worth the hassle. Too, with gas prices the way they sky rocket here and there, I can’t justify going from store to store. I would rather use that gas money to go do something a bit more fun!

We shop a store that offers A LOT of buy-one-get-one-free deals. I try to take advantage of these deals and use coupons with them. This is how you can save the most without using a ton of coupons.

Our family tries to stay away from too many processed foods, so therefore our coupon use is limited. I generally use the most coupons on items such as toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning products.

Here’s what I do:

  1. Shop the (store of choice) sale ad.
  2. Meal Plan (from the sale ad if you can)
  3. Make a grocery list – try your best to keep to the list when shopping
  4. Look through your coupons and match any coupons you might have to the sale items you use or what you are in need of. {Don’t miss my other post on simple coupon organization.}
  5. Stock up on sale items {Notice I said stock up not stock pile. Again, you can read about that here.}

Here’s what I don’t do:

  1. Use coupons just because I have them. It’s not a savings if the product sits in the fridge or pantry and goes bad.  (been there, done that! a huge waste of time and money)
  2. Spend a bunch of time clipping coupons. I usually just clip the ones I absolutely think I’ll use. I do this in the evening when I’m sitting on the couch.
  3. Spend too much time on the web printing coupons. I know that there are some really good coupons to print but check out your local grocery store and see I they offer on-line coupons. For instance, the store we frequent often offers on-line coupons. They shoot me an email each month with the coupons and I click on the ones I think I will use and when we go to the store we just put in our phone number. If any of the items purchased match any of the coupons I clicked they are automatically taken off. No mobile app, no printed coupons, just a phone number and the coupons from the weekly newspaper I have clipped.
  4. Keep an over-complicated, time consuming couponing system. {read about it here}

I want to say this again. I know that money can be saved by playing the coupon game. You’ve heard of the game… you shop different grocery stores, drug stores, etc. I tried to shop the great deals at the drug stores because you truly can save money doing so. I just found it so frustrating to learn all the ins & outs of each store (policies) and what to coupon, when to coupon, and how to coupon. This can take up a bunch of your time. If you have the time and are able to save money doing it this way, I think that’s wonderful. Keep up the good work!
Maybe I need to manage my time better! I just have to figure out where to fit that learning into my schedule!!! 🙂

I hope this helps just a little bit. You don’t have to be an extreme couponer in order to save money and stay within your budget. Life is just too short to spend it clipping coupons!

Even if you don’t care to coupon, (secret… I don’t enjoy it but I totally enjoy the savings) I urge you to try a simple realistic coupon strategy for 3-6 months and see how simple it is and the money you’ve saved.

You can save your grocery budget and save time!




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  1. Is there a way to send these posts to a friend’s email?

  2. Yes Ma’am

    There are three ways you can do this.
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    Thank you for sharing!

  3. First and foremost, my family and I would like to thank your husband, you, and your entire family for your service.

    Thank you for your kind words. They are appreciated. I’m glad you stopped by.

  4. Thank you!
    Couponing can save you money but the object is to save us time as well.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Hi there, Amanda!
    I hear ya about all or nothing. Honestly, sometimes I get caught up with other things and it’s the same thing for me. I love to save money but I value my time as money as well.
    I enjoy your link ups. Thanks for having me every week!

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