My Rebuttal

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A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I just HAD to respond. You can read the full article HERE.  It is basically saying couponing is pointless and unnecessary and won’t really save any money.

Statement:You usually have to buy something to get a coupon.

FACT: You can print coupons offline, ask friends for their inserts and even just ask the companies for coupons.  True a majority of coupons will come from the Sunday Paper but you will save so much money with those coupons it is well worth it.

You can even see the coupons BEFORE you buy the paper with Sunday Coupon Preview.

Statement: Coupons attempt to modify behavior.

FACT: Sure they do.  And kudos for realizing that.  But you don’t have to fall for it.  In fact, TRUE couponers don’t.  We aren’t brand loyal to a fault and if we have a craving for that pint of Rocky Road, we reach in the freezer and pull out that second (or third or fourth) that we purchased with that coupon.

Statement: Coupons encourage overbuying.

FACT: Strategic couponing encourages buying items at their lowest price before you need it.  You will need toilet paper, deodorant and soap for the rest of your life.  Why not buy it at it’s lowest price?  And if you don’t like that brand of deodorant?  Give it away- you paid just three pennies for it.  In fact, you probably paid less for all 10 deodorants than a non-couponer paid for just one.  You still come out ahead in the long run.

Statement: The savings vs. time investment is low with coupons.

FACT: I spend about 25 minutes a week making my personal shopping list and getting my coupons together.  With MoolaSavingMom.com doing all the leg work- it doesn’t have to be a full time job.  And no- generic versions will NOT save you as much money.  Store brands are not that cheap anymore.

Statement: Coupons typically push prepackaged, processed foods.

Fact: Coupons for fresh foods are becoming more popular (see the Vidalia Onion coupon, Earthbound farms has offered coupons, Driscolls offers coupons on their berries).   I’ve gotten free milk each Super Doubles at Harris Teeter.  I picked up 10-12 cartons each time- enough to last me until the NEXT super doubles.  Sure many coupons are out there for Pop Tarts and frozen pizza- but just as many for laundry detergent, deodorant, toilet paper, household cleaners, toothpaste and so much more.

 

Final Answer: No one needs to be an Extreme Couponer, but saving 75% on your household items (not even talking food here).  You (the writer) say you stock up when you find a smoking hot deal and look for sales on items you buy anyway- well guess what that is the basis of couponing- except we use coupons to save an additional amount.  Try it just a few times.  Check out the deals at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target, Harris Teeter, Food Lion & Lowe’s Foods. I bet you will find at least 2 items you buy anyway- except with that coupon you can save a LOT more!  Why pay cash when the coupon can buy it for you?

 

What do you think?

 

 

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Comments

  1. Candy Doby says

    The biggest thing that I hear is “I don’t have time to do all that” I tell them about MoolaSavingMom and let them know I don’t spend very much time at ALL gathering my coupons…they are shocked. I tell them that it may take time in teh beginning but you will start learning what items usually have coupons available and what ones don’t

    • Andrada H. says

      Exactly Candy! That is what I hear “I do not have time to do all that” or “I do not want to wake up at 06:00am”. My reply: Oh well, if you want to save money you have to put some effort into it. If you do not want to save money and do not want be a smart shopper, do not complain to me on how much money you spend on groceries, because I do not want to hear about it! Some people just do not have all the facts about using coupons and some want to save, but are just pure LAZY to do it or pride takes over. So, let them be and let’s roll with our coupons. I love when I see my saving account growing every month more an more :-)

  2. Trish says

    I love it when people say that they don’t coupon. It just means that there is more for me. When a person says that they will never use coupons, they are actually doing me a favor. That is one less person trying to buy the same deal that I am after.

  3. Jessie says

    I think my kids eat better when I coupon because there are so many coupons for fruit all the time. Dole and del monte almost always have coupons in the paper. Plus store brands are a waste sometimes just because they don’t taste as good and my kids won’t always eat them. Last night I prepared my shopping list for Harris Teeter and it was about $48 which seemed high for me even though it was a long list of food. Just to make sure I was saving the most money I looked Walmart Grocery to go and if I had planned on going to walmart the total was $89 and they didn’t even carry all the brands for which I can find coupons. I have tried new items because of the coupons and they were so worth it and make my life better.

  4. Nicole says

    If you don’t coupon, you just don’t get it. I had NO IDEA how much money I could save. We live better overall. Not only do we save hundreds of dollars a month, but we actually eat better, not worse like some people think. If you get your toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, razors, deodorant, etc, etc for free, then you have plenty of money to buy fresh produce and healthy things. I have gotten whole grain bread for pennies, milk for free, berries for pennies, organic eggs for free. It is not just junk. We even LOOK better now! LOL! Now I get high end beauty and personal products for pennies. I buy all name brands now. When you get a $25 bottle of facial lotion for $3 for five minutes of work, how is that not worth it?! I agree with the person who said, good. Don’t use coupons. More for me! Plus how do you not have time for coupons, but you have time to run out to the store all the time for something you “need.”

      • Nicole says

        Consider it yours! LOL! Love your site! Another thing to add . . .I don’t even clip my coupons, so it takes me almost no time at all to manage couponing. I keep whole inserts filed by date and just pull and clip as needed before a shopping trip. The “I don’t have time” excuse kills me. I was slow at first, but one year into couponing, it barely takes me any time at all!

  5. Catherine Meyer says

    I absolutely, positively agree with you. Hate to say it but it sounds like your friend would rather throw her money in the trash than take the time to make a plan to save her money. Perhaps it’s lack of knowledge (notice I did not use the word ignorance) of exactly how she can make any form of couponing work for her. Honestly, I enjoy it!! I’m teaching my 9 yr old son that he can’t just go and pick up any item at will, he needs to look for a sale or if possible an online discount/coupon that we can use. I feel it’s making him a smarter consumer. You are one smart cookie and I enjoy learning from you every week. THANK YOU!!!

  6. Sandy says

    He says, “Heck, 1.75 billion coupons were redeemed in the first six months of 2011 alone. That’s a whole lot of clipping, and I must be missing something. If you’re serious about couponing, please fill me in — I’m free most Sundays.” I think you need to do for him what you did for your sister. Sit down and see what he buys on a regular basis and pull some coupons then take him shopping. He’ll quickly see that what he is missing, that the majority of the people see… is the bottom line!

    I think we all know someone like him.

  7. Melinda says

    I have an Uncle who is totally convinced that he gets a better buy shopping at Costco! It’s insane! I laugh about it all the time. He is one of those that will argue and argue about it. I just say, “Yeah, Right. Good Luck with that!” I’m loving my coupons and I KNOW it’s the way to go. I save tons of money and couldn’t survive without them. My husband is out of work we couldn’t pay the bills if I didn’t coupon!!!! I have been doing it for aobout 2 years now and can’t believe all the money I wasted before! I would go to Walmart, thinking they were cheapest and fill my buggy up. Spending 150-200 bucks at a time. I was NUTS!!!!!!!! Now I shop mostly at HT and I have a hard time spending 50 bucks so I can use my recyclebank coupon! LOL!!! I have more food and supplies than I have ever had. Wow, how times have changed! A big thank you for all you do here! Your website is great and I LOVE your spreadsheets!!!

    • Nicole says

      Me too!!! I struggle to spend 50 bucks to use the coupon too. Usually, I have to buy some meat (with those magical yellow mark down stickers on them, of course) in order to get over $50!!! I positively cringe when I see people in Harris Teeter just plucking full priced items off the shelves! That is INSANE! I would think that just one of your Harris Teeter receipts that says you spent $20 and saved $80 would convince your uncle!!!

  8. april marotta says

    Truthfully I feel sorry for people who dont attempt to save money when it is so easy…… I am a single mom who has been penny pinching in order to give my kid the luxuries of life such as clean clothes and groceries, did I mention that I also an concerned with feeding us both balanced meals? I manange to succeed this by using coupons. If your friend were ever left in a situation where she had to worry about making ends meet, it would be bad…..

  9. Lee Hall says

    I was out of work for 1 year, started getting into the coupons a little bit. Then my sister and a family friend took me under their wing so to speak and and now I feel pretty good about my 55% to 75% each trip. No I don’t buy items that I know that I will not be needing just to get another product. I also refuse to stock up on items that I will have to store in all areas of my home like a hoarder. But the best training that I have received is from Moola Savings Mom video 101 and the tools that she has made available. In todays economic times having coupons is a great way to save money.

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