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Using Coupons - Savings Or Addiction?

Updated on February 18, 2015
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Do Coupons Actually Make You Spend More?

I've been a sporadic coupon collector and user my whole life. There is no greater thrill at the cash register than seeing money being subtracted from the ticket... unless it's receiving extra free items! So much fun! I've always admired those extreme couponers I've seen on TV who stand there and get their whole bill reduced to nothing! Never have achieved that kind of coupon success!

Recently I started thinking, "Am I spending more money just to use the coupons?" The jury is still out on that question. But I wondered if others are of the same mindset. For example, the other day I had a coupon for $50 off a $100 purchase at a local department store. That coupon was burning a hole in my pocket, although I had nothing specific I actually needed from that store. (There are dozens of things I wanted, a huge difference).

Then there's the issue of buying items with coupons just because they're a great deal. If it's an item I will actually use up in a reasonable time, great. But I have been guilty a time or two of buying up items just because they're an incredible deal. Luckily I haven't done much of that.

One thing I really do love doing is loyalty programs with my favorite retailers. I save a lot of money with these programs and use them with every retailer I shop regularly. The trouble with that? They can be a real temptation to spend when you don't need to. All those emails with special discounts can be very hard to resist!

So, do coupons make me spend more? Probably so... but I will keep using them anyway!

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If you have a retailer where you shop regularly, check to see if they have a loyalty program. Typically you'll receive some type of plastic card to swipe on each visit. Grocery stores like HyVee, Kroger, etc. offer these and you can enjoy huge savings. Check the other places you shop too like Bath & Body Works, your favorite department store, and gas stations. HyVee and Kroger's programs offer gasoline point discounts too!

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    • SheilaSchnauzies profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila 

      4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @bpratt lm: Thanks so much!!! I'd really appreciate if you could share my lens:) Trying for my first "viral!"

    • bpratt lm profile image

      bpratt lm 

      4 years ago

      I love couponing and I think it makes a world a difference on my food and household bills! Great lens!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Interesting! Amazing how much people can save when they really get into it. It could easily becoming addicting trying to get every last deal!

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