Are you following me along my journey as I cut my grocery bill in half. Yesterday I shared with you my goals to get my grocery bill cut in half. I hope you take a minute to read it if you haven’t yet.
The reason I quit couponing is because I got lazy… life took over, and I never made time for it. This happens all the time, which is why I knew what we needed to talk about next – the importance of a schedule.
As with many things in life (from school, to work, to home life) a schedule can fix almost all problems. I need a schedule in order for me to be able to stay on top of couponing each week. Now I want you to create a schedule for everything couponing.
1. Create a Schedule to cutting newspaper coupons
Sunday is kind of my “day off” so to speak, so my goal is to have the Newspaper coupons clipped and organized by Monday night. That might work for you or maybe you can have it done Sunday night, but the goal is for you to set your own schedule and your own goals so you can reach them EACH week.
If you haven’t yet, make sure you bookmark and save this post on the Sunday Coupons Insert Schedule. I have it listed what coupons you will get each week in the paper – that way you can make sure you have enough papers for your family. Also make sure you watch my video on how I clip my newspaper coupons so quickly.
2. Create a schedule for your printable coupons.
As many of you know I love printable coupons. They are normally higher value and obviously they are easier to get than newspaper coupons. If you are short on time and are new to couponing, then make sure you are keeping up to date on our newest pritnable coupons. Go ahead and sign up for our daily coupon e-mail so you never miss another printable coupon.
Ok…. back to a schedule. My schedule for printable coupons is for me to print coupons AS SOON AS I CAN and to cut them and organize them in my coupon box at the end of the day. That might work for you but it might not. I am checking new printable coupons every morning and every evening. Besides our daily printable coupon roundup, you can also check the coupon database. It lists the newest coupons that pop out at the top of the search.
3. Create a coupon shopping schedule
Now this is where I really need to improve my planning- my shopping schedule. It is my goal this week to stick with an actual shopping schedule. My goal is to shop at Homeland (our local store) on Wednesday night and then again on Thursday for a second quick trip. I’ll also be heading to CVS on week’s when the deals are hot. I’ll be heading there either Thursday or Friday. My husband will be making Aldi trips for me on Wednesday on his way home from work.
Now obviously my schedule will not work for you. I don’t want you to do the exact same thing as me, but I want you to make yourself a shopping schedule. I’ll be shopping at other stores occasionally when there are HOT deals but in general I want to at least stick with this schedule.
So this week, I challenge you to set a schedule for your couponing. I challenge you to make it a priority to go to the store to use your coupons – save that money – and watch your grocery bill drop.
Next week, I’ll be giving you another goal, another challenge, but this week I just want you to set a schedule, stick with it, and keep couponing!
More helpful posts:
- How to cut your grocery bill in half – 3 tips to help you get started
- Couponing 101
- How to save time on clipping coupons