Sunday, January 27, 2008

Photo 27 & my couponing soapbox speech

Its a little bit warmer here today, so Brandon decided to grill us hamburgers for lunch :)Other than that it's been a lazy Sunday around here, just the way I like it! My ebay auctions should end in about 4 hrs- I can't wait to see how well I did @ my 1st time ebay-ing for profit :)

I have a soap-box type issue to address :) So, here it is:

I love reading money saving mom and other couponing related blogs.
However, I can not stand it when people post/brag about using coupons in a fraudulent manner, and others draw attention to their 'couponing' practices even though it's unethical.
Case and point- super stacking coupons (using multiple $X amount off when you by $XX amount at CVS, etc) that are supposed to be one per purchase, or using coupons for items that they weren't intended to be used for.

Not only does this hurts the stores and manf. that offer us the coupons, but it makes stores/cashiers/etc. less trusting of couponers. It basically ruins it for the rest of us who try to use coupons in the correct way.
Just becuase a coupon 'goes through' on a product that it wasn't intended for- doesn't make it right!
(stepping off my soap box now)
Any opinions?

8 comments:

Make the Moments Count said...

I agree with you 110%. I've thought about stacking the CVS coupons, and just can't bring myself to do it. I feel SO guilty...like I'm stealing.

BTW...I've just recently started reading your blog. Looking forward to seeing how you do with the ebay thing. Good luck!

Michelle said...

I think I know what you are referring to, and I was wondering whether or not it was ok to use more than one of those money off coupons.

Erin Craig said...

Hey Sarah,

I have stacked the first time I went to CVS. Many things on Hot Coupon World say that you can stack. BUT I have since decided on my own that it didn't seem right and I don't like a lot of the things I read about cashiers vs. couponers. I am just happy to save some money at CVS I don't need to make money at CVS.
Thanks for the good topic!

Jennifer said...

I couldn't agree more! I was reading a blog where a lady saved hundreds and paid very, very little OOP. I think that will ruin it for the rest of us.

Something along the same lines, it irritates me when people don't follow homeschool laws. We homeschool and feel privileged to be able to do this. But, with other people not obeying the law (most states are friendly) then tougher laws will end up being made for us. :o(

Sarah said...

erin- HCW has now also followed suit and is against stacking. It is supposed to be in the works @ stores like CVS that offer those coupons to only allow 1 coupon per transaction.
It's fun to be a mod over there! :)

Vickie said...

Sarah,
Thank you for this info. I have just completed my second CVS this past weekend and poured over posts to understand how to do it. I believe that I have done it wrong after reading your post. I had coupons in my hand and told the manager I was not sure how to do it and he took them and handled it for me. Probably took pity on me because I was so sick and had NO reason to be out doing that. I read your post last night and am glad I did.

I think those of us that are starting out look to others to see how to do it. I was horrible at word problems in Math so I want to see a visual of what to do. I guess that is where I messed up.

I appreciate you getting up on your soap box....I have come to far in life to mess up my witness now trying to coupon and save my family family! :)

Blessings,
Vickie

Allison said...

Just wanted to let you know that I don't stack. :)

Jenn said...

Sarah, I love your blog! I found it through Allisons' blog.

I joined HCW a couple weeks ago and LOVE it! I am totally against stacking and think it hurts us all in the long run.

I am a Pediatric SLP-graduated in 2000 and loved seeing your supply closet and Praxis exam (as long as I'm not the one taking it). Your posts brought back lots of memories for me! Good luck!

Jennifer (jenncslp@gmail.com)