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I'm in Coupons Scholarship 2014. Entry-Taylor A.

Call me cheap but I have a coupon for almost anything. I refuse to pay full price. And why would I want to? With so many different ways to save, I don’t understand how people don’t take advantage of them. Coupons is a major way that I save money. With college just around the corner, saving money is a number one for me. College is expensive and for someone like me who comes from a single parent home, every dollar counts. And coupons is one of those ways that I penny pinch.

Coupons are easy to get through the newspaper, internet, and in stores. They even have e-coupns, which are coupons that you can load on  right to your savings card. This makes it super easy to use, you add them directly to your card and the coupons automatically come off when you check out. Many companies even give or send you coupons, when you sign up online.

They mail you promotional offers or email them directly to your email account. Like Bath and Body Works mail you coupons monthly for free products and 20% off coupons. P&G will email you their latest coupons. Or you can go on to one of countless coupon sites, select the coupons you want, and print them for free. In many grocery stores they have manufacture coupons already attached to the product. Most stores even have store coupons, which is an extra bonus!

Many grocery stores have a “double days” where they double the manufacture coupons up to a certain dollar amount. But my favorite is when you have a store coupon, which lowers the price, and then you have a manufacture coupon that doubles! Sometimes you can get most products free or almost free that way. When I go grocery shopping I always look at what store coupons they are currently offering and what other coupons I have. That strongly affects what I buy that week. I buy items that I have a coupon for, and  what is currently on sale. If I need something that does not have a coupon or that is not on sale, I will buy it. Even though it is against my ethics. I do a lot of planning when it comes to coupons, to know what the best deal is.

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I always buy items that are on sale and I have a manufacture coupon for it. It makes the product extremely cheap compared to the retail price that it would normally cost you. Even if I don’t need that item at that time, but I know that I will, I stock up. Stocking up is an easy way to save, when you have the coupons for it. As long as you have multiple coupons for that product, but make sure you read the coupon limits and rules. (Normally on the back of the coupon.)

When being a college student can be stressful, thinking and staying on a budget can be a hard task. Especially, when you have to focus on your studies, passing classes, and looking for internships.  With coupons you can save money and still get what you need. With that extra money you can put towards your education or get more items. Like necessities you need such as toilette paper, groceries (that are not Roman Noodles), tooth paste, new books, and other expenses.

With coupons you can save a lot of money to use on other things. Such as paying for college, your books, and your dorm room. Expanding my education will allow me to go further in life and become successful. You can use the money you save by using coupons for going on spring break or use for an apartment when you graduate or want to move out of the dorms. If there was a coupon that you could use on college tuition I would use it. But I don’t so I will continue to use my coupons on other items to help me save money to pay for my education.

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