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Couponing is a skill that I began learning after I got married. Like cooking, it is something that I had barely done at all before then. After six and a half months of marriage, I’ve settled into a couponing routine that works for our family.
Presently, I have a household of myself and my husband. I found that most how to coupon blog posts approach it from the perspective of someone who has many children and a house. I have one child who won’t be born until April and I live in an apartment. Keeping an enormous stockpile or buying large quantities of items that will spoil quickly does cheap jerseys not work for my life situation. I could buy 47 bottles of ketchup inexpensively, but it would take us 23 years to use them!
Even so, I haven’t given up on using coupons. I have simply adapted my use to fit my family. What do I do differently?
I focus on non-perishable foods, household items, and toiletries.
Canned goods will last for a long time, so keeping a small stockpile works well for us. I usually have a stash of canned soups, as well as other non-perishable items like pasta. I’ve also used coupons on spices, though those deals tend to come around only near the holidays.
A lot of my couponing is done on household items such as paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, and laundry detergent. A good deal can usually be found on these items, and I know that we will always need them.
My husband and I joke that the cabinet beneath our bathroom sink looks like a Walgreens, but we are always prepared with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, razors, and several other items. I’ve even used coupons on some of my makeup.
I don’t buy things that we don’t need.
I always say that you can save 100% by refusing to buy an item that you don’t need. My space is limited, and it’s not worth it to take up valuable room with an item that will never be used.
I only get one newspaper.
I know, I know. To some more advanced couponers, this is horrifying. However, in six months I’ve only had one occasion where I wished I had multiples of a coupon. We simply do not need large quantities of items, so cutting out coupons from multiple newspapers is not a good use of my time. In addition to my newspaper coupons, I also use printable coupons and rebate apps.
I use a small organizer that fits in my purse, rather than a bulky binder or a box.
I found my organizer around back to school time at Target. It’s perfect for me, since I don’t need to store an extreme number of coupons. I do a purge at the end of each month and discard any coupons that have expired.
I originally set up my tabs according to a list that I found on the internet, but I changed them a few months later. After a while, I figured out what categories I use the most. The front section holds coupons for restaurants, Bed Bath and Beyond, and other miscellaneous stores.
Even for our small family, using coupons saves us money on useful items. Couponing definitely comes with a learning curve, but it’s a skill that I’m glad to have developed.