A few weeks ago, I asked readers to share the reasons you use coupons. I received so many interesting responses! Here’s a sampling:
I clip coupons from the Sunday paper for the same reason I bend over and pick up a coin on the ground. A little here, a little there, it all adds up.
Why do I use coupons? I use coupons because they are great! You take a few minutes even of your leisure time and save. I love saving because I love to shop for clothing. I may just be 22 years old, but when I was growing up everything was cheap from train fare, to candy, to chips, and now nothing is the same. I want to save all I can! In the future I want to have children and I know it’s expensive, so I want to save on diapers, clothes and anything and everything I can. So that’s why I coupon. I love when my bill is $100 and the cashier starts scanning coupons. The price gradually starts dropping!
I love to use coupons, and I think it’s because it gives me such a great feeling. The stores and the manufacturers are all looking to make the most profit off of us so anytime I get something at a good discount, like using two coupons on a BOGO [buy one, get one], I feel like I’ve ‘won.’ The absolute best is when I get those rare $10 off $10 or more coupons at the department stores and walk out with one or two items totaling less than a dollar. I once paid three cents for a skirt, my own personal best! Stay encouraged as you continue your work in helping us coupon the best and right way!
We paid our 40-year mortgage off in less than 20 years, and a big part of that was saving with coupons. I am the person who picks up every penny I see on the ground. It only takes 100 pennies to make a dollar! Silly as it seems, all my “found money” goes in a savings account. I have done this for years and years. While people around us complain about money, they would never guess our house is completely paid for. I am frugal but not “cheap.” I simply don’t waste money on things that are unnecessary.
You may laugh, but I think one of my neighbors spends more on scented candles for her house than I do for our entertainment budget each month.
I don’t waste money on things we don’t need, but I always shop with grocery coupons and use many of the techniques you have shared in your column. Stock up when prices are low. I often get groceries for half the regular price with a sale and a coupon. I really think people who don’t use them are just throwing money away.
I’m often reminded of the adage, “You can spend money to save time or you can spend time to save money.” We do pay a lot for convenience – look what a soft drink costs at a restaurant. Our family has always made a habit of ordering water to drink when we’re out to eat, simply because drinks can add $10 or more to our bill.
Reader Dan uses a similar tactic for sporting events:
We love going to pro sports games, but prices for beer, food and soft drinks are just outrageous. The last time we went to an NFL game, a cup of hot cocoa was $11 at the stadium! So, whenever we are headed to a game, we make a point to stop at a fast food place or a convenience store to get food and drinks, and then have them before we go in. Whatever it costs, it’s cheaper.
I’m always interested in hearing how my readers are saving money, so keep your thoughts and suggestions coming!
Jill Cataldo, a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three, never passes up a good deal. Learn more about Super-Couponing at her website, www.jillcataldo.com. Email your own couponing victories and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.