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How to Coupon When You're Single

Updated on September 12, 2015
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Erin Shelby is passionate about living a lifestyle that aims for financial freedom. She writes about personal finance and other topics.

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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.

Taking stock of your pantry essentials ensures you don't get caught without your morning coffee.
Taking stock of your pantry essentials ensures you don't get caught without your morning coffee. | Source

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.

Using coupons doesn't have to be crazy when you follow a few simple rules.
Using coupons doesn't have to be crazy when you follow a few simple rules. | Source

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”!

How do you feel about using coupons?

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      Glad you found it useful, teaches12345. Thanks for the comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I do find coupons to save us money. I love it! Your post is so useful and will help singles to make the most of their budget.

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      Random acts of kindness can take people by surprise, kidscrafts!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great idea. I also give away some of my coupons! People looked surprised when I do that :-)

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      Billy, I've heard that Warren Buffett still lives (or lived) in the same modest home even though he could afford much more. A lesson to be learned there, I think.

      Flourish, I love playing coupon fairy too! It's so nice when other people do the same.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I've never met a coupon I didn't like. Even ones I don't use -- sometimes I clip them out and "gift" them to a stranger by leaving them on the product shelf. I've benefitted from that myself and it's always a happy surprise.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Unless your name is Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, couponing is a great way to save money. We do it all the time.