It’s a New Year and time already to reflect on how you did last year with your couponing.
Did you have a goal and did you save as much as you wanted. Use this Savings Tracker to help you track your savings for 2013.
Did you have enough coupons or were you struggling to find coupons. If you struggled, you may need to look at ways to get more coupons by purchasing coupons or coupon inserts.
Did you meet or come under you goal for spending on groceries in 2012? Maybe this needs to be reevaluated and readjusted.
Did you run out of items before the next sales cycle (when the items go on sale again), causing you to buy at (gasp) regular price? If so, you may want to increase the amount of items you purchased on sale.
Did you end up with extra items that expired before you could use them? Cut back on the number of items you purchased or take inventory of your stock and if you aren’t using them us, consider donating the extra you have, to a local shelter or food bank.
Did you run out of space for our stock pile? It may be time to rearrange and be more efficient with your space. Add in shelving or repurpose a dead space in your basement. Keeping your stock pile in one general area keeps it from over taking your house and making it look like a store instead of a home. January is the month everyone wants to get organized, so look for sales on organization items, like Tupperware (which IS on sale in January), to help you organize your home to be more efficient.
If you are struggling to match coupons and sales, consider using a coupon match site to help you match the coupon to the sales in your area. These sites take the time to help you get the best deal and you can do other things.
If you are just getting started, check out couponing 101 to get you started.