Every now and then I will share my experiences and thoughts on coupon usage. You will find that I do use them, but I am not a huge fan of them because sometimes they are simply not worth the fuss. Yet, I still browse through the Sunday flyers as well as online sites.
Much of my focus with coupon use is for products we actually use, and yet I will sometimes cut a few for what I consider “luxury” items. Today I saved $5.55 on my trip, a 7% savings. Certainly not as much as I would like, but in reality, it wasn’t just about saving with an available coupon but also in value.
Our goal today was to purchase only the items we needed, which was some dairy, fruit, veggies and water. Yet, considering I had a craving for chips last night, my morning list included trying to use a coupon for pringles. Two things caused me to avoid using that coupon:
- Since I am focused on remaining gluten free, I found as I read the label that Pringles is made with wheat starch. This does not bother my husband, but for me it makes a difference. Okay, maybe I do not need chips this time around….
- Well, lets compare prices. Pringles was at a price of $1.50 and next to them was Lay’s Stax at a price of 99 cents. Okay, frugal momma here. The coupon for Pringles is $1.00 off 4 containers. Seriously??? I need to purchase 4 canisters to use this coupon? basically 25 cents off each container. Let’s do the math…25 cents off one canister makes them $1.25 each, still more expensive than Lays Stax at 99 cents and no pressure to purchase four canisters at once.
As a frugal shopper, my goal is to purchase what we need, at a fair price, use a coupon is available, with a focus on quality.
- Did I need four canisters of chips? No. This purchase was to satisfy a craving but not a need. To purchase extra canisters in the house would first require that I spend more than planned and also meant that there would be the temptation to consume more than necessary throughout the week.
- Did I look for a fair price? Of course. I know that in the past that Pringles is a chip that our family enjoys. But, when they are suggesting a higher price than its competitor, and requiring a bulk quantity to tempt me into purchasing their product, then I do not consider it a great deal.
- Access to a coupon? No coupons were in my coupon file of products we use, yet I still saved by not being drawn into having to purchase four canisters in order to use a coupon. Sure, coupons can help save on the groceries, but only if used on products you will consume.
- Looking for quality: In reading the ingredients, I found that not only did the Lays Stax have healthier ingredients, it fit within my need to stay away from milk and gluten. Plus, I personally find that the Lays brand has a thicker chip, and a better flavor.
NOTE: We only purchased two cansiters of Lays Original. I did not look at the labels of their other flavors to see if they contained milk or wheat, but my comparison “original to original” to each brand, scored with Lays as having the better nutritional value.
NOTE: Soy is contained in this product.
~ Enjoy ~
Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
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