Lets face it, more and more of us are having to find ways to tighten our financial belts. The cost of everyday items are on the rise, and our incomes are staying the same. One of the best ways to keep a few extra bucks in our pocket, is to start clipping coupons.
Why would any reasonable person want to spend $5, on something they could find for $1? With a little time and a little effort, more and more of us are cutting our budgets in half. Now, I am by no means an “extreme couponer”. I simply don’t have the time, or energy to do that. I am just your everyday Jane. I have a home, a couple kids, a job, a husband; all that need my time. I do however, know that saving money, takes a little work.
Is it worth it to you?
I spend between 1-1 1/2 hours a week clipping my coupons, filing them and matching them up. To me, the 4-5 hours a month, is well worth the $150-$400 I save. I am a firm believer in “you get back, what you put out”. The more time you invest, the more you’re going to save.
Do you like “FREE”?
Another wonderful benefit of cutting coupons, is that there are many times you end up not paying a cent for items you use on a regular basis. I haven’t paid a cent for toothpaste, in years. It’s those little things that you see the biggest savings, overall.
You’ve been meaning to try a new product.
I love saving money! I get so excited to look at my receipt and see “You Saved: $107.14”. But, a close second reason for couponing, is that I have a chance to try new products without feeling guilty. Lets say there’s a new shampoo, I’ve heard great things about. A $3 off coupon shows up in my paper. I get to try it out for a few cents. How can you go wrong?
We are lucky enough to have so many options, available to us. We are in the day and age of technology. We are no longer limited to making due with what’s supplied in the local Sunday paper. We have several wonderful coupon sites at our finger tips. We are also lucky to have money saving and freebie sites, that work hard to help us save money. The opportunities are endless. Why not take a little time to benefit from them.