We follow lots of coupon blogs and subscribe to more couponing newsletters than you can shake a stick at. But that doesn’t mean we like all of them. Sometimes we follow them just to see what they’re doing wrong!
Here are two coupon blogs we follow and the reasons why we think you should be careful if you’re following them, too.
The Krazy Coupon Lady – Surprised that she’s first on our list? We must be krazy, too, right? After all, she’s been on TV, she’s written books, and she has millions of followers. Pffffftt! We think she’s full of … a lot of hot air.
Yes, she puts out a lot of money-saving advice and information. But here’s what we don’t like about The Krazy Coupon Lady…
She’s very misleading in the way she presents her match-ups and deals, especially her CVS, Target and Walgreen’s deals – or any other store that has a rewards program. She tells your “final price is..” based on the Rewards points you get when you purchase but she glosses over the fact that you have to actually buy the products first and that means you have to spend money. Here’s an example, here’s one of her CVS deals for 12/22-12/24:
Buy 2 Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm $5.99, regular price Buy 2, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1, Valid 12/22-12/24 Use one $5.00/2 – Almay Cosmetic Products, excludes trial/travel size – (coupons.com) Pay $6.98, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks Final Price: $0.99 each, when you buy 2
The “final price” is NOT $0.99 when you buy 2. The final price is $6.98 – that’s how much you have to spend to earn $5 ExtraBucks that you can only spend if you go back to CVS and spend MORE money.
Conclusion: Follow her for the information she provides but beware and read between the lines!
Couponaholic.net – We’re not sure exactly who the Couponaholic is but we’re almost certain he’s covered with slime and lives under a rock. This guy is, in our opinion, the very reason stores look down on couponers and the very reason some couponers never really manage to save any money.
First, like The Krazy Coupon Lady, he misleads his readers with his matchups and deals. It’s not even necessary to link to a specific blog post because all of his posts read the same. He tells you you’ll save some outrageous percentage but he glosses over the fact that you have to spend money first before you get those rewards points or wait 10 weeks until your mail-in rebate arrives.
But here’s why we really despise this guy – He cheats the stores and the manufacturers, and that’s what gives couponing such a bad reputation.
In that blog post he tells about how he was disappointed with a mail-in rebate for a Blood Glucose Monitor he bought at Walgreen’s. The mail-in rebate form said he’d only be reimbursed for his out-of-pocket cost, and since he’d used reward points to buy the monitor it didn’t really cost him anything out-of-pocket. So he was going to return it and get a refund on a Walgreen’s gift card – for the full price!
Conclusion: Stay away from this guy. All of his blog content is designed to get you to click on a printable coupon (and when you do, he makes money.) Even if his matchup information is accurate, he gives couponers a bad name and doesn’t deserve your support.