I’m great at clipping coupons. I carefully trim out a number of coupons every time I receive ads in the mail, stacking them neatly and putting them in my wallet. It sounds ideal, like I’ve really learned how to do this coupon thing. But unfortunately, the follow-through is where I seem to get lost. I consistently pull coupons from my wallet, about a week or two (sometimes painfully only a day) late once they’ve expired and are no longer of any use to me. So, in the recycling bin they go and the cycle viciously continues and I save absolutely nothing on my groceries.
I might be behind the times, but I’m just now discovering how cool some new grocery store apps are when it comes to saving money and not having to keep up with the obnoxious physical coupons. I first experienced this kind of unbridled shopping joy when I got the Target app, Cartwheel, not all that long ago. I use Cartwheel on a regular basis, “shopping” in advance before I go to the store and seeing which brands I can get an additional discount on. It’s extraordinarily convenient to plan this way before a big shopping trip. So you can get an advantage on your grocery / shopping bill and not have to keep up with any little slips of paper which makes this a winning combo.
Many grocery stores are beginning to develop coupon apps, which I’m thankful is catching on. Publix and Winn-Dixie both have coupon apps that can help keep you organized while you shop. Yes, we have the technology!