If I had a nickel for every time I have heard THAT excuse.
Well, we’d be doing our debt free scream earlier than 33 days from now.
Truth be told, it wasn’t until we started FPU that I changed my mind about not having time for it either. I mean, really, how much money could I possibly save? Well, as it turned out, the money I saved by couponing ( and other money-saving skills) basically funded Baby Step #1 – $1,000 in an Emergency Fund. When we first started out on our “shape-up-the-finances” journey, there was zero money in the budget to fund the Emergency Fund.
So, it turned out that couponing IS something that I had time to do. Once I learned the skill, and yes took a class, I found that on average, I paid myself (saved) $25-$30 for every hour I spent researching, printing and clipping. AND, I did most of it at home, while watching TV. Today was a great example of how I coupon – get the coupons, shop, save. NOT like what you may have seen on a certain TV show on TLC.
First, you should know that our local Lowes Foods store is having Super Double Coupon event through this Tuesday. This means that any coupon up to and including $2 will be DOUBLED! WOOT!!!
We have a Keurig. LOVE everything about it! BUT, the K-Cups are expensive. Usually around 60 cents per little k cup. I was super excited to find coupons for this:
The coupons were for $1 off, which doubled to $2 AND the box was on sale for $5.99. With coupon, I paid $3.99 for the box of 12 which is 33 cents per k cup. Great deal!
This is just ONE example.
Here was my total bill for my shopping trip:
You can see here that without coupons, coupons doubling and in-store savings ( other rewards) I would have paid over $70 for my items ( All laundry detergent, personal items, k cups and bananas) today. Even if I did not print and cut ONE single coupon, I still saved $15 just by buying things on sale and having a store loyalty card.
Why pay $70 when, with about an hour of my time, I can save $49 and pay $21.92?
I challenge YOU to take an hour of your time. Take the time you would spend playing Candy Crush, or watching TV or some other activity that you can give up for an hour. Take that hour of time and spend it researching store sales and finding coupons. Then go shopping. See how much you save.
I bet YOU won’t be one of the ones saying, “I don’t have time for that!”
I teach others how to coupon in a little class I call “(Not Just) Coupon(s) Class”. The presentation is in layers and explains how to save money at the grocery store and drug store. You can do basic, simple things OR combine everything I teach and be an “Extreme Couponer”. It’s all up to you. Visit www.melissathecoach.com/services.html for more information.