I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I just don’t have time to coupon. There’s so much information out there and trying to sort through it all just makes my brain spin! I also have a really short attention span, so I can’t be spending a ton of time staring at a computer screen.
I still want to save money, though, so over the past couple weeks I developed a system for myself that seems to be working pretty well; I’m beginning to coupon in just 15 minutes a day, before Allison wakes up!
Below I outline my morning routine for you that I can pretty much accomplish in 15 minutes; I set a timer and just do as much as I can until the timer goes off, and I seem to be able to get it all done.
Now this may look different from yours, as not all of you may have a Meijer or Kroger nearby, but it works the same: Find a site that works for you and the stores around you, and be on your way to saving money! Here’s my morning routine:
1.) Meijer Madness
Meijer is one of my main stores, so I check here every morning for any good deals. She’ll post the weekly ads and coupon matchups, as well as direct links to any new coupons to print.
2.) Meijer app
I also check Meijer’s mPerks coupons to see if there’s anything new. This is pretty easy because all I have to do is sort coupons by Newest and they’ll be right up on top. Rarely, there will be a coupon for a free item, so that’s why I tend to do this every day!
Now, I get her text message updates every day, so I don’t always check her website in the mornings because I’m already in the know. But she posts a nightly recap every day so it’s always nice to go back and make sure I didn’t miss anything.
She posts pretty much anything and everything, and that can get overwhelming for me. I’m more interested in grocery items than I am clothing and stuff on Amazon, so I usually filter her posts for just the Ibotta deals as I’m trying to get back into the app again.
Every few days Ibotta will have new rebate deals available, so I just double check and make sure I have all the ones I want activated. I don’t use the app often because I just don’t ever buy these items, but it’s always nice to check. By the way, am I the only one who’s noticed that there haven’t been many “Any brand” items around? I used to see milk and eggs every week but they seem to have fallen through the cracks.
6.) Cut/sort coupons
The last thing I do, if I have time, is cut all the coupons I may have printed. If it’s the beginning of the month, I’ll throw out any expired coupons, and I’ll also go through them to see if there are any I actually want to use before they expire.
Some days, I’ll go through the entire list in less than 10 minutes! Other days, if these sites have posted a lot or if I forgot to check a couple days in a row, I may only get through a few of them. I try to contain all of it in 15 minutes though, because I have other things to do… like tend to a waking toddler who can go from 0 to 60 as soon as she wakes up.
If you don’t have a Kroger or Meijer, here are some sites that contain other store deals that may be in your area:
Are there any sites that you check every day? Share your links in the comments!