At the bottom of a few of my recent weekly deal posts, I inserted a small comment on buying coupons from a coupon clipping service. In response I received an email from reader Jillian who asked if ”buying” coupons defeats the purpose of the money being saved?
I thought that this might be a good topic to discuss here since I am all for buying coupons and have had great success with my savings!
I personally buy from clipping services when I need multiples of coupons for a really good sale that I am anticipating. I usually will buy only 1-2 papers a week, sometimes more given the inserts but I have found that it is much cheaper to buy just the coupons I need for a sale. It also saves me the time it takes to look, clip, sort & save when all I have to do is look online and click on how many of each coupon I need.
Another added bonus I find, is that if I use a particular product a lot in my household, I can “pre order” the coupons I use most according to the expiration date of the coupon. For instance, in my household, we love the Knorr Pasta dishes and if the coupons don’t expire until 1 or 2 months later, I’ll certainly pick up quite a few because it is something we always buy and I’ll be prepared in case there is a sale. Makes sense?
To show you the case at hand, let’s take a look at a recent shopping trip as an example of my savings by “buying” my coupons.
1. I researched what items were on sale and did my coupon matchups for ShopRite at beginning of the week usually (Sat or Sun).
2. I ordered what coupons I needed for the sale items on the same day which came out to be $9.35 for 86 coupons -all which were in multiples of 5 or more.
3. My coupons arrived 3 days later (yes that fast) and I went shopping with my list in hand.
Here is what I bought:
(6) 12 pks of Angel Soft Bath Tissue
(4) Boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
(5) Boxes of Cap’n Crunch Cereal
(3) Boxes of Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix
(2) Bottles of Aunt Jemima Syrup
Turkey Hill Ice Cream
(5) Packs of Bic Razors
(5) Boxes of Totino’s Pizza Rolls
My total before Coupons was $46.97. After Coupons, I paid only $19.21! I saved $27.76 with my multiples and I still have plenty more in my Couponizer stored away for another sale!
So yes, I do believe in buying from a Coupon Clipping Service because sometimes its worth its weight and more in value!
And I highly recommend using Coupons & Things by Dede!! The site is well organized and you can even order full inserts if you like. The amounts per coupon are fantastic and you get to see an estimate as to when your order will ship which makes planning so more easier! Wonderful site!!
Now let’s hear from you, the readers! Have you ever “bought” coupons? Did it save you money? Please leave a comment and tell us about it!