Alright guys, confession time. I don’t coupon. Why? I don’t have time, I always forget, I’m lazy, yadda yadda yadda. I know, I’m a bad PF blogger. Lock me up next to the new car buyer and the person who doesn’t contribute enough to their 401(k) to get the full company match.
While I understand why people coupon, I don’t necessarily think couponing is cost, health, or time efficient for everyone. In fact, I’m generally against couponing for food. Blasphemy, I know. Read on for my justifications for laziness reasons for not couponing.
A Case Against Couponing
- 1. Store Brands: Coupons are primarily used for name brand products. Even with a coupon, these products are often cheaper when purchasing the store brand. Everyone has a bit of brand loyalty, but do you really need brand name pasta, oatmeal, rice, and frozen veggies? Check your local grocery store’s policies – mine offers 200% cash back on any store brand product that you aren’t 100% satisfied with. I’ve never had to return anything.
- 2. Health: How often have you seen coupons for apples or asparagus? I’m going to go with never. Coupons are typically for products found in the aisles of the store, not those around the perimeter. that 50 cents you are saving on Lays is not going to go far in paying for your lap band surgery in 5 or 10 years. Just saying, products that have coupons attached to them are often costing you in other ways – namely health and larger pants.
- 3. Time: So everyone has seen or heard of Extreme Couponing, right? These people are nuts but so entertaining. No one needs 50 bottles of ketchup. No one. Anyway, these extreme couponers are spending ridiculous amounts of time collecting coupons. Like hours and hours a week. I’d rather do…pretty much anything else. If money is an issue, you could use this time to create a second revenue stream.
Of course, couponing has some obvious benefits. While I’m not an advocate for couponing for everything, I do think it’s a great idea for coupon for the following items.
- 1. Household Items: For those items that you don’t purchase generic, couponing is a great idea. I am brand loyal to Tide and Crest. Not using coupons for these items doesn’t make sense because I will buy them regardless of price. Anything you are going to buy despite the price is a good candidate for a coupon search.
- 2. Clothing: As a rule, you should never place an order online without a quick Google search for a coupon or rebate. It takes two minutes of your time and could save you quite a bit of money.
- 3. Beauty Products: If you are a drugstore girl, you will have no problem finding coupons for cosmetics, skincare, and hair products. If Sephora is your Mecca, head over to Ebates for cash back on your online purchase or sign up for emails and wait for regular coupons to come out. Now you are gorgeous and frugal!
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