Analyze the Way You Think & Shop
Finding coupon success starts with analyzing how and why you shop the way you do. So, let’s ask some questions about your shopping trips…
- Are you satisfied with your trips?
- Do you feel like you’ve overpaid for items you have to have?
- Do you purchase impulse items?
- Do you feel like your grocery bill is larger than life?
- How often do you shop? Does it feel like you’re constantly shopping?
For me, learning how to coupon wasn’t the most challenging obstacle I encountered. It was my organization process, how I cooked and how I shopped that was my stumbling block… I was a train-wreck in terms of being an effective, efficient and frugal shopper. Worst of all I didn’t realize it! My idea of shopping frugally was purchasing one week’s worth of groceries…whatever was “on sale” making meal plans after the fact. True that works for some people and they are content with it but it wasn’t for me…I needed more. Since you’re here I can only assume you’d like more too! What would you say to being able to afford to purchase more groceries, open a college savings account for your child, go on vacation, save to remodel your house, pay extra on your bills, buy a new car or just simply living a little easier? Sounds good…yes?
Making changes in your shopping habits comes with understanding of the power of a shopping smart, shopping the sales and using coupons wisely. I think many people give up on using coupons because they haven’t had an opportunity to figure it out…really figure it out and then learn to apply it. Basic coupon success doesn’t just come from simply using coupons but from using it in conjunction with good sales, coupon use, meal planning and stockpiling.
If you’re like me, you may think you can’t afford to stockpile and if you could what would you do with all that food? I didn’t think it was necessary and certainly didn’t think I could afford to stockpile until I learned to take advantage of the combination of good sales with coupon use. I can teach you how to as well! So, instead of buying one or two items at a time we’ll be purchasing numerous at good stock up prices…this is how we save lots of money!
I’ll use my family as an example…
We use 2 boxes of cereal each week at $3.00 per box
That is $6 a week or $24 a month for cereal. This is just regular pricing for off-brand cereals.
Now, you’ll see deals on my blog for cereal…good name brand cereal at prices under $1.00 a box sometimes free but for purposes of illustration we’ll say the boxes of cereal are $.50 each
At these prices I’d purchase 12 boxes or so
So, 12 boxes @ $.50 each is only $6.00…
See a pattern here? I spent the same amount of money I was spending per week and have saved $30!
See what I mean? It’s powerful isn’t it? You can shop smart by shopping the sales, using coupons wisely and stockpiling. You can do this…really…you can! Now you know what our goal is…