At first glance, it can be intimidating to jump into the world of extreme couponing and become a coupon queen. There’s so many different ways to clip and save that it can overwhelm you until you just want to give up. It’s a lifestyle change, just like starting a diet. If you’re trying to be healthier you can’t immediately give up sugar, carbs, and taste or you’ll give up the first time you see a cookie!
In order to make a change that stick you have to make small changes first.
Becoming a Coupon Queen is no different, so I have broken down the process into five, easy to follow steps that will shift your lifestyle from an overspender to a Super Saver with money to burn.
Invest in your new lifestyle, you coupon queen
You wouldn’t take up sewing without buying a needle and thread, and you shouldn’t start couponing without the right tools. A laser printer will print clean, crisp barcodes on your coupons and save you money on toner over your old inkjet. Break in your printer by getting paid to print coupons.
If you’re not ready to invest in serious hardware, then start with an accordion file and a list of your favorite coupon flyers. You will never get far if there’s no method to the madness.
Find your favorite sources
When you first start eyeing your couponing crown, you should take a look at popular couponing apps like Ibotta and price comparison tools. Eventually you’ll find the ones that match your interests and you should stick to those.
Don’t comb every single source every single day because you’ll end up spending too much time searching just to find out that there really is no such thing as a free lunch!
Take your time before you leave for the store to make sure that you have a comprehensive list of what you need and the coupons to match. Do some rough math to figure out how much you should be spending and saving. Make sure you’re following these 8 ways to save money on groceries too.
When you check off that last item at the store, take a moment to make sure that you have everything ready to go before you head for the register.
Check your ‘Tude!
You’ve already done yourself and the cashier a huge service by being organized before you got to the register, but if you’re trying to stack your coupons (or maybe sneak some expired store ones in there) you are more likely to get the deals you want if you’re friendly to the cashier as well.
Watch the screen and make sure that you get all your discounts, but be polite if they miss something – we’re all human!
Double check your reciept
When you get home, scan your receipt with Ibotta then take a long look at your receipt. Did you save what you expected to? What cost more than you thought it would? What cost less?
By critically examining your receipt you can find out what works and fix any flaws in your coupon queen system.