Nick over at Punny Money decries what he terms the science fiction of coupons:

I acknowledge that coupons exist (much like groundhogs, oak trees, and faeries exist), but I don’t believe that using them religiously is a good way to save money.

In particular, Nick complains that:

  1. Coupons make people buy things they don’t need.
  2. Coupons are rarely the best option for saving money.
  3. Coupon-clipping is not worth the time.

He is going to try clipping coupons for thirty days, but is skeptical that it will yield results.

I think he’ll be surprised.

It’s true that coupon shoppers need to be careful not to buy things that they otherwise would avoid, but for the most part coupons are a valuable tool in the frugality arsenal.

My wife and I use coupons at several local stores. She is a master of grocery store discounts. We often bring a full cart home for $60 or $70. Even the clerks make comments about how much we manage to save. I take advantage of the deals at the local farm store. I check the paper every week to see if there are coupons for the products I purchase: yard tools, plants, clothing. A few times a year, I’m able to use coupons to save $20 or $40 at a time! Together, we clip coupons for the local hardware store. I feel guilty sometimes at how much we save there — we’ve walked out with $40 worth of merchandise for $5.

I’ll wager that the folks at Punny Money will be coupon addicts before the month is out.