I have to say that over the last 6 months I’ve have been getting my Sunday paper regularly, I pay for a monthly subscription which costs me $11.25 every month and I’ve been trying to use coupons for all kinds of things but what I have noticed is a few things that make me wonder if it’s really even worth it?..
First, I notice that a lot of coupons, in order to get any significant amount off an item you have to buy not one but two of that item sometimes more… Why would I want to do that if I don’t need it? Just to use a coupon? Thats wasting money I would think? So in my own opinion I personally think, in plain English coupons pretty much stink because of this..
Secondly, I notice that most of the coupons are for things I don’t even use. Every once in a while I will come across a few items I do use regularly but the majority of the time it’s for items I have never used and never will use.. I also notice there are tons and tons and tons of coupons for disposable razors.. How many razors does one person need?!?!? Now, I know about the “Don’t be brand loyal” thing and Im not but I don’t buy junk food for my house and there are rarely any coupons that are not for junk food and if they are not then they are for hair dye or toothpaste…not food..
Thirdly, I notice that most coupons have very short expiration dates..Some are only a month others need to be used within weeks..If I don’t need the item right then well, the coupon is of no use to me.
I read all these coupon gurus’ advice about matching coupons up to store sales but, I don’t know about your area but in my area I notice that it seems everytime there is a coupon for something I do use, it’s never on sale in the store at the same time. I wonder if the stores know what coupons come out when and then plan their sales around that making sure they don’t happen at the same time?
This has just been my experience and I can’t help but think I am wasting money on a monthly paper subscription when the coupons that I rarely find that I can use are very few and far between..For me it just doesn’t seem to be worth it.. I seem to save more when my local food stores have their sales and through my store card discounts..
What about you? Do you always find coupons for things you use? Is it worth your time and maybe your money to coupon? Do you find that you save more or less with store sales and store card than you do with the coupons you may use? Im interested in your opinions and what you do….Please leave some comments 🙂