I’ve received several questions over the last few weeks, and a couple brought up interesting and important points I’d like to discuss.
Q: I want to build up my stockpile immediately, but I feel like I’m spending more money than I normally spend to do so. Is that normal?
A: One of the biggest mistakes someone new to couponing makes is to use coupons just because they have them instead of buying products they will use for themselves or to donate. If you are spending money on things you wouldn’t normally purchase, this would account for the increase in funds being spent. If you take a good look at what you use on a regular basis and only buy those items, you will see that your budget will stay consistent as you look for deals that are worth stockpiling.
Q: How much time will couponing take me, and how long before I’m a pro?
A: The amount of time you spend on using coupons is going to vary significantly based on several things. How many people are you shopping for? Are you buying for only two people in your household, or are you buying for eight, plus extended family? Or, are you buying to fill your entire church pantry? How organized are you? If you are spending a lot of time trying to find coupons, you are going to spend more time than someone who has a system that works well for them. The more organized you are, the less time this lifestyle will take.
Couponing isn’t as simple as it seems. You will also have to spend some time learning how to utilize coupons to their full benefit. Just ask someone who has attended our workshop, and they’ll tell you how much information is shared! There is a learning curve to account for, and you’ll need to practice. The more great deals you get, the better you will become at future deals.
Once individuals have a system in place that works for them, they often are able to shop multiple stores in less time than they were spending at one, and within six months, many of our event attendees are spending approximately 50% less than what they were spending before using coupons on a regular basis!
If you have questions you’d like me to address, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe they’ll be in our next newsletter!