See the coupons in the photo down there? I ordered them. Yes, with money.
It sounds a bit counter-productive, spending money on coupons in order to save money. Purchasing coupons, though, when done strategically, can be a way to boost your stockpile at rock bottom prices, keeping your overall grocery budget lower.
My sole reason to purchase coupons is that I am unable to get multiple coupons for the same item. Well, maybe I could if I knocked on all the doors in Tiny Town and begged for inserts, but I’m not quite ready to go there… yet. If you have access to lots of inserts and want to cut them all out, by all means… do what works!
Things to consider before purchasing coupons: (Considering I’ve purchased coupons twice in my life ~once for cheese, plus these for Rotel~ I am certainly not an expert.)
Is the deal worth the hassle?
A few weeks ago my local Dillons was running a 2-week Mega Event. Among other items, they had Rotel on sale for 49¢ per can. At the same time, a 30¢ coupon was available which they double, meaning Dillons paid me 11¢ per can to go home with Rotel. We use a lot of Rotel around here, so I knew I could use all 20 cans before they expire.
What are you willing to pay?
Be sure to consider total coupon cost plus any shipping and handling charges. I have only purchased coupons off of ebay. For this particular deal, I decided it was worth it if I could get my Rotel at a net price of 25¢ per can, since I can’t ever even find the generic stuff for that price.
Will you receive your coupons in time?
How long will the items be on sale so you can still get your target price? Do you have time for the coupons to be shipped?
Is it okay to purchase coupons? From an ethical standpoint?
I hope I don’t open up an ugly can of worms here, but this was something I did NOT think of until I needed help with this post and found myself in the middle of a friendly chat room debate. Whoops! I definitely need to do some more research before I find another great stockpile deal. 😉
Have you ever purchased coupons? What are your criteria?
***If you feel strongly, one way or another, about purchasing coupons, it’s okay to voice that here. This is a safe place. I do, however, retain the privilege of keeping the conversation cordial and canning any nastiness.***