3 Reasons Saving Money with Coupons is Easier than Ever

5 Minutes for Mom contributor Jennifer Donovan has recently tried her hand at couponing. Read about how it’s paid off for her with little effort.

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A couple of weeks ago I was on a movie set visit with some other bloggers. Yes, it’s cool to see Hollywood in action, but I also equally enjoy the opportunity to meet or reconnect with other bloggers or online writers. On this particular trip, I enjoyed a great dinner with several bloggers including Vera Sweeney. The topic of couponing came up, and she said, “It will change your life. I promise you.”

Other People Have Done the Hard Work For You

This is the number one principle that makes couponing easier now than it’s ever been. Vera shared one website with me and another friend shared another one. Find a website you like, and use it. They will give you the offers for that week, good sales combined with good coupons, and list it out for you. Pick and choose what you like.

The sites I’ve used so far are Living Rich with Coupons and Coupon Mom (you have to register, but it’s simple). Take a few minutes to browse and see if it will work for you.

No Clipping Required

This was my big obstacle, because there were times that I printed and sorted coupons and stood in the supermarket fishing through my little coupon organizer only to fish out a coupon that was expired.

If you are using the websites above, they list the deal and the coupon. For example, Kroger has Nature Valley bars on sale, but then she also gives a link right there to an online coupon I can print, and tells me which coupons circulars have Nature Valley coupons (for example, 8/03 SmartSource).

That means that I don’t have to scour the internet for online printable coupons. I only print them when they match up with a sale. I also do not have to clip coupons. I have an expandable file folder, and I will keep the entire coupon book for each week in one tab.

Stack Manufacturer’s Coupons with Store Offers

I think CVS is the best at drawing consumers in with their offers. When the topic came up, I told Vera that I liked the idea of it, and had finally gotten good at using my printed CVS coupons and the bonus bucks my loyalty card earns me, but that was about as far as I had gotten, or honestly as much as I was interested in doing. She told me that it was really easy to work the system at CVS, stacking their coupons with manufacturer’s coupons and extra bucks. She frequently posts her bargain hauls on her youtube channel. You can watch her introductory video about How to Coupon at CVS for more information.

I love that I can save a good bit money on items I need without being extreme.

Do you coupon? Why or why not? Is it for the thrill? The needed financial savings? Does anything in this post change your mind?

Comments

    • says

      I know! I got really excited when just one week after I started, I also used some special (and really good) coupons that were from a new grocery store opening and saved an additional $10 on top of the other digital and manufacturer’s coupons!

  1. says

    I wish we had CVS in Canada… I always think I should start couponing, but it does seem overwhelming. I also don’t think it works as well in Canada… I should try though.

    • says

      I think it does work well for household items like cleaning supplies and drug and beauty items, and so the CVS perks really make it all add up.

      I am getting a little addicted. I made a last-minute stop to pick up some stuff for my grandmother and ended up getting my daughter some granola, which she had been asking for, but it sort of plagued me, thinking that I might have a coupon back at home 😉

  2. Tammy S says

    I love couponing! I use a lot of electronic coupons and sites to help me find the deals. It is so much easier that they do all the hard work. Thanks for the tip on the two sites. I will have to check the out.

  3. DEBIJOT says

    Couponing is second nature to me. I have been couponing for years. Combining sales with store coupons and mfg. coupons can’t be beat.

  4. says

    I dabble in couponing and get excited when I get a good deal via coupons. I would love to take the time to really put into it, but there are so many other things that need my attention. I hadn’t heard of Living Rich with Coupons though, so I will check that site out. Thanks!

  5. Liza Ramsey says

    I used to coupon a lot but started slacking. I really need to get back into it because think of all the money I’m not saving!

  6. Sonya Morris says

    I love using coupons! I don’t really do the extreme couponing but I print coupons for items we use or want to try. It has saved us a lot of money over the years by using them and shopping the specials.

  7. Nicole says

    I love using coupons! I love online coupon codes better or store programs where you can clip online. Makes it so much easier.

  8. Emily Smith says

    I always check my favorite blogs before planning my shopping trip. I’ve saved so much money and have learned a trick or two to figuring out my own deals. :)

  9. Cheryl says

    CVS is still my favorite store to save at, even tho the deals are not what they used to be and you have to work harder to save.

  10. says

    I need all the help I can get! I used to use coupons all the time and just slacked off. Finding time to clip them, but I should find apps to help me out more! I need to plan a LOT better!

  11. Meagan bs says

    i only coupon when i have one for something specific, i wish i could do it more but i just can’t find the time or patience for it.

  12. Da-Hedgehogi says

    I need to get back into using coupons again. I will have to check out the sites you mentioned above. I do it for the thrill mostly and just because I want to save a little.

  13. Helen says

    Stacking coupons is a great way to save. I love to do it, but I have to be in the mood to sit down and get everything straight ahead of time.

  14. Laura J says

    Oh great tips! We have been running so short each month, and have really been trying to use coupons as much as possible and stock up on items we use often when they are at a low price. I love when you can stack the coupons!

  15. Sindy Murray says

    I love coupons. I try to combine manufacturer coupons with store sales. I also use ibotta, saving star and checkout 51.

  16. Jill Myrick says

    We have been couponing for years and love it. Anything that I can save off of the budget for groceries goes into a home fund which adds up petty quickly and we use that money for things like remodeling the bathroom etc.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  17. Rachel Ellis Freer says

    I love that there are websites that do the work for me! I have tried cutting coupons and figuring it out myself and failed miserably! I am going to have to check out these sites!

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