Should You Use a Coupon Clipping Service?
Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Those of you who are brand new to couponing might wonder if making use of a coupon clipping service is to your advantage. Maybe you watched one of those “extreme couponing” shows, and got inspired to try and get a huge amount of groceries for free. Can a coupon clipping service really help you to achieve that goal? Here are some realities to consider.
What is a coupon clipping service?
A coupon clipping service is a resource that some people use in order to obtain multiple copies of a particular coupon. They are not free to use. Each coupon clipping service will have a minimum amount of money that you will be required to spend in order to use their service. Some charge an administrative fee. In other words, you will end up spending money to buy the coupons you are interested in.
Why do people use a coupon clipping service?
Some people feel that the money they spend is worth it because it saves them the trouble of trying to find multiple copies of a particular coupon on their own. Others may feel that it is less expensive to use a coupon clipping service than to purchase several subscriptions to their local newspaper in order to get multiple coupons from the inserts that come with the Sunday newspaper.
Are they safe to use?
The answer to that question depends on the particular coupon clipping service you use. In every industry, there are some places that are more reliable than others, and this is true of the coupon clipping services, too. One thing to keep in mind is that you will not be able to know, for certain, where the coupon clipping service got their coupons from. Some may be trying to sell you fraudulent or counterfeit coupons.
Be aware of store’s coupon policies.
Many stores have instituted coupon policies that are specifically designed to prevent people from getting cartloads of free groceries (like some extreme couponers have done). Some will limit the number of times you can use one particular type of coupon in one transaction. Others will not allow you to double coupons.
Several stores refuse to give you cash back on a transaction where you used so many coupons that it reduced your grocery bill to zero and resulted in a negative balance. This could make it more difficult to for you to save money by using the coupons you purchased from a coupon clipping service.