Once we got used to the new budget, we knew something had to change with our grocery shopping. As I started looking into coupons I was immediately discouraged. I remember going to my computer and searching for our favorite brands. Most of what I typed into the search bar showed no coupons. I couldn't figure out how coupon users really made it happen.
Couponing is not fast. It seems like it should be a fast thing. See a coupon, clip, claim, that's it. Yet couponing is about planning, waiting, and securing your deals in a smart way. It takes a good 90 days to feel like you are actually saving money. Yes, there are those rare deals where you know you're buying baby food, and you suddenly have an awesome Beechnut coupon and Beechnut sale. True savings, are about saving on all your groceries, not just a few items.
Now, I generally will use 20 savings coupons in a transaction. Sometimes, it's more coupons, sometimes it's less. I never shop without saving 25%, and I try to save 50% on my entire cart. At this point, I'm sure you're wanting to know what changed. It was just time. Your favorite brand may not be in this week's paper, on online this week, or on sale in the store this week. It takes a bit of time to figure out what your "hot list" of brands includes, and then watch and wait for the coupon and the sale.
Time allows you to pick up multiples when you see a sale, and pick up multiples if there is a smoking hot sale. Time also allows you to keep track of pricing. You will need time to teach your self and your family about being patient, and planning out your meals and even snacks. When you are buying a 3 month supply of ice cream, believe me, the whole family has to be on board and know how to ration those cones.