WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Remember a few years back when couponing was all the rage, and even spawned some reality shows?
But coupon use is now dropping off sharply. Those couponing shows are disappearing faster than Honey Boo Boo.
And one reason, according to a new report, is that most of them are duds.
Many Shoppers Frustrated
You're not the only one who's gotten frustrated by today's grocery coupon offerings.
A report from the money saving website "Credit Donkey" says they don't always save you money, and can lead to unhealthy habits.
It says many of today's coupons:
Unless you run a restaurant, do you really need three bottles of ketchup?
Doesn't That Stink?
But from the "doesn't that stink" file, the main reasons the couponing craze has been waning.
Most coupons are for unpopular items, that are not selling well, instead of things like Tide and Cheerios.
Finally, stores are limiting the number of coupons you can use per trip.
Sure, you can still find some good coupons -- such as for laundry detergent or vitamins-- but they are fewer and fewer.
Alternatives to Couponing
Many stores are transitioning to digital coupons.
It's often worth signing up for a store's coupon offerings, sent directly to your phone or Inbox.
Also consider apps that give you rebates for buying certain items such as Ibotta or ReceiptHog.
If your paper coupons are just for things you would never buy otherwise, then it may be a case of don't waste your money.