cxywn wrote: Store cards yes we have them, too. But not coupons as commonly used in the U.S. - those little boxes with dashed borders and big red "$1.00 OFF!!! BUY 1 GET 1 BUY 100 GET A KISS" tucked on the corners of magazine advertisements. Sometimes I wonder that many Americans, the most well-off denizens of the planet, still have time to clip such things and save some little money. Or perhaps that thriftiness was what made them great in the first place By the way I'm personally happy with it (my main job is designing print ads with coupons for a publisher in Connecticut).
LOL not all of us Americans are that well off, hon. Not sure what channel you're watching.
Actually, back some years ago, when I was still with the "ick ex", I found I had to cut some major corners. (He was always out of work and had child support payments.) And I worked a full time plus two part time jobs, had a kid to take care of, and a father with dementia, and two households to take care of.
I studied this one lady's tactics, applied them, and wound up saving a mint! I could do upwards of $500 plus in groceries and step out of the store only paying $8 or $9 and sometimes only $4 or $5...with coupons. Not savings cards (which are a bit too hyped here). Learned how to shop in bulk, too, for the every day items (toilet paper, soap, shampoos, etc.). It takes a bit of strategy, some patience, and determination. ROFL But I can tell you, for those of us who are not blessed with a large bank account...it sure pays off.
edit to add: Actually the fraud issue is prevalent here, too. But the stores I've shopped at over the years have sure stepped up, and not too many can get away with it. Of course, there are always people who will try to slip in expireds, or one extra product. But for the most part, the stores do a decent job catching the bad guys.