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I'm in Coupons Scholarship 2014. Entry-Arianna M.

Cool Coupons Mean Cool Deals

Being a college student, there are a variety of factors that influence my shopping strategies. First, I consider how expensive an item is. The fashion world is constantly changing and it is hard to keep up to date with current trendy outfits that are worn. Also, books and supplies are very expensive to the college population, and it is very beneficial to save money whenever possible. If an item is ridiculously out of my price range, I will most likely avoid buying the item because my bank account’s health is not stable enough to handle a large purchase. I would much rather save money for gas for my commute, books, or other supplies I may need for the upcoming school year. Coupons come in very handy while feeding my shopping wants because it is soothing to know the multiple items I could not afford altogether will be discounted if I spend over a certain amount. For example, if there are multiple shirt tops that catch my eye, but the total exceeds $50, then most likely I will walk away from this purchase. However, if there is a coupon that saves me 25% with a purchase above $50, my chances of purchasing the several shirts rise because I will not spend as much money. Coupons are very useful resources when shopping because they help land deals that not only make the shopper content, but also spare them from spending a large amount of money.

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Although coupons are very helpful, there are times when their use does not apply to me. Sometimes the expiration of a coupon may be too soon, the requirements in order to receive a discount are unrealistic to myself, or the form of purchase is not one I am fond of. There are times when coupons apply to my common areas of purchase; however, the expiration date may be quickly approaching and I will not be able to meet the deadline to save on my purchase. Rather than buying based on impulse in order to meet the coupon deadline, it is much more financially wise for myself to miss out on the deal that coupon is offering. Also, at times the “rules” or standard policies that apply to coupons may be unrealistic to my shopping style. For example, there are times when a certain dollar amount must be spent prior to receiving a discount. If I must spend $100 or more on accessories before I can apply my $10 coupon toward the purchase, I would much rather avoid the $100 purchase and slowly buy over time versus splurging merely to save a few bucks. It is important to ensure that I am buying items because they are of interest to my likings, rather than buying because I am more interested in the dollar amount I can save. Lastly, forms of purchases for coupons may not be ones I am fond of. I tend to avoid online shopping because there have been problematic situations in the past with receiving my products, and over time my trust level in online shopping has declined. Coupons that apply to stores’ online websites are of no use to myself because this is not a form of shopping I am comfortable with.

Despite some coupons having limited use, they are a big help in the long run. There is a positive influence coupons have in the buyer/shopper world for college students. Coupons are eligible for use for any human being, and can make shopping less intimidating with the save of money. I’m In’s endless list of coupon deals is a big helps to shoppers, and is very college student friendly. With the endless charges of tuition, books, supplies, gas, room and board, the coupon community will remain a large resource for the student population. There is no such thing as a bad coupon and there is never a bad way to save money. I’m In is a wonderful source for shoppers and students, and will definitely better the buying experience for anyone interested in saving a few dollars.

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