Whether you are beginning a homesteading lifestyle or have been practicing it for decades, there may be financial advantages through couponing that you are missing out on. While sustainable living is based on the concept of growing and making your own food and goods, there will still be times where it is necessary to purchase essentials from a supermarket or hardware store.
In these cases, there are ways to help save on cost or ways to make extra money when funds are tight. Sustainable living can be quite cost effective for families and with the additional help of coupons available, the cost of living can be even lower.
Improved Lifestyle through Couponing
As a homesteader, it is always best to plan and prepare food storage so you will be ready to face a disaster. If there is no water, gas or food available through the usual means, what items will you have to back you up in the time of crisis? With just a bit of thinking ahead you can avoid problems later.
Of course, one needs to build up a budget for stockpiling food and survival stores. While it’s not expensive, the larger the family, the larger the cost will be to build up sufficient stores. Don’t let cost be a deterrent when beginning to stock up on supplies. When calamity strikes, the last thing you will care about is how much the materials cost. Start by keeping a lookout for items you can purchase with the assistance of coupons.
Coupons for bulk items
Coupons can be especially helpful for buying bulk storage foods such as corn, pasta, dried milk, honey and oats. These items are regularly couponed at most major supermarkets. Look for foods that have a high fat content and can be stored for long periods of time. Foods like these are essential for supplying calories needed to sustain life when food is scarce.
It is essential to build up food stores that can be preserved for a long time. Think canned foods or freeze dried foods that have long expiration dates. Even though you are making a one-time purchase for your food stores, the savings on these items can add up, especially for larger families.
Coupons for non-perishables
Also look for coupons for other non-perishables such as yeast, soda, baking powder and vinegar. Many of these common household items are regularly discounted through coupons and can be stored for up to 25 years. Savings on these items could equate to large sums of money over time.
Another great reason to think ahead and buy bulk items in advance with coupons is because they are the first thing to go from stores in cases of emergency. In addition, consider stocking spare tools that you will need to cook the food. Can openers, pots, pans, and utensils will all be helpful if your original tool is lost for any reason. Better to be over-prepared, especially when you can efficiently buy spares with the help of coupons.
Using coupons to build a surplus
It is also important to think about creating stores of supplies for any livestock operations that you may be running as well. If you are raising any type of farm animals, ask yourself what tools you use regularly to help take care of the animals. Any feed supply, even for the short term, can make the difference when sustaining life.
Consider also using coupons to purchase additional spare parts for generators or filtration systems.
It’s not only supermarkets that issue coupons, though that may be the most popular place to use them. Hardware stores also regularly print coupons. You can use them to stock up on materials you may not think of when you are creating an emergency supply. Duct tape, rope, additional sizes of nuts and bolts can all come in handy even when you least expect it.
At the end of the day, it is important to plan and prepare for the worst situations. Think of those materials that you will need most to sustain life in a disastrous situation. Start by watching for coupons for those items, mostly food and water. From there, consider cleaning and preserving substances. Think of things you can safely preserve and store for long periods.
Who uses coupons?
If you are not enthusiastic about couponing and question how much it will save you, consider these facts. In 2013, each person was offered an average of $1,617 in coupons. Still, non-coupon users are in the majority. While $516 billion worth of coupons are offered each year, $512 billion of those savings go unredeemed.
Statistics show that those who do use coupons are having the last laugh. 42% of those who utilize coupons save $30 each week and 21% save more than $50 each week. A big misconception about coupons is that they are for the poor. Most people report not using coupons because they don’t want people to think they are cheap or poor. However, the 1% of the population that uses coupons are those who are wealthier and better educated, uprooting those stereotypes.
Easy ways to use coupons
Another common excuse for not using coupons is that it can be time-consuming to hunt for deals. There are ways to make it easy. Not only are there an ever-growing number of mobile couponing apps, there are other apps that will comb through your inbox and make sure you’re automatically taking advantage of any cashback or price drop deals.
At the end of the day, homesteading is a rewarding lifestyle that takes advanced preparation and planning. While it will help you save costs in some areas of life, there are additional means to be able to cut down on the costs of materials that allow you to sustain a homesteading lifestyle. The vast majority of the population does not utilize coupons. The average family could be saving thousands of dollars a year with couponing.
Luckily for homesteaders, most of the materials we need are available to purchase with coupons. This is extra convenient for those who may be beginning to build food and supply stores for disastrous situations.
When looking to build a sustainable lifestyle, couponing is key. Building these stores can be costly but with the help of coupons, a percentage of the cost can be reduced. For more information on the savings that can be earned through couponing, check out this infographic that breaks down the average savings lost per person.