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Extreme Couponing: Cost vs Benefit


You may be a fan of the TLC show “Extreme Couponing,” a coupon queen yourself, or simply curious about the true benefits of couponing.  Couponing can be a total time sucker, so here are some quick tips for those interested in diving in to the clip n’ snip world of couponing from, the leading website for pawning.

  • Go with what you know – Start with the stores you frequent and check their websites. Many retail websites will share local deals that you can take advantage of without being greatly inconvenienced.
  • Get creative – Coupons aren’t just for grocery stores and the local pharmacy. Remember that oil change you’ve been putting off?  Or that eye appointment your insurance doesn’t cover? You can find coupons to save on less obvious purchases as well.
  • Don’t be sniffy about brands – Flexibility will bring rewards.  If the off brand has the coupon, give it a whirl, you might just love it more.
  • Use social media – Many brands and coupon sites have offers through social media, such as their Facebook pages ad twitter.
  • Read the fine print – Ever hear that saying, “if something seems too good to be true, it probably is?” The phrase rings true for couponing. Make sure you check the expiration dates and read the coupon policies of the store so you’re not shocked at the register when the checkout lady tells you it’s invalid.

Like most things in life, couponing is a personal decision, not a right or wrong one.  If you have the time, by all means snip and coupon away.  If you don’t, just find the best advertised price nearby.  Or subscribe to rewards cards of the stores you frequent the most. In the end, it’s about making a conscious effort to spend both time and money wisely.

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