With TV shows like Extreme Couponing and the habits of frugal shoppers over the years using groceries coupons, now in this day and age with all the technology we have at our fingertips including the ability to print out the weekly ads right there in the comfort of your own home, it begs the question,” Is it worth using groceries coupons?”
For me, there is no doubt that grocery coupons actually work and very well, in the long run. I can vouch for this because of my college days when I was struggling financially and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for days on end; I could always count on using whatever coupons I could get my hand on and use them at the grocery store to save a substantial amount of money. In those days, I remember being hungry all the time until I discovered using groceries coupons. However, now as an adult with much more responsibility, do I really have time to sit there on a Sunday and cut out coupons at the expense of spending time with my family, and is it really worth the time I spend in dollars and cents?
To put this to the test, this will depend on how much money I make during my normal work hours; as a matter of fact, I’m going to hold grocery coupons accountable for paying me my time and a half for working overtime. So, for this to work out I need to make roughly $40 an hour if I’m going to cut coupons to make this worth it for me. Keep in mind, that I’m expecting to make a profit so if I cannot make at least $20 an hour of profit using the coupons then it is not worth my time. So, I’m going to have to see if I can cut all the coupons I need and print the other ones out online within 30 min. If I can do this then I would be profiting $20. For all the naysayers out there listening and asking, “What’s the big deal, it’s Sunday and you don’t have anything to do anyway; that’s not true, I love spending time with my family and any time taken away from them I need to be compensated for as far as I’m concerned. Especially when it comes to something like this which takes work.
The Results for Groceries Coupons are In!
This past weekend, I took the test. I woke up at about 10:30 in the morning on Sunday, retrieved the Sunday paper from my doorstep, and I quickly began to start looking for coupons. I timed myself with my trusty G-Shock watch while my family looked on. I am a firm believer in scrutinizing every single coupon to make sure that I will be able to use it; what’s the sense in cutting out a coupon that you’re not even going to use just to make yourself feel better that you cut out a “$2.00 off” coupon?
Within 20 min. of searching through the Redplum and Smartsource inserts, I had cut out $21.75 worth of grocery coupons that I surely would use. Next, since I had 10 min. left, I quickly fired up my computer which took 2 min. to load and I began looking through my favorite Internet coupon sites, after another8 minutes I added another $10.25 to my coupon total. Keep in mind this takes practice and I am certain if you have not done this before, it will take you at least 15 minutes to print out your favorite coupons.
For my time, it appears using grocery coupons by cutting them out the Sunday newspaper and combining that with the printable coupons I can get online, is definitely worth it. In 30 minutes, I was almost able to make up my daily overtime rate at my normal job, which means that cutting and printing out coupons is worth considering. I saved $31.00 which is 3/4 of my overtime rate, and I did it in half an hour!