Ever wish you could get the couponing savings without spending tons of time couponing every week?
Let me tell you — it is possible to coupon in less than two hours a week and still save big. It’s all about finding the balance that works for you.
Here’s how we do it when we’re straight-up short on time:
1. Skip great deals if there’s a chance you won’t use the items.
Don’t print every single coupon you come across. Part of learning how to coupon in less than two hours per week is teaching yourself to filter through coupons and look for items that you and your family need or go through frequently.
Plain and simple — coupon based on what your family needs, not based on which deals are the hottest.
2. Let the KCL app find deals for you.
The KCL app makes it simple and easier than ever to browse coupon deals. Use the app to search through available coupons based on the stores you shop at most frequently, and plan your shopping list around what coupons are available.
On Sunday, I’ll sit down with the KCL app pulled up (maybe a glass of wine) and my meal plan for the week. I start looking to see what coupons are available for the stores I frequently shop at, and I only print coupons for the things on my meal list.
Note: This is opposite of regular couponing. You’re picking coupons based on what’s on your list instead of planning your meals around coupons.
3. Only do printable deals you find on the KCL website or KCL app.
Search for coupons you need, and instantly print them from your computer or smartphone. If you shop at these stores for groceries or household items, bookmark these pages on your computer for easy access:
TIP: Check the “Smartphone-Only Deals” section of the Krazy Coupon Lady website to get access to deals that don’t require newspaper inserts.
4. Only print coupons. Skip the newspaper.
Printables, printables, printables. For real. The Krazy Coupon Lady is telling you to skip newspaper coupons. . . brace yourself.
But really, when you’re short on time, it’s just not necessary to clip every single coupon that you see in the newspaper each week.
So, for the sake of spending only two hours per week couponing, go ahead and skip newspaper inserts like Procter & Gamble, RedPlum, and SmartSource altogether.
5. Focus on couponing for basics like toilet paper, laundry detergent, paper towels, etc.
If couponing for groceries seems like a daunting task, start by only couponing for basics that you or your family go through frequently.
This could be laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, or other household items.
6. Print coupons right when you see a deal, and plan to hit the store within 24-hours.
Each morning, spend 5-10 minutes checking for a deal you know you’ll need. Print the coupon, and plan to hit the store on your way home from work.
7. Or only do one or two deals per week.
When I was just starting out, I would do a laundry detergent deal one week, a toilet paper deal another week, paper towels the week after, and kept my couponing very basic until I got more comfortable doing more.
Just recently, there was an OxiClean deal for $0.99 per bottle. I had a little laundry detergent left and knew that I needed more, so I couldn’t pass it up.
It was suggested from our website as a six-month stock-up price, which is great if you have a larger family. With it being just two people in my household at the time, I decided three bottles would equal out to about six months’ use for us.
Chances are, you don’t have time to run around to every store scoring every deal. Like we mentioned before, only do one or two deals a week, and only shop at one or two stores. Not only will you save gas money, but you’ll save yourself time.
Start at Target and then add a drugstore like Walgreens, Rite Aid, or CVS. If your deal is at Target one week, go that route. If it’s at your drugstore another week, hit your fave drugstore. Learn how to coupon at Target.
9. Skim Ibotta and Checkout51 offers before you hit the grocery store.
Before I even go to the grocery store, I check these two apps to see what rebates they have available. I only save rebates for items that I know I need at that time and what my family will use.
Or, after you’ve put all your bags of groceries on your kitchen counter, pull out Ibotta and see if there are any items you can get cash back on. Ibotta has more coupons than Coupons.com, so surely there are a few you can take advantage of even if you didn’t check Ibotta first.
After you’re done shopping, you can scan the receipt’s QR code, and your cash back rebates will be on their way!
By no means did I use Ibotta as much as I could have, but in one month I cashed out over $35 on groceries I already buy.