How To Coupon: 5 Top Mistakes Couponers Make
Last week, I shared five tips to help people start couponing. This week, I’ll supplement that with mistakes couponers (even experienced ones) most often make. Courtesy of ABC News, here are the top five things not to do:
1. Don’t skip the fine print. Always check a coupon’s expiration date and your store’s coupon policy.
2. Don’t miss out on coupon “stacking” opportunities. Most stores will let shoppers use one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon per item.
3. Never forget that you can use coupons on sale or otherwise discounted items. I mention this constantly, but I still encounter shoppers who don’t realize they can use coupons on sale items.
4. Don’t assume that a coupon is good for all sizes of a product. Coupons often have a size specified, such as “10 oz. or larger.”
5. Never buy things you don’t want just because they’re cheap or free. Unless you’re collecting goods for charitable donations, these items are worthless if you don’t need them.
Now, ABC News collected these tips from some of TLC’s couponing experts. It’s good advice, but since some of these experts have recently been exposed as participants in coupon fraud, I’ll add my own tip to the list: don’t falsify coupons or participate in fraud! It costs everyone in the long run, and it’s not worth it.
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