Week 3 – Simplify Couponing: Limit Shopping Days
We last talked about limiting stores. Some of you might have been discouraged by that post, because you want to snag as many deals as possible. That is completely ok. There is another way you can simplify couponing and that is my limiting your shopping days.
If you find that couponing is taking over your life, then consider limiting the days you go shopping. Let’s say you decide to go shopping 2 days a week. That means you can only do coupon shopping on those 2 days. You do need to pick those days wisely. Here are a few tips to help you plan your days:
1. Shop on restocking days.
If your store has a tendency to run out of sale items, then ask the manager or cashier the days they restock. Make that day one of your shopping days. That way you are not frustrated with empty shelves.
2. Plan your days apart.
If you find out that your busiest store restocks on Mondays, then maybe Monday will become one of your shopping days. Don’t make your other shopping day on Tuesday. Spread your shopping days apart. The reason is, we often find some great deals during the week on top of the normal weekly matchups. If you make your 2 shopping days for Monday and Friday, then you have time to snag those extra deals on the second shopping day of that week.
3. Set a timer.
This is my favorite tip, and the kids love it. If you plan shopping days, then you will have to hit several stores in the same day. If your children have to go with you, then they will get pretty tired and cranky. You probably will too!
What works great for us is setting a time for each store… literally. I will pull out my phone and set the timer for 10, 20, or 30 minutes depending on what I need to buy. The kids normally take turns holding the phone, watching the timer, reminding everyone of how much time is left. This forces you to quickly snag your deals and move on. The less time you are in the store then the less money you will spend.
4. Stick to your days!
Don’t get all wishy-washy on me. If you decide to pick 2 day, to shop, then stick with it. Maybe you find a great deal on Wednesday that I post, but your shopping day isn’t until Friday. Put those coupons and your list into that store’s envelope and wait until Friday. They may be sold out, but rainchecks are always available. Keep your schedule and you just may keep your sanity.
Couponing is a job -a part time job (that pays well!), but you must treat it like a job in order to live life as a successful couponer. Just like a real job, you have to have an effective plan in order to get the best outcome. The reason I am so successful with coupons is I will not run out to snag the best deal immediately. I will go when I have time -when it works for my family.
Now I am curious… which one are you going to do? Are you going to limit your stores or limit your days? Or both?
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