A year or so ago, couponing was in full swing. Everywhere you looked in the stores, you saw many people trying to coupon, or even extreme coupon. Lately I’m noticing that couponing seems to be wearing off. Sale items aren’t disappearing from the shelves as quickly and couponers aren’t so prevalent in the stores.
Is it because people are realizing that what is shown on Extreme Couponining isn’t real? Is it because the Extreme Couponing show is now turning into extreme coupon fraud? The Coupon Information Center has even issued a Retailer Alert alerting retailers to the violations on the show. If you are couponing so you can be like the people on the show, you’ve probably become very discouraged. Couponing like that isn’t real. Numerous counterfeit coupons were used on several episodes in order to get the discounts.
Is it because the coupon policies at the stores have gotten stricter? This unfortunately is a side effect of coupon abuse.
Is it because the coupons aren’t as great lately or due to stores such as Aldi popping up offering lower prices but no coupon acceptance? I have no clue.
For me, I haven’t stopped couponing. Honestly, my stockpile is established and so I’m able to shop infrequently to just replenish my stockpile. Also since finding out about my son’s soy allergy last fall, I haven’t been able to buy as many processed foods, which really is great for our family. I often say his soy allergy was the best thing to happen to our family.
Do you think couponing has changed in your area? Have you changed the way you coupon? Leave a comment and tell me your thoughts.