30 Days of EXTREME Reality Couponing: How Much Time Does It Really Take?

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by MoneySavingQueen.com

MoneySavingQueen

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 1:00 PM

Welcome to 30 Days of Extreme Reality Couponing! Be sure to follow along with our tips on our Couponing 101 page. And, please spread the word and tell your friends about this series so they can also save 50-80% on their grocery bills!

"I have NO time!" That is probably the most common phrase I hear when people start talking about couponing. Everyone is working, busy with kids or just life in general which makes it so difficult to add anything else into your life like couponing. However, if you're like me, saving money is very important and no matter how busy I get, our family counts on my ability to save cash so we can do the things we really love.

If you're short on time, check out this post and find out how you can save money without spending countless hours a week clipping coupons.

{How to Save Money When You Have No Time}

1. Check Prices: Don’t just grab the first thing you see. Look at other brands even generic and calculate the best deal right there on the spot. Do keep in mind, local grocery stores have sales on name brand items that can sometimes beat generic prices.

2. Shop the ads: Grab your ads for the week and take them to Walmart or Target for price matching or simply shop from the ads themselves wherever you are at. The front page of the ad holds most of the store’s Loss Leaders, that means the store is taking the loss for those items to get you to come into the store. Shop around those big Loss Leaders and save money instantly.

3. Pick the best store: Don’t just run out the door to the nearest ’supercenter.’ If you only have time for one store, make sure it is the best store for deals that week. You can figure that one out easily by visiting our Coupon Matchup page.

4. Be very flexible: When you are in the store, keep an open mind about dinner plans. Walk around and check out manager’s specials or sales you didn’t notice then make your menu accordingly. You can do this without ever looking at an ad, simply put on your walking shoes and investigate.

Remember, a weekly circular only has room for about 100 or so items, many stores can have thousands of items for sale during any given week.

5. Leave the kids with grandma: Bringing the kids means you probably won’t get a chance to really check out prices. It can also mean a truckload of impluse purchases like fruit snacks, chips and juice boxes that you may not have really needed to purchase. By dropping them off with grandma before you shop, your chances of saving money increase dramatically-at least that’s true for me!

In saying that, couponing takes me about 45 minutes a week. That's it. I don't spend my whole week clipping coupons, once you start strategic shopping, it becomes second nature and takes less and less time each week!

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