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I'm in Coupons Scholarship 2014. Entry-Daniel N.

Well I’m not a shopper, I have never shopped, and I never will. I am a hunter. If you’re a shopper it means you go to a store with the intention of looking for something to buy, but if you’re a hunter, you know exactly what you’re going to buy. You know the store you’re at has what you want, and you know that this store has it at the best price. For coupons to work you need to be a hunter. Otherwise you will just have a huge clutter of coupons that you will probably never use. After all, how many times do you go into Walmart and actually find any of the things you normally buy on even one of your coupons. If you ask anyone with the self title of a ”couponer” or other people who use coupons frequently they will tell you that for coupons to work you need to do three things. You need to be organized, you need to have a game plan, and lastly you need to know your coupons.

Hunters would also say being organized can help you save the most money and spend the least amount of time doing it. Know what stores you are going to and plan it out to save time. Know what stores will match prices so that you can get most of your purchases at one store. Keep your coupons organized, there are many ways you can do this, for example by expiration or store. These will all help keep everything in order so you can find the coupons you need, get to the store and make the purchase with ease. Organization is key.

For your game plan you are going to have to know exactly what you are going to buy ahead of time. You will have to know what stores have what you need and know what stores your coupons are good for and plan accordingly. Some stores like Publix will accept competitors coupons and some stores will still honor expired ones; so know your stores.  The more you plan; the better. Make a detailed list of what you need to buy that you have coupons for, then add the other things you need that you do not have a coupon for. Some people even organize the list based on how you navigate the store. For example they would write the list with categories like all toiletries together, medical supplies, frozen foods and produce. These categories can even be organized further by knowing how the store is laid out. The better you plan, the easier everything becomes.

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Lastly knowing your coupons is the most important. You need to know when they expire so that they are not wasted, and again what stores you can use them at.  Another important thing to know is where to get your coupons; either through coupon websites, the mail, or the stores themselves. There are so many places you can get coupons, so do your research and find what works for you. Its also good to make a grocery list based off the coupons you have so that you make the most use of them. The most important thing to remember is that if you don’t make a plan to use the coupon, you wont use it at all. All of these things are necessary to properly plan out how to use your coupons.

Coupons save you money if used properly, so if you want to use the coupons, you have to buy whats on the coupon. To save money you have to let the coupons influence what you are buying otherwise you can’t use them. Coupons have definitely influenced the way I buy things, its more work to use them but in the end they save you enough money to make it all worth it. I’m the Hunter, Deals are my prey and coupons my weapon of choice.

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