Monday, March 7, 2011

Why I don't Coupon

A friend of mine recently posted on FB about beginning her coupon-ing journey, and once again, as I always do when someone posts about how they bought $200 worth of groceries and only paid a dime for it, I got sucked into the allure of the ultimate bargain shopping. So last night I went through the fliers of the grocery stores I normally shopped, made out my list and hit the Google to find coupons....

I found some awesome ones! For example, Campbell's Soups were on sale at A.'s for $0.88 and I found a coupon for $0.40 off two-- that makes.... $0.68 per can! Good deal! Also, Tropicana o.j. for $1.99 a half-gallon! And on and on and on...

The problem is: I get to the store aaand, of course, the store brand of soup is on sale for $0.50 a can. I foud this out AFTER I had loaded up my cart with Campbell's brand. And then when I got home I found that I had neglected to trade out two of the Campbell's brand for store brand, which, since I hadn't used the coupon after all (because I bought the cheaper store brand) cost me $1.50 each. AND I DON'T EVEN BUY CANNED SOUP.

Net savings: - $4.00

Also, it took me ten minutes of searching to find the exact right size bag of chips, which at $0.99 a bag was a steal, but the 12 oz bags were in a random cart, down the other aisle, behind a display of not-on-sale chips.

This is why I do not coupon.


4 comments:

Niecey said...

I keep trying to get into couponing. I have a coupon wallet filled with awesome coupons. But it seems to take so much planning. I always end up forgetting to use my coupon and my wallet ends up filled will out of date coupons. sigh

Hosanna said...

I am with you on this. I think it's great for those that have a knack for it, but it's not for me. Once in a while I will use a coupon for shampoo, or body wash, or deodorant....but that's it. Anyway most of the time I shop at a store called Aldi, and they don't take coupons, because they only sell their brand, and it's always way cheaper then anybody else anyway. I also don't like that coupon shopping dictates what I buy! Just cause I can get a bag of candy for a nickel with a coupon doesn't mean I need to buy the candy! If I did it all the time I'd have to store all that stuff I bought that I didn't need and never use............. yeah.

Herb of Grace said...

Hos, I shop at Aldi's too! And I already decided that I won't even consider a coupon if I can get it cheaper at Aldis.

Neicey, I do the same thing :P

Olivia said...

I don't coupon either. Most of the time the store brand is cheaper than the discounted name brand, and I don't have time to go to more than one store to get everything I need. I've heard that if you stick to one less exspensive store and buy mostly store brands, you will save just as much or more than the super couponers.