Is couponing really worth it? It can be. The hard-core couponer can save hundreds of dollars, but it could take as much as 20 hours a week, equal to a part-time job, to do that.
Parent magazine polled its readers to find out that 64 percent of them spend less than one hour a month collecting coupons or don't do so at all.
Still, the cost of food, cleaning products and toiletries can add up. So will couponing improve your quality of life? Take this quiz to see.
1. How much free time can you put aside to clipping coupons?
A. None. My schedule is crazy and I don't have any free time.
B. Maybe an hour a week — I carry my coupons around and clip whenever I have a free minute.
C. I take all the time I need to save the big bucks.
2. Are you willing to organize and go to different stores for savings?
A. I barely have time to make it to one store.
B. I can hit a few stores within a week.
C. I shop at several stores each week sometimes making multiple trips to the same store.
3. How do you feel about haggling?
A. I hate confrontation.
B. I will take a stand now and then.
C. I always expect to get what I deserve so I can save money.
3. Are you organized?
A. I can barely find where I put my phone down.
B. In most cases I am fairly organized.
C. Always. I could tell you where my last store receipt is.
4. Do you have storage space?
A. I barely have room for my stuff now.
B. I can stash some items away.
C. I have a spare room just for my stockpiling bargains.
5. Do you find coupons for products that you buy?
A. No, I rarely find coupons for things I purchase.
C. All the time.
If you answered:
Mostly As: You should stay away from couponing. There is no need to stress yourself out trying to coupon. However, just taking a quick glance at your Sunday paper fliers will help you save a bit of money. CVS is the most customer-friendly store regarding sales and their reward Extrabucks program. For example, you can use your CVS extrabucks even if they have expired.
Mostly Bs: You will have no problem couponing. You are willing to take the time and get organized. Start by visiting a couple of stores a week to boost your potential savings. Just by investing 10 hours a month you could save up to $200.
Mostly Cs: You are a couponer in the making. After you start couponing you will get so excited saving all that money that you won't be able to wait for the next deal. I'll see you in the aisle in the stores with your big coupon binder.
If you want some help with couponing, come to a meeting of the coupon club at 6:30 p.m., May 11th at Fayette County Extension Office 1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington.
Other savings opportunities
■ On April, 25, YMCAs across the country will celebrate Healthy Kids Day, an event to improve the health and well-being of kids. This event will include fun, active play and educational opportunities. Contact your local YMCA for more information or visit: Ymca.net/healthy-kids-day.
■ Print a coupon for a free 8x10 portrait of one person at JCPenney. Offer is good through May 7. Jcpportraits.com/print-portrait-offers-display
■ Receive a free sample of Allegra Allergy at http://bit.ly/1BSqqmP
■ The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's annual rabies vaccination clinic will be held from 6-9 p.m. May 7 at Douglass Park, 726 Georgetown St. Vaccinations will cost $3. All cats must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes. In the event of inclement weather, the clinic date is subject to change. For updated information visit Lexingtonhealthdepartment.org and its Twitter account, twitter.com/LFCHD.
■ Starting May 1, enjoy 50 percent off any Frappuccino beverage at Starbucks from 3 to 5 p.m. Offer is valid through May 10.
■ Williams Sonoma is offering free Junior Chef Class on Baking Bundt Cakes at 10 a.m., April 25. The class is suitable for ages 5-13. Visit williams-sonoma.com for more information.
■ Buy one photo book at Snapfish and get two free. This is a great idea for a Mother's and Father's Day gift. You have to pay shipping for each book. Enter promotional code MOMBKS. Offer is good through April 26. Snapfish.com
■ Target is offering a free $5 gift card when you preorder Paddington on DVD or Bluray. Just go to Target.com to place your order and then swing by the store to pick it up. Or spend $25 and get free shipping to your home.