The old saying tells us time is money. Couponing is a perfect example. Before you can redeem your coupons you have to spend time cutting, clipping, accumulating, sorting and filing them.
Someone estimated people who are hard core couponers spend upwards to 14 to 16 hours a week couponing. It becomes akin to a part time job. Of course there are people who spend less time just as there are people who spend more time. However 14 to 16 hours seems to be the standard.
On top of the above associated activities, coupon users are still required to plan their shopping trip. All the coupons in the world are worthless if a person hasn't planned on when and where they will use them.
Beginners who have yet to set up a personalized system probably are the ones who will initially spend more time. Even couponing requires a learning curve and a workable, easy to follow system. Honing those couponing skills requires time and effort just the same as any other field.
Couponing can be a fun and money saving hobby. However, some people have taken it to extreme and earned the label extreme couponers. These are the folks who spend what seems like every waking moment immersed in couponing.
Most of us would agree that a degree of balance is important. Devoting all or a majority of your time to couponing seems out of whack with the norm. Most of us have spouses, children, friends, neighbors, hobbies and other activities that occupy a spot on our life's menu.
Mistreating these relationships and letting them fall out of our specifically can impair even the heartiest of relationship. After all, life isn't only coupons. Just ask your children.
The person who manages to keep a balance and perspective on couponing and their other life activities knows there are helping hands in couponing. One of them is free printable coupons found on Internet websites.
These coupons provide a person with the opportunity to spend less time cutting and clipping and planning. All you do is print the coupons and go to the store. It can be more complicated but generally speaking it isn't.
Like all coupons, printable coupons are free and readily available. A short web surfing adventure will take you to a number of websites with printable coupons. After you have visited a few, you will probably settle on between three and five sites for your coupons.
This adds to the time saved. You know right where to go and what you want to print. Printable coupons may not be the answer for everyone but they fill the bill for a good number of people.