Sunday, November 21, 2010

My 2011 Couponing Goals


When I return to couponing in 2011, I have a few new goals. I want to continue using coupons, but I want to change the way I use coupons. Coupons are everywhere, and when you get sucked into using coupons and being able to print them and receive them in newspapers, they can add up, and become overwhelming.

My plan is to clip only the coupons to items that I KNOW I purchase on a regular basis. It's very easy as a couponer, especially a beginner couponer, to start saving every coupon that comes along. When one does this, its easy to fall into the temptations of purchasing useless items just because you have a coupon for it.

I also plan to continue to shop the sales and pair my coupons with sales, however, I want to make sure that I am sticking to buying and purchasing healthy foods. Just because a bag of chips are on sale buy one get one free, and I have a coupon for it, doesn't mean its a good deal if it means you are settling for "junk" food, because its cheaper. If you notice the coupons in circulation, many of the items advertised are junk food. I feel strongly about spending a little more on wholesome foods if that means living a healthier life. This is where it is important to watch the sales on fresh meats and produce and price compare.

I do plan to use my coupon binder and keep it stocked up with my grocery coupons and store coupons, like JCPenneys and Target coupons, but hopefully it won't seem like such a task to keep it organized. I want to continue to enjoy using coupons and if that means I need to scale back a little bit more, then in the long run, it will be worth it!


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12 comments:

  1. I hear what u r saying. I to have learned I only clip the ones I buyand the rest i give to ppl I know use the rest. I have a limit on my budget of what i can spend monthly and have to stick to that ... I buy NECCESITIES first and then the rest. I do ONLY BY BARGAIN, Clearence Items. I will not ever, I mean ever by FULL PRICE FOR SOMETHING!!! To me that is a waist of my money that I could have spent on something else. Coupons have helped me bring food and toilettries in to my house with the use of ECB's or +up Rewards. Keep up the good work. I love reading your Blog. Have a Great Holidays!

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  2. maybe i should have a similar new year's resolution...my husband would be very thankful! my coupons end up everywhere!

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  3. Great post - I'm inspired to give coupons a "go" again! I got so overwhelmed and hardly ever used any because I started associating coupons with more stress! Now I'll try to not put so much pressure on myself and just clip what I know I'll use and dont save those that I "might" use because I never do :) Getting emails with coupons in them helps me the most. I'll also give the online coupons a shot again!

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  6. I usually go crazy clipping the coupons, but then when I start organizing them in the binder, I 'edit' and I'll toss the ones that I know I won't use, or is unhealthy food that we don't need anyway.
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  12. Grocery shopping with 4 kids in tow has made couponing very difficult for me. I LOVE restaurant coupons though. I almost never go out to eat without one!

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