Lately I've heard a lot of backlash against coupons.
I'm not sure if it's from the famous US show that makes couponers look like crazed lunatics or people who tried it for a couple weeks and just got frustrated, but I want to tell you why it's still worth my time.
I have ALWAYS watched prices on everything from groceries to clothing.
I don't know if this was a gene I was born with, or just a fun hobby I've developed.
My motto has always been, why pay more, when you can pay less?
When I have studied some of the wealthiest people I know, I see a common trait.
They don't walk into the grocery store and buy whatever they like, they shop the sales and they know their prices!
But wealthy people are also aware of what their time is worth.
I don't spend 40 hours a week organizing my coupons or chasing every deal.
I've learned to focus on high value coupons or look for deals on products that cost the most in my weekly budget.
I don't waste time doing a mail in rebate for $1 or spending half an hour trying to get a couple free dish tabs sent in the mail.
So how do I coupon?
I focus only on coupons for items we use. Most of the time that's non-food items like toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, and toiletries.
For a family of six, these items could be 20-40% of my grocery budget.
When I find a fantastic deal, I stock up!
In the last month I have found awesome prices on paper products.
Paired with paper coupons and apps like Snap, I'm paying well below my stock up price.
My stock up price for paper towels is .50 cents a roll. I was able to get them at .29 cents a few weeks ago, so I did a huge stock up.
Lately I've really tried to use coupon apps every week since there is no clipping and I like getting cheques in the mail!
Don't let anyone tell you that coupons are a waste of time.
Coupons are one more way to save huge at the grocery store.