I have read so many articles where people claim that clipping coupons isn’t worth it and that it is too much effort. I’ll admit that there are time I feel like that. I wonder WHY am I clipping yet another insert? Well, the answer is simple – a penny saved is a penny earned.
It is my money darn it! I don’t know about you, but I work hard for my money. So, I don’t like to part with it willy nilly. I make sure it is first of all something I need and secondly, that I can get it for the lowest price possible. Sure, I may only save $0.25. But the way that I look at it — that is MY $0.25 and not the retailer’s. It’s all about keeping what you earn.
Pennies add up. I might only save $0.50 here and there, but if I save even just $1 every week, that is $52 in one year. Up that savings to $2 a week and that is a quick $100 in your pocket. Increase that even more to $10 a week and you are over $500 for the year! Think about what you could do if you had an extra windfall on January 1st of each year. I see ya smilin’!!!!!
Personal Challenge. I set a budget for groceries each week. Take that one step further — I set a CASH budget. While I may budget $200 (for example), I love to see if I can actually spend less than that. So for me, it’s a game. Every time I can have even $20 left at the end of my budget period, I feel like I won. It is my own little version of “Beat the Clock.”
Playing the Game. It is fun to see how many coupons I can match up each week and what deals I can get. I love to work the numbers, the deals and pay the LOWEST price I can. When I find a way to get something for free – or really close to it – I almost feel like yelling “BINGO!” Plus, seeing that I saved more than I spent is just so motivating!
It’s habit. The honest reason I now use coupons (in addition to the above of course), is that I don’t know how to shop without them. I’ve done so for such a long time now that I don’t know how to grocery shop without my binder in tow. The few times that I have had to dart into the store without the slip of paper in my hand, almost makes me feel like I am doing something I shouldn’t be. Hmmmm, maybe I’ve passed habit and am now an addict! LOL!
The reasons people use (or don’t use) coupons is personal. Some are extrme in nature and others are minimalistic. So, why do you use coupons? Is it for any of these reasons or another driving factor?