My household has been doing some belt-tightening, so we recently stopped subscribing to the Sunday newspaper. My wife wants to try using online coupon sites (Coupons.com, Couponmom.com, Couponcabin.com, etc.) to print coupons for groceries and other household items. However, we're concerned about the risks associated with the online coupon sites. Here are my questions:
- How closely do the sites track your purchases? Do they keep a database of every purchase I make forever, or do they just track customer purchases in aggregate?
- Will I get more (snail) junk mail if I sign up with a coupon site?
- Most of the coupon sites seem to require that you download a coupon printing application. Have there been any reports of these applications installing mal-ware, unwanted toolbars, or other "hanky-panky" on users' PCs?
- Are there any coupons sites that I should definitely avoid?