I use coupons for grocery shopping, but when it comes to clothing and accessories I don't find coupons so helpful. That darn fine print makes them so hard to use. I'm always getting coupons in the mail for department and mall stores that say I can get $15 off my purchase of $75 or more. I guess the coupon could be useful if I actually planned on spending $75, but, come to think of it, it's not really that simple either. I can never use the coupon on sale or clearance items or on the brands I really want to buy. I also can't combine coupons or count sales tax toward the total.
There have only been a few rare occasions where I got a use a coupon because I was actually planning to spend enough money at one store. However, I'm sure still had to buy some mints at the register to make the coupon quota.
Do coupons entice you to buy something more expensive or add items to you shopping bag to get the deal? Or do you ignore the coupons unless they meet your needs?