I was curious if paying for coupons was a smart move after reader Eve mentioned how TheCouponMaster.com had saved her money. The way it works is the site charges you a handling fee for clipping the coupon and mailing it to you. Paying for coupons outright is illegal.
What made me curious about the site is being able to get my hands on a lot of coupons for the the few products I buy that have coupons. I do a lot of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, which does not accept coupons. (But in most cases, at least for the products I buy, their prices are still lower.) When I go through a Sunday newspaper insert, I’m lucky if I find 3 coupons to clip. So being able to order multiples of coupons I will use is hot stuff.
Most coupons at TheCouponMaster cost between $.08 and $.50. You can search for coupons by category, date added, or keyword. The category that had the most selection was Health and Beauty Aides. I found the Meat and Dairy sections to be woefully inadequate.
Here’s what I ended up buying:
3 x Right Guard, Dry Idea or Soft & Dri Products $1.00/2 = $0.24
4 x Mitchum or Mitchum for Women Product $.75/1 = $0.32
3 x Degree Men or Women Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant $.75/1 = $0.30
3 x Clearasil Product $2.00/1 = $0.45
8 x Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment $1.00/1 = $0.80
3 x Breyers Ice Cream $1.00/2 = $0.30
6 x Aquafresh $.75/1 Premium Toothpaste = $.60
With shipping and a processing fee I paid $3.95 for $29.75 worth of coupons. If I use 4-5 of them I’ll make my money back. Of course, I did not find a wide variety of coupons – but at least I won’t have to buy deodorant and shampoo for a year! And the whole process took me about 20 minutes – not a bad hourly rate!