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How to Avoid Coupon Fraud

Coupon fraud, the act of using a coupon illegally, isn’t something that most couponers ever want to commit. Aside from the fact that fraud is unethical, getting caught can carry very steep penalties. Avoiding coupon fraud might seem like a big task to a new coupon user, but it’s really not. Take a look at the tips below to learn how to avoid coupon fraud before you plan your next shopping list.

How to Avoid Coupon Fraud

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Always double check your policies. Coupon policies change often so if it’s been a while since you shopped at a particular store, call or log onto their website to double check their policy. If the policy has changed, it’s a good idea to print out a new copy so that you can easily reference back to it.

Never use a fake coupon. Using fake coupons is just like using fake money. You wouldn’t do that knowingly would you? I would hope not. Always double check that your coupons are real, especially if you do any coupon trading with your friends or online.

Always Buy the Correct Item. Coupons are very specific about which items they can be used for. Using it for an item that isn’t listed is fraud – plain and simple. Always stay within the limits of the coupon to be sure that you’re not committing fraud.

Always follow coupon limits. These days it’s not uncommon to see a coupon limit you to the number of times that it can be used per day, transaction or purchase. Make sure that you’re following these rules set out by the manufacturer because if you’re not? You guessed it. Coupon fraud.

Always follow expiration dates. Expiration dates are there for a reason. Unless your store honours expired coupons, using them past their expiration date is fraud. Stay within the dates to be sure that you’re not doing anything wrong.

Avoiding coupon fraud is really simple when it comes down to it. Use the coupon correctly, as it is written and according to the stores policies and you’ll be okay. If you try to use it in any other way than its intended, chances are you’re going to run into a situation where you are committing fraud.

Check out my other posts about couponing and saving money: 17 ways to save money on groceries, how to save money on groceries with Checkout 51, why I’m not price matching anymore, how to price match with flyers, 10 sites to find coupons online in Canada, 20 ways to save money on electricity, how to save money shopping online and four apps to save money on groceries in Canada.

Say NO to coupon fraud!

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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