Whether it is a click, tap or a snip, coupons most certainly influence my purchasing decisions. I can’t explain it, but I get a certain sense of satisfaction when I use a coupon. I think it makes me feel like I almost got something I should not have. I come from a long line of professional couponers, so I guess you could say it is in my blood. I am pretty sure my mom had me couponing when I was four or five years old. Honestly, couponing has taught me more skills than some might imagine. For instance, there is the preparation stage. I rarely even consider making a purchase without taking a moment to long into my phone or computer to check what is available in the way of a coupon before I go shopping. I don’t just stop at one coupon, I always want more. The thrill of “stacking” two or three coupons and watching the clerk’s eyes as she stares at the register in disbelief is so fun. I have learned math skills by calculating percentages and tax and learned to weigh options between online couponing and in-store couponing as sometimes it makes more sense to do one or the other.
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Couponing equals buying satisfaction is what I believe. I always feel so much better about any purchase if I use a coupon. I do not come from money and have had to work hard to earn what I have. Like anybody, I enjoy nice things and shopping, but I don’t always have the funds to buy what I want. I save, research and coupon. There is a real sense of satisfaction knowing that I feel like I got the best deal I could have possibly received. I love not having buyer’s remorse when I have used coupons and really worked to get the best deal I thought I could receive. My parents have raised me to understand the value of a dollar and taught me to save more than I spend and invest when at all possible and I have followed this philosophy and done really well so far. This summer I even opened my very own mutual fund to take my savings and investing to the next level. I don’t consider myself cheap, but I do consider myself to be a smart and informed shopper. Couponing sometimes allows me to get much more value than I originally set out to receive. For instance, it allows me to upgrade to a better product or brand because of the discount.
Coupons come in all types – ranging from basic percent off – to set dollar amounts off a purchase and couponing also now involves setting up multiple “rewards-type” of accounts with multiple vendors because those rewards clubs offer additional savings and discount coupons for loyalty members. You have to do everything to get the full value. Free shipping is a must for the online shopper. There are so many online coupon sites to seek out a deal – it is unreal. They all don’t always work, but that is where persistence always pays off. I once set out to buy a pair of $100 cowboy boots for my sister for Christmas and knew I had about $40 to spend. I waited until peak couponing season, (black Friday), and after using a coupon code, free shipping and another percentage off, I actually got the boots for $37.50!