Coupons have played a major role in my life, due to the fact that the economy is not at its best in today’s world as it was years ago. With all kinds of financial help available to the public, such as affordable health care or food stamps, coupons seem to be for everyone and anyone. Even though there isn’t a coupon for every product or service out there, they still help tremendously and do a lot of good. Whether you’re rich, middle class or poor, there will always be coupons available to those who want or need them.
Many people believe that coupons don’t help because they only save you a few cents or even dollars, but the truth is that in the long run, it can mean buying a new pair of shoes or throwing away one hundred dollars. For me, coupons weren’t all that important. I would often think to myself that saving fifty cents from a shampoo bottle was nothing. I wasn’t interested in cutting out coupons or look for them online, but whenever I got a special offer such as twenty percent off my entire purchase at JCPenney or other fashion store, I didn’t hesitate to use it. I realized that I did like coupons, but only to the things I found interesting. I did like to save ten dollars from my entire purchase, so now whenever I go shopping for clothes I use all my coupons. It wasn’t until one of my cousins truly made me realize that coupons do help you and work to your advantage. Whenever I would go to the store with her, such as Wal-Mart or Target, she would use coupons in her purchase. Once she was able to save about ten dollars, so I came up with an amazing idea. I wanted to save up money for a brand new pair of shoes I had recently seen, so I put my idea in play. Whenever I would go to the mall I would bring all my coupons that I received through the mail or directly to my email. I promised myself that whatever amount of money I saved from that purchase, I would save it completely in my piggy bank that my grandma had given me. Every time I had spare change I would put it in my piggy bank. Even if I had dollar bills that I hadn’t used for a really long time I would throw in there. When the end of the year finally came, I opened up my piggy bank. It was time to see if all my savings from previous coupons I used were worth it. When I opened my piggy bank and counted all the money in it, all the pennies, dimes, quarters and nickels, I managed to save eighty dollars exact! I know it wasn’t a lot to most of the people I knew because they had way more money than I did, but considering that I didn’t have a job, I was proud that I did it all on my own. I was able to pay some vaccines that I needed for school and the rest I was able to spend it on whatever I wanted. I felt like I deserved some shoes and clothes, so that’s what I intended to buy.
What I’m trying to say is that even though coupons may not seem like it saves people a whole lot of money, they do help in a positive way. From my experience, I can say that coupons have definitely influenced my purchasing decisions for the better. Some day years from now, I’ll look back and think about how much money I have saved through out the years and how it has benefited me. I’ll be able to say that I have used coupons to my advantage and have helped me become a financially smarter person, regardless of whatever economic situation I’m in.