I am a couponer. I love getting things at a discount. Couponing is a privilege that many people are abusing and it is affecting everybody. Here are a few tips that will help you coupon ethically.
1. Please do not misuse a coupon. If a coupon says that it is for a specific item do not use it on anything that brand sells. Example: using a white strips coupon ($10) on a tube of toothpaste. That was not the way the coupon was intended. Eventually companies will figure this out and withdrawal their coupons for that item.
2. Please do not sell your couponed items. Donate unused items, teach someone how to coupon, or don’t buy what you won’t use. Cheating the system is wrong.
3. Do not buy insane amounts of items (Shelf clearers). If you have ever watched extreme couponing you know what I am talking about. People buying 100 packages of mustard or 1,000 tubes of toothpaste. That leaves nothing for the people who just want to buy one. If you have a large amount to buy call the store ahead of time, so you can buy the items without clearing the shelves.
4. Please get coupons in ethical ways. When you buy a paper out of a machine, take one and leave the rest. In my neighborhood, they actually stopped using those machines. Don’t dumpster dive, most recycling dumpsters help non profits and you are taking away that money. Start or join a coupon train where people trade coupons that way you don’t have to buy them either.
Any more tips you would add to this? Leave me a comment- I would love your feedback.