Personally, I’ve always been a bargain shopper. Ever since I was a little kid, my mum and I would go shopping and she’d give me a limit. Usually, she’d say something like, “Alright. Now you get to pick whatever you want so long as it’s under twenty dollars,” and I would. Even as a child, I would take my limit and get as many items as possible with it. Granted, those items were mostly toys and the occasional Make Your Own book, but the fact still stands that I was smart about it.

Bargain shopping has stuck with me and most of the time now I don’t even realize that I’m doing it. I’ll just walk into my favorite stores and head straight for the clearance and/ or sales racks. It’s gotten to the point that I even have emails sent to my cell phone from said favorite stores, alerting me as to when they’re having sales. I love sales.

Something I’ve never really used, though, is coupons.

Now, it’s not that I’m opposed to the idea of tiny little coupons that could end up saving me a lot of money in the long run, because I’m certainly not. I mean, who in their right mind would pass up free savings? It’s just that coupons aren’t exactly easily to obtain for me, so I rarely ever consider searching for them.

Coupons, unless they are electronic copies, are a little outdated. I’m a 90’s kid, so I grew up just as the turn of the century was occurring, along with all of its neat little gadgets. This being said, I’m an avid iPhone user and only ever pick up books when I have to for class or when I’m reading for pleasure. (Admittedly, the latter half of the previous statement happens much more often than the majority of the people I know.) With all of this technology available, you can understand why I’ve never been the type to seek out coupons, despite the obvious benefits they present. In fact, the only place I would even know to look for coupons would be in a newspaper or Kroger magazine. The only places I know where to get those things are at the stores themselves.

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In the long run, I suppose looking into finding more coupons that are easily acceptable would be beneficial when trying to save money. I suppose I should stop being such a stereotypical generational child and look into it more, but honestly? So long as I know how to shop smart, that’s what really matters.