Anyone who knows me knows I am a serious couponer. I love ’em. I save tons of money by strategically shopping and stocking up when things are at rock bottom prices. But couponing along is not enough to realize the biggest and best savings. As a result of “that show” along with inflated claims from some blogs, folks expect to see huge savings of 70-90% on every single shopping trip. That’s simply not realistic. And it is a fallacy that really irritates me. Mostly because I know there are people who will get frustrated and give up when they don’t see that kind of savings every single time. Unless you live in the blissful land of double coupons, your food savings will be quite a bit lower. I’m talking real food. Eggs, milk, cheese, meat, produce and the like. You can still save on fresh foods, just not 70%. Not every time.
Don’t get me wrong, couponing will most certainly yield you tons of freebies, money makers and deep discounts on essentials. You won’t need to worry about paying for toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap or a myriad of other things because most of them will be free or nearly so. That’s why I do it. You will also be able to get great deals on cereal and snack foods. But you still need to feed your family. That’s where folks fall off the couponing wagon. Frustrated with meager savings on grocery trips, they give up on the whole idea of saving. They decide it’s not do-able.
But there is a silver lining. If you really want to cut the fat out of your budget, you can formulate an overall savings strategy for many areas of your life. That includes couponing of course, so long as you go in with realistic expectations. But there is no reason to limit your savings to the grocery stores. You can save just as much or more on other essentials such as clothing, home decor, gift giving, entertainment and utilities using a few easy strategies. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing all of my biggest money saving secrets that have allowed me to live large on less. With each post, I’ll give you an actionable step to take to get you on your way. Here’s an easy one to get you started:
Tune in tomorrow when we’ll kick off the series with ideas for saving big on clothing.