Yes, the the word above is whore.
Grocery shopping is one of the key components of adulting. I talked a little about the struggle in The Guide to Grocery Shopping with Your Spouse.
One of our biggest struggles is expensive ass grocery bills. What’s worse is being too busy to cook or eat said expensive ass groceries. To abate aforementioned expensive ass grocery bills, I’ve started clipping coupons and using resources such as digital coupons, Ibotta (redeem your first rebate and receive $10), Checkout 51 (where you can earn $5 once you upload your first receipt), and by purchasing and not reading America’s Cheapest Family.
Note: I’ve earned over 40 bucks using Ibotta *insert any music with Puff Daddy, Puff, Puffy, Diddy, and or Sean Combs*
To help both you and me, I’ve asked my couponing friends for advice. Names have been changed to protect their identity and because I put “whore” in the title… So, I asked the following:
- How does one start couponing?
- What resources are available to beginners?
- Does it require us to buy crap we don’t need?
- How long will it take us to become expert couponers? We don’t have all day…
Only buy Sunday papers with inserts, collect sales papers from stores such as Kroger, Walmart and Dollar General, and find coupons at gas stations. I personally go online and look at the sales. Some couponers take classes but who needs a class? Buy only what you need or sell to someone too lazy to do their own shopping. And when I was a newbie, I did buy crap I didn’t need.
Sign up for digital coupons, check out coupons.com and add cash back with programs like Ibotta. You can join coupon groups on Facebook and Instagram where members share the hauls so you can learn how to use your coupons wisely. It took me about 3 weeks to get the hang of it and longer for hating cashiers when I get $150 worth of items for $5 or less. Ain’t my fault they didn’t maximize their potential.
Don’t give your coupons to people for free, sell them. Shop early in the morning or late at night when there is less traffic. Most importantly, savings from couponing should be placed in a separate account. That’s money you would’ve spent unnecessarily paying full price. Who pays full price anymore?
The first step is to secure coupons. There are all sorts of couponing blogs that alert you to deals and which coupons to use to get maximum savings. On Facebook, look for Kroger Crazy and buy coupons from Bargain Coupon Clippers. You can become a couponer in one day, go to coupons.com and print up to 3 or 4 coupons of the same type.
When I started, I visited how-to blogs like Krazy Coupon Lady which provided step-by-step instruction on where to go and what coupons to use at what store. Also, coupons.com is a great resource for free. There is also rebate apps such as Ibotta, which is one I use regularly. The rebate apps are absolutely amazing when used in conjunction with coupons.
You don’t have to buy crap you don’t need. I do have a huge amount of toothbrushes that I got for free which come in handy whenever I have visitors. Also, I’ve been able to change out toothbrushes frequently and donate them.
Couponing is something you get better at over time. I share tips with friends and follow couponers on social media. It took me about 2 months to really get the hang of it. I was able to stockpile diapers for my second baby and have never paid full price. I also got a lot of them for free so you learn to coupon for your lifestyle.
Lastly, it definitely helps to have a coupon fairy. A coupon fairy is someone who supplies you coupons in bulk but they can be a little shady.
Are you still with me? Good! Some emerging themes: Download Ibotta, visit coupons.com, find a coupon fairy but sell gifted coupons to lazy couponers. Most importantly, get a whole bunch of toothbrushes for free, change toothbrushes everyday, drive around in your car and throw toothbrushes at innocent bystanders.