Two Different Takes on Frugal Living
I know I’ve done this a million times — I’ve ripped out coupons and tore off the expiration date which rendered the coupon totally useless.
Most shoppers (so I hear from retailers…) don’t open up grocery store sales circulars where there are sometimes…coupons! Valuable ones! For example, at our ShopRite, we can find coupons for organic fruits/veggies and meats in the back of the circular (not always, but most of the time).
It’s the end of January, and I just found a valuable coupon for Krusteaz Pancake Mix in an October coupon circular–you just never know! Luckily I kept a few of those circulars, so I was able to get a good deal on mix for a few months (I put the boxes in the freezer so they wouldn’t go bad.)
That’s totally unnecessary. However…newbie couponers tend to do that (I know, I used to do it). Just cut the ones you know you will use, and the ones you think you may use. But if you see a coupon for a product you absolutely couldn’t care less about, don’t bother with it!
Newspaper circular coupons tend to require you to buy more than one product to get the deal (ie: save $1 on two boxes of XYZ Cereal); Printables from Coupons.com, for example, typically require you to buy one product to get the savings (ie: save $1 on one box of XYZ Cereal). Sometimes, it’s a much better deal, especially if you can double a printable coupon that’s under .99 cents!