Making Couponing an Effective Part of Your Elderly Care Plan

Senior Care in Frisco, TX

There has been quite a bit of talk in the media recently about the concept of “couponing”, with entire shows, specials, magazine spreads, books, and countless blogs dedicated to the subject. The idea of couponing is that with careful planning and strategic shopping, you can save an incredible amount of money on your grocery shopping by using coupons. Integrating this concept into your elderly care plan in logical, effective ways can help you to stretch your parents’ budget and make grocery shopping less of a hassle.

As with any strategy you use to save money within your elderly care plan, it is important to approach couponing properly in order to make sure it actually gives you the most benefit. Without the right approach you can negate the savings, and actually end up spending more money than you intended to. Try these tips, and share them with your aging parents’ elderly health care services provider, to make couponing an effective part of your elderly care plan:

• Know your brands. Brand loyalty is one of those things that many people cling to, but that can be devastating to a grocery budget. Before you start couponing, take some time to explore your own brand loyalties and determine which you are willing to give up in the name of savings. Compare brand name products you use regularly with store brand versions to determine if the brand name is truly better. In most cases, the difference is undetectable. If you find that you and your elderly parents like the store brands of certain products, you will often find that you will save more by buying these brands than you would buying the brand name products with a coupon.

• Avoid impulses. It is easy to fall into the temptation of buying something just because you have a coupon for it. Saving on the product, however, does not make sense if you were not going to buy it in the first place. Make your grocery list before you start examining coupons so you know what you actually need and will look for coupons for those items, rather than structuring your list around the coupons.

• Have a master list. Go through your parents’ home and make a master list of all of the products that they use on a regular basis. Include foods, hygiene products, and cleaning products, as well as how frequently they tend to need them. This list allows you to take advantage of major sales and coupons even if specific items are not on your list for that week. Items like laundry detergent and toothpaste can sit on a shelf for quite some time, so if you have the opportunity to save a considerable amount of them, you should take advantage of it and store those items away for when you need them.

• Stay organized. There is nothing in grocery shopping quite as frustrating as getting up to the line and realizing that your coupons are expired. Avoid this by keeping a file of your coupons with the ones with the earliest expiration at the front. This way you can be sure to use them rather than waiting and missing out on the savings.

If You Or An Aging Loved One Are Considering Hiring Senior Care in Frisco, TX, Please Call The Caring Staff At Second Family Home Care At (972) 846-HOME (4663).

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