Coupons: Do they really save you money?
|January 18, 2010||Posted by thefrugalvegan under Finance & Budgets, General Content & Rants, Groceries|
Some people are crazy about coupons. I don’t use them a lot. Most coupons are for brand name products whichI don’t use often. My cleaners are from a local company (biodegradable), I use washable cotton menstrual pads, most of my foods are “no-name” and/or bought at a loss leader price. Do I want to save 25 cents on a brand name can of tomatoes? Or do I want to buy the generic brand for 50 cents less without a coupon? You do the math
I do purchase brand name toothpaste and mouthwash but other than that, I am not very brand loyal and buy whatever is inexpensive, good, and on sale.
I do keep a stash of coupons in my wallet of products I do use and when these particular products go on sale, then I use the coupon. If it doesn’t go on sale, I don’t generally use it. Most coupons last a least a few months so it’s worthwhile holding on to them for when you see the item on sale.
I do believe that unless you are very brand loyal (most frugal people on tight budgets are not), then clip away! Otherwise, keep coupon usage to a minimum as you may very well end up spending more rather than saving more.
Here are some places to get coupons: