We”ve seen the shows, we”ve read the blogs, but are we living the trend? The reality is that many people have realized the amount of savings that couponing can bring you — but there is a way to save without going to the extreme. With the state of our economy, and the money in our pockets more precious than ever, there are tools available to help cut the costs when it comes to groceries. Hello technology, goodbye sad bank accounts.
In a recent survey conducted by CouponDivas.com, of the over 10,000 couponers that responded, 46% say they spend approximately 2 to 3 hours a week or more making their shopping lists, coupon searching, matching sales, etc. But with blogs such as FabulesslyFrugal.com, CouponDivas.com, CouponMom.com and TheKrazyCouponLady.com, it even easier for you to shop at your favorite stores and cut your savings planning time by a significant amount. There are also phone applications being developed to help you create grocery lists and scan items while in the store. *
While couponing is clearly effective, it”s really a matter of individual motivation .. or lack thereof. The question is not if you want to save, it”s are you willing to put in the time to save? If you are not in a situation where you have the extra time to spend on coupon hunting and sales matching, there are some other things you can do to save on grocery shopping:
- Shop once a week
- Plan your meals
- Make a shopping list
- Sign up for local sales ad alerts
- Buy items that are on sale
- Invest in a freezer for stocking up on sales
- Buy in bulk and divide into portions
- Cook larger meals and reuse the leftovers
- Be kind to cashiers and know your store”s policies *
** (Source: DailyFinance)
For more tips, check out our Grocery Shopping 101 blog post.
Are you a couponer, or are interested in trying out couponing? What”s the determining factor for you?
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