It's really based on the value of your time for each hour. I'm self-employed, and I can use 2 or 3 hours to save $5 on foods we REALLY use, or I can use those 2 or 3 hours to generate more income by accepting another project.
Most foods we eat don't come with coupons, and neither do the non-food items we use.
Since we don't really get coupons in the newspaper here, I have a different point of view. Here, usually when we find coupons its because we're on a email mailing list for the producer of said product or its in a magazine.
Whether it was a newspaper or magazine, I wouldn't buy it specifically for the coupon(s). Ultimately, I think regardless of how you obtain your coupons, they work best if you aren't just looking at the saving from the coupon - but also use the coupon when the product is on special if you can. Personally, I see no point in using a coupon on a product if I know that the price after using a coupon is the same as or near to the price of the item when its on special.
Yes coupons save me money, but I only save coupons for items that I use already, unless it is a free coupon to get me try something. I don't buy extra papers for coupons, although if there is a really good coupon in the paper I may ask friends for theirs. We get a coupon flyer weekly here and I check it out and save the coupons that I know I will use. I keep them in a small envelope in my purse. I never have more than 5-6 in there at a time so don't usually have to worry about the expiry dates on them. I also check to see if using the coupon makes the price lower than a generic/store brand if we don't mind the store brand.
plus I think I would sooner clip coupons while watching tv than mopping the floor lol.
Yeah, i completely agree with you. I get the Sunday paper with all of the coupons anyways, so i'm not paying extra just to have them.
I think coupons can be a great thing, but most of the time I take advange of the Buy one get one free deals that my grocery store (publix) has weekly. They seem to have a better discount than anything, that is if i actually use the product.
The commissary usually hands out cuopon books and flyers on the weekends when I do my shopping so I grab them for free.
I'll usually spend Sunday cutting out what I'll need while DD naps and DH watches tv.