Personal Finance

What NOT to do with your Coupons

Coupons are one of the best ways to save on your grocery and household expenses, but they’re also a cause for overspending. It’s way too easy to see a “deal” that you just have to have (because you have a coupon for that item) and pick it up. Sometimes it doesn’t matter that you don’t really need the item or that your family doesn’t really like that brand of whatever the item has to be, you pick it up anyhow just to play the game of seeing how much savings you can cram onto one receipt. If you were honest with yourself, you might see that this has happened to you more than once. There’s a very quick fix for issues like this, though. Learning what not to do with your coupons will help you not only save money, but will make sure you’re not wasting money.

What NOT to do with your Coupons

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A simple quick fix for wasting money with coupons and buying more than you need is this:

STOP shopping with your coupons in hand.

When you shop with your coupon binder or box, you set yourself up to spend extra money that you didn’t plan on spending. It becomes too easy to spend that extra money when you don’t want to or need to. Shopping without your coupons is actually pretty freeing. You aren’t spending a ton of time in the store eyeballing the products trying to find that jaw dropping deal.

Instead of carrying your binder with you, plan your shopping list at home and take only the coupons that you need. Yes, you might miss out on a “deal” or two, but if you needed that deal to begin with it would already be on your list. If you’ve got a coupon or two that you want to check the price of an item on, take those individual coupons with you.

By not taking the whole shebang with you when you shop, you’re not going to be tempted to spend more money than you originally planned. This tactic, while it seems counter-intuitive, can actually cut your grocery bill even further than what you’re seeing with the constant use of coupons. Plus,  you’ll save time in the store and you won’t even miss those “deals” you’re not grabbing.  Give it a shot and I think you’ll like what you see!

Check out my other posts about couponing and saving money: 17 ways to save money on groceries, how to save money on groceries with Checkout 51, why I’m not price matching anymore, how to price match with flyers, 10 sites to find coupons online in Canada, 20 ways to save money on electricity, how to save money shopping online and four apps to save money on groceries in Canada.

Do you carry all your coupons with you when you shop?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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