Two things in life are for definite “Taxes” and “Death”. Creeping the list is “Debt” which is a reality for most Canadians.
It really doesn’t matter what your neighbour has, it matters what YOU have!
How can we dig ourselves out from this mess we created? Yes we all did it, purchased items with money we didn’t have. Now we need to clean it up.
One way to help the clean up is using coupons to save money. I never thought I would say this.
Coupons... Really? What man uses coupons? Not this one, no way! That’s what I thought a few years back. Now it’s a no-brainer.
Yes, couponing can and will help you save money but it’s just one step in getting debt under control. Extra money you save from couponing you can put towards your debt or investments. Some people have to coupon just to put food on the table but at the end of the day, money is saved.
I remember my granny clipping coupons when I was a lad. Of course I had no idea about coupons back in the day. Who knew 30 years later consumers around the world still clip coupons to save a buck.
If you’re walking through the mall and you see a $5 bill on the ground are you going just step on it? Probably not, but why is it so difficult for Canadians to see a coupon like that $5.00 bill.
Maybe it’s because……..
- Money is Money and coupons are coupons
- Granny used them, I’m not going to
- Just don’t have the time
- You don’t save that much money, who cares
- People will think I’m poor if I use them
- I have more money than I can shake a stick with so I’m not using them
You might think this in your head but you will still bend over to pick up that $5.00 bill. Those who can see that the value of a coupon is equal to its value in cash are the one’s cashing in on this lucrative empire.
You don’t need to be an extreme couponer to put a dent in the budget all you need to do is use the coupons that the manufacturer is giving you.
Look at it from this perspective- It’s like they are paying you money to buy their product. How cool is that? Match that with a great sale and you’ve got yourself a deal and money saved in your budget.
Here’s a classic example:
A few weeks back at Wal-Mart the POM Wonderful had a beautiful display of pomegranate’s. The eagle eye that I am I see $$$ dollar signs causing a smoke screen above, but does anyone else?
Are you kidding me? Why are we not seeing these deals Canada?
I watched 4 people pick up the gorgeous fruit for $1.00 when there was a $1.00 coupon right in front of them. This would have made the fruit FREE!!! Who says you can’t get free fresh fruit eh?
- Simple Savings means keeping your eyes and ears open.
Last year we saved over $5000 using coupons and we know this by tracking the information in our Canadian Budget Binder Spreadsheet.
If I still haven’t convinced you to give coupons a try, let me save the money and you can continue to step on it.
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