Why clearances and coupons don’t translate into savings
Store coupon apps, savings cards and sales make it easier to shop for deals, which usually cause you to spend money on stuff you never planned on buying.
Don’t confuse “clearance” with “necessity.” Just because that shirt is 70 percent off does not mean you need to buy it. Shoppers often get overwhelmed with great deals and end up spending money on things they have no need for. Instead of getting drawn into these sales, buy only what you need and go shopping with a list in hand of what you plan to get.
Extreme couponing can leave you extremely broke. Great, you have a coupon for $10 off a new vacuum. That doesn’t mean you need a new vacuum, though. If a coupon compels you to buy a more expensive brand or more than one of an item, it’s more than likely not worth it. Only use coupons for items you typically buy anyway — shopping lists are just as important while couponing as they are while shopping.