Coupons have been around forever, but it sometimes takes a economic crisis like we have today to get people to start using them. On the other hand, many people have been using coupons long before we entered a recession. So, where do you stand? Have you been a coupon user all along or has the recession led you to begin using them? Or do you simply find them not worth the trouble and don’t use them at all?
For me, I use coupons if I stumble across one that is for something I know I’ll need but rarely do I actively sit down and cut out coupons on a regular basis. For one, the only daily newspaper that we have delivered is the Wall Street Journal and you won’t find any coupons in there. Another prohibiting factor is that our grocery store doesn’t print their own in-store coupons. Instead, they just have some killer weekly sales and I typically just base my shopping around the sales. But one area we have really took to coupons is with baby items. Baby food, formula, diapers, etc. You just can’t go without coupons for those things, and most of the time you get those coupons sent directly to you in the mail.
That being said, I wonder where people go for coupons if they don’t get them in their weekly newspaper? Surely there are some online sites that have some, but I’ve never really paid much attention. So, if you want to share your coupon experiences in the poll and comments it could help people like me who wouldn’t mind using more coupons but just doesn’t know where to look.
Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle
My name is Jeremy Vohwinkle, and I’ve spent a number of years working in the finance industry providing financial advice to regular investors and those participating in employer-sponsored retirement plans.
When it comes to cost cutting it depends on the person. What works well for one person can be a disaster for another. One person may cut out a daily latte while another finds that dropping the land line phone and cable TV that they rarely ever use is an easier way to make room in their budget. It depends on the lifestyle. I read in one discussion on couponing where a self employeed mother looked at the cost savings vs time and figured that it would make more sense for her to simply put in one more hour a week consulting. She'd make more money than the two hours a week it would take to coupon.
If a person does want to try it I would go to Money Saving Mom.com. She has a good tutorial on how to maximize your savings and links to printable coupons and matching store specials to check out. I save on average 30% on food and general household expenses using coupons so for me it pays for the couple of hours I spend on the weekend.
Have you ever noticed when shopping at dollar stores, low-end grocery stores, etc. the people who appear they could truly benefit, use food stamps, etc. in using coupons never use either coupons or the store card providing additional marked-downs or senior citizen discounts on certain days?
Coupons truly save whenever there is a Buy 1-Get 1 Free:
Ex: Item regular costs $1.50; Two items on sale @ $2.00 and the store permits a single purchase ringing up @ $1.00. Use a 50 cent coupon and one pays only $.50 for one original item valued @ $1.50. Even better, use the coupon on day the store allows double value on coupons up to $.60 providing "Free Item"!
i find that coupons are only REALLY good if its a product you normally buy that there is no way to make yourself or can't find a good store brand substitute, like feminine products or such. mostly it is more a waste of my time going thru the coupon flier because anymore most of it is junk advertising....
I get coupons from news inserts, online at coupon sites
e.g. couponmom.com, manufacturer's websites, and at co-op stores. I like the coupons from co-op stores! I also ask friends for specific coupons from their news inserts. I am a specific shopper and therefore many times coupons are not easily available for products I buy.
I tend to hang on to coupons, forget about them, and find them after they've expired :P So they're usually just clutter. But, once in a while I remember to take them to the store.
However, I do try to buy items I regularly use when they're on sale. If I need something and it's not on sale, I'll buy just one or two of the item. If it's on sale, I'll buy several to maximize the savings. Sometimes I'll save as much as 10% off the total grocery bill!