One of the concerns about utilizing coupons is the amount of time it takes. Yes, it takes time. But, it also takes time to shop, and it takes even more time at a job to earn the money that you could be saving by using coupons! When you consider how much money you’re saving based on the time you invest, you’ll notice it’s much more profitable to clip than not!
When you purchase items for very inexpensively, or even free, if you don’t need it, the only consideration you need to make is where you’re going to donate the items! There is absolutely no reason not to buy things, if you can afford the small amount you will be paying. There are organizations throughout our community that would be grateful for donations. So, rather than looking at coupon to see if it holds value for your or your immediate family, let’s begin looking at coupons to see how we may help others!
As an example, Ken’s salad dressing was on sale for $1.99. With $1 coupons found in our local Pantagraph, the cost was only 99¢. If you aren’t particularly fond of salad dressing, or you have enough at home to carry you through the next sales cycle, this is a purchase to make! By tossing in a few bags of ready made salad, for under $5, you can gift a nice side dish to a struggling friend or family member, or donate the salad and dressing to a soup kitchen!
I’m often asked how to get extra inserts in order to reap the benefits of multiple coupons. The Sunday newspaper is the most popular paper of the week, due largely to the valuable advertising inserts and, of course, the coupons! Because of its appeal, it’s imperative that you subscribe to home delivery! You may get multiple Sunday papers, delivered to your home, and this alleviates having to shop elsewhere, and will prevent any disappointment when the papers are already sold out! (Ask me if I have any specials I can offer… often, the Pantagraph gives me great deals to share!)
The more coupons we use to help others, and the more our mission of using coupons and encouraging hope is discussed, the more impact we may have in our own community! I’d love to hear how you’ve helped others!