Don’t Fall for False Coupons

What: If you’ve ever gone to a store with a coupon in hand, ready to save some money, and then discovered your coupon was faulty or expired, you’re not alone. According to a survey by Harris Interactive (commissioned by, 95% of shoppers have found themselves in this situation. But instead of ditching the purchase entirely, 72% of that group will go ahead and lay the extra dough down. Same sort of statistics go for online shoppers and online coupons, but with 57% vs 72% following through with the purchase.

The best ways to avoid overpaying for items is to go with online coupons over printable coupons (as you can often find a replacement if something doesn’t work out), and to ensure the coupon discount is applied before you checkout – not afterward. And once you’re stuck with a crappy coupon, don’t give up! Forget the purchase, or shop around for an item with a cheaper price tag.

What They Say:

“Purchasing items at full price despite attempts to save money encourages the distribution of faulty coupons, which not only wastes consumers

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  1. Lyrik162 says

    Definitely happened to me! BUT some stores (like New York and Company) will apply the discount if you purchase the item and bring the coupon in the next day!

  2. Stella says

    I’ve found that many coupon websites keep expired or broken codes up to make it look like they have a lot of codes.  That’s why I mainly use for online coupons, because they take deals down when they expire.  Makes it much easier to find a valid promo code!

  3. Sindy says

    Expired coupon….ask the store if they will take it anyways, the worse they will say is no, but I have to say I get a lot of yes we will let you use it.  If they do say no, most of the time I do not buy the item. What is so important that I can not go home and search the internet or ask around to see if some one has a coupon I can use.

  4. Sindy says

    If I have a coupon that expired not to long ago, I will ask if the store will honor it anyway.  I know the worse they can say is no, but a lot of stores will say yes. And, yes I will leave a purchase.

  5. says

    Man how many times have i fallen for the 70% off and miss the tiny “upto” and get excited when i see 9.99$ and miss the “from” on sale boards.

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