How many of you can’t stand coupons? You do not like to take the time to scout out deals on the Internet or in your local paper. You certainly don’t enjoy cutting out each one of them and filing them in your coupon-holder. And, when you give a handful of coupons to the cashier, all you can see are the disgusted customers behind you, because you just made their long trip to the market even longer! Well, sometimes you can save money without coupons!
Personally, I don’t really mind coupons. I am very maticulous and love to scout out deals, cut each of them out exactly on the dotted line, and proudly hand them to the cashier to see my savings rack up! When I see the eye rolls behind me, I don’t really care. These people clearly don’t understand the benefits of my coupons – it’s their loss really.
When my wife and I go shopping and I haven’t had the time to scout out those awesome deals, we shop a little differently. Instead of writing our list out with detailed items like, “chicken” or “fish”, we write down “meat (on sale)”. If there is no meat on sale that day, we might even do without it for a week, but sometimes we strike a deal like the one below!
This burger meat was originally $3.99, but take a notice at the stickers on the front. One of them reads, “Special today, $2.00 off meat” and the other says, “Get $1.00 off”. I could use these both at the time of purchase, so this meat was actually $0.99!! I really should have grabbed 10 of them at this deal, but I think I only walked out of there with three.
Use this ‘general’ grocery list method for other items as well. Perhaps you need a snack food for the week. This could be chips, trail mix, popcorn… anything really. Take a look at all of the possibilities and make sure you get a deal. You’ll be glad you did once you check that receipt.
Aren’t you glad that sometimes you don’t need to carry that wad of coupons with you? Sometimes the store will really need to get rid of something, and you’ll be there to snatch it up and grab that great deal!
Were you ever able to get a great deal that was completely unplanned? What was it? How much did you save?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.