Why Use Coupons?
The answer seems quite obvious. To save money, duh!
So I guess the question is a little deeper than it seems.
Let me tell you a few reasons why I use coupons and shop smart.
One reason is that I like to save money. That's an easy one. Seeing your total working itself down from one number to one much lower just by handing over slips of paper is great! I don't run across too many people that wouldn't pick up a $5 bill laying on the ground right in front of them, but why are they not using coupons?
You could easily save $5 per shopping trip by doing it!
Another reason I use coupons and plan shopping trips carefully is to build a small stock of certain items. It is nice when we run out of toothpaste or body wash to just grab another one out of the closet. We have a running joke every time something like that runs out. We say, "oh, we're out of toothpaste, better go to CVS and get some for $4". The truth is, toothpaste, body wash and many other items are things that we simply do not pay for. Ever. Careful planning has allowed us to build a stockpile of these items and only replenish that stock when the items are free after coupons and sales. Building a stockpile can be important for many reasons. I recently took a large pay cut at work and being able to dig into our stockpile rather than go spend $25 is VERY nice right about now.
I have heard several stories about how a stockpile helped take families through a very difficult time due to lack of income. Also, when you are building a stockpile, you can periodically go through it and pick a bunch of stuff out to donate, giving you some great karma points! :D
Another thing that coupon users get to do is try new items out. If an item has a great coupon available, I will try that item out when I normally would never buy it.
I have found some items that I have started to buy on a regular basis just because, at one time, there was a great offer out there for it. That's a situation where everyone is winning!
One of my favorite things about using coupons is that it allows me to be very generous with people who I like. I love saving friends and family a few bucks and a trip to the store by giving them a tube of toothpaste and some contact solution! People generally get some type of door prize when they come over! Your stockpile can also be a bargaining chip. Need a favor from someone? $25 in free drugstore products make a good incentive! :D
There are many reasons to use coupons. We want people to know just how easy it is to use coupons and how it directly effects your wallet in a good way!
Why do YOU use coupons?