Don't mess with coupons. That's what I learned from last week's Shop To It post where I mused about not understanding the lure of those little pieces of paper that give you discounts. Some of you found it bizarre that a shopping blogger would turn up her nose at coupons. Because of your comments I have vowed to give them another try. For a whole month I won't make a single purchase without using a coupon. If I'm grocery shopping, I'll vow to use at least five coupons on things that I normally buy. If I'm buying clothes for my kids or shoes for myself, I'll whip out a coupon like nobody's business. I'll let you know how I did and maybe I'll become a coupon addict.
But I'm asking for some help here. I think it's only fair that I tell you my three biggest beefs against coupons:
--I'm brand-loyal. You gotta be kinda flexible when it comes to using coupons. Especially for the coupons users that walk out of a grocery store with $100 worth of items for just 57 cents. These shoppers are not brand-loyal. They'll buy whatever toothpaste is the cheapest with their coupon. But what about the rest of us who like certain brands over others? Are coupons just not for us?
--I don't like coupons that make me buy more than one item. There are a good amount of coupons out there that make you buy three or four items to get the deal. What if I only want one? I don't exactly want my pantry turning into a mini 7-11.
--Using coupons is all about being organized. It has nothing to do with laziness as some of you wrote. Avid coupon users have to admit that they spent time getting used to using coupons and figuring out a good system for how they would remember to use them and on what. Getting $30 worth of groceries for free as sshopper did or saving nearly $500 on groceries so far this year by using coupons as poppysue85 has done didn't happen overnight.
What I've learned is there are two kinds of coupon users: the ones that can get a cartload of groceries for pennies and the kind that use coupons on things they normally buy and save some bucks here and there.
But no matter what kind of coupon user you are, it's all about forming a habit. It's a habit you get into like recycling and flossing your teeth every night. It takes time to develop the habit but once you do, you can't remember what life was like before. And there's no question that these days it's a habit that's worth picking up.
So... what kind of coupon user are you? What is your routine for using coupons? Have you found a good way to store them?
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