Craving Coupons

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A couple of months ago, armed with a handful of coupons, I headed for The Mall to do some shopping at one of my favorite clothing stores. As I was browsing I kept in mind the value of my coupon pile, but at the register I was shocked to see a total of $290 come down to $26!  In that moment I felt like one of those reality-show extreme couponers.  And I have to admit, I felt a little rush from the huge savings.

During the rest of the shopping trip (and since) I’ve had a hard time paying full price.  I’ve always had a little wallet designated for coupons but now I find myself going through it checking expiration dates.  I recently bought a couple pairs of shoes I didn’t need just because I had a really good coupon about to expire.

I’ve heard the argument that offering coupons can cheapen a business’ image.  But the way I see it, coupons can greatly affect where, when and how much people shop.  Especially in this economy, retail shopping will never be the same for me.  Keep ‘em coming!


  • August 22, 2011, 3:38 pm  Reply

    I’m enjoying the coupons while it lasts. A lot of companies are cracking down because us shoppers are getting more savvy about couponing. I’ve found a lot of store cashiers hassle the crap out of you if a coupon won’t scan right. Only place this was the opposite was at Phantom Fireworks – where the cashiers were chipper and even congratulatory of all the savings my brother and I managed for the 4th!

    Do you think, as couponing gains serious momentum, that it becomes such a chore for the minimum wage cashiers that they’re actually getting over pressured? (Hurry up the line, but you’re not allowed to OK a coupon that may be wrong somehow which slows down the line, etc?)

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