Couponing is attractive when you’re on a budget. But it’s important to only buy what you need, what you can consume, and what you can store without waste to make it worthwhile. There’s no reason to purchase something if it’s not remotely something that you know you’ll use, unless it’s to give something a one-item try via a specific promotion.
Waiting for a sale can also save you some money; if you can use a coupon on top of that, your savings increases.
There are couponing websites and resources aplenty online; some reputable — and some not. Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security surfing the net and clicking away; it’s best to stick with reputable sites that get the nod from trusted sources like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval or organizations like AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons). Check in with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) if you’re in doubt about a site. (They can also warn against phone or email scams, too.) Better safe than sorry, especially if you’re sharing any type of personal information online. (Avoid that if you can, even if the site is “secure.”)
From mobile coupons via text delivery, to printable ones online; from a provided code that you can use at a store’s checkout, to the old-school route of clipping out of your newspaper’s weekly circular (still leading the pack at 34.6 percent, according to Statista.com), think not only dollars and cents when it comes to creative couponing.
Think dollars and sense.
By Lisa Miceli Feliciano