Now let’s talk about coupons. Oh, those tempting coupons! Unless you are one of those extreme couponers, this is what I say. Throw them in the recycle bin. Will you really go to that Indian restaurant before the coupon expires? Will you really buy that more expensive brand of sugar that will still be more expensive, even with the coupon? Coupons just mess up our purses and keep them messy. If you have coupons in your purse, go pull them all out right now. Then go through them and see how many have expired. I bet over 90% can no longer be used.
“But what if I need it?” you may be asking. In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this is a question that is ruthlessly answered. Don’t save stuff just in case you “might need it.” Throw it out. If you do end up needing it later, you can usually easily get it. I also take comfort in the fact that when I throw my coupons into the recycling bin, I can go back and get them out if I truly need them.
I use an app on my phone called Retail Me Not. Whenever I go shopping, I check it for in-store coupons. It almost always has coupons for Michaels, JoAnn, Kohls, JcPenney, and many others. Then the cashier can just scan the code at checkout, and voila! You just saved 35%!