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I'm in Coupons Scholarship 2014. Entry-Kayla B.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.” People can either choose to look at life in a positive way by taking an easy route, or they can portray life as difficult by not taking advantages that lie in front of them. Searching and using coupons are a perfect example of an opportunity people don’t take advantage of. Though it might seem crazy,  most people don’t use coupons as much as they should. There are a variety of coupons out there for grocery stores, clothing stores, and much more. If the companies are putting it out there, why not use it? People usually target coupon users as people in the lower class. Studies show from, that people that earn $70,000 or more use coupons more than people that make $30,000 or less. What does this reveal? It reveals that coupons are not used to pity the poor. Better yet, coupons represent and equal opportunity for all to save.

I didn’t realize the benefits that come with couponing until I began supplying things for myself. When I was younger, I used to pity my mom for using coupons and searching for deals. I figured if you wanted something, just get it and stop wasting time to receive small and pointless discounts. She owned a coupon book, took an hour or so out of her time to research coupon sites, and price matched everything she could. To this day, she still does all these activities. She noticed how embarrassed I was of her and began to question why. She questioned me by asking, “Why is it embarrassing to take a little time out of my day to save money”? She stated that though money is not the most important thing in life, it does serve as a key necessity in the world. If you use your money in a  smart way, you can put the money saved aside to good use. Because of her saved money, I am able to attend a private high school, go to college, and even take that much needed vacation.

Following my mother’s footsteps, I am beginning to take advantage of coupons as well. Now that I have a job and I am heading to college, I am starting to realize the cost of living. When you have a small paycheck, it essential to be able to manage your money. Coupons are the perfect way to be handed free money. Looking for coupons before shopping is a must for me. Before I head out anywhere and know what I am purchasing, I search for coupons online, through apps, and in emails. Even if the coupon just represents a small discount, you are still receiving more for your dollar. Sometimes coupons do interfere with my shopping process, however. I may need some new makeup, but I would rather wait a few more days until coupons are sent out. Just like I said before, all of these little discounts can add up and even help me fill a tank of gas. I don’t use all coupons, however. Using the example of makeup again, I sometimes don’t use the coupon if its a brand I do not like. Plus some coupons lead you to buy more than you actually need. For example, lets say I run out of mascara. I have a coupon for Maybelline and it says that with a purchase of two eye products I get the third one free. So now, instead of going to the store and just buying a tube of mascara, I now feel obligated to purchase another eye product to participate in this offer. There are only a few instances where I don’t use coupons, but I definitely take every opportunity I can to do so. Just like Eleanor Roosevelt said “Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be”. So will you take advantage of the opportunity of using coupons? Or would you rather just pay full price for items and let your hard work money go to waste?

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