Love a good deal? Here are some tips to help you avoid making HUGE couponing mistakes.
Using a Coupon for a Full-Priced Item
If you use a $1.00 off coupon on a full-priced bag of chips at $4.99, you are not saving money. This is why you should always purchase items that are on sale, and combine that sale with one or more coupons. If you really want something but it isn’t on sale, wait until you can use coupons to purchase it.
An item on sale is not always a great steal
If a product that is $2.99 has a sale price of two items for $5.00, it isn’t much of a steal. Instead, wait for a sale that is better to splurge on, so that you can use your own coupons. By doing so, you could save the most money.
Being Brand Loyal
Don’t know which brand to pick up? The right way to save is to buy whichever one you can get for free or close to free with your own coupons. Many people start extreme couponing due to major life changes like sudden unemployment, a loss of earnings, a new baby on the way, or an excessive amount of debt. This is not the time or opportunity for you to become loyal to a brand. If you are able to buy an item for free or near-free, don't worry about the brand
Purchasing Every Great Deal
Only buy items and produce that you will need and use. Otherwise, you might buy stuff you do not need & it could expire before you can use them. Grabbing every fantastic deal, significantly lightens your wallet, and defeats the entire purpose of couponing.
Printing Coupons You Do Not Use
Printing coupons online from sites like Coupons.com may help you save money. But, using your computer paper and ink to print the coupons, costs money and wastes paper. That’s why you shouldn’t always print every coupon available, and then throw almost all of them out.
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Please note that not all stores may allow shoppers to use coupons on items that are on sale.