Coupons: Staying Motivated
Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
I have to admit that there are just some days when I don’t feel like cutting coupons, checking out the sales and so on. Usually these are the days when the milk got spilled, the cat got out, and the breakfast got burnt. But using coupons can really make a difference in the budget, so I tried to stay motivated to do the work and reap the rewards. Here are strategies for staying motivated when it comes to using coupons.
Make it a job
It takes most people anywhere from twenty minutes to one hour to get all of the coupons figured out. With the help of the Internet, that time is generally cut down quite a bit. Let us be really conservative though. We’ll say that it takes 30 minutes to organize enough coupons to save a mere $40 on your grocery bill. If you consider that time as a job, well then you just made yourself $80 an hour!
Consider it cash
Think of your coupons as cash, and I bet your motivation level for clipping coupons will go up. If you saw a dollar bill in a magazine or in your newspaper, would you cut it out? Using coupons on products that you buy anyway is just like found money.
Look at your grocery receipt. Many grocery stores will tally your savings for you. My store lists two columns, one for just coupon savings and one for total savings (coupons plus the bonus store card). I can enter these totals in a spreadsheet and consider them as income. Clipping coupons can earn you thousands of dollars a year.
How do you keep motivated when it comes to using coupons?