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Advice from Your Favorite Bloggers: Finding Time to Coupon

I am slowly getting back into the savings game — with a little help from my friends. I have listened to a lot of advice and really taken it to heart.

After releasing the guilt over a couponing break, I’ve been slowly adding coupons to my shopping habits again. We’re once again collecting coupons from a variety of sources, and they’re piling up.

The problem now is finding the time to sort through my coupons! So, I turned once again to the experts — fellow frugal blogger across the web — to see how they make time for couponing:


  • Clip the Best, File the Rest 1 of 10
    Clip the Best, File the Rest
    "Between five kids, a blog and a business I have NO time to organize my coupons so I use the 'clip the best and file the rest' method!"
    Denise from Shopper Strategy and Coupon Clutch
    Tip: Clip only the coupons you know you will use while filing the rest away in case you find a better deal later.
  • Multitask 2 of 10
    Multitask
    "I typically clip mine on Sundays when my husband and I are watching some shows together, being occupied makes it easier to get it done and not feel like a chore...Every blue moon I'll get lucky and my husband will help clip them. I cherish those days."
    Laura from Thrifty Wifey
    Tip: The new coupons and most weekly ads come in the Sunday newspaper, making it the perfect time to sift through your stash on a lazy afternoon.
  • Keep the Kids Occupied 3 of 10
    Keep the Kids Occupied
    "I clip them when the kids are watching Americas Funniest Home Videos...they are so engulfed in it."
    Matt from A Thrifty Mom
    Tip: As the kids get older feel free to let them pitch in — they can cut coupons, file inserts, and help alphabetize or categorize your coupons.
  • Don’t Clip Everything 4 of 10
    Don't Clip Everything
    "We don't clip them all, but store full inserts in a file cabinet filed by date. We clip the ones we know we're going to use and put those (along with printables, tearpads and coupons by mail) in a binder that is organized using subject dividers by product category. Not clipping them all also saves a lot of time, since 75% of the coupons in inserts will not be used."
    Zack from Look Before Spending
    Tip: Concentrate your efforts on coupons for items you'll actually need — so if your kids are past the potty-training years, save the diaper coupons for a friend instead of wasting precious time clipping them.
  • Don’t Clip Anything 5 of 10
    Don't Clip Anything
    "I'll be the black sheep and point out that you don't always have to physically clip — use a service like Saving Star and there's no clipping required!"
    Mir from Want Not
    Tip: This was the first step that really got me invested in couponing. Mobile coupons, printable coupons, e-coupons — they're easy to use since I can click or print just before I head to the store. Find more Internet Coupons at Inexpensively.com
  • Clip Together 6 of 10
    Clip Together
    "I clip them on Sunday afternoons while my girls are sleeping. My husband usually helps me."
    Laura from I Am THAT Lady
    Tip: Working as a pair can help you stay organized and move faster — have one person clip, while the other organizes!
  • Name Your Binder 7 of 10
    Name Your Binder
    "Naming your binder makes it a part of the family so it's always with you. I keep my binder in my car and I take Pinky out of the car on Friday night. Cause nothing says I am mom like cutting coupons on Friday night and Saturday morning."
    Aimee from Pretty Frugal Diva
    Tip: I totally love this idea — who wants to help me name my lovely purple houndstooth Coupon Clutch? Incorporating couponing into your weekly routine is also a great way to make sure it doesn't fall to the wayside!
  • Road Clip 8 of 10
    Road Clip
    "I enjoy cutting and gathering my coupons, going through my coupon binder and reviewing what coupons I have ... I have also been known to organize my coupons on car rides."
    Kate from Coupon Cravings
    Tip: As long as you're not the one behind the wheel, this is a brilliant way to use extra time on the road. Get everything back into shape on your next road trip!
  • Find Stolen Moments 9 of 10
    Find Stolen Moments
    "I clip and organize mine in a binder at the kids' soccer games and drama practices."
    Heather from In God's Economy
    Tip: If you find yourself sitting around with extra time while you wait for your kids' activities to finish up, bring your couponing supplies next time — you might find another parent who does it, too!
  • Use a Clipping Service 10 of 10
    Use a Clipping Service
    "I no longer clip them! It's so much easier for me to order them online through a clipping service like Coupondede or a local company vs. trying to find the time to clip them. In the end, I get coupons that I'll use for my family and donations and able to stock up on product as well."
    Marci from Cincinnati Coupons
    Tip: If you're falling behind on coupon clipping, these services can be a great way to get back in gear and save money on household items you need the most. Read more on Coupon Clipping Services at Inexpensively.com

Follow Heather on Twitter, Pinterest, and her blogs.

More money saving ideas from Heather on Inexpensively.com:
Coupon Clipping Services
The Art of Couponing

More from Heather on Babble.com:
9 Sources fro Grocery Coupons
Advice from Frugal Bloggers: Combating Deals Fatigue

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