As a college student struggling to find ways to finance my education, I try every way possible to save money. I scour online ads, examine weekly circulars like a forensic scientist, and scrutinize sale racks for the best bargains to buy.

Given the opportunity, I use coupons as much as possible and to my every advantage. The school I attend is extremely expensive. My family cannot afford to send me and I do not earn enough money at my summer job to pay for my tuition.

Therefore, any purchases I make are thought through very carefully. Coupons are an excellent way to save money on clothing and also cosmetics and other health and beauty aids. I like to make a game of it, to make it more fun and interesting. For example, if I find a coupon for a store like, say Old Navy, I’ll hold on to it until they are having their bag stuff sale. Then I’ll go directly to the sale racks, stuff my bag, and use my coupon on top of it. Store like this allow you to use more than one coupon, so you save even more money. Or CVS, which offers extra bucks, will give you “bucks” for buying certain items. You then use those bucks plus manufacturer coupons to double, triple, or even get items for free.

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There have definitely been times where I forgo an item simply¬† because I do not have a coupon for it. I have also changed my decision about buying a certain brand if I have a coupon for another, and especially if it’s on sale to boot.

I never thought I would be one of those people who “couponed.” While I do not consider myself an extreme couponer, I definitely admire those people who do it. Maybe someday when I am finished with school and I have my own home and more bills to pay I too will be able to put forth all the effort needed to coupon like that. For now, though, I can say with the utmost honesty and sincerity that my purchasing power is without a doubt influenced by the power of a coupon.