Using coupons is an effective way to save money. The savvy among us use them selectively, but with great frequency, often saving significant amounts of cash on a regular basis. There are, however, many people who scoff at the idea. They have their list of reasons why they do not coupon, most of which fall into the category of, “It’s not worth it.” This justification for inaction might seem appropriate but, more likely than not, it contrasts with the logic of other actions in their life. For those who claim cutting coupons is not worth the trouble, I offer this thought experiment as an alternative way to think about it.
Magazine Ads: Remember all those magazines you subscribed to and didn’t know why, yet you still have a 3-year subscription to “Man and Machines” that you’ll never read? Well, why should they go to waste? Forget the articles; check out the plethora of ads held within many weekly or monthly magazines to find great savings where you never even thought to look before.
This is one of the best places to find coupons and one of the most cost-effective ways to clip and use coupons as well. The cost of the coupons in comparison to the amount you pay for the entire paper is close to nothing, especially when compared to the cost of ink and paper when printing coupons. Printing coupons is still a cheap way to get just the coupons you need, but Sunday newspaper coupons offer the most coupons for the lowest price and time.
Be sure to save any unused Coupons. Take your unused coupons with you to the supermarket because many stores have a bin where you can dump your old Coupon Deals and other customers can use them. We’re all in this together after all!
Even when you are armed with coupons you are still going to want to comparison shop. Many times a different brand product in the same size will be less without a coupon than the item you have a coupon for. Buying the cheaper product will save you money in the end and that is what using coupons are all about in the first place.
Don’t forget about those entertainment coupons either. Always check your local papers and fliers for coupons to amusement parks, the zoo, shows, or any other around town activities. If you just take the time to hunt down coupons on the everyday items that you use and consume, you’ll no doubt soon begin to realize the budget stretching power of the coupon.
As an added benefit, you are doing your job in helping the environment. By only printing the coupons you want, you save thousands of trees from being needlessly cut down. Saving money and saving the environment at the same time; what could be better?