I have no awesome before and after project to show you today and I didn't take any new pictures of Avery last night, so I wondered what I was going to write about. I thought for a second about not writing anything at all, but I saw this article on Yahoo and I had some opinions....
I think there is a very thin line between getting your money's worth and taking advantage of coupons and the right thing to do. Companies use coupons as an effort to get people to use their products, thinking that if you get a discount on the first item purchased, you will fall in love with it and buy it again and again. Grocery stores use discounts and coupon programs to create buyer loyalty to their stores. I will shop at certain grocery stores because of their discounts and the amount of groceries I can get for the best price. However, I still expect to pay something for the items I purchase. I do not expect to take advantage of their policies, especially just to fill by cabinets with things I will never use. I am all for discounts. NOT all for wasteful shopping trips.
I do see a value in this, especially if you intend on using the couponing for charitable donations. But very few people actually do this. Most of these "extreme couponers" are addicted to bargains and will buy things for no other reason that just to do it. This is yet another thing that become addictive, an outlet for their behavior. And it is going to ruin it for the rest of us, because they are on TV, showing the world on this show just how wasteful they are.
Couponing only works and will continue to be used if companies receive business as a result, not to be fleeced. And while most will not take the time to coupon because it is not worth it to some to spend all afternoon to save $10, the people who are doing it as a career are showing these companies all of the holes in their policies and because of this, coupon policies will be changed to prevent this obvious and complete advantage being taken by people who are simply addicted to the sport. I do not know about you, but to me, you can get great deals in grocery stores without having to coupon. I will look for good deals, but not to the point of being obnoxious.
What are your thoughts?