A few years ago, I was over-worked and under-paid. With my minimum wage job, it was difficult to buy even the bare essentials of shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, makeup, and food. After watching a few episodes of “Extreme Couponing”, I was amazed at the idea that people could get things for free just by clipping coupons. I decided- If these people can do it, so can I.
Fast forward a few years later, coupons have become such a regular part of my life, I hardly think about it anymore. Some people have this perception that it’s too much hassle and hard work to get into couponing, but the truth is that it is actually very easy. Once you spend a couple hours getting set up in the very beginning, should only take you 20 minutes of effort per week, which will translate into thousands of dollars in savings.
It is essential to stay organized from the very beginning of your coupon journey. If you don’t have a place to store your coupons, they will end up all over your house, car, purse, and wallet. Some people choose to have their coupons in a small accordion folder, which they take in and out of their purse. I personally use a three-ring binder with clear trading card sheets. I plan ahead of time which coupons I need for my shopping trip. I will keep my coupons in my wallet until I am ready to check out. Once the coupons have expired, I can clean up my binder in under 5 minutes.