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I'm in Coupons Scholarship 2014. Entry-Breanna G.

When I receive a coupon in the mail or when I am at the store, it does influence my decision to purchase that item. In this economy people, including myself, do not get paid very much, so when we see that we can save money it is like a sweet Christmas gift. When I was younger I never really cared for coupons, I just spent my money as it came. As I grew older and I had to take on more responsibilities, the money becomes harder to save. We want to hold on to every cent possible. I go grocery shopping with my mom quite often, so I have learned a lot about bargain shopping. As we walk around the store my mom remember how much every item was. Then when we reach the register she counts up each item and if she does not have enough money she will put back the things that we cannot afford. So my mom loves to receive coupons in the mail whenever they give them to us. She takes advantage of all of the ones she can, and all of the sales they have to offer, too. Just like my mom, I am often times short on money. Even if a coupon offers only fifty cents off, I will take it and I will use it. If they are offering, then I will happily accept that offer.

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Not everyone that sees coupons will take advantage of coupons. Some people may think it is ridiculous to use a coupon only for a few cents. Some people take couponing to the next level. If you have ever seen the show Extreme Couponing you would know what I am talking about. The people on Extreme Couponing are clearly influenced by coupons. If you have never seen the show, there are these people that look through every magazine, newspaper, anything that contains coupons they will collect each and every single one. Then when they go grocery shopping, they ring up all the coupons they can and save a ton of money. You would be surprised. Some of the groceries come up to a total of two hundred dollars, and after they ring up all of their coupons they end up paying only fifty dollars.

Coupons definitely have their advantages, but only some people will take complete advantage of those coupons. I only take advantage of coupons when I am offered and I need that item, or whenever the opportunity comes around, but I can say they do have a big influence when it comes to shopping. Especially if you’re a woman, you know what I am talking about.

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