User Beware: Coupons May Cost You More Than They Save

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You’ve seen them. They come in a variety of forms and sizes: from the big cardboard mailers Bed Bath & Beyond sends out to the credit card like design used by Office Depot to the standard old thin-stock magazines that come in the weekend paper. I’m talking about coupons, which are seen as a way to save money on anything from grocery items to restaurant meals, office supplies, clothing and personal services. Some people have even made a side hustle of collecting and selling coupons on the web, while a few have even developed methods of using coupons to get stores to actually pay them and still others have made small fortunes teaching people how to be an “extreme coupon” clipper. You do, however, need to be careful, as sometimes coupons can cost you both time and money rather than saving you.

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For Your Everyday Household And Personal Care Spending Check Out This Place

When it comes to your everyday purchases, household and personal care items specifically, you have plenty of options like discount drug store types like CVS and Walgreens; large chains like Target or Wal-Mart, club stores like Sams, Costco or BJ’s, or your local supermarket. Well, let me tell you that I found another option for you to consider. An option that will probably be a better value on an everyday basis, and one that you probably didn’t even know existed: Bed Bath & Beyond. Sure you know them as being the bedding, bath, kitchen and entertaining retailer, but many of their stores are now retro-fitted with a drugstore-type section, and it is a tremendous value in certain areas.

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What, You’re Too Cool To Save Some Money?

Ok, so maybe you are just that damn special and cool that you don’t need to think about saving money. Maybe whenever you approach a door, a red carpet rolls out for you and photographers appear to document your arrival. Perhaps trumpets blare and crowds part as you approach entrances. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re so vane and image-conscious that you dare not allow anyone to catch you handing anyone a coupon–whether it be a waiter/waitress, supermarket cashier, retail clerk…anybody.Keep going…