If you are a couponer, do you ever stop and reevaluate and see if you are being effective and saving money versus spending money? Consider these couponing tips.
- Track how much you save. A good spreadsheet to use is The Coupon Project. It allows you to set a monthly budget. You input the amount you spent (before tax and coupons) and then enter the store discount and coupons and tax, and it calculates your percentage of saving.
- Add in the amount you spend on buying papers and look at the total you are saving to determine if you are really saving more than you are spending.
- Add in the amount of gas you are spending going to multiple stores (if you do this) to determine if all that running is really saving you money.
Taking a step back and looking at what is working and what isn’t allows you to tweak your couponing to increase the savings.
- Printing coupons versus buying coupons is a fabulous way to save more money. Most of the coupons are available online and can be printed instead of purchase. (TIP: print in black and white in draft for stretching the printer ink)
- Trading coupons you don’t use with friends with the ones you want gets you friend time and more coupons you can use.
- Writing the manufacturers of products and complementing them on their product and asking for a coupon is a great way to get extra coupons too.
- Check the doctor’s office and dentist office for coupons on display and take 1-2 coupons.
- Magazines are a great resource for coupons too. All You magazine has a ton of great coupons.
Reevaluate how you coupon every few months and tweak where needed to meet your needs best to optimize your savings.
See Couponing 101 for tips on getting started to coupon.