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

More for My Money

Though some individuals are fortunate enough to be able to purchase what they desire without looking at the price tag, I know for a fact that this is not the case for me. As a prodigy bargain hunter, I am always looking for the big Clearance sign in red, black, or yellow and the Sale! sign in bold letters. Nothing catches my eye like an item on sale. Needless to say, coupons are essential additions to my daily life.

Pretty much everyone in America knows of the economy status of America. That being said, better quality for less equals more likely to be bought. In my case, this is especially true. If I have a coupon for a product, no matter how much the discount, I am using it (if the expiration date permits that is). A coupon is simply a ticket or document that can be exchanged for a rebate or financial discount on a product. When you realize the opinions of society alone does not pay your bills, you realize what society thinks about using coupons, good or bad, does not matter. What matters is that you manage your money in the way that benefits you and helps you to live comfortably. Using coupons helps me to do this and to occasionally have extra money to shop for some of the desires of my heart.

Coupons come in handy when you are experiencing a shortage in either your pocket and/or bank account. For instance, you could be on a lunch run, and you have only two dollars and spare change. So, yeah, you could check out the dollar menu at McDonald’s or Burger King or whatever. But then, you realize, you can also get a bigger size of fries if you have enough for one item, or if you purchase a large fry, you get a free sundae. Though you have a meager amount of money, the coupons give you options. Who doesn’t love options? Especially when it comes to food! The same thing applies at the grocery store. When you see a package of chicken for $8, but you have a coupon that says get 5 packages for $19.99, which are you going to choose? At the County Market here, there would be more to gain for the latter bargain, and therefore, it would be the one I would choose.

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Some coupons can be used with other coupons, and some sales can be transferred from one store to another. For instance, if you have a sales paper from Brookshire’s, and you see the same item in Brookshire’s paper from Wal-Mart, except cheaper, then you can show the cashier, and he/she will make the price adjustments. You can do this for multiple items as well. Choosing to do this can be the difference between spending $100 and $150 on groceries in cash. I’m sure there’s more you can or want to do with that $50 that you care to name. Though it may take a bit longer for the cashier to make the adjustments than if you had not cared enough to use the coupons, you have saved money that can be used for other essentials. If you do not have money to be wasted, coupons can ultimately be your best friend and can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars a year on everyday products and purchases.

In my personal life, coupons have saved me money on little things like toothpaste and other hygiene products, quick foods, clothing, shoes, and other common items needed for a teenage girl. As a fashionista of originality, bargain hunting has always been my “thing.” I have never been afraid to make a beeline to the clearance rack and stock up on clothes that no one thinks about buying because it’s cheap or buy cheap clothes and make them into DIY (do it yourself) projects. With shoes, I have never liked my shoes to be pristine and clean, so I prefer to buy boots. If I find some average to perfect looking boots on sale, I can either wear them how they are, or make them my own. Buy one, get one free (if the first one bought is not too expensive) are always a win-win for me. You can always remake what you do not like.  Coupons are basically gifts from heaven in my eyes. Everyone complains about not having enough money, but numerous people waste money. If you get coupons, sales papers, or see a clearance rack, what’s stopping you from taking advantage of these objects? Pride, laziness, indifference? Well, your lost buddy.

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