This post is by our regular contributor, Kristi.
I have a confession to make that will probably make other frugal shoppers cringe…are you ready?
I hate clipping coupons. Seriously. I loathe, detest, and abominate coupons.
For some people, coupons are a great way to expand their grocery budget. For me though, they’re a never-ending source of shopping regret. Whenever I attempt to be one of those savvy TLC-worthy extreme couponers, I fail miserably. I don’t understand how to double coupons in-store, how to use them to get things 100% free, and I don’t have a knack for coupon binder organization.
Honestly, for me, coupons are not worth the time. Any time I do manage to get my act together and sit down to clip or print out coupons, I inevitably forget to actually bring them to the store or fail to use them before the darn things expire. They always get crumpled in my purse, pockets, or lost to the black abyss of the diaper bag, never to be seen again…that is until 5 minutes after I just bought the item for full price. If I had a dollar for every un-used coupon that could have saved me a dollar, I could probably be in retirement by now.
Just like I have given up on my child-hood dream of being a ballerina, I have embraced the fact that I will never be an extreme-couponer. If you too hate cutting coupons (and even if you don’t) use these 10 alternative ways to tighten your grocery budget and cut your food spending costs every month.