Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Coupon Crackdown

I was just watching a report on the news this evening about the crackdown on coupons in Canada. This news couldn't come at a worse time for me as I am just getting into couponing and the Canada Post strike is finally over.

Retailers and manufacturers are apparently going to now be adding new stipulations on new coupons coming out soon. People will no longer be aloud to combine manufacture coupons with coupons found on products in the stores. An example of why this is bad for couponers, I have a $1 off coupon for Lysol toilet bowl cleaner that I found on the product, I also have a $1 off coupon from websavers, allowing me to buy the product for $0.50. With the new crackdowns that Canadian retailers are said to put in place in the near future, couponers may soon not be aloud to combine coupons for purchases anymore. This news is of course sad for us Canadians who are unable to purchase more then one of the same products at the same time due to restrictions on the coupons. These restrictions have been in place in Canada for many years now (the limit of one coupon per purchase), but some American manufactures are now talking about following the Canadian coupon policies to help crackdown on the extreme couponers.

Some statistics for you:

In 2010 there were over 3.3 billion coupons redeemed, down from 2009 at 4.4 billion. A news report revealed that more than 70% of those coupons redeemed were from people who are classified as Extreme Couponers. These extreme couponers are said to clear products off shelves for regular consumers and upset predictable supply and demand for stores, which isn't sitting well for some retailers.

It will be a sad day for me and many couponers alike the day manufactures and retailers start restricting coupon use even more. I partly blame TLC's Extreme Couponing show for bring light to maufactures for how many products are being consumed by extreme couponers, but I also have to thank TLC for getting me into couponing. The show is just amazing and I continue to be in aw of the show and believe it has made me more of a smart shopper than anything.

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  1. I agree. I think the show has been good and bad. It's been good b/c it has gotten people to start "couponing" and watching how much money they are spending on grocerys like you've said. But it's bad b/c it's showing companys about coupon fraud and how much money they are losing...so it's good and bad imo!

  2. Thanks for your comment! I have heard of some of the changes they are making to the new coupons coming out. It seems they are making it harder for us to coupon, but they will still be there.

  3. A truely smart shopper doesn't go to grocery stores at all. A "smart" shopper goes to local farms and supports local growers for all their vegitable, meat and dairy needs or better yet grows their own garden.

    A smart shopper finds local producers of non GMO non toxic supplies such as soaps and bathroom and cleaning supplies instead of supporting the the worlds 4 largest controllers of global food supply. Just sayin'