My time is valuable. I have 3 kids, a house, a blog and a dog to take care of. If you are like me at all, you don’t have hours to spend finding and clipping coupons, chase down every deal and spend hours trying to save money. I get that and to be honest, I actually do NOT do that! Sure, I do great when it comes to saving money, but I do so in a way that doesn’t take up my precious family time, all in the quest to save a little bit more.
There are things you can do to make sure that you are doing what you can to save money, but not spending too much time to do so. Check out these tips you can follow yourself (and those I actually do too)!!
1. Plan ahead.
No matter how busy you are, you have got to have a plan. Otherwise, you end up in the store not knowing what to buy and end up not only overspending, but also wind up back in the store several times over the next week to pick up those items you realize you need for dinner. By making a menu plan and then planning your shopping list from that you save yourself a LOT of time. Once your list is created so that you have the items you need for your meals, “shop” your freezer, pantry and fridge to see what other items you need to pick up and add them to your shopping list. Now, you’ve got a plan of attack and will spend less time at the store and will save money by sticking to those items.
2. Find 2 stores and make them work.
On this website, we post deals from all sorts of stores. While it would be great to get all of them, that is just unrealistic. First of all it takes you time to do that AND you burn fuel to do it too! That helps no one. Instead, find the 2 stores closest to where you live and make those your only stores.
So what about that great deal at another grocery store? If you wait, those same items tend to cycle around at your local store too. So patience can pay off and you will still score deals onthe items you want.
3. Don’t worry about the missed deal.
This goes along with #2 above. You can’t grab every single deal. It is impossible. Just focus on not only the money, but also the time you are saving by not chasing down the deals.
4. Stick with printable coupons.
Let’s face it, if you get inserts in your Sunday newspaper, you can spend a LOT of time clipping, sorting, filing and then trying to find those coupons. That isn’t for everyone. Instead, just stick with printable coupons. When you get your shopping list completed (step 1 above), just visit our Coupon Database and search to see if there is a printable coupon you can use there.
5. Consider purchasing individual coupons.
If you need or really want those coupons from the inserts, you can still get only those you need (saving you clipping time). Just visit CouponDede and you can purchase individual coupons from her, already clipped and ready to use at the store!
6. Stay organized!
This is probably my best tip of all. Keeping your coupons in a location, binder, or folder that works for you is key. You need to make sure that you can find those coupons when you need them. By organizing like coupons together (for instance all baby items or canned foods), you can find them much more quickly, saving you valuable time.
7. Don’t try to keep up with the Jones’s.
Saving money is saving money. Wether you save $3 or $30, you are still saving! Don’t worry that the mom in your MOPS group is saving 75% off of her shopping at the store, just focus on what you can do. We are all different. Schedules, kids and budgets all play into saving money. Just do what you can and don’t worry if you don’t save as much as the next person.
8. Don’t forget about time savings.
If you are spending hours and hours trying to save money, that is not really putting you ahead. Your time is very valuable. You want to be with your family. You want to enjoy the fun things in life. If you spend all of your time trying to save money, you are missing out on your life. In five years, you won’t remember how much money you saved at the grocery store in January, but you will remember that funny thing your child did or that school project you worked on together.