Jamie emailed with a great discussion topic:
I stopped getting the paper a while ago. Do you find that it is still worth it to get it for the coupons? I had been collecting the free mail outs but it doesn’t seem like the same coupons are in there and lately I haven’t even seen them like I used to. What have you found? Also, do you tend to get multiple copies of the same paper?
I’ve written before about how my grocery shopping habits have changed so that I’m not using as many coupons as I used to, but I think I may have only mentioned in passing that since we moved last year and have been busy renovating, I haven’t even started up a subscription to the newspaper at our new house! :/ I’m finding myself using ecoupons and shopping at Sam’s Club more and right now my biggest strategy for saving is cooking from scratch. I totally know I could save more if I used newspaper coupons, but I can’t do everything and that’s one of the things I stopped because I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to. There are other things that I can do to make the most of my grocery money that I actually enjoy.
I definitely think newspaper coupons are still a huge source of savings, and so I will continue doing coupon matchups with them, but I have the feeling that I’m not the only one whose coupon habits have changed, whether due to decreasing coupon availability or decreasing time to clip them or whatever!
What about the rest of you? How has your coupon use changed (to use fewer or more coupons!), and what has been the driving factor? Click here to comment.