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I'm in Coupons Scholarship 2014. Entry-Alyssa K.

I believe that if you have coupons or even just one coupon you will be influenced by it. There is nothing wrong with using coupons. In fact many families have turned to clipping or printing coupons due to the poor economy and the increase in the unemployed. It is always a good idea to use your resources when it comes to saving money, especially in this economy. The only problem with using a coupon is not all coupons are good! Some coupons lead you to believe you are spending less when in all actuality you end up buying more than you would have. Some of the most popular coupons are “buy one, get one free” or “half off.” These coupons in particular influence you to buy more products then you intentionally plan on and therefor have you spend money. Although if it is a particular item you use a lot of and you have the extra room to store it, then it would be a good idea to use it. The “trick” to saving money with coupons is being smart about it. More people need to be aware of their budgets and what coupons help them personally. Every person is different therefore each coupon can help each person in a different way.

There are many different ways coupons can influence not only where you shop but also when. Many places have competitors that they are competing against to try and win your business. They try to offer you many different ways to save as much money as you can at their store specifically. A lot of stores will even have extremely low sales for short periods of time to get you to come in and shop at their store. Some are even teaming up with online coupon sites so it is easier for you to get their coupons. All you have to do is search what you are looking and then print out those specific coupons. My personal favorite type of coupon is the kind you can have directly on your phone. Target is one example of this.  They have an app out that allows you, as you shop, to put items in your cart and click on the items as you go along. When you get to the check out, the cashier can scan your barcode from your phone and you instantly save. Target and other stores also show you the amount you have saved at the bottom of your coupon, but they don’t stop there!  Along with handing you your receipt they also hand you coupons that are printed out at the end of your purchase. These coupons are selected based on what you buy in hopes they can give you coupons that will influence you to come back and continue shopping with them.

A note from us at I’m In: The I’m In Coupon App makes it easy for you to access coupons for in store savings. The power is in the palm of your hand!

One thing everyone thinks of when they hear the word coupons is those extreme couponders. Along with thinking about these couponders we get the feeling of frustration. Getting stuck in line behind them or being a cashier and having to go through each coupon. Although I feel like at the same time we all feel a bit of jealousy.  I have seen many people bring their total down over fifty dollars or even more using coupons. Even though using an extreme amount of coupons has its advantages it also has its disadvantages. Many extreme couponders spend countless hours cutting and trading coupons with each other and on top of all the time they are spending they also have to be prepared for all of the extra room they need. Due to the specifications of the coupons a lot of times you have to buy multiples of one item in order to get the discount. Because of this you have to make room to store all of the surplus until you come to the time when you need to use it.

With all of this being said I believe coupons do influence you in many ways, however there is an art to couponing.

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