One of the most common complaints I hear about couponing is…TIME! “I do not have time to cut coupons.” or “It takes too much time to shop with coupons.” Yes, it does take time; there is no getting around that. However, who says it is just your job to cut, organize and use the coupons?
Cutting your spending budget should be a family project. In fact, in order to be successful at couponing you are going to need support. Set a measurable and achievable goal as a family. If you have something to work towards, it will be much easier to cut your budget. Changing how and where you spend your money is changing the way you think. It is a process and it needs to monitored, adapted and changed over time.
So, how do you enlist the rest of your family to get on board with the saving game? One of the biggest time eaters with couponing is cutting the coupons. If you have an older child, teach them how to cut coupons. Turn it into a lesson on cutting straight lines! You will be surprised at how kids think this is a fun activity. I have also had my husband clip coupons as he watches television.
Organizing coupons also takes time. You can turn this activity into a teaching opportunity too. Have your children sort the coupons into food groups…vegetables, fruit, bread, dairy etc. For older children, have them stack coupons for the same item in order of value (teaches them how to determine the value of money). Older children can also pull out the expired coupons.
Once you get your family involved in the saving game, it will become part of your family culture. It will become second nature. You will also be instilling values in your children regarding financial responsibility. I think you will also be pleasantly surprised at how excited your children and family members get when they see you spending less and saving more towards your family goal!