Tip #1: You DON’T have to be an “Extreme Couponer”
Please don’t think that you have to be an “Extreme Couponer” to save on your grocery budget!
In fact, I STRONGLY discourage you from being anything like the couponers on the TLC show “Extreme Couponing.”
If you’ve watched the show, don’t let it scare you or discourage you from looking into couponing.
I promise that couponing can be EASY, can take LESS THAN AN HOUR a week, and you DON’T have to eat junk!
Over the next several weeks I’ll be stepping you through my top 20 Tips For Surviving The Stores Through Couponing.
It’s doable. It can save you tons of money on your grocery bills each month. And you can cut your bills and STILL feed your family healthy food!!
And you can do it all WITHOUT being an “Extreme Couponer”. Isn’t that great? 🙂
There are a few preliminary “mini-tips” that I want to give before we get started on the “big stuff”.
1. Chunk brand-loyalty. If you want to save the big bucks, you can’t be committed to only buying Lucky Charms cereal, or Heinz Ketchup. You’ll need to get used to purchasing what’s on sale when it’s on sale… and it might not be your absolute favorite.
2. Shop alone if possible. Bringing your kids (or your spouse!) along with you while shopping can be one of the absolute biggest budget-breakers. Try to find a time to shop where you can either leave the kids at home, or switch off with a friend to go shopping while she watches your kids and then give her time to go shopping while you watch her kids!
3. Be kind. It’s easy to get frustrated with cashiers, and even managers, who tell us that we are doing something wrong when we are not. It’s easy to get frustrated when a coupon that was supposed to print during checkout doesn’t print and it throws off our whole shopping trip. But the golden rule still applies when we are at the store, just like it does in all of life: do to others what you would want them to do to you. Treat others how you would want to be treated. I can promise you that even from a selfish perspective it will get you A LOT farther than being rude. If you want to read more on this topic, check out my 10 Tips For Surviving The Store Clerks and Cashiers!
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