How to Coupon When You're Single
If you’re a single person, you might be wondering if it’s worth it for you to start couponing. Is clipping those weekly coupons only worth it for couples with children? The truth is that when you’re single without a partner, couponing is worth the effort and time. The key to savings is spending your time effectively to maximize your savings. Here’s a single person’s checklist to get you started.
Anticipate Your Needs
As a single person, you may or may not have a child’s needs to anticipate, but you certainly have your own. Do you really want to be left with only one roll of toilet paper? Is your addiction to coffee something to be reckoned with? Knowing what products make your domestic life pleasant and sane will tell you which items are the top items to use coupons for.
Browse the Supermarket Ads
If you’re interested in printing coupons at home, this is a great way to save money. But what’s the best way to know which coupons to print? Instead of printing every coupon you see, take a look at the ads for the supermarket where you shop and look for items that are on sale. Do you see any online coupons for the items that are on sale this week? If you do, and it’s an item you know you’ll use, get the item now and apply the savings to another area of your budget.
Keep Coupons You’ll Use
If you’re getting weekly coupons from the Sunday paper, it can be confusing knowing which coupons might give you a great deal and which aren’t worth their keep. How can you tell if a coupon might pan out as a great deal? If you’re a single person, you should probably throw out coupons if:
• They’re for baby items and you don’t have kids
• You’ve never heard of the brand name on the coupon
• The item is something you’re fairly certain you won’t use
A great rule of thumb is “when in doubt, throw it out”!
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© 2014 erinshelby
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