The truth is, strategic couponing takes a lot of time. The good news is that I’m here to make it easier on you!
Just Start Slow
The first thing I would tell you if you’re a beginner is this: Don’t do too much at once. Just do whatever you can, with whatever time you’ve got, and you’ll still see the savings. Then, as you get comfortable, it’ll become easier, and you’ll be able to do more in a smaller amount of time.
It Takes Time
Couponing is kinda like a part-time job. And the more time you put into couponing strategies, the more money you “earn.”
For me, saving money is my part-time job, because I look at it that way. But it’s not a job I hate – I actually enjoy it, and it’s fun for me. Shopping with coupons gives me a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of contribution to our family’s income. It also makes me feel like I’m helping to be a better steward of my husband’s income.
One time, I decided to sit down and estimate how much money I “earn” from clipping coupons. If you take into account the hours I spend clipping and organizing coupons, storing goods, and the actual shopping, I estimate that I make about $10-15 per hour (tax free)! I save our family about $400-$600 per month when I spend about 10 hours per week (the time calculated includes clipping coupons and shopping trips).
Couponing helps me to afford to be a Stay-at-Home Mom, so it’s a job I love!