Over the course of my couponing career– I’ve heard PLENTY of reasons WHY a person will object to couponing. Yes, sometimes coupons are terribly small in value (I mean, $0.25 is pretty discouraging for someone who has never used them before) but what most people don’t do.. is take the time to understand that its not just the coupon–but the power of a coupon when paired with a sale, store promotion or other wonderful thing! Today, I’ve decided to trump those objections.. and maybe those that haven’t come to the dark side maybe convinced of why its time to start 😉
Objection #1 :
I don’t have the time to clip / use coupons.
You can’t afford to NOT make the time!
Based on the Immar Report of 2012 the average savings per coupon is $1.56, let’s say you spend 1 minute per coupon, clipping, sorting, using. A minute worth of effort is the equivalent of saving $15.60 for 10 minutes. Hourly rate: $93.60! That is better than any part time job…especially since you can do it at home, in your pjs, while watching your favorite show 🙂
I save money by buying bulk at Costco / Sam’s Club.
While this is true for SOME items– this is not the case on a lot of items! I specifically found some items at Costco (see why Bigger isn’t always better at Costco HERE) that just aren’t a steal. Check out the Things I will buy at Costco
More often, buying more of the smaller item and using a coupons saves you WAY more!
It seems as though everything that has a coupon is processed junk? Can you buy healthy food with coupons?
Yes! There are lots of organic/healthy coupons that are released, You just have to look for them. Write to your favorite manufacturers and a lot of the time they are willing to send you coupons! Think about it this way.. If you are saving on the rest of your grocery bill (Toiletries, Diapers, household items) you will have more to spend on the organic/healthy items that are on your list.
There are never coupons out for items my family uses.
When people say this.. I have to wonder, Do you use toothpaste, toilet paper, deodorant, cleaning supplies? I hope so!! 😉
Start out slow. Start with toiletries and beauty products then work your way into groceries. The more you are saving in the toiletry dept, the more you will have in your budget to spend on your food items.
I am embarrassed to use coupons – Aren’t those just for poor people?
NO! I would still coupon even if I won the lottery! (seriously people!) It allows you to set the price you are willing to pay for something and it gives you, the consumer back the control. You aren’t going to let the manufacturer or store dictate the price you are going to pay for something. That is smart!
Once you see your monthly grocery bill go down & down & down, you won’t be quite so embarrassed.
Couponing isn’t “easy” at first. Here on Southern Cali Saver, I try to do my best to help you get started. Visit the New Here section and start saving money! 🙂