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I'm in Coupons Scholarship 2014. Entry-Mary J.

Coupons have existed since 1887 when Coca Cola partner Asa Candler used paper tickets for free glasses of Coke to help market his new soda. Ever since then, the coupon industry has evolved and expanded greatly, and I do not know what my family would do without them. My family and I are avid coupon users, and we rely heavily on their existence in our lives. They greatly influence our spending and our purchasing decisions, no matter what we are buying or where we are buying it. Coupons and sales are very significant in my family’s spending, and we need them in order to keep living our day to day lives.

As the oldest of 5 children, I come from a big family. So coupons and sales are the make or break decision when it comes to our purchasing decisions. We live off of coupons and I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. We always go for store brand as opposed to name brand and we choose sale items over regular priced every single time, it has been this way my entire life. My dad is the one who supports the family, but it is difficult to make ends meet with my mom staying at home and taking care of everyone instead of working. Personally, I have been working since I was 15, and I understand the value of the dollar. I consider myself an avid coupon user, and I actually have an entire wallet just full of coupons and discount cards, and I use them whenever I can. My mom is the same way, and so are my grandparents, and my aunts and my brothers. My entire family relies heavily on coupons and sales, and I hold a firm belief that we could not live without them.

My family is always on a budget, and the best way to help make the most of that budget is through coupons and sales. Coupons help us to stretch our hard earned dollars and I am so thankful for their existence in my life. My family and I work hard for our money, we don’t have cushy jobs or fancy trust funds, so we want to be able to get the best deals and value for our money. We are not able to go on vacations or special trips or even go to the movies together because it is all just too expensive. But through our constant usage of coupons and following various sales, we are able to save enough money to be able to sit down to nice meals with each other every night. It is that kind of family time that cannot be bought by money, and it will mean the most in the end when we look back on our lives. Each and every dollar counts for my family, and coupons help to make our lives a little bit easier and a little bit more meaningful in the long run.

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For my family, money is not everything in life, but it is what keeps us safe and afloat in our lives. We need every single penny to maintain our livable status, so any coupon we can use will help us greatly in our efforts to save money. Whether it is at the grocery store, shopping for clothes or even for electronics and so called “luxuries” in life, coupons can make a world of difference. Especially during the holiday season, we don’t have much money to spare for gifts, so we rely on those coupons and deals in order to help make our holiday special and meaningful despite a low budget. My family uses coupons as second nature, and we rely on them heavily in our lives.  Coupons and sales greatly influence our spending habits as well as our purchasing decisions and I don’t know how we would get along in life without them.

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