Cutting the Time it Takes to Cut Coupons

Cutting the Time it Takes to Cut Coupons

We’re sure you’ve heard the expression “time is money”. It’s a simple concept, but it’s easy to forget the truth behind it: time management is just as important as budgeting.

With that in mind, it might be time to change the way you think about “couponing”. If you’re spending hours in search of a not-so-great bargain you’ve lost something more valuable than the money you might save.

Luckily though, there are some ways that you can take advantage of coupon savings without poring over the newspaper or junk mail with a pair of scissors.

4 Ways to Coupon More Efficiently

  1. Stop Clipping!

Even many die-hard coupon addicts hate the act of clipping coupons–understandably so. It takes a lot of time. Instead, you should consider getting a binder or a hanging file folder to organize coupons by category. 

Then, before you visit a store, you can compare your shopping list with the coupons you have, and you can clip the ones you need and ignore the ones you don’t.

  1. Do Most of Your Shopping at One Store

It can be tempting to drive all over town hunting down the best bargains (and if that’s what floats your boat, you’re more than welcome to keep doing it). 

However, in the long run, you’ll usually end up spending more in gas and time than the meager savings a store-specific coupon or deal might save you. (As a plus, it’s also more environmentally-friendly to limit your miles on the road.)

Instead, you should consider shopping only once or twice a week, and only at a select few stores. When the day comes, make a list, grab your binder or folder (from our previous tip, remember?) and go track down some bargains! 

  1. Take Advantage of Online and Mobile Resources

In the last few years, many websites, including have become more reliable coupon resources than the traditional Sunday paper. Simply do a quick internet search for “coupons in (your area)”, or search for “coupons for (your desired store)”.

This can take a lot of the luck and guess-work out of couponing.

  1. Learn to Say “No”

You’ve probably heard of the concept known as “fear of missing out”–the idea that people always want to get the best deal (especially if the Joneses bought the same product for more money). 

But if you want to save time and money, you should learn to work within your monthly budget. That doesn’t have to be as depressing as you might imagine: if you spend less on trivial items each month, every once in a while, you can treat yourself to something really nice.

After all, why save all that money just to blow it on things you don’t really want?

Most Important Takeaways

We wish you the best of luck in your brand-new, more-efficient era of couponing. Just remember:

  • Forget the newspaper–your internet connection and your smartphone are your new couponing companions.
  • Don’t buy products you don’t need in the name of a “great bargain”.
  • Saving time is just as important as saving money.


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