One of the biggest tips I can give someone who likes to coupon is this: avoid deals that people advertise as “RUN!” or “Run, don’t walk!”. Aside from being utterly annoying, they are usually pointless items.
When I say run, I mean run! DON’T WALK!
You’re probably thinking, “Whoa, this must be good! ” Right?
Well, this awesome deal that you are supposed to speed to the store before everyone buys them all up is for:
One single pouch of free squeezable mashed up fruit at–
wait for it…
TOYS R US.
Why this is wrong, for so many reasons:
1. Not many people live down the road from a Toys R Us. I personally live 20 minutes from one. That’s not worth my gas or time. Actually, it isn’t worth your gas or time even if you actually lived inside of Toys R Us.
2. I, like many couponers, am the parent of a small child. He’s two and he’s always with me, because I stay at home with him. I am never taking that child to a toy store for a free pouch of mushy fruit and no toy. That would be like asking for a temper tantrum.
So, here’s a tip for all of you that have thought about couponing, new to couponing, or have been couponing for a while:
There are a lot of great blogs out there that advertise great deals. Running to a store for any product is not necessary. If you go to the store every time you see a “HOT” deal posted, you will be wasting so much time and money. Not to mention, your anxiety increases and you may find yourself in “panic” mode to get to the store. Then a lot of times when you actually make it to the store, they are already wiped out of that item from a greedy extreme couponer.
Every day there are deals everywhere- even ones that nobody advertises. Don’t ever rush to any destination. A lot of people have joked that they have gotten speeding tickets while in “panic mode” to get to the store for a good deal. Sure, it’s funny that they spent over $100 on a speeding ticket for a free $3 item. But they were lucky that they did not cause an accident.
There are always going to be the ones that fly into attack-mode when they see a deal. Don’t let yourself be one of them. Show sophistication and poise. You will be happier than the ones walking out of the store with a shelf full of free mashed fruit pouches.