How to Coupon With a 40 Hour Work Week

How to Coupon With a 40 Hour Work Week

How to Coupon With a 40 Hour Work Week

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by MoneySavingQueen.com

MoneySavingQueen

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 5:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 18 at 5:00 AM

Kids. Work. Life. By the end of the week, many of us just don't have time to breathe let alone spend another 40 hours cutting coupons and planning a grocery attack. Yeah, I totally hear that. I work full time too, more than full time actually and I completely understand the busyness of life. I also know there are many ways to save money that will not disrupt your life even if you can't commit an extra 40 hours to it.

Granted, what you put into the strategic shopping method will equal what you get out. If you only give this 5 minutes a week then you'll see 5 minute results. However, in the midst of my crazy schedule I am still able to put money saving strategies into work that save my family hundreds of dollars a month.

{Real World 101: How to Coupon with a 40 Hour Work Week}

1. Shop One Store: Oh my goodness. Yep, I just said that. I know right? That totally flies in the face of serious coupon shopping. Check out our Coupon Matchups Page and pick the absolute best store of that week. Whichever store has the best deals (for the most part) that's where you need to go. If you work full time and only have a little bit of time to spare then you can't spend that time running to 4 different stores picking up only 1 box of cereal at each one. You'll have to do the best you can with the one store you've got that week.

2. Plan According to the Matchups & Sales Flyer: The weekly sales flyer features what are called 'loss leaders,' that means the store is willing to take a loss on those products just to bring you in. If you plan your menu around those items, you'll likely save 50% without ever cutting a single coupon. Seriously. Want to make it even better? Use our Coupon Matchups too. We take the weekly sales flyer (loss leaders) and match them up with available coupons so you know the absolute best deals. Once you do this for a few weeks, it will become a habit. Grab the flyer and head out the door!

3. Cut the Clipping Time: Enlist the kids and family to help you clip coupons. Sometimes this is the hardest part, clipping the coupons and getting them to the store. Cut only what you know you'll use and save the rest for those 'just in case deals' or a coupon swap. Keep it simple, if you don't have a kid in diapers then don't cut the diaper coupons. Be sure to keep up on this though, cut them when you print them or the day you buy the paper. Otherwise, you'll end up with a stack a mile high and no time to cut any of them...not that it ever happens to me, of course. If you don't have time to pick up a paper, here are some great printable coupon websites:

Coupons.com

SmartSource.com

RedPlum.com

Target.com

4. List It: Grab an envelope and write your grocery list on the front of it, put the coupons you are going to use for that trip inside the envelope. It's quick and easy. Keep the binder on hand if you have it organized just in case you do find a great deal but the envelope method will keep you moving fast without flipping through pages in your binder.

5. Stock Up When You See It: While you're shopping at your one store, if you see a great deal, be sure to stock up on it. Having a stockpile will allow you to skip a week of grocery shopping every now and again which will save you a bundle of time if you need it. Even picking up only a few extra items when you shop (that are great deals, of course) can add up over time to a great stockpile. There are times when I teach a ton of classes and don't have time to hit the store, thankfully, I do have a stockpile though so I can rely on that when I need to.

We all want to save money and some of us have more time to spare than others. When I first began, I spent a ton of time learning the ins and outs and visiting as many stores as I could. As my business grew and life exploded, I had to make the method work for me. Amazingly enough, I still save hundreds of dollars a month.

I found a method that worked and I maximize my savings at whatever store I am shopping at. I do try to add a drugstore trip every single week but sometimes I just can't. Don't give up on saving money because of your hectic schedule. Adapt the method and make it work for you.

Check out how to get started saving money with Couponing 101. Make the deals come to you and sign up for our Daily Deals Newsletter too!

 

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