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Complaining about Coupons -- who is naughty or nice?

March 5th, 2011 at 02:13 pm

We did our weekly grocery run and I spent some time the last few evenings making my lists. Not sure if I checked them twice, but I am going to tell you who I think is naughty and nice!

Nice -- those companies who give you more than three weeks to redeem the coupon. I realize grocery shelf is a hot commodity, but there are times I don't need something before the coupon expires. I'm not asking for a year, but give me at least two months.

Nice -- those companies who realize that most of us don't have warehouses to store the products. There are two of us in this house and I'm the only one who eats cereal and having to buy three boxes to save a buck might be OK if I ate three boxes in a week, but I don't. I try to buy cereal when it is on sale and when I have a coupon as well as when I have storage. My pantry space is limited.

Naughty -- OK, the this is a repeat sort of, but less than four weeks of time to buy something? Come on! Some folks budget and if it isn't a necessity, they'll do without. I might be tempted to try your product if I had a little more time with the coupon, but if I already have something, I'm not throwing it out just so I can try your product.

Naughty -- buying multiples of something or the huge size of something with your coupon. I grant you that the warehouse stores have made regular stores try to compete, but I simply do not have a place to put 24 rolls of toilet paper and 10 paper towels. And many of us who buy name brand items, don't use two toothpastes in a month.

Naughty -- a coupon that you have to buy one item to get another free or marked down. I've bought a bag of potatoes and can save 50 cents if I buy something like a cheese spread. That would be great if I wanted the cheese spread, but if not, than I feel I was cheated out of saving 50 cents.


Naughty -- those chain stores who take you to a coupon site where you can print coupons, but then the local store doesn't accept Internet coupons. All or nothing, my friends. I'm not spending the time, ink, and paper only to be told that I can't use them. And I'm old enough that I don't care if the person behind me thinks I'm an old fuss budget and refuse to buy the item. In this economy, only the strong survive!

Dear coupon folks, please think about those of us who don't have a big family and we don't need multiples of things -- I really don't need three bags of party mix to save 50 cents. I have decided that if I can't save a few cents on one item, maybe I'll just do without!

5 Responses to “Complaining about Coupons -- who is naughty or nice?”

  1. LittleGopher Says:

    :-) Coupons drive me crazy too!

  2. boomeyers Says:

    I hate it too, when a store says they do not accept internet coupons. Crazy! And some will only accept CERTAIN internet coupons, even worse!!

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    If you find yourself with coupons that you cannot use, trade them to someone else who can use them at www dot thriftyfun dot com. Who knows, you may find that someone has some leftover coupons for a product you need.

  4. marvholly Says:

    Even worse is the store where they have to unpack your groceries to check each and EVERY item you have a coupon for and then go to customer service w/each internet printed coupon to make sure it is not fraudulent.

    It 'might' be ok if they did everything at once but NOT unpack & check item A, check coupon on item A; unpack & check for item B, check coupon on item B.......

    needless to say, I have spoken to the store mgr and was TOTALLY ignored so I no longer shop there. This is a small local chain so there is no reason/advantage to filing a corp complaint.

  5. Aleta Says:

    I'm with you about the short expiration dates and also having to buy 3 items to use a coupon. I would sometimes rather than B1G1 free have one for half price (especially for foods (diary, produce, etc).

    I think that one of the things that I don't like about Walgreens is their 2 week expiration date and if you use their rewards back coupon, you can't use any other manufacturer's coupon because they consider that one a manufacturer's coupon. I can only hope that I can find items like orange juice, eggs, and other items on sale to make the coupon worth it. You can't use it on dairy.

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