You read it everywhere, coupons will save you thousands of dollars over the years. And, it’s true. I am one of the shoppers who did walk away from the grocery store with a full basket of food and a receipt for $12.90. It’s a fact that with careful shopping this is something that you can do weekly. Over time, you can stockpile groceries and merchandise so you only need to buy the specials of the week and your fresh foods.
If you join a shopping club that does the legwork for you as to the stores that are having specials. All you need to do is to purchase multiple newspapers weekly and your savings will soar. The specials in the coupon section are usually coordinated with the ads. Your goal is to shop multiple stores, purchasing the specials only. But instead of buying one of each of the specials, you purchase ten. One for this week and you stockpile the other nine to use when they are not on sale. With Lowes 20 off 100 you get genuine discount coupons. These coupons are free and you can print them to use them on store. With 20 off 100 you get a 20% discount on your shopping bill. This is a really easy and effective way to save some money.
Here is an example. A name brand plug in air freshener might normally cost $3.99. One of the stores you shop has it on special for $1.99. You have a $.75 coupon and the store doubles coupons. That gives you a $1.50 savings and you then can purchase one for $.50. Because you buy 10 newspapers every week, you have ten coupons. You can purchase ten plug in air fresheners for $.50 each, a total of $5.00. Coupons usually re-run about every six weeks. So you can potentially use a very nice plug in air freshener all year in several rooms for a very low price.
Often with products like this they will offer a manufacturers coupon for $2.00 off. You present 10 coupons and 10 products they ring up $1.99 ten times. The ring up $2.00 off ten times and you have a ten cent credit. You have been paid ten cents to use ten plug in air fresheners.
Surprisingly, stores seldom have limits on their sale merchandise or on how many coupons you can use per visit. But if they do impose limits, follow their rules. You may come back another time during the sale. A savings like that is worth a second trip.
The pitfall of this kind of shopping is the coupons are offered by manufacturers. Therefore most of the food coupons for edible items are prepackaged processed food items. Week after week you will see coupons for cookie mixes, flavored rice mixes, canned soups, sugared cereals, crackers, condiments, chips, candies, granola bars, sweetened condensed milk, taco shells, chicken pie, one bag meals, and hundreds of items loaded with preservatives and corn sugar and chemicals that you have no idea what they are.
America has grown to accept these foods as delicious, convenient products that are purchased weekly at full price by most of the population. They are part of our culture but are so filled with sugar and sodium that we don’t even taste it anymore. My article on high fructose corn syrup ( which now has been officially renamed Corn Sugar to hide what it is), explains simply why corn sugar causes weight gain when calorie for calorie it is the same as sugar.
More than fifty percent of the coupons in the weekly paper are for food items. A steady diet of manufactured meals and food items have caused nutritionists to associate them with the skyrocketing cancers, obesity, diabetes and other problems. This means they are not a cost effective item to purchase using coupons.
Shoppers who regularly use coupons to bring in food items that may be bad for our health are possibly trading dollars saved now for massive costs later in health care.
It’s very hard to pass up a cookie mix that is so convenient that the cookies are already formed into balls. All a busy mom has to do is place them on a pan and bake. You have three dozen cookies that smell divine and an entire family beaming at you with approval. Add in a coupon that takes off 75% of the cost and you feel guilty not making the purchase.
It’s time to sit up and take notice that starting children out from the beginning eating good whole foods will give them a stronger body and a clearer mind. Teaching them to make their own desserts and snacks without preservatives, eating their fruit natural instead of in a roll up, making their side dishes from real rice and potatoes and not a flavored mix, you teach them how to keep their health.
Unfortunately there are very few manufacturers coupons for fresh spinach or tangerines. This is where the pitfall lies. The markup on fresh is very low.You will have your store specials but paying more for good wholesome food and bypassing the almost free manufactured foods is a very smart choice.
By all means use those fabulous coupons for cleaning products, light bulbs, mops, batteries, dental products, deodorant and hair care when the cost is down to pennies. It’s fun! But saving money on manufactured food items isn’t saving money. Your bill will come due later.
Source: Personal Experience and research.