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CouponSuzy.com - Pros & Cons
I don't normally watch television, it usually watches me. So when I saw the commercial for the website called "Coupon Suzy", I thought, "A website for coupons? I bet you'll have to pay to join it or give them all kind of personal information." I ignored it no matter how many times I saw it shown. One night, I finally gave in and decided to take a look. It couldn't hurt, right? If they ask for money or information, I can simply click the little "x" in the corner of the screen and that nasty little page will be gone.
I first tried to access the page on my Blackberry, but since the page is made for desktops/laptops only, I was unable to view anything other than a description of what the website was about. I jumped on my laptop, accessed the page, and was fairly surprised. I thought there would be worthless coupons of products no one ever uses/eats or products I cannot get in my area. Boy was I pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. I surfed the entire listing of coupons, even printing a few, and, now, here I am, writing a hub about my experience.
Everyone talks about the status of the economy, and I apologize if you're tired of hearing about it, but you're going to hear about it again. I have to blame my fairly poor status due to the downed economy. Finding a job is hard, especially when there are 100 other people fighting for the same position - some of those people with more education, more experience, and more credential. Although it's good for the employer, it's not-so-good for someone like me. Since money is tight right now, I'm looking for any and every possible way to save money where ever I can - even if it means searching through the newspaper and magazines for coupons to clip. And although having a website that offers even more coupons is definitely a huge help, like everything else in life, it does have it's pros and cons.
1. You never need to give them any personal information.
This is probably the greatest "pro" for any site as there are so many websites that ask you to sign up for this or that, especially those that ask you to submit your email address so that they can send you "updates" and other "special offers". The only information I was ever asked to enter was my zip code, but that is easy to skip and is not necessary to access or even print any of the coupons. It seems the only reason the site asks you for your zip code is so that it can show you the offers available in your area.
2. Easy to use.
I don't like websites that make you have to click 20 different links before you finally get to the page you're looking for. As soon as you open up the website, the coupons are staring you in the face. When you find a coupon you want, you can click anywhere on the coupon to "Clip" it. If you've made a mistake and don't think you need/want the coupon afterall, you can simply click "Clip" again and it will remove the coupon from your list. On the left side of the screen, there is also a "Coupon Carrier", which tells you how much money you'll be saving and how many coupons you've clipped so far. It's nice to see if you're wondering just how much you're saving, if you're even making a difference.
3. The mix of coupons is good.
The coupons available are a mix from cereals, yogurts, seasonings, baking products, diapers, baby formula, to even coupons for restaurants, stationary products, and pictures/portraits.
4. Easy to print.
Here's the part where some people might not like: you have to download a program to print the coupons from your computer. It doesn't take up much memory and doesn't take long to download. Once it's done downloading and installing, your coupons start printing out. Once you're done searching through the list for the coupons you want, you simply click the "Print Coupons" button located both at the top and the bottom of the page and out they come!
5. Easy to read/use coupons.
The coupons print out three (3) to a page. They're large, so they're easy to read in case you print out more than one coupon for the same company (like I did, although I found out you can only use one coupon per product at a time.). The pictures shown on the coupon also help to show you which product each coupon is for, making it easier to sort through everything. The border directing you where to cut is clear and easy to follow.
6. Products/Vendors we all know and use.
I was surprised to see some of the coupon that were available. A lot of the coupons were for foods I purchase on a fairly regular basis. It was also nice that there were multiple coupons for a few products, not just one coupon for a specific item/flavor. (There must have been at least five different coupons for cereal alone).
1. Clicking on a category does not work.
I did not want to browse through the entire listing of coupons, so I clicked on a category to go through only the beverage products. I thought it would have made my search a little easier, separating only the beverage products and listing those alone. It didn't. Although all of the beverage products were listed on the first page, all of the other products were listed as well. The other thing I noticed is beverage related products (Ex. Coffee Cream) was not listed with the beverages. Maybe it's just me, but I would have expected things like that to be included as well.
2. Poor use of space and ink when printing.
The amount of paper used when printing was fairly high considering there are only three (3) coupons per page. Though it's nice to be able to distinguish the difference between each coupon, it is quite a waste, especially if you're someone who's trying to conserve and save as much as possible. The use of ink is fairly high as well. Note the picture shown below. Even though I have an ink-saver printer, I still don't want to have to continuously buy more ink cartridges because I'm always printing coupons. It kind of defeats the purpose if I'm saving money on food/necessities, but have to pay to purchase more ink. If the coupons were a little less cluttered, it would surely help save on ink, and if there were more coupons per page, it would save on paper.
3. Not a very large selection of coupons/products/vendors.
Although I'm sure this website is still fairly new, I would have expected it to have a lot more coupons/products/vendors available considering it was advertised on the television. Though the selection currently available was good, I expected there to be more. Perhaps the selection is minimal due to the website still being new, needing to receive permission to use these coupons on their website (I'm not sure if they have to have permission or not), or because they shuffle out the coupons after a certain time to refresh the list and bring in new coupons. ( I cannot answer regarding that statement and will not be researching into that as this is only my take on the site via the view of a normal, day-to-day consumer). The total number of coupons available : 172 (as of today).
Limited selection of coupons for restaurants, services and other
Although there are some coupons available for a few surprising vendors, there wasn't a whole lot available for restaurants, services, or other products. Again, perhaps it's because this website is still new, needing to receive permission, or because they shuffle out the coupons after a while. If that is the case, then I would have to say the selection was "fair".
5. You have to download a
program in order to print the coupons.
If you're anything like me, you don't like downloading any kind of program onto your computer, especially if you don't know if the site is trustworthy or not. Although the program downloaded and installed quickly, and my anti-virus cleared it as a "safe program", I still did not like that I had to download something just to print the coupons.
Some coupons can only be used in the USA.
This limits the target group available to use these coupons. I had only found out some of the coupons are restricted to USA residents after I had printed up all of the coupons I wanted. Though not all of coupons are marked with the restriction, it leaves me wondering if possibly all of the coupons are restricted, but do not have it printed. There have been times when I have taken a coupon printed from online or a mass email offer from specific companies, only to find out the coupon is not available for use in my area. Considering I have seen at least one coupon marked as "USA only", I can only assume all of the coupons are the same.
All-in-all, I would say the website rated about a 70 out of 100 for USA residents, but a 0 (zero) out of 100 for anyone living outside of the USA. I'm sure as time goes on, more people use the site, and the people who run the site find more coupons to make available, the site will get better and the savings will increase. But if you're living outside of the USA, I'm not sure how this site could possibly have any benefit for you.