Saving Money by the use of Coupons Thesis: To inform the audience on how to save money using coupons. Would you walk past a $50 bill lying in the road? If I hadn’t used my coupons and strategic shopping methods, I would have paid $50 more than I did on my last shopping trip. Isn’t that the same thing? As an average shopper every week you go to the grocery store looking up and down the isles for the items you need. There are always long lines and you always seem to forget something. You get home and realize you paid more than last week and went over your allotted monthly budget.
To keep this from happening, coupons can be used to help keep you at, or below your budget. Coupon use is on the rise. What is a coupon? A coupon is a set of detachable certificates that maybe torn off and redeemed for a product as needed. Coupons are proven to save money, to provide structured meal plans, and to make grocery shopping less stressful. I. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, as of August 2011, the average cost of food for a family of four; two adults and two children between the ages of 2-5 is $124. 60-241. 10 per week.
With the two children being between the ages of 6-11 it is 142. 80-281. 30. (Unites States Department of Agriculture Food Plans) A. Stephanie Nielson from Couponmom. com tells how some people save $100 per week with the use of coupons. This is a total savings for up to $5200 a year. (Couponmom. com) B. Lauren Keelings from WTAP news writes Coupons are back! While the use has dwindled since 1992, American shoppers are breaking out the scissors and clipping those coupons with renewed interest. Fortunately, for today’s savvy savers, coupons and deals are more prevalent and easier to find than ever.
From the Sunday papers, to the World Wide Web — you’re just a cut and click away from putting money BACK IN your pocketbook. (WTAP News) C. Not only can you save on groceries there are many other sources to save on clothes, makeup, electronics, toys, and household items. Some of my favorites are; groupon. com which gives you local restaurant and other activities for a fraction of the cost, Retail me not that sells clothes, toys and some of which you can earn for free by referring your friends, and Savemore. com that sells vouchers for online retailers for at least 50% off if not more.
II. Shopping trips should be focused. This will give you the opportunity to plan meals. There are online applications to make this easy for you. At monthlymealplanner. com you can custom create a chart for the entire month and it also gives you ideas and recipes that you can use. A. According to themealplanner. com some of the benefits of having a plan are; you will eat out less, eat less pre packaged meals, will have the groceries you need, waste less, eat healthier, and be able to provide your family with a variety of meals. (Themealplanner. com; Meal Planning 101) B.
Coordinating your meals with current coupons and store circulars will help maximize you savings. 1-You can combine store coupons and manufacture coupons with the sale price to get the item for the best value. 2-Most stores will also allow you to use coupons on marked down or clearance items. 3-Creating a stockpile of frequently used items when the item is on sale is the best way to keep cost down, as sales for the same or similar items come about every 3 months. C. There are a lot of websites and blogs that can help you get organized. I Personally use coupons. com, coupon mom. com and facebook.
Most retailers have a facebook page and offer coupons and frequent giveaways of free products. III. Stocking up on food items will help you lower the amount of items you have to purchase each week. When you see that you have saved 70% or more each week you will be a happy shopper. Take extra time to prepare for shopping trip. You will have less impulse buying. A. You will notice that you will get to purchase all of the new items on the market at a fraction of the retail cost. B. Everything you purchase is always a name brand as there are not any coupons for store brand products.
C. Michelle Waggoner from Coupongirlz. com says “once you start, you can’t stop! Saving money is addictive. (Coupongirlz. com) D. With all of these tools to help make your shopping trip more affordable, organized, and satisfying you will find that shopping will become fun and less of a chore. We have discussed the ways coupons help save money, help with structured meal plans, and ease some of the stress of shopping. I hope that you now have a better understanding of the benefits of coupons, and are encouraged to use them.