Coupons, Another Form of Money
As far as I'm concerned, coupons are just another form of money. It's money that someone gives you for free and you don't even have to work for it. You find coupons in your mailbox, online, in newspapers, and magazines. It's almost as if advertisers are begging you to take money from them.
I never could understand why people are embarrassed to use coupons. What's the big deal? It doesn't mean you are poor or stingy, it shows that you know the value of money. I've heard some people say that it's too much bother. I don't get that reasoning either. Granted it's not a ton of money, but it takes very little time or effort to use a coupon. Coupons can be used for so many different things that the amount you can save over a year can add up to a substantial amount of money.
Clipping, sorting, and carrying those little pieces of paper to the store with you does take a minimal amount of time, but it's well worth the savings. You wouldn't throw dollar bills or change into the trash. Why throw coupons away? That seems crazy to me. The ones online are really convenient also, because they can be printed out using very little ink or paper and some can be sent right to your phone.
You don't have to get carried away like some of those people that do the extreme couponing, but any coupon you use is money in your pocket. If you do want to extreme coupon, I'll be the first to give you a high-five. There are many sites online that will help you with getting the biggest bang for your coupon. They help you find stores that double coupons and match weekly ads with coupons you may have. Often you can find coupons online to match the ads also.
Think of all the 'real' money you can save by thinking of coupons as another form of money. You could put that money into a savings account or use it to pay down debt. It may not be a lot, but every little bit helps. It's free money so you might just want to get yourself a little treat.
If you don't already use coupons, I hope you now see the advantage of putting them to good use. They don't belong in a trash bin somewhere, they belong in your purse or wallet, just like real money.