6 Reasons Why I Stopped Extreme Couponing
Posted 1 year ago
When people talk about the practice of extreme couponing, they throw a lot of numbers around about how much you can save on your grocery bill, and how much stuff you can get for free. However, what isn’t stated is how much time they have spent on the practice. You probably also won’t hear about the fact that a lot of the “savings” come from buying products that aren’t needed, wanted, and that probably should not be purchased.
How do I know all of this? Because I was an extreme coupon shopper myself from 2007 to 2010 – but I haven’t cut a coupon since.
Why I Stopped Extreme Couponing
1. Freebies Aren’t Really That Desirable
Extreme coupon shopping typically involves combining store sales with manufacturer coupons to get items for free or very cheaply. In many cases, you can use not only store and manufacturer coupons, but “money-off” coupons as well (such as coupons that offer $5 off of a purchase of $20 or more).
When I was a coupon shopper, the goal was always to get enough into an order to use a money-off coupon. However, the goal wasn’t just to buy products – the goal was to use the coupons to get products for free. Often, I’d shop at drugstores like CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens, which are prime retailers for extreme coupon shoppers. This meant buying things like diabetes monitors, toothpaste, and cold medicine.
These items (especially diabetes monitors) often can be acquired for free with coupons – the monitors are free because the test strips are expensive, and the manufacturers want to get you hooked.
The problem, of course, is that...
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