I have a theory about coupon values. My theory is this... "the harder they are to find, the higher the value will be."
For example, the coupons you find in the store in the little blinkie machines are generally low value coupons. They will be something similar to $0.55 WYB 1 (will not double) or $1.00 WYB 4 (basically $0.25 off each item). Those coupons are easy to find. For goodness sake, they are right next to the item and have a big flashing light on them. You can't miss it, right?
On the total opposite extreme are coupons that you have to work for. They are online printables not usually found at the popular printing sites or coupons that come via home mailers. These coupons are difficult to track down or you must make a request in order to receive them.
In my opinion, coupon values are based on how easy or difficult they are to find. Below is my ranking on coupon values from highest to lowest.
(1) HIGH VALUE - (7) LOW VALUE
- Home mailers/requested coupons
- Brinks printables
- Manufactuer website printables
- Printables from popular sites like Coupons.com
- Newspaper coupons (varies by region)
- Peelies/Product Packaging
Of course, there are always coupons which are exceptions to this rule. Besides, a coupon is a coupon and they all help us to save money in some way. Remember, the trick to making coupons work to your advantage is to wait to use them until the item is already on sale.
Do you find this theory to be true as well? Feel free to confirm or shoot down my assumption. It is just a theory after all and theories need to be proven.