Coupons: Worth the Time or Waste of Money?
You probably know someone who cuts coupons. In fact, you might cut coupons yourself, and you’re probably familiar with the arguments for or against couponing. Still, if you are new to the world of tiny slips of magic paper, check out the articles below. These personal finance bloggers weigh in on how to use coupons, the best ways to use coupons, when to not use coupons, and whether it’s really worth the time and effort involved.
The following bloggers are in support of coupons, more or less.
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Lazy Man and Money
Over at Lazy Man and Money you can find a variety of tips from the book called The Lazy Couponer. If extreme couponing gives you chills, this is the article for you.
We Are Savvy Savers
At We Are Savvy Savers you can find a great deal of tips on how to get started in the world of couponing. In fact, the whole blog is dedicated to extreme couponing.
Did you know that you can now get coupons on your phone and have them scanned just like regular coupons? The experts over at Bargaineering give you tips on how to use these mobile coupons.
These bloggers, however, find that there are a number of drawbacks to coupons.
One Cent at a Time
Did you know that you can accidentally spend more money when you are using coupons instead of saving money? Check out this story from One Cent at a Time to learn the pitfalls that you should avoid.
The Simple Dollar
Trent over at The Simple Dollar has some questions that you should ask yourself before you start using coupons and gives a real life example of how coupons might not save you that much money.
Five Cent Nickel
Finally, take a look at this article on the Five Cent Nickel detailing seven instances where you should not use coupons.
By reading these six articles, you should get a pretty good idea about how well coupons will work for you. In some cases, they can help you save a great deal of money, but in others they are simply a lot of work for little reward.
What do you think? Do you use coupons? Why or why not? Share your personal couponing experiences here and help others who are considering whether coupons could work for them.