Couponing – Things to Consider Before You Try
by Melodie Haas
I always wanted to try couponing – free or cheap stuff is enticing!
I did not try until the fall before I retired from the Air Force. I was not sure I would be able to survive on my retirement pay, so I wanted to cut back on my spending. The area I lived in was Oklahoma City where there was a popular coupon blog, Consumer Queen. Melissa Garcia and her mom had classes that taught couponing. I never attended the class. Their website really explained the process quickly. I loved couponing and getting great deals! I started slowly, only shopping CVS until I learned the lingo and process. Then I would shop the grocery stores and convenient stores.
A couple of things I have learned over the years.
Make sure you read…read…read. I cannot tell you how many times I have paid more because I did not read the coupon or rules right or the coupon did not work in the area I lived in. I would get super frustrated at myself because I did not read it correctly.
You still have to pay tax. In Oklahoma, they had a tax on food and clothes. I live in Massachusetts now where we do not pay tax on food and a certain amount of clothing; but we do pay tax on soap and personal use items.
I bought things I did not need because they were cheap. For instance, I tried different soap just because it was super cheap or free. I found I did not like it. So now, if I see a great deal I can donate it.
Very time-consuming! Cutting coupons, then going to the store does take time and is a very involved process.
Couponing is a great way to donate to an organization without spending a lot of money.
On the Consumer Queen Website, their guide helps anyone learn how to coupon link. They also have a Facebook page to follow.
Another site I love is Hip 2 Save which has a team that puts deals up all day long. Currently, they are my favorite! They have social media accounts and an app too. I have noticed their social media accounts do not showcase every deal. It is my preference to look at it on my laptop. You can set up notifications for an email that will round up the deals of the day.
Do you have a favorite coupon site? Do you have any pros or cons to couponing?
About the Author
Melodie Haas is a retired Veteran who loves Jesus. She is attending Liberty University online MAIS.
You can read Melodie’s “Hacking Life” column on the 2nd Friday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.