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This week we get a Smartsource coupon insert, and it looks like a great set of coupons for cookout items.

This weekís coupon lesson is about coupon myths that can cost you money.

The whole point in couponing is to save money. That is the bottom line to all of this. Nobody coupons to lose money, at least I hope not. Unfortunately, many people do lose money while trying to coupon. Most of the time it is as simple as not knowing the ins and outs of how coupons really work or getting caught up too quickly in too much couponing at once. Yes, there is such a thing as ďtoo much couponing.Ē As I mentioned last week, most products except food will have sales tax ó even if the product is free because of the coupon. A few cents here and there that you donít need to spend ends up being a bunch of money wasted when it adds up.

Iíve heard people mention that they donít use coupons unless they are a certain amount because it isnít worth the clipping time and/or itís a waste of ink and paper if this happens to be a printable coupon. Whether that coupon is 25-cents off or $2 off, itís still a savings. It may not be that great when used alone, but add that coupon into a sale, and you might find yourself an awesome deal. The best deals are the ones that come with a store reward or double your coupon. That 25-cent coupon can easily become 50 cents off. If an item that regularly costs $1.50 is on sale for $1, and you have a 50-cent coupon at a store that doubles, youíll get that item for free! This works with bigger products as well. Sometimes items that cost $20 will be on sale for $10 and come with a $10-off coupon. This is how manufactures get you to try their products. So, donít miss out, but at the same time remember that others want to save as well.

Printing coupons costs money. One way to avoid spending too much on coupons is to follow my printing guide at www.StephanieSavings.net click on ďPrint Coupons.Ē This will show you how to print coupons without wasting money. A huge tip for saving on printing is simple; do not print coupons that you will not use. Of course, when we purchase newspapers for coupons we end up with coupons that we wonít use. With printing coupons, you get a choice of which coupons you want. Another coupon myth is that coupon websites that offer printable coupons have spyware. This is not true. The only thing a coupon website can do is limit how many prints from each computer. There is no spyware involved.

I often hear many people say that they do not coupon because they canít find coupons for items they use or that coupons are only available for junk foods. This also is not true. There are lots of coupons for processed and prepackaged foods, but there are also coupons available for healthy foods. You can get coupons for milk, cheese, bread, fruit, vegetables, meats, chicken, turkey, and more. Some of these are as simple as looking up the manufacturer of the product you are purchasing. In some cases it may be cheaper to purchase the store brand, so keep that in mind. Using a coupon that causes you to pay more for an item is losing money while couponing. Thatís probably not something you intend to do. Coupons work really well for laundry, household, paper goods, medications, snacks, cereal and juice. It works best if youíre not brand friendly. I know some people have to be due to allergies, but try to use a variety of brands if you can. I have certain brands that I absolutely love, but if my favorite brands cost too much that week Iíll settle for the cheaper one.

What coupon myths have you heard that has changed your mind on whether or not coupons are worth your time?

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