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?