Myth Busting By: B and V Savings
I am sure you heard all the sayings such as couponers are cheap; only eat junk food, and about a million other negatives. People think that every shopping trip is going to be like TLC’s Extreme Couponing, buying 100 bottles of mustard. So let’s start busting those myths!
Coupon users are poor: This is simply NOT true, while some people who are not financially healthy use coupons, so do those making over $100,000 a year. In fact, household incomes over $100,000 annually are twice as likely to use coupons as those households bringing in $35,000. Think of it like this, wealthy people are not wealthy by spending all of their money, but saving what they have. I firmly believe that a household making $35,000 if given the proper tools may become wealthy, but it won’t be over night or without a little work.
Clipping Coupons takes too much time: WRONG! Coupons today are everywhere and you almost have to go out of your way to avoid them. In addition to weekly coupons in your Sunday paper, you can also find coupons in magazines, manufacturer’s websites, on the back of receipts, fast food packaging, social media sites (like Facebook or Twitter), in your e-mail and even on your cell phone! Taking an hour out of your day to save over 50% is worth that hour!
The Store Brand is Cheaper: While in some cases this may be true, in most it is not. Remember, the goal is to maximize your savings, use your coupon with a sale price, to get the lowest price. If you compare the two, I think you’d be surprised to find which one is cheaper. Plus, the stores now are also jumping on the coupon band wagon and offer store coupons that you can use.
You can only buy junk with coupons: That’s a huge misconception, while there may be an abundance of coupons available for non-healthy food, there are also tons of coupons for frozen veggies, bagged salads, lean meats and other items you may need like cleaning supplies, diapers, pet food, etc. You may have to look a little further, but the savings ARE there for you.
Coupons make you buy things you don’t need: I think not, while it may make you want to try something you may not have normally, it isn’t making you buy anything. It is all our own decision what products we purchase you can avoid buying something you don’t need or won’t use.
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