Guest Post: The day and the life of an coupon-er by Amy
One of the number one questions I am asked during a coupon class is: How much time does it take? Well I decided to ask my friend Amy to touch on this subject. Amy is probably one of the most organized, diligent and purposeful people I know. Love her to pieces and want to grow up to be just like her. I love sitting with her and picking her brain and hearing her wisdom. So enjoy my friends
I was asked by my friend Amber to share with you all how I coupon. To start my story, I have to honest. I was very reluctant and skeptical. I watched as Amber and other friends clip coupons and go from one store to the next in what I thought was craziness. After a year of observing and asking questions I took a careful look at our check book and was realizing that the budget needed trimming. Big time! That was when I decided to come on board. I have been couponing for almost 7 months now have seen a significant drop in our grocery bill. At least by half, some months even more.
With that said I also need to add that I am an organized person by nature. I thrive off of structure and break down in chaos. And we all know that couponing can be chaos. So I decided to add a little bit of structure to all of this. The short of the long of it, here is a normal week of what I do:
-I get five papers
. In the afternoon I separate the papers and keep the coupons and ads I need. I like to do this while my husband is watching football. I’m not really a football person, but it is nice to sit together in the same room and have some time together. Only clip the coupons you think you will most likely use.
Saves time and space. While I am clipping I will sort the coupons into categories as I go. (I like to organize my coupons by category: pantry, baking goods and breads, dairy,condiments, snacks and cereal, meats and freezer items, beverages, household items and cleaners, medicine and first aid, toiletries, and makeup, Amber does it Alphabetical by manufacturer). Thisway when I am ready to put them in my binder they are already in the category they need to go into and makes filing them really fast. As I am filing in new coupons I take a quick look and pull out expired coupons. Always keep a waste basket by you! I empty it straight into recycling.
Monday and/or Tuesday
- This is when I go to Albertsons
especially if they have doubles.
Wednesday evening-my husband is busy on this night so this is the time that I will look through the ads and blog and figure out what stores I will go to this week and what deals are out there. It is also a good time to get all my printables I need.
-This is when I go to Rite Aid
. The Rite Aid
near my house gets their new shipment on Wednesdays and most times it takes all day to restock their shelves, so I go on Thursdays. QFC
is right next door and if they have good deals I check it out.
I should mention that I go around 12:30-2:20 because this is when all my kids are in school. Some weeks I go to all these stores. Some weeks not at all. It just depends on where the deals are. I also try to fit in other errands that are nearby where I am going. For example this Monday I went to business Costco, which is next to Bank of America, which is next to Albertsons
, which is next to Trader Joe’s. Sounds crazy but I try to fit as much in as I can so I can do other things during the day. Since I have such a short time I have a list ready and all the coupons out and paper clipped together.
The best thing would be to look at your schedule and figure out what days and times would work best for you and try and coordinate your errands. I hope this has been helpful!
**I also will say that I was tickled when Amy finally converted to being a coupon mom! While this may not be what it looks like for you, use this information to create a guideline for our week.
What does your week look like?
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