I was going through my Sunday papers yesterday afternoon and came across an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch titled, “Coupons are great – when used correctly”. There has been a huge surge of interest in how to save more money at the store with coupons these days thanks to things like job losses and reality TV shows like TLC’s “Extreme Couponing”.
It is my desire to show you how to honestly and ethically use coupons. I admit that I have bought coupons from sites such as eBay in the past. I am really contemplating if I will do that in the future. I generally buy them for things that I am buying large quantities of for an event at my church such as brownie mixes and pasta, but I have bought them for personal use as well.
I think that what it comes down to is that if we don’t honestly and ethically use the coupons that manufacturers release we are really hurting ourselves in the long run. You may wonder how did I come to that conclusion. I feel that if we don’t redeem coupons in an ethical and honest manner the manufacturer will stop releasing the “good” coupons. The stores will stop accepting multiple coupons or even doubling coupons (I have read that Kroger stores in Texas are no longer doubling or tripling coupons). When a store doubles coupons it is a loss for them, they only get reimbursed the face value of the coupon plus an $0.08 handling allowance.
Please be an honest and ethical couponer, buy only the item that the coupon is intended for and for the quantity that the coupon states.
Here is a link to the article – “Coupons are great – when used correctly”
Thanks for reading my thoughts.