Do coupons influence my purchasing decisions? Yes, in fact, I could not agree more. I am that person who you ask, “Where do you want to go eat?” and I’ll say, “Let me see what kind of coupons I have!” Some call me cheap, and are even annoyed with my frugal attitude towards spending, but I don’t mind. As long as I’m saving money, I could care less about what they think of me.

The way I shop for the most part, revolves around what kind of coupons I have, especially when it comes to shopping for clothes. If I go into any retail store for a pair of jeans, you better believe I’m only in there because I have a 15% off coupon in hand. Even if I go in there with tons of money to spend and can actually afford the $25 pair, my intuition will not let me. It’s some sort of internal desire to save money, and if I were to go shopping and not save, in all honesty, the trip would not be worth it.

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I even feel the need to have coupons for simple trips to McDonalds! You would think the dollar menu is good enough for me, but no way. I have to take advantage of whatever BOGO deal I can squeeze out of them. Not only are my family’s fast food decisions based upon which coupons I have, but our dine inn restaurants are also included. These are much harder to find, but believe me, I find them. My fiancée doesn’t even bother suggesting any places anymore, because he knows his choice will not matter unless I have some sort coupon for it.

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Aside from the humorous aspect of my “coupon addiction”, I feel the need to be so frugal because we do not always have the proper funds to shop or eat out. The problem with me and my fiancée, is that we tend to over spend. Realizing that we had money management issues is the real basis upon why I became so into using coupons. It makes life just a bit easier to deal with when you are able to wake up in the morning and have a Frappuccino from Starbucks. Or even being able to spend some quality time with your family at a restaurant, instead of standing in the hot kitchen cooking. I look at all these shopping and dining trips as means to relax and get away from reality every once in a while. Truth be told, my once in a while is actually quite often, which again, is why coupons dictate most of my decisions.

On another note, I have a two year old son. This of course means I have to buy LOTS and LOTS of diapers, which really means I have to throw LOTS and LOTS of my money in the trash (hypothetically speaking). It’s a given when having kids, I get that, but the cost of the darn things is downright ridiculous! Hence again where my coupon addictions kick in. Needless to say, I take every advantage of whatever kind of diaper coupons I can get my hands on.

My dependence on coupons also ties into all the many rewards programs I am currently enrolled in. Places ranging from drug stores, to restaurants, to auto part stores! My email does tend to get a little out of control sometimes, but the chance to save money is worth all of it. It’s worth the hassle of having fifty new messages every day, because just about half of those messages contain special offers and coupons. Some of these offers are exclusive to rewards/loyalty members, so I have to make sure I’m on top of all this.

You know what, I’ll admit it; I’m a cheapskate. Some may even say I miss out on life by worrying so much about saving money. Well, if spending $25 on one pair of jeans versus spending $25 on three pairs of jeans, is missing out on life, then I guess I’d better enroll back into an elementary school math class.