Promoting frugality as a way to live a simple and prosperous life.
Most of us don’t have bags or binders of coupons attached at our hip at all times. Many people consistently forget their coupons but have every intention of using them. The problem: they don’t see the benefits or payoff of using coupons, so they don’t put a priority on taking them to the store.
Store managers: Please stop giving us the snarky eye when we use printable, controversial black and white coupons–there is barcode safety net that many couponers are probably unaware of, but it’s important to know about. Here are important tips about how to help stores see that your printables are legal.
After attending a couponing workshop last night, I realized that there are still so many questions people have about how to use a coupon. Here are some questions that were asked last night and here are my answers.
If you have Coupon Burnout, no doubt you went too fast, too soon, and used too many coupons. Phase one is guilt. But get over it and coupon the way that fits your life and your shopping habits. Don’t fall for extreme couponing!
Grocery store associates criticize couponers. Now, it seems like there are two camps: us (couponers) and them (grocery stores and people who hate couponers). This rift is ridiculous because we are all in this together: trying to save money on our grocery bills.
Study shows that coupon distribution down, consumer demand up for 2011 and 2012.
Criticizing couponers and TLC’s Extreme Couponing show is just ridiculous! There are worse problems in the world to complain about. After the sticker shock of that little shopping spree, I vowed to get back to couponing asap.
But, the bottom line is this: couponing can work. It’s not just saving a buck on shampoo. It’s getting lots of free things for family, friends, and charity. And, as groceries go up and up in price (did you hear the reports yesterday about the rising costs of coffee, in addition to everything else?), I don’t see anything wrong with taking advantage of a tool that the manufacturers and stores want you to use.