So, yes. I've jumped into couponing with both feet. After the initial period of thrashing and drowning, I'm pretty much dry now… though I'm up to my knees in the stuffing that came out of my life preserver: coupons.
My brilliant friend Betsy at another NNY blog (though it will soon to be a Spanish blog, since the Army is moving her and her family – and two cats and one dog – to Spain) called Nomadic Charm made the brilliant suggestion that I offer steps on how to get started with couponing.
Before you get out your scissors, I have some tips on how to decide if you really want to be a couponer or not.
Step 1 –Think about WHY you want to coupon
What do you hope to accomplish by spending hours and hours a week collecting, cutting, and organizing your coupons, then shopping at every store in town? It is a LOT of work. If you have kids, you will need child care (either from your spouse/partner or someone from outside your family) or you will need a lot of patience, saintly children and some very portable entertainment.
And for it to be worth your time, you have to be mentally and emotionally invested in the time commitment. And organized. Oh. My. Goodness. Do you have to be organized.
For some people it's absolutely necessary to live on a very strict grocery budget. Sometimes it's because a parent wants to be able to stay home with the kids. Some people are trying to get out of debt, or travel more often than their current budget allows. For some, it's just a thrilling passtime. (YES! Couponing can be thrilling! Ask my friend, CeeCee, my frequent guest blogger. She is in her early 30s and doesn't have kids. She coupons because she's good at it, she has a very practical outlook when it comes to money, and because it's a fun challenge for her.)
For more on how to make sure couponing is right for you and your family, visit NNY Life.