Using coupons when shopping for groceries and paper products is a great way to save money. It’s also a less expensive way to try a new item that you may have been hesitant to buy in case you didn’t like it. Unfortunately, many coupons are for more expensive products or processed foods. It’s easy to get caught up in the trap of buying a name brand item, using a coupon, and not checking to see if the generic one is cheaper.
In addition, although processed foods are certainly easier, they are not always good for you. Check the labels before you buy. Many of them have high levels of sodium and too much fat. What’s the point of saving money on food if you are sacrificing your family’s health? Generally, preparing your meals from scratch will be healthier and cheaper.
By being a smart shopper and comparing prices and labels, you can enjoy the benefits of coupons without giving in to their temptations.