I will be the first to admit that coupons, and the frugal mindset that comes along with them, have changed my life! They’ve allowed me to drastically reduce my budget and have changed the way I shop. In the last two years coupons have enhanced my life, but they haven’t become my life.
I understand the producers of the show found the most extreme shoppers. Let me reassure you that it is NOT an accurate depiction of a couponer. We are a community of people who strive to use our hard earned money wisely.
Here is the truth about coupons:
- You can drastically reduce your budget using coupons. I cut my budget from $660 per month to $300 per month!
- You don’t need hundreds of coupon inserts. I buy 2 Sunday papers and have plenty of food for my family of four (plus extra to give to my local food bank).
- You don’t have to spend hours clipping coupons. I only clip the coupons that correspond with my shopping list. All others can be donated to military families.
- Coupons don’t have to consume your life. I spend less than 4 hours per week on couponing. This includes creating a shopping list, clipping coupons, shopping, and putting away the groceries.
- You don’t need a huge area to store food. I have a stockpile in my coat closet and an extra shelf in my garage. I only buy enough product to last 6-8 weeks (until the next sale) and then give the rest away.
If the show led you here then I say, “Welcome!”. The Carolina Clipper is here to provide practical tools to make saving money easy and fun. You can fit coupons into your busy life. Here’s a great place to start:
5 Easy Steps to Slash Your Grocery Budget in Half!
Our Facebook page is a great resource for money saving tips. Plus, you’ll have access to our FREE templates (meal planners, grocery lists, recipe calculators, and much more!). If you’re in the Charlotte area you can look into our Coupon Workshops.
What are your thoughts about the show? What are some tips on ways that you’ve used coupons to enhance your life instead of controlling it?