Top 5 Myths About Coupons

There are a lot of myths that surround coupons. People see coupons on TV, or in the newspaper and form perceptions about coupons. These myths are mostly perpetuated by people who’ve never really used coupons before. However, the presence of these myths can keep someone from trying out coupons – Even if they’d really benefit from using coupons.

Let’s dispel some of these myths, so you can save money with coupons without having these myths weighing down on you.

Myth #1: You Can’t Save Much Money With Coupons

People often think that you can only save a penny here or a dollar there by using coupons. In other words, people think that coupons can’t save them significant amounts of money.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. You can save as much as $150 or even over $200 a month just by using coupons. Of course, it depends on how much you spend on groceries every week, but if you’re diligent and shop regularly, you can save a huge amount of money.

Myth #2: It Takes a Lot of Time and Effort

People often think it takes a lot of time and effort to collect and use coupons. This is true – For about one or two weeks.

It takes time and effort to establish a routine. For example, you might have to identify the sites you go to find coupons. Or you might have to figure out where to pick up the free newspaper that has coupons in it near your house. You’ll need to figure out a system for keeping all your coupons in one place.

However, once you’ve figured these things out, using coupons can literally take just 15 minutes a week. Just stroll down to the news stand or log into your coupon website, grab your coupons and head to the store. That’s it – No time required whatsoever.

Using coupons takes time once, then not much time at all.

Myth #3: Using Coupons Makes You a Cheapskate

Let me ask you a question. Which makes you cheaper – Having to skimp on meals and feed your family (or yourself) bare meals because you can’t afford high quality food? Or taking a little bit of time to save money using coupons to really be able to afford the foods and lifestyle you want?

You’re not being cheap by using coupons. The money you save can be reinvested into other parts of your life. Or if you want to, you can spend the money you save on groceries and really cook an amazing meal. You can even put the money into a meal out. It doesn’t make you cheap – It enhances your life.

Myth #4: You Can’t Get Healthy Foods

It’s true that there are a lot of advertisements in coupons for Doritos, frozen pizzas, microwave dinners and deep fried foods. But there’s a very easy way around this.

If you want to use coupons for healthy foods, get on the mailing list of a healthy supermarket. For example, go and join the Whole Foods customer loyalty program. You’ll receive their mailers and their coupons in the mail, allowing you to buy healthy whole foods at a steep discount.

There are all kinds of places, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s that have coupons for very healthy foods. Even everyday supermarkets will often put discounts on fruits and vegetables.

Myth #5: It’s Cheaper to Shop at Discount Outlets

People often think it’s cheaper to shop at Farmer’s Market, Cosco, Sam’s Club or their neighborhood dollar store. This can be true – Sometimes.

You really have to look around. The reality is, often time’s you can get cheaper things from your local farmer’s market than by shopping with coupons. At other times however, coupons will be far cheaper.

You need to know where the best places to shop are. Again, getting started with coupons does take a little bit of time as you identify the best deals and best ways to use your coupons. Once you’ve done the initial work however, you can save a ton of money without spending much time at all.

These are the five most common myths about couponing. Needless to say, these myths aren’t true and if you aren’t couponing yet, chances are you’re leaving real money on the table.


Author Bio – This is a guest post by Isaac Chiriboga from Find the hottest deals and printable coupons on his online shopping portal to save money on your favorite products.

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