Can Couponing Really Save You Money?
Absolutely, but only if you are buying things you really need or were going to buy anyway. Shopping with coupons has been around for a long time. Remember the S & H Green Stamps that were popular from the 1930’s through the 1980’s. I remember my mother collecting the stamps from grocery shopping and letting us redeem them to buy her a Christmas gift. I remember picking out the coolest item for her (I’m sure with her suggestion), and she got exactly what she needed for Christmas.
Thrifty moms and grandmas have been around forever. Today Couponing is very popular. There are Facebook groups all about couponing. If you get on a store’s email list, their coupons come right into your computer. You simply print off the one’s you want. Whenever I shop at a fabric or craft store, I always bring a coupon, even if it saves me ½ price on only one item. I do plan ahead and shop wisely to get the best for my money. Some women are serious coupon shoppers and can make their family’s budget stretch unbelievably.
However, be prepared, couponing does take some effort and planning along with self-control to not buy something just because it is on sale. Impulsive buying could destroy the whole purpose of using coupons, to save money.
So why pay more than you need to for items that you are already going to buy anyway. Maybe the money you save will allow you to buy something for yourself that you really need or simply will enjoy. So shop wisely, save money, be thrifty, and enjoy the experience.