Making money with coupons

With the economy the way it is, it’s no wonder that everyone is trying to save money wherever they can. The average person spends less than before, because they make less as well. Certainly, finding a better job, or a job if you don’t have any, is a priority for many Americans. But cutting spending can also help on the bottom line. You don’t always need to spend for all these gadgets, or restaurant trips. But what about things you can’t cut on, like food? Well, that’s where coupons come in. Most people only use coupons that they happen to see, in a newspaper or in junk mail, but it’s possible to make a lot of money by using coupons.

Coupons are everywhere in the offline world. Whether it’s in newspapers, in junk mail, in magazines, on billboards, even in many stores, you can see them all over the place. Collecting them however can be a pain. That’s why those who really commit themselves to collecting these coupons have a simple system. First, it requires you to know exactly the type of items that the store has. For food, it’s not that hard, since you probably go get groceries every week. Then, it requires that you be flexible on what you’re willing to buy. Most people only collect coupons that apply to the items they usually get, but saving with coupons require another mind set. You need to look at each coupon and think whether it’s something you can use, something that would replace another item you would normally buy at full price. Also, many coupons are actually not worth it. If the saving is tiny, then chances are you can find a better coupon for a similar good.

But with the Internet, the chase for coupons has really exploded. First it started with coupon sites, now you don’t even need to go hunt them. Groupon is only the most popular of a number of services offering you daily deals, coupons sent in your inbox for local stores. It’s something everyone should take advantage of. If you have a smartphone, you can also use check-in services like Foursquare. Several stores have deals for people who check into their stores, and the app itself can let you know of sales. It really doesn’t take much effort to get coupons when online, and they can then be printed or shown at the counter, and the savings can be very impressive, saving you money, and allowing you to spend your hard earned cash on other things.

There have been reports on people who take this situation to the extreme, where they can get over $100 worth of groceries in a store, and by the time they’re done giving out all their coupons, they end up paying $5 or less. It can be very eye-opening, but it does require dedication. If you intend to pair up coupons like that, you need to make sure you read all the conditions, like what other offers can be used with your coupons, and so on. Overall, while coupons don’t make you money per say, they can save you a bunch, which leaves you cash for other things.

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