Monday, September 21, 2009

Clip Coupons, But Give Your Scissors a Break

coupons.jpgI remember eating breakfast on Sunday morning. My mother would sift through the sunday paper and clip coupon after coupon. The internet has really expanded the hunt for coupons. Maybe she rubbed off on me. Once, I had a coupon for my favorite candy, and it just so happened that an online retailer had a "buy one get one" offer. With using my code for my $2.00 off coupon, I got two bags for a 1/4 of the price of one.

You not only can get coupon codes online, but people alert others to deals at stores that they can piggyback with coupons. It is hobby for some, and definitely the thrill of the chase for others.

In some cases, you can print out coupons that are the same that you would see in your weekly store flier. Manufacturers also have their own sites with discounts for their products. One other method of saving money is to go to sites that offer discount codes to various online merchants. Many of these codes are for free shipping or percentages or dollar amounts off for a certain purchase amount. The danger in it is when you purchase things that you wouldn't normally purchase just because there is a sale.

The best option is to make a purchase decision first, and then search for coupon codes. There may be an incentive to wait until you find one, or to wait for the store to offer an additional discount for you to stack with the coupon code. Be aware that if you wait, the item may no longer be available, so you need to weigh all your options carefully.


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