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I love to find ways to save money. But, then again, who doesn’t? I am always on the lookout for a good bargain, and I always know where to find the killer sales. If there is a sale within a 30-mile radius, you can bet your life I’ll be there. That’s not to say I’m an expert when it comes to saving money. There are always ways to save money that even I don’t know about.
Take for instance using discount coupons. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea you could find so many of these little gems on the Internet. The number of coupons you can find on the Internet is endless, and they aren’t just discounts for food products. You can find coupons for clothing, home furnishings, automotive repair, dog grooming, and the list goes on.
Looking through the thousands of sites that offer coupons to save you money on everyday purchases can be a tad bit tiring. The best advice I can give you is to find a few sites that offer you the best coupons for the items that you buy most often and check those sites frequently. I’ve signed up to receive email alerts from some of the best sites that I’ve found so I never miss a good bargain, since saving money is really what it is all about. At first I wasn’t receiving any of the emails and I couldn’t understand why. It took me awhile to realize that they were being redirected to my junk folder. One quick step of adding the site’s address to my contact list, and I was back in the business of saving money.
Fine-tuning the Subscriptions
Once the deals started rolling into my inbox, I could wait to get started saving money. Every evening after dinner, I started sorting through the emails to see exactly what discounts had made their way to my home. I was amazed at how many of the emails that were sent didn’t have any discounts that actually pertained to my shopping habits. After a couple of weeks of wasting time sorting through email after email without reaping any benefit, I had to revisit the original sites and modify my settings. After doing this a few times, I finally started seeing some deals that I could actually use, which made me extremely happy. Once I found some coupons that I could use, I printed them out and made a plan as to when I would head to the stores and cash in on the savings. Now, it may seem like I am wasting money, buying things I don’t need just because they are on sale, but this isn’t the case, everything I buy is something that I need, really.
Something that I didn’t take into consideration was that each one of the coupons had an expiration date. According to Statistic Brain, the average coupon expiration length is 9.9 weeks. While most of the coupons I printed out were alright, there were a few that had already expired. Lesson learned. The next time I find coupons that I may want to use, double check the expiration date before heading to the store. It will save a lot of disappointment down the road. Always make sure you double-check the information on the coupon so you don’t end up wasting your time or end up spending more money than you would like.
Something else that I’ve discovered during this wonderful learning process is to make sure that the savings you are getting with the coupon will make it worth your time. There is nothing worse than spending $15 on gas to save $5 on a bag of dog food. Always make it worth your time. Try and use coupons at places that are in close proximity to one another so you can plan your trip accordingly and make the most out of it. Better yet, try and see if you can get a better deal if you buy the item online. Much of the time you can purchase the same item online for less money and have it shipped right to your door, saving on gas and the time that it would have taken you to drive to the store.
A Savings Way of Life
For me, saving money is a way of life. Whatever I can do to keep more of my money in my pocket is worth my time. Whether it is keeping an eye on the sales that my favorite stores are having, shopping at the thrift store for my books, or using the wonderful sites that provide discount coupons to the stores that I shop at frequently, if I can save some money, I will use it. When new ways to save money come along, it may take a while to learn the new system, but it is well worth the time in order to save some cash.
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