Are Coupons Still Useful During a Pandemic?
Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 at 7:00 am
The covid pandemic has caused many changes to how we used to go about our lives. Things are different now in many ways. Is it still worth it to collect and use coupons the way we did before? The answer to that question largely depends on how and where you shop.
Shopping for Groceries
Do you prefer to do your grocery shopping in-person? If so, then you might be able to save some money on the offers that connect to your grocery store’s loyalty card. Load virtual coupons onto that store’s loyalty card. Watch for the discounts that are only offered to loyalty card users while you shop.
Grocery stores are likely to honor discounts that their store offers via the loyalty card. They also have a right to reject certain coupons. For example, the store might be rationing certain items in order to prevent a shopper from buying them all up at once. Your “buy one, get one free” coupon may not apply.
Do you prefer to grocery shop from home? It is possible to visit your favorite grocery store’s website and select the items you want to buy. In some cases, the store may be out of something you wanted. If so, your shopper might contact you to let you know, and to ask if you wanted them to select a substitute for that item.
The drawback of grocery shopping from home is that you won’t be able to use your coupons. Your shopper cannot access your loyalty card. It is customary to tip your shopper after they deliver your groceries to you. The amount of the tip should reflect the amount of groceries you asked for.
Shopping for Take-Out
Shopping for take-out that you want to have someone deliver to you can be good or bad. Start by figuring out if the restaurant that you want to get food from is nearby or far away. The longer it takes a delivery driver to go to the restaurant and bring you your food – the more expensive that delivery becomes!
Sometimes, there will be a discount on the app you use to place your order. The restaurant might be offering a temporary discount on a certain meal. Typically, the app will take that discount into account and charge you appropriately. The drawback is that there is no way to use a paper McDonald’s coupon on take-out that was picked up by a driver.