How can you save money if you're paying someone to clip coupons for you? And how hard can it be to sit down with the Sunday paper and some scissors and clip a few coupons while you're sipping your morning coffee? Think coupon clipping services are only for the lazy or rich? Think again.
You want to save more money on products you use all the time
Laundry detergent, cosmetics, deodorant, toilet paper, toothpaste... the list goes on and on. Look around your home and you'll see dozens of items you use on a regular basis.
But what if that toilet paper were on sale for $1 a pack? And what if you also had a coupon for $1 off that pack of toilet paper, making it free when the cashier rings it up? A sale like that only comes along once in a blue moon. If you had enough coupons you could walk out of that store with a year's worth of free toilet paper.
Using a coupon clipping service to buy multiples of the same coupons – and only the coupons you want - allows you to take advantage of those great deals and save even more money.
You don't want to buy extra Sunday papers just for a few coupons
Even extreme couponers don't use every coupon in the Sunday paper, sometimes they only use one or two. If your Sunday paper costs $2 and the coupons you're clipping only total up to $1 in savings then you haven't really saved anything. And now you have to haul all those papers to the recycling bin.
Read more at: “Can you really save money with a coupon clipping service?”
You live in an area that doesn't offer the coupons you're looking for
It's a sad fact of a couponer's life: Manufacturers don't distribute their coupons to all marketing areas across the nation. It costs advertising dollars to have their coupons included in the inserts so they choose their marketing areas wisely.
Your family may love Chicken of the Sea tuna but if it's not a popular item in your marketing area you may never see a coupon. On the other hand, there might be a Chicken of the Sea coupon in every Sunday paper in another area of the country and you can get dozens from a coupon clipping service in that area.
You don't have time to find and clip coupons
Sometimes you'll find up to three coupon inserts in your Sunday paper, and if you buy multiple papers... well, that's a lot of flipping and clipping. And what about the inserts your friends, family and neighbors are saving for you? And how much time do you spend dumpster-diving for inserts?
Your time is valuable. Let's face it, if you're spending 20 hours a week clipping and sorting coupons then you better be saving a bundle at the grocery store every week. Time equals money and any time you can cut hours out of the coupon process you're going to be saving even more money in the long run.
Donna Anderson also shares more of her great couponing tips at TheHappyCouponer.com, a coupon clipping service for folks who want to get serious about saving money with coupons.
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- Top 4 reasons to use a coupon clipping service
- Coupon-clipping strategies: Should you clip all or none?
- National Coupon Month: Where will you store all those bargains?
- Using coupons to buy in bulk: How to know when to stop
- Maximizing your coupons: What about those '10 items for $10' sales?
- Never use a coupon unless your product is on sale