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I'm in Coupons Scholarship 2014. Entry-Kaitlin R.

Lose Money. Gain Time.

The show ‘Extreme Couponing’ is a great example of how people can save a lot of money if they have the patience to cut out all of the coupons and the knowledge of where to find the coupons. I am not one of those people. If I would like to buy something I will buy it; coupons do not influence my purchasing decisions.

It is not that I hate coupons- I love to save money and get excited when there is a great deal on something I would like to purchase. I just do not use coupons. There have been many of times I have ruffled through junk mail to look at the coupons but find none that I would use. So, I have stopped looking through the mail, which may result in missing coupons I could have used. Another issue is that I use to cut out coupons thinking I would use them but I never did. This often occurred with fast food coupons. I collected many before I finally realized that I would never utilize any of these coupons.

Another reason why I do not use coupons is that I do not have the knowledge as to where to find coupons I might use. The newspaper, the Internet, coupon books I would not know where to start! What words do I have to type into Google to get the coupons I want? I have no idea. Searching for coupons takes up a lot of time. It is difficult to devote minutes out of my hectic schedule looking for coupons I will use. Even if I found coupons I would like some stores they do not use paper coupons but electric coupons. In order to access those savings one has to remember one’s password for the website. I often forget my passwords and so I have to go through the whole process of sending a password change request so that I may get a new password. After a couple of time of forgetting my passwords I gave up and decided to go without electronic coupons. I even go without paper coupons. One reason is because I no longer get a newspaper at my house. If I did it would be a hassle and take up valuable time to cut out every single coupon I might use. While I might not be saving money at the store buy purchasing something without a coupon I am saving some time.

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Purchasing an item for me never hinges on having a coupon or not. If there is an item I want that is within my price range I will purchase it. If the item that I want is above my price range I go without. I might be inclined to search for a similar item that is cheaper but I never think to find a coupon for a discount on the original item. That in and of itself may be where the true problem lies. I never think to use a coupon. I have so many other things on my mind, so many tasks that must be completed in one day, that buy the time I go to any store I know items I want. I also know that I want to get in and out of the store as fast as possible. While I might be saving time I am not saving money, which is a pity because I realize that a dollar saved here and there can add up to a lot at the end of the year.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” In the long run I am not saving any pennies by purchasing items without a coupon. Yet, I would like to think that I am saving time. Those minutes that I have not searching for coupons or cutting coupons are moments spent with loved ones. Such memories are worth more than any monetary value.

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