5 myths debunked in defence of couponing
Extreme couponing has become quite the craze but most people still shy away from what seems to border on hoarding.
But detractors are losing sight of the real purpose of couponing, say the folks at Savebrite, a mega-couponing site. And that's simply to save a few bucks. Here then are a few myths they'd like to see set aside.
* Collecting coupons is too time consuming
Not true. When coupons were only available in your local Sunday paper … perhaps. But now you actually have to go out of your way to avoid them. No longer confined to a once-a-week paper, you’ll find coupons online, on manufacturer websites, on the back of receipts and on your cell phone.
* Coupons only help to save on processed foods
Not true. While you will find an abundance of coupons that cover the purchase of processed foods, you will find just as many coupons for bagged salads, frozen vegetables, diapers, cleaning supplies and lean meats. The beauty of using coupons is that you only have to clip and save those that you want and will use.
* Generic products are cheaper than using a coupon on name brand items
Untrue. While in some cases it may be less expensive to go with a generic item, that isn’t always the case. Many times you’ll actually save more money when purchasing the name brand item if you combine a coupon with in-store specials or shop on double coupon day. The key to savings is in comparison shopping.
* You’ll only save with coupons if you go to multiple stores
False. Even in remote areas, your local grocery store offers bargains that can be improved by using coupons. And while you may save a few cents not purchasing cleaning supplies in the grocery store, you’ll eat those savings in gas to drive to the warehouse club after leaving the grocery store.
* Dollar stores are cheaper than grocery stores
Not true. There are very few actual dollar stores left that offer products for $1 or less, most are priced similarly to your local grocery or hardware store. In many cases though, using a coupon and reaping the rewards of specially priced items at your grocery store may prove cheaper than the dollar store.
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money
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Posted by: Travelnut | Jun 17, 2021 11:31:52 AM
Oh Great, another artical with a link to a USA web site?????
Do you know this is MSN.CA & CA is for Canada....?
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click on local - then your PV - and then your city for the local fourm - a lot of good information for learning how to coupon in Canada.
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Posted by: happycanuck | Nov 24, 2021 1:02:55 PM
Yah!!! Agree with you 100% Travelnut!!! Everything in every blog and website is geared towards american issues, we are in Canada here and we want blogs and tips for canadians. Otherwise don't even bother posting. Why in hell we want to know anything from down there if we cannot reap the benefits? !!!! Get with the program people and keep your readers and bloggers interested!
Posted by: Make Cents | Jan 23, 2022 10:52:24 PM
I totally agree with Travelnut myself. Why does MSN.CA insist on writing these articles geared towards Americans. I myself am a couponer and this article doesn't mention or gear itself towards Canadians. 1) Collecting coupons is time consuming if you want to be an extreme couponer. Yes you can get it online, but a lot of store don't like to take Internet Coupons. I have tried getting coupons on my phone but they are all for American websites. The best coupons come directly from the MFR or from the Coupon inserts that come with your paper or with your weekly flyers. On another note, it takes time to do the research especially if PM. More on that with point number 4. 2) I will agree with this point, since coupons are not only for foods. 3) I will agree with this one also. 4) If this was geared towards Canadians, it would have mentioned something about price matching here. So its true that you don't need to go to a lot of stores, you can stick to 1 or 2 and PM with the use of a coupon. 5) I don't know of any Dollar Store in Canada that takes coupons. Dollarama use to, but no longer takes them. So even mentioning anything to do with Dollar stores is pointless to us Canadians here. You can get some good deals at the dollar store, but if you are PM and using a coupon, I still think most items are best purchased at WalMart or any of the major grocery stores around.
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Posted by: Stu-pons | Feb 15, 2022 5:06:21 PM
most coupons in Canada won't let you combine with other offers and/or you can only use 1 coupon at a time. so Coupons are nice but you can't stock up like the Americans can either. Stupid article