Coupon Myths - Debunked!
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Coupon Myths – Debunked!

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 7:33 pm
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stackingcouponsHow much do you know about coupons? Can you tell the difference between a coupon myth and factual information about coupons? Here are several coupon myths that have been debunked. Did any of them surprise you?

There aren’t any coupons for fresh foods.
This coupon myth may have been true in the past. Today, you can actually find coupons for fresh eggs, potatoes, corn, bananas, and much more! Saving Star did a weekly Healthy Offer coupon for fresh produce. Some grocery stores are starting to do this, too.

You can always trust the coupons you find online.
This coupon myth is one that could get you into a lot of trouble. Beware of coupons that sound too good to be true! They typically are fake coupons. The store won’t accept them and you could get in charged with coupon fraud for trying to use them. Never print out a coupon that doesn’t have a bar code. That’s a big clue that the coupon is fraudulent.

Only poor people use coupons.
While it is true that some people who are poor do use coupons, it isn’t true that they are the only group who uses coupons. Couponing is popular because everyone likes to get a good deal and to save some money.

There is no longer a stigma for using a coupon. Instead, people who use a lot of coupons just might get complemented for doing so. People are amazed by extreme couponers. Today, everyone uses coupons, no matter what their income happens to be.

Clipping coupons is too time consuming.
This myth is one that prevents a lot of people from trying to use coupons. They think it will take too long to find the coupons, to clip them, and to organize them. This might have been true back when the only way to find coupons was to clip them out of the newspaper.

Today, stores are using mobile coupons. Get the loyalty card for the grocery store you shop at the most. It only takes a few minutes to add digital coupons to it right before you go shopping. Those digital coupons automatically get used when you check out. It hardly takes any time at all to “clip” coupons now!

There aren’t any coupons for brand I like.
This is another myth that stops people from using coupons. They simply don’t know where to find coupons for their favorite brands. One easy way is to sign up for the brand’s email newsletter. Not every newsletter will contain a coupon, but some of them will. You can also try looking at your favorite brand’s Facebook page for coupons.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.