By S. Shugars
Many people don’t like coupons. I’m one of them. But with BBQ season now upon us, this is the one time of the year that I do use coupons. If you go to the alcohol section of the grocery store, you will see that many of the wines, hard liquors and beers will have coupons offers for BBQ necessities – charcoal, chicken, hot dogs, ground beef, fish, buns, lighter fluid, etc – some of the things you wouldn’t think there would be coupons for.
You don’t even have to purchase the item in most cases to get the coupon value – just take the coupon off the alcohol. I realize there is some ethical considerations in this since the coupon is meant for the person who is buying the alcohol, but I use the following philosophy when using these.
I only take the coupon when there are plenty of other coupons available. I find it perfectly reasonable to assume that many people who buy the alcohol will not use the coupon and therefore won’t care if there is a coupon on the alcohol or not. If there are plenty of coupons still remaining, those who want the coupon will be able to find it and those who don’t will take ones without them. You’ll have to use you own judgement on this.
If you also will be purchasing alcohol, then there is no ethical considerations at all and you can get some great deals on BBQ meats – especially when meats are also being discounted. If you time your meat purchases with store discounts, your can get your BBQ meats close to free.
If you never heard of these before, you’re not alone. Many people don’t know they exist. The next time you are in your grocery store, wander to the alcohol section and take a look around. You’ll be surprised what’s available and you’ll have the perfect reason to do more BBQing this summer.