Once reserved for the elderly and frugal, coupons are once again making a comeback. But, not all of them are created equal. In fact, some coupons might not save you any money at all. We all know money is tight these days, and there are many people out there who are trying to make a buck off of your desire to save a buck. In an effort to make trips to the grocery store easier on the wallet, more people than ever are turning to coupons.
But gone are the days of just cutting them out of the Sunday paper. Now, people are surfing the internet for deals. Online searches for coupons have shot up 160% since the recession began. But finding deals online might not be all it's cracked up to be... Watch out for fraudulent coupons. They're popping up everywhere, and that's why your favorite local grocery store might not accept your online coupon. Market Street United says they've seen too many fraudulent coupons come through their store, so they don't accept any online coupons, just to be safe. We spoke with Albertson's and WalMart which both say they reserve the right to turn down any coupon they do not think is legitimate.
Spotting a fake isn't hard, if you know what to look for. Stay away from coupons that offer something for free, without making you buy anything first, like one we found on eBay... Buy it for six bucks and you'll get a free 50-ounce bottle of Tide. Also, watch out for coupons that offer large discounts on inexpensive products. We found one online that was for $4 off any Quaker product. Fake coupons will often times will lack an expiration date or the barcode will be blurry. One of the easiest ways to make sure your coupons are the real deal... Only print them off websites that require a coupon printer... That's a sure sign you aren't getting ripped off.