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Top 4 Couponing Mistakes to Avoid!


Lately, I’ve introduced a few of my friends and family members to the
world of couponing, and I noticed that the majority of them are making
mistakes; mistakes that I was guilty of when I first started.

That’s why I decided to share my experiences, “pay it forward,” and
help them, as well as all the newbies, recognize a few common mistakes
that people make when it comes to couponing.

When I first started using coupons, I thought that whenever I get a
chance to use my coupons, I’m saving. It took me some time to realize
that I was wrong. Not every deal is good deal! Try
using your coupons only for products that you actually need and use.
What’s the point of buying something if you, or your family, are not
going to use it?

In the beginning, I used to have piles of disorganized coupons, just
lying around on my desk. I always got confused and grabbed the wrong
coupons for my grocery trips! Make sure you have a way to organize your coupons; perhaps, by categories (i.e. Grocery, Body Care, Cleaning, etc.) or by expiration date, for instance.

Don’t get carried away with your couponing! This is a
very important point. When you feel like you’re spending more time
clipping coupons that you do with your own family…well, that’s a red
flag right there!

I used to stockpile like crazy! My husband even called me a “stocker,” no pun intended ;)

Stockpiling is nice, but it needs to be organized too. Make sure you
create a document where every addition to your stockpile is added. Don’t
forget about the expiry dates! It’s not always a good idea to stockpile if you’re going to end up throwing away unused products.

 Article Credited to : Canadian Savers

Aug 12, 2012 @ 12:31 am

30 Replies


great advice, plus a couple more :)

Great advice, I too love coupons. I can add a few -

Trade coupons with others :) [It is addictive and others will like it too!]
Use coupons when items are on sale for an even better deal!
Use coupons to get good deals on items that you can contribute to food hampers etc.

Thanks bubbles!
Aug 24, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

Great Advice

I especially like the trade coupons bit. I usually go through my coupons, keep the ones that I know for certain that I will use and pass the others on to anyone who can use them. I too will use coupons to make purchases to contribute to a variety of charities. Wish more people would do this, why shouldn't we keep paying it forward. If you have a coupon for example for toothpaste where it will only cost you say 25 cents after applying the coupon, but its not your usual brand, well for heaven sake pick it up anyway and use it for a donation for the homeless or a youth shelter. Makes sense to me!
May 29, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

Coupon fairy!

Iam a coupon fairy! Sooooo fun, I leave coupons for other couponers to find. I often find some as well. One day someone left a FPC ( free product coupon) next to cheese! Got a block free!!!!
May 30, 2014 @ 09:56 pm


Wish I could be so lucky. At one times the store had a spot for coupon exchange which really helped out a lot. Now some of them do have a coupon board which is OK but the coupons are mainly for that store.
May 31, 2014 @ 09:49 am

So you're the coupon fairy!

I have seen the coupon fairy a few times in the states. I go to the Walmart or Target and find printed coupons beside some of the products. I think how nice is that. Someone doesn't need their coupon and left it for the next person looking at that product. It also helps to look at the shelf in front of the product you are buying as many times I have found a matching coupon in front of the item I need.

Aug 05, 2014 @ 09:58 pm


Wow! Everyone has some super great tips!!
ThankYou!!! I will be much more coupon savvy now ;-)
Aug 05, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

I like

Great tips :)
Aug 08, 2014 @ 10:27 pm


great tips!!! Something that I use for my coupons is a binder with a zipper (so u donot lose any :) I have them separated into categories frozen,fridge, cereal ,cleaning, body stuff like can stuff tin foil etc ,medicine (Tylenol), pet stuff and then coupons for restaurants and one for specific store coupons that way when you are looking for stuff it is easy to find. Once a month i try and go threw the coupons to watch expiry.
Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:37 pm


Thanks for the wonderful tips.
Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

Great Tips

I usually use coupons when I'm doing my grocery shopping. I'm on a fixed income and find that my dollars go much further when I use coupons. Recently I printed off some coupons from a coupon site and they didn't have a "water mark" on them and the store would not take them. I find this very frustrating as some of the coupons I've printed will only let you print them once. If you're printer isn't on or if you have a problem with something to do with your printer the coupon site says thanks for printing your coupons and you cannot print them again. Has anyone else had a problem with "water marks" not appearing on their printed coupons????
Aug 13, 2014 @ 01:18 pm

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