I started doing some research on couponing and surprisingly found that there really was a method to this couponing thing and along with it, some serious money to be saved. The key things I found out were as follows:
- The prime time to use a coupon is when an item goes on sale. So hold on to those coupons.
- Sales and coupons are cyclical. Items will go on sale about every 6 weeks and coupons come out about every 4 weeks.
- Some items and coupons come out during certain seasons (condiments around Memorial Day).
- When a product is new, high dollar coupons come out to entice you to try them.
In a very short amount of time, I was saving money and had a very modest "stockpile" of everything we used...food, toiletries and cleaning supplies. I loved this game of going into a store and coming out with tons of stuff that did not kill my bank account. Every time I would go into a store and get something for free, I felt like I had won...and I will say I enjoyed it.
So in short, my method is to buy three papers each week so I have three sets of coupons. I wait to use coupons until the item is on sale and then I "stock up" so I will not have to buy that item again until it is on sale and I have a coupon again. Pretty simple! I do not spend tons of time couponing...maybe an hour or two researching sales and then about 20 minutes in the store. So is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!