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August 9, 2011 - Lisa Goehle
Coupons are a wonderful way to save money when you shop for food or household items. I am always looking like everyone else for the best way to save money. A new reality show on television is all about couponing. On the show families will go to the store with several hundred dollars of coupons. One thing I did notice is they tend to buy items that maybe they wouldn’t normally but just because they have a coupon. This is ok if you really want the item but sometimes we end up spending more because of impulse buying. The other thing they show is how the families will have a room ceiling to floor with shelves full of items. This too is ok but you need to be careful you don’t waste items as they will expire.
I went to several of the coupon sites that advertise they will send you coupons you just need to fill out a brief entry and send them $70.00 for each month’s package of coupons. I don’t have $70.00 to send just to get someone to send me coupons when I can cut them out myself or go to the web sites of the items I use and print my own. Also if you do us a coupon site you have to be sure the coupons are good in your area. I found that some coupons are for certain stores that are not in our area. Some of the coupons also require you to spend a certain amount of money for the coupon to be good. The other problem is your email will be sold and you will receive tons of junk mail.
Besides coupons sites you also need to be sure you are on the web site of the product you are interested in. I recently went in to get a coupon for V8 juice and clicked on the wrong web site and was taken to a site that did have V8 coupons but you needed to subscribe to their site for future offers. Some of the sites will also tell you that you just WON a gift certificate, it is usually for a well known restaurant or store however, you have to enroll and pay for a certain amount of future deals or magazines.
Make sure you are getting the coupons you want remember many of the stores will honor other stores advertised specials. Wal-Mart, Publix, and Winn Dixie will usually honor each others advertised specials. Also Publix has their own web site where you can go and get coupons.
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