Are Coupons Really Worth It?

Canada
January 17, 2010 8:53pm CST
I follow a lot of websites and blogs where people write about all the money they saved by using coupons. They often have long posts about all the shops they visited and all the items they bought, and then how much they saved by using coupons. Often they have pictures of the stuff they bought too. What puzzles me a lot is that it seems that they are buying all this stuff just for the sake of saving money, not because they actually need it. They buy dozens of cans of soup because they had 12 coupons and each one was fifty cents off when they buy three cans. Or all the air fresheners (fabreeze, air wick, etc) ... really now, how bad does your house smell? Are you coupon crazy? Do you actually use all the items you "saved" money on by using coupons?
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14 responses
• United States
18 Jan 10
I love using coupons but only if I need it I hate it when people buy some thing just cause thay have a coupon for it that is not saving money
@apgh09 (514)
• United States
19 Jan 10
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• United States
21 Jan 10
Thanks
• United States
20 Jan 10
I do use coupons but I'm not the type of person to use coupons for the sake of using coupons. That really defeats the purpose. I may clip a lot of different coupons but I probably won't use all of them. I only use the coupons for items that I need currently. So If I'm running low on household items like toilet paper and deodorant and dishwashing liquid then I'm going to take those with me to the store and buy what I need. I have no problem with stocking up on items that I know I'll use either so if I have to buy a few extra with the coupon I will. However that is only on items that I use on a regular basis. I don't buy items simply for the sake of saving money you just end up wasting it.
• United States
19 Jan 10
I use coupons a lot! Mostly for food and beauty items and i got to say it is well worth it. I'm not the type that will buy anything if i have a coupon... I buy what i need and try to use as many coupons as i can. If i notice somethings on sale i will look to see if i have a coupon so i can buy it even if i don't need it... but i wont buy more than one of that item. I save usually about $50.00 when i go food shopping... and it doesn't take that long. A few times i have been short on money so i really try to do the coupon thing and i have saved well over $100.00 on one trip!
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Jan 10
I use "stumbleupon" to find new and interesting things online,and I saw an online video report on a Coupon Shopping "Guru",who collects and catalogues whatever coupons she comes across,including those she'll find in the Store's flyers as She comes in! She has her shopping list pre-prepared,with all the coupons to match the items she wants in a little alphabetized concertina file in her purse,and just works the aisles,even keeping an eye out for Items with instore coupons or discounts as She goes..She got to the checkout at the end with over $100 worth of groceries..The Clerk took a little time processing all of the coupons used,but at the end Even SHE was surprised to see the lady only having to hand over something like $10 for everything! No,I'm not coupon crazy..I'd use one if I had one and wanted the Item,but I wouldn't drive out of my way to shop in a store to use one,or buy something just because it had a coupon..
@apgh09 (514)
• United States
19 Jan 10
personally I think coupons are a waist of money because allot of times these coupons want you to buy more than one item to receive the saving, but by the time you used the coupon you spent more money in order to use it. And Yes there is allot garbage in coupons well when I look at them its usually for stuff I never buy and I may find one or two coupons that's for something I use. For example at my job the coupons are such a gimmick!!!!! They are used to get the people in the store and to keep them coming back to spend money. But the stuff that people really want the coupons can't be used on and I hear allot of angry customers complaining about it.
19 Jan 10
I think coupons can be a good money saver if used in accordance with things you would normally buy. I do use coupons at times if they are relevant and will save me some money. I don't go out of my way to buy something just because it is on offer. If I don't need something or won't use something I wil avoid it otherwise it is nothing more than me wasting money.
@Eskimo (2317)
18 Jan 10
I use coupons when I can. I really object to paying the full price for anything. If you think about it, the profits most companies make is extortionate, so its only fair that they give something back in coupons. I only use the ones that I need for goods that I am going to buy anyway. Last week had coupons for 50% off at PizzaHut, so that was good value. The place was full,(on a day that was usually quiet), most of the customers were using vouchers.
18 Jan 10
I often use coupons & vouchers, pretty much everytime I go shopping. But I rarely buy anything extra which I hadn't already planned on buying or that deviates from my normal shopping. The strange thing is I had a voucher which allowed me to get a very good deal on tins of soup, now although I probably only use two tins of soup a month I still used the voucher to stock up because I know I am getting a good deal and saving in the long run because soup lasts forever. I do know people who use vouchers to buy stuff they will never use, but then sell it on afterwards for a small profit. So I can see why some people will buy anything on offer whether they need it or not.
• United States
18 Jan 10
I love using my coupons. I only buy the things my family will eat and use though. I like to go when the stores have super doubles or triples and that's when I save a lot of money. I went the other week and bought over a hundred dollars worth and only paid $12. Then I went another day and bought about the same amount and only paid $13 and I even bought 4 packs of meat too. The packs of cubed steak were buy one get one free. I was happy about it and everything I bought my family will use. I don't buy it if we won't use it.
• United States
18 Jan 10
sometimes they're worth it-like 2 for one on meat.. but it seems nowadays a lot of coupons are for offers where you have to buy more than one to get that 50 cents off,which makes it not worth it because you spent way more that the 50 cents buying that second item too. i saw one the other day that was $1 off on 4 kleenex. who's really gonna use all that?that's about 10 bucks right there.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
18 Jan 10
Coupon clipping does take a little extra effort. I find using using coupons does help. It is so rewarding to find a bargain and find a way with coupons to make it an even better bargain.
@peavey (16640)
• United States
18 Jan 10
Because a person doesn't need a dozen cans of soup, why not get it if you can buy it for a low price? Then when you do need it, you don't have to go and buy it at full price. Stocking up with coupons makes frugal sense, but only if you stock up on things that you will actually use. Overbuying fresh produce or milk, or things like that that will spoil before you can use them, doesn't make sense at all, though. I don't use many coupons because there aren't many for the basic things I buy, like fresh or frozen meat, fresh vegetables, flour, sugar and so on. I might use more if there were more printed for those things. I am always suspicious of those women who buy a hundred dollars worth of groceries for fifteen dollars, or something like that. First, will they really use the food? Second, is it good food, or junk? Third, what did it cost them to get the coupons?
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Jan 10
I think that coupons are very well worth it if you are able to use them in moderation. I, for example, love to use coupons. However, I will not cut out or print a coupon for a thing that I don't typically use. For example, I need to print out a coupon for Manwich because my husband has been wanting to have that for dinner. The coupon is for $.50 off of three cans. Well, I would typically only buy two cans, but considering the fact that they are on sale for $1 per can and considering the fact that we will use it, I think that this is very much worth it. However, if the coupon was for a product that we don't use, then I wouldn't bother at all.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
18 Jan 10
You make a very good point. A coupon only "saves" you money if you're using it for an item that you need and would buy normally anyway. I rarely use coupons, because they are always for name brand products, and usually the store brand product is still cheaper even with the coupon. I use coupons for the few name brand products I buy, like my contact lens solution, but otherwise I just stick with the less expensive products that I would normally buy.