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Bring on the coupons

April 26, 2011 - Heather Ziegler
I am an admitted coupon clipper. I do not enter a store without some sort of coupons or discount incentive clutched in my hands. Recently I saw a show on the tv about coupon gurus who spend 30-40 hours a week devising their discount strategies to a degree that I cannot calculate. They magically make their grocery bill disappear through the discounts and large quantities they purchase. I have never had that much success and I think sometimes they push the limits to near glutony with their efforts. I'm glad they have the time and financial means to spend on clipping coupons, perusing the Internet for deals and scouring the newspapers and mailbox for deals. I just don't have that luxury. However, it does pay to use coupons and with the price of food jumping off the deep end, why wouldn't you keep the scissors handy while reading the Sunday newspaper? With that said, you have to be sure to read (or have someone read to you) the fine print for all those exceptions to the discount rule. One store routinely sends a discount card to me for 20 percent off my next purchase. However, it does not include the perfume counter, designer items, cosmetics, electronics, certain brand names and only 10 percent off of houseware items. I say you can keep your card if there are that many restrictions. If you allow me 20 percent off anything and I mean anything in the store, I am more likely to buy more than I originally came in for anyway. I know a certain person who will buy the $50 worth of stuff (even if not needed) just to get that $10 off the total! It's just too good of a deal not to, she reasons. I just wish there were more coupons off things we use all the time like soap, toilet tissue, bread and cheese. There are lots of coupons for cat food but I don't have a cat.


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