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

Do coupons influence your purchasing decisions…why, or why not?

As a college student, money is pretty tight. My mom likes to joke that I pinch my pennies until they squeal! However, my frugalness doesn’t extend much beyond watching my expenses carefully. I do not use coupons. Instead, I only spend money on items that are necessary to me, such as gas for my car, groceries, and church dues. Just because an item is on sale, or is a part of a “buy one, get one” deal, does not mean I will buy it. If I do not need the item at the time, I will not purchase it. I grew up hearing my dad say “it’s not necessary”, and it has become ingrained in my mind.

What if the items I needed were on sale with a coupon though? Honestly, I never have used coupons probably because of laziness. I would rather just go to a store, buy what I need, and leave. Reading through the magazines, saving the coupons, and then making sure I buy the items that were on sale was just never a habit I got into. I grew up watching my mother clip coupons from the Sunday paper and save them for grocery shopping later in the week. Once I moved out though, I didn’t get the newspaper, so saving coupons was something I forgot about. I eat cheaply enough for one person that it has never seemed necessary, either. I rarely spend money on clothes, restaurants, or other personal things either, so beyond groceries, there isn’t really any need for coupons.

One point I would like to stress is that I have never not used coupons because I felt it was below me. I admire people who have the patience to ensure that they are getting the best deal, and saving money in the process. As I mentioned, my own mother uses coupons, as well as many of my friends’ mothers. It is an opportunity to save money, and it helped our own family when my dad was sick and couldn’t work. Perhaps some day when I have a family of my own, I will start using coupons, but for now, I will stick to watching my money with an eagle eye!

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