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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Coupons and Deals
Many people take too lightly the long-term impact of using coupons on their household budgets. To make the best use of coupons and deals, however, you must be choosy; going overboard can actually be counterproductive. So what are these common mistakes you must steer away from if you wish to make the most of deals and coupons? Here are 5 of them:
Buying items you don’t really need
Buying something just because you’ve found a coupon will not save you money, even if you’re always thrilled to try new things. On the contrary, you are in effect spending unnecessarily. It is also possible that you’ll buy some more expensive items that make you believe you’re saving money, while you are in fact paying the regular price.Remember to spare a little time to compare brands whenever you shop. It would be prudent sometimes to just not buy some item at all.
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Failing to check coupon dates
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It’s quite common for people to forget coupons will expire at some point. Many coupons will not last beyond a few weeks. For online coupons, this is even shorter–usually between a few hours and a few days. If you are shopping at the local store, using an expired coupon still won’t work for you as electronic cash registers are well equipped to tell the difference.
Not knowing where to get coupons on the internet
If you are entirely dependent on one online resource for your coupons, you are surely missing out. Ever checked out the website of your grocery story? Most store websites do have a coupon section, so go through it before you start your shopping. There’s also an abundance of deals and coupons websites, some of them local, where you will find offers for most of the things you want to buy. You will find it useful to keep a list of these websites in one place so you can always refer to them when you want to shop.
Forgetting to stack coupons
In some cases, you might find yourself with bother the manufacturer’s and store’s coupons. Ask the cashier if they will allow you to use both to stock up. Many stores do allow the use of different types of coupons on many products, so don’t hesitate to find out.
Going higher or lower than the coupon limit
Some coupons and deals will have a fixed number of items you’re allowed to buy at the discounted price. Buying too many items will reduce your savings. On the other hand, you may find coupons that offer savings for multiple items, as an incentive to purchase more than one of them. This is a good chance to stock up on a useful product.