The number of coupons used by consumers last year dipped 17 percent, reports Time Moneyland. It’s not that we’ve suddenly become richer or that there’s less coupons to be found. There’s actually a lot more coupons, but not for the products we want. I’ve seen my coupon use decline. Have you?
Below I share five reasons why I’m not a diehard coupon user.
- Coupons are only available for processed junk. I’ve NEVER seen coupons for fruits and veggies (that aren’t swimming in syrup). Have you? This is the main reason I’m not clipping coupons. I’m not a health-nut, but I am trying to stay way from processed food as it can end up costing me when the medical bills start rolling in.
Coupons are meant to hook you on new products. Manufactures give out coupons because they know they’ll reach new customers that way. Once I’m hooked, I’ll be tempted to run out and buy their product at full price. I have very little self-control.
Coupons encourage over-buying. Most of the coupons I find stipulate you must buy several boxes of the items to get a few cents off. Not a great bargain, in my opinion.
- Time investment vs. saving is low. It takes time to clip and scour weekly adds to match them up to get awesome savings. As I see it, I could be making money instead of clipping. Is clipping coupons worth your time? Here’s how to figure it out. Simply, add up your coupon savings and compare it to the amount of money you could be making. I do keep an eye out for particularly good deals when I write our weekly grocery coupon match up for 14 stores posts.
- You must pay for coupons. To get coupons, you must buy your Sunday newspaper. I gave up my weekly subscription a couple years ago. You could also use printable coupons, but many stores in my area don’t take them. If you have time, here’s one way to find coupons you actually want to use!
To clip or not to clip?
I’m not trying to discourage anyone from clipping coupons. If they work for you — that’s great! I’m just in a growing group of people that are putting the scissors down. I’d love to hear whether your coupon clipping habits have changed over time and why!
Have you noticed there are fewer grocery coupons and more non-food coupons available?!