I am a huge fan of coupons, mostly because I was raised in a household where we had to stretch every dollar. And even though I do lots of things to save money (using cloth diapers, making my own laundry detergent, etc.), the fact is, kids are expensive and every dollar saved goes a long way.
But I find couponing to be a frustrating enterprise, because it does seem to waste a heck of a lot of paper.
Yes, I realize that you can recycle what you don’t use, but that doesn’t eliminate all of the effort put into producing the coupons. There’s still energy, paper, and ink spent on printing all of them up, and a lot of the time. When I dig through the Sunday paper’s coupons, I frequently only find a handful that apply to me. So I decided to investigate whether there was a more eco-friendly way to coupon, and I was extremely pleased with my results.
Like most moms I know, I shop at Target, usually at least once a week. I was pleased to discover that if you go to Target.com’s coupon page, you can click on the button that says “get coupons and recipes” and it will take you to the coupons that they currently have running. From there, you can select the coupons that apply to you and only print those off, saving paper, energy, and ink. Coupons.com also offers the same service with coupons from a lot of top manufacturers. I was also pleased to see that a lot of the coupons they offered were relevant ones—for coffee, cereal, and other staples–as opposed to just coupons for specialty items.
There are also a lot of websites where you can download coupons to your Grocery cards, such as ShortCuts.com. This is great because you don’t have to waste any paper or ink at all, and you also won’t forget your coupons when you’re standing in the checkout with your child screaming at you.
Overall, I was pleased with these websites, and at my last shopping trip I saved an extra almost ten dollars—and every penny really does help.
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