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DO YOU USE COUPONS

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I read this today here on spark people wonder what you think....Just yesterday on of the teams I'm on asked the QUESTION DO YOU USE COUPONS....NOW I KNOW WHY I REALLY DON'T USE THEM....
DO YOU AGREE WITH THE ARTICLE.....

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Clipping coupons to trim your food budget might be bad for your waistline and your health, a new study suggests.

The study found that coupons offered by grocery stores often chop the costs of calorie-laden foods such as crackers, chips, desserts and sugary drinks. Relatively few markets discount lean meats, low-fat dairy products or fresh fruits and vegetables, the researchers said.

"We know from other studies that when you lower the price of foods, people buy more of them," said study author Dr. Hilary Seligman, assistant professor in residence at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. "When junk foods are the foods stores are lowering the prices of, we shouldn't be surprised that more of them are purchased."

The study, published this month in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, looked at more than 1,000 online coupons offered by six major chain grocery stores in April 2013.

Processed snack foods, such as chips, crackers and desserts, made up the largest slice of the coupon pie (25 percent). Meanwhile, 14 percent of coupons were for frozen dinners and other prepared meals; 12 percent were for beverages (half of which were for sugary juices and drinks); 11 percent were for cereals; 10 percent were for condiments, such as salad dressing and mayonnaise; and 8 percent plied customers with discounts on processed meats, such as hot dogs and bacon.

In contrast, only 3 percent of coupons lowered the costs of fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables, while 4 percent decreased the price of milk, eggs or yogurt. Only 1 percent trimmed the price of unprocessed meats.

THIS IS JUST PART OF THE ARTICLE YOU CAN READ THE REST IF YOU ARE INTERESTED...

SO DO YOU BUY THESE THINGS JUST BECAUSE OF THE COUPONS AND YOU CAN SAVE ON THESE PRODUCTS ....AND ARE YOU REALLY SAVING MONEY...

HAVE A HEALTHY DAY....


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  • JANEDOE12345
    When I start fiddling with the coupons I waste a lot of time and end up buying fancy brands. I used to use them for cleaning products and paper goods but found that generic brands do just as good a job and always cost less to start with. So I don't use them.
    2076 days ago
  • NORASPAT
    I do not use coupons. I do buy 2 for one at some of my grocery stores No coupons needed. We do not take a newspaper and I have tried to stop getting mail sent with coupons in it. Big waste of resources for me. Pat in Maine. Thanks KITT. How are you liking the snow ? emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2076 days ago
  • KMICHA
    I use coupons, but only for the items that are healthy or necessary. Toilet paper, kleenex, personal hygiene, milk, eggs, fruits, veggies, yogurt, . . . I don't buy items just because I have a coupon. I don't save a lot of $ but every little bit helps!!!

    Great blog Kitt!! And I agree, the majority of the coupons are for "bad" food!!!
    2079 days ago
  • -RUBIES-
    I use coupons for the items I want (healthy or otherwise). I don't use them the buy an item simply because it's a good deal.
    2081 days ago
  • SOCKITTOME
    I've been guilty in the past of buying things I didn't normally just because I had a coupon -- stupid thinking, eh? These days I don't generally bother with coupons, but occasionally will use them if I happen to have one for something I need. The ones I'm prone to use are for the specific brand of kitty litter I use, or for paper products, laundry supplies, and personal products. If there's a coupon for the things I normally buy, I'll use it, otherwise I don't bother.
    2081 days ago
  • SAISHA100CJ
    No, I do not use coupons. Great blog, Kitt.
    2082 days ago
  • AKATHLEEN54
    Exactly!! Read this post that was from another member....
    http://www.sparkpeopl
    e.com/resource/nutrition_articl
    es.asp?id=1235
    All good reasons to eat healthier!!
    2082 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    You are so right. I stopped using coupons years ago because they are for processed and unhealthy foods. I have gotten so out of the habit that when I find one for something I do use - say laundry detergent - I end up leaving it at home, or if I have it, forget to use it. emoticon So I simply don't bother anymore. Saves a lot of time clipping, and organizing, and at the check-out, too.
    2082 days ago
  • PINKNFITCARLA
    I use one of our grocery stores app for coupons and sales each week called, "just for you". There are personalized coupons that target items I buy and there are often "10% off all produce" or "buy one bag salad get the second free" along with many others for healthy items I do buy :-)
    2082 days ago
  • TRAILWALKERJO54
    I feel the article is misleading
    Coupons from manufacturers are for all foods ..
    Coupons from grocery stores are for all foods ...least here in Canada ..

    Plus now we have points for shopping and that can bring our total costs down to nil

    For example our Thanks Giving feast was free from the points we collected ...

    Coupon on Turkey made it half off too ..

    no if there is a way to not pay full price I will go for it..

    I will read the article ..

    even if I did have coupons for chips cookies -- I would not use it --- or if they were good I will buy them to save money --- and enjoy them -- not the whole box at once but a treat.. or proper portion..

    that is my spin on coupons or points.. but I will read the whole article

    thanks for letting my know about this emoticon
    2082 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Our market has its own coupons that you occasionally get @ the checkout and they routinely are for items I'm already buying like coffee, yogurt, creamer, fruits, veg, and facial tissue. I do use those.
    2082 days ago
  • LAINIESNEWLIFE
    Great article, Kitt!! Thanks for sharing! That would be why I rarely use coupons. Most of the coupons I see are for things I don't eat.
    2082 days ago
  • RAINBOWMF
    I only use coupons on Laundry products or stuff like window cleaner and paper products.

    I agree with the article.

    Mary
    2082 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    Don't use coupons for food items. As the article states correctly, most of them push processed food items, which is what I'm trying to completely eliminate from my diet.
    2083 days ago
  • KATHYJO56
    I never use a coupon just because I think it is a good deal. I do use coupons, but I only use them for products that I am going to use and this article was right-there are very few coupons for foods that are truly healthy.
    2083 days ago
  • SHANTODD420
    I use some coupons on things I buy. I am trying to buy healthier items for the kids cold lunches. They have both asked for jello, yogurt, and pudding now so looking for healthier versions of both.
    2083 days ago
  • PATTYCAKE17
    Great topic!! I love coupons and use them all the time. I use Peapod delivery service and shop their specials and discounted products as well. I keep to a somewhat strict but healthy food plan and have found that when you have the nutrition labels available, you can use coupons to find the "safe" items within most categories. There are "healthy and light" crackers, breads, cereals, condiments and dairy available, not to mention paper goods, vitamins, and cleaning supplies. I just discard or share the coupons I don't want, although I have made poor choices in the past. Still, I have a lot of fun shopping online and coupons are part of it. emoticon
    2083 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/29/2014 10:03:32 AM
  • BARBARAROSE54
    I don't use coupons either. And I do agree, it does entice you to buy a lot of processed unhealthy foods.
    2083 days ago
  • DRLMAZ
    I do not use coupons
    2083 days ago
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