What is coupon really? A piece of paper with pictures and writing on it? Something you use to start fires? Spam in your inbox? No silly, a coupon is free money. If you’d asked me that a couple of years ago, I might have said one of the previous answers. I was too busy and too important to use them. I’m a doctor. We don’t use coupons. Well, I’m also a doctor who spent too much money and got into all kinds of debt. When you use your hard earned money to pay off that debt, something funny happens. You want to keep all of that hard earned money or use it for something you really enjoy. Using coupons to save money can allow you to do just that.
Whether you look online, get value card deals, or subscribe to a Sunday newspaper, they are everywhere. Many stores double them up to $1 off each product. Maybe $1 doesn’t sound like much, but if you can use five $1 coupons a week, that’s $260 a year, enough to stay in a hotel for a weekend getaway. Be careful, though. Don’t get fooled by using a coupon just because you have one. $1 off cat food doesn’t do much good if you don’ have a cat.
You can find online coupons for just about anything. If you know you are making a purchase or are visiting a city, look to see what is available. The last time we went to San Diego, I found online coupons for $2 off admission to the USS Midway, a retired air craft carrier that my husband has always wanted to visit. I also found coupons for discounts toward many of the restaurant meals we ate while we were there. My best online coupon deal, however, was for an amusement park in Denver. We already decided we were going, so I looked online to see what might be available. I snagged half off admission tickets. I don’t know about you, but the only thing that makes me happier than half price is free.
Speaking of free, who wants to pay for shipping? If I’m spending money, I like to receive a product that I can touch or have an experience I can remember. I don’t enjoy paying someone to haul my stuff around. At least look for free shipping offers before ordering something online. You might be surprised how much you can save in shipping costs if you take five minutes to look.
When you start using coupons, it becomes a habit. When you see the money you are saving, you might ask yourself why you didn’t start sooner.