Using Coupons – Can You Afford Not To?
Coupons have been around for decades, and there are many interesting accounts of people who’ve dedicated a lot of their time to saving as much money as possible on everyday items simply by using them.
Nowadays, the need to save money is almost becoming a national pastime – coupons have been given a new lease of life and are considered to be a very worthwhile means of cutting costs when making certain purchases. Coupons have also evolved into your social life and leisure activities, and with group coupon and voucher opportunities available, you are able to enjoy your favourite leisure activities at a more affordable price.
Reasons to get on the Coupon Bandwagon
If you’ve exhausted many of your money saving ideas already, then taking a closer look at the range of coupons available could see you stretching your savings even further. You could be making some much needed lifestyle changes into the bargain.
The following are five reasons to start using coupons:
1. Get focused for some real savings.
If you have been putting off buying certain things for a while, start hunting down relevant coupons. You will be surprised to see how much money you can save. In the past, people have often complained that they don’t use coupons because it encourages buying non-essential items. Deciding what you need to buy and going in search of relevant coupons will keep you on track when it comes to buying only what you need.
2. Donate and/or exchange.
So, you don’t own a dog, but you’ve found a coupon for a good saving on the dog food your neighbour buys. What do you do? Ask your neighbour if you can exchange something with her in return for the coupon, or donate the dog food to an animal charity. Encourage your friends and neighbours to get involved in coupon swapping.
3. Develop your taste buds for more healthy choices.
Coupons don’t necessarily mean that you have to make bad food choices. There are numerous coupons offering savings on healthy food too. Use this as a chance to ditch the bad stuff and get some healthier foods into your diet.
4. Planning means less waste.
If you’ve managed to get your hands on a lot of food related coupons, try planning your household meals strategically around the coupons you have. You could save a lot of money, and cut down on the amount of food waste in your household. In the case of non-perishable items, you could stockpile some foods that could save you quite a bit of money over the course of a year.
5. Coupons for Christmas and birthday gifts.
Start buying Christmas gifts early and save as much money as you can by using coupons for things you can give as presents. Buying up toiletries with money-off coupons would make fantastic additions to a nice pampering basket for someone’s birthday, or even for Christmas.
Stay Savvy with your Coupon Use
You may have turned your back on using coupons in the past, but when presented with some of the ideas above, coupons start looking like a very viable option of saving some real money. Remember, although it may seem like too little saving to warrant all the time spent in seeking out your coupons, over the course of a year, the money saved can really add up.
About The Author:
Amy Harris is a writer for FinancialTraining.co.uk – which helps British and international students find the right financial courses in London and the UK. Amy is an American expat herself, and enjoys helping people with their careers and planning.