Clipping Coupons

I just finished reading the Sunday newspaper and realized that for the last several months or so I’ve not found any coupons to clip from the paper.  And believe me, living on a limited income means searching for bargains wherever you can find them.

It seems the coupons are for things like expensive cleaning supplies I don’t use, air fresheners, ditto, lots of hair care, including coloring products, and junk food.  Today I managed to find a coupon for peanut butter and another for Progresso soups, which occasionally goes on sale, so if I’m lucky I’ll be able to combine the two before the coupon expires in January.

Has anyone else found it harder and harder to find usable coupons lately?

And speaking of searching for ways to keep expenses down, is anyone else a bit uneasy about being forced to use a grocery store courtesy card  to get the best deals?  I shop mostly at King Soopers (Krogers) and Albertson’s.  Albertson’s doesn’t require a card but I usually can only afford the items they have on sale.  King Soopers does use a card and if I’m careful I can get some really good deals.

Last year I read a very interesting book, Spychips, that I reviewed at Books and More Books.  One thing I remember reading in the book is that if marketing agencies get their way, and it’s looking more and more likely that they will, then RFID chips inserted into all sorts of products will mean poor people can be targeted and actually charged more for products than more upscale and regular customers.   Apparently these RFID tags will keep track of what and where you purchase and then stores won’t have to give the deep discounts to people who only buy sale products from them.

Sobering thought and only a few years ago it would have been unthinkable.  Thanks, George!


One Response to “Clipping Coupons”

  1. I have never done coupons because they have never seemed to have what I buy. I don’t like the cards but found some years back that I couldn’t turn down the cheaper prices that I got with them; so I have them now but am suspicious of them. I also don’t doubt the chips and it makes me uneasy. I think Bush was just a tool of those who had these things in mind. I hope some of these directions will be changed with Obama but sometimes it’s hard to go back even when we’d all be ahead if we did.

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