Benefits of couponing

My first shopping trip with heavy couponing

My mom and I are making one of our weekly-ish shopping trips. We’re feeling particularly happy because our favorite Price Chopper cashier–a young lanky guy with long earrings named Nick–is on duty and we have just bee-lined it for his register. We are just about cashed out when a lady gets in line behind us. Enthralled, she watches as Nick carefully scans each of the coupons. Her concentration increases as she notices that we are saving just as much as we are spending. “That’s amazing,” She says. ‘I wish I had time to do that!.”

What that lady–and many people who have had the unfortunate pleasure of getting in line behind us–do not understand is that it doesn’t have to be time consuming. I spend about two hours a week going through websites, clipping and organizing coupons. My shopping trips on a good day usually average about an hour a store. While that seems like quite a bit of time…I am saving at least 50% on almost every trip I do. A normal Price Chopper trip averages between $70-90 saved by shopping the sales and coupons. That’s huge for this family of five where that $70 would be better served going towards preschool tuition or Easter baskets! I’d say that’s time well spent!

Using my own family as an example, I wanted to share with all of you wonderful clip ‘n crazy readers exactly what benefits those 2 hours a week have been:

  • Healthier eating (We can now afford more fresh produce and meat since couponing)
  • A more abundant Christmas (toy coupons, Walgreen’s buy one get one toy sale, candy sales, and wrapping supply sales & coupons were a major part of this)
  • More family time (teaching my mom how to coupon and our weekly shopping trips have brought us closer together)
  • Learning experiences for my children (my oldest loves to help me pick out coupons and is starting to learn the value of a dollar-this goes to my loving husband, as well!)
  • Expanding my network (I’ve met many friends through my couponing endeavors, and became closer to some current friends through teaching them the basics)

Considering everything, I don’t think the proper sentiment is “I wish I had time to do that.” In my opinion, its more like “Why wouldn’t you not want to make time for this?”

2 Responses to “Benefits of couponing”

  1. storme larkin says:

    you make your mother proud….

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for sharing.
    I just starting couponing 2 weeks ago. I am slowly getting there. But I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner. I spent 23.00 at shoppers and saved 18.00 – – and I didn’t do anything but hand in some coupons. I never felt better. I am hoping to get better at it with time.

    I am a stay at home mom, on a diary farm, with three daughters 6 yrs, 3 yrs and 6months.

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