6 Explanations why I quit Couponing Intensely

6 Explanations Why I Quit Couponing Intensely

They put a lot of figures about how much you can save on your food bill and how many things you can get for free as people talk about the art of intense couponing. What is not mentioned, though, is how much time they have expended in the practice. You will also not learn about the fact that a lot of the "savings" come from the buying of items that are not needed, desired, and possibly should not be bought.
How do I know it all? Since I myself was an intense discount shopper from 2007 to 2010, but since then I have not cut a coupon.

Why I Stopped Couponing Intense

1. Freebies just aren't that attractive

Extreme discount shopping usually includes mixing retail sales with coupons from the retailer to get free or very cheap products. In certain ways, not only store and producer coupons, but also "money-off" coupons (such as coupons offering $5 off a $20 or more purchase) can be used.
The target was always to get enough in order to use a cash-off coupon while I was a coupon shopper. The target, however, was not only to purchase goods, the goal was to use the vouchers to get products for free. I would also shop at CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens drug stores, which are prime retailers for extreme coupon shoppers. This meant buying things such as monitors for diabetes, toothpaste, and cold medicine.
These products can also be bought with coupons for free (especially diabetes monitors)-the monitors are free because the test strips are costly, and the manufacturers want to get you hooked.

The reality, of course, was that the things I was purchasing didn't need me. An opportunity to purchase unnecessary items was generated by the coupon craze. Though I might (and often did) resell them, they mostly sat for weeks or months in my house on shelves, taking up space. The buying of these unwanted free goods also made it appear like I was saving a lot more than I actually was. Often when you hear of people having $500 worth of things for a few bucks, without caring about whether the items are helpful, they buy whatever is free.

2. Continually the same items go on sale

Another big issue with intense coupon shopping is that you are restricted to purchasing products that are on sale or on which coupons are available to maximize your savings. The issue with this is that week after week, the same items go on sale and have coupons available, which can lead you to purchase these items frequently. Some individuals claim to have saved hundreds or thousands of dollars, but often these savings come from purchasing 20 toothpaste tubes or 15 Rice-a-Roni boxes.

3. Extreme couponing also leads to hoarding and stockpiling

Extreme discount shopping usually goes hand-in-hand with stockpiling, which is when combining coupons with a retail sale to make the item free or drastically reduced in price, buying a large amount of a single item. For example, you might buy 10 jars of pasta sauce when a pasta sauce sale is lined up with an available coupon. This practice will easily result in a large surplus of things that need to be rotated and organized in your home so that you can reach them, and food goods are therefore ruined and wasted. What may be even worse is that in your home you do not have enough food storage, and the goods may start invading your living room.

4. Bargain shopping also leads to unhealthy choices

Another issue is created by the practice: You can find yourself sacrificing healthy eating. Although you can hear that you can get discounts on produce or even organic fruits and vegetables, the fact is that there are few and far between these kinds of deals and they don't include the thousands of dollars of savings that extreme coupon shoppers so often hear about.

Instead, the vast majority of available coupons are for junk food, ready-to-eat meals, frozen snacks, and lunch meats that are dried. Your wellbeing takes a backseat to save money at the grocery store when you shop this stuff all the time instead of healthy foods.

5. Coupons are also unlawfully used.

I would visit forums while I was an extreme discount shopper and engage in conversations about the use of coupons. Although I no longer do that I still watch intense couponing shows.

One thing I have seen on these TV shows is that coupons are used wrongly by certain people deliberately. From photocopying Internet coupons, to using a coupon for a different product than it is intended, to sharing coupons that are not meant to be shared, there are several ways to use coupons inappropriately. For CVS, this used to be a major problem, as the company would send $4 coupons to new clients, who would then post the coupons on internet forums to be used every week by countless people.
I could see how tempting it would be to do so, particularly when caught up in the couponing craze, even though I have never engaged in these activities. It is also fairly clear that such scams sometimes happen, as several stories about coupon fraud have appeared in national news outlets.
Using a coupon to purchase the wrong product or a sample size instead of a full-sized version can seem harmless. The truth is, however, that others might get into trouble somewhere or have to pay for your illegal use of a coupon.

6. Couponing can become an addiction that takes time.

Lastly, a big issue with couponing is that it can become an addiction that takes time. You can't have just a coupon or two to really enjoy substantial savings-you need to get the coupon inserts each week. To have enough coupons to get many things for free, you need to purchase several newspapers, and you need to arrange all of those coupons so you can access them when you need them. Several serious coupon buyers hold whole binders full of coupons.

It can take immense amounts of time to buy multiple documents, arrange coupons, read up on sales, make shopping lists, go to multiple shops, and check out by using 100 or more coupons. Ultimately, if you are spending thousands of dollars on items that you don't need and shouldn't buy, it might not be time well spent.

Final Word Over

Extreme couponing is often a hobby that yields nothing but aggravation and the irritated looks of other shoppers in the supermarkets, but using a coupon or two to purchase a product you would buy otherwise may be a nice way to save money. It's not a bargain to purchase anything you don't need or even obtain it for free. And intense discount shopping is a sport that, for the sake of supposedly "saving" a few bucks, promotes mass consumption.

What do you have in mind about intense couponing?
James Knox

Hi, My Name Is James, I'm A Life Insurance Agent, Photographer, And Dropshipper, Based In Missouri. Welcome To My Blog.

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