When it comes to coupons, it’s in with the old AND new. The new coupon craze for millennials has just begun. But isn’t couponing only something your grandmother does, or those people on reality TV?
Not anymore. Have no shame in your coupon game! Saving money makes you a winner by default.
We’ve all been there. Standing wide-eyed in the grocery aisle gawking over the seemingly weekly price increase of anything worth eating, while anything loaded down with sugar and preservatives, maintains a buy one get one deal. Or even better, buy two get one FREE (but not all deals are bad. I’ll explain those later!).
The notion of saving money in our generation can sometimes feel obsolete. Rent increases, credit card debt and student loans are something many in our generation struggle with. So how can you help yourself and reduce your debt while on your weekly shopping trip?
It’s simple. It’s called coupons.
That little piece of paper can be your start to financial freedom. It’s become so easy that most stores offer, digital coupons, which load straight to your phone (yes, it’s that convenient). So now, with savings right at your fingertips, how can you deny that coupons shouldn’t become part of your weekly routine?
While you can find extensive savings by physically clipping coupons, grocery stores are making it so much easier to save!
Here are links some of the Westchester grocery stories that offer digital coupons and apps:
- Shop Rite – Create an account on your grocery stores website, then click what coupons you want to use and they AUTOMATICALLY get loaded onto your store’s savings card (you know the thing on your key chain they ask you for at the grocery and scan for extra savings). The coupons stays on your card until you shop for the produce or the expire.NO CLIPPING NECESSARY! They have additional promotions and ways to win gift cards here.
- Stop & Shop – Stop & Shop offers an app for the iPhone and Android that allows you to create a grocery list, view the weekly circular; get extra savings by downloading coupons directly to your Stop & Shop card; track your savings and reward points. Here‘s info on their other promotions, one of them allows you to earn points toward gasoline purchases.
- Acme – Here’s how Acme’s app works…
- Whole Foods – Whole Foods’ iPhone and Android app allows you to save with digital coupons and shows you what’s already on sale in the store and lets you create a shopping list.
Some of these grocers also offer additional savings, coupons and programs (like savings on gasoline) on their websites aside from digital coupons, so make sure you sign up for those too!
On average you can save $20-$40 a week-without spending hours clipping or searching for coupons. Your savings can almost double, if you take your coupon conquest a tad more serious, maybe an additional hour a week?
With just the bare minimum of time, you could equate a savings of almost $100 a month, if not more. That little stash at the end of the year could add at least an additional $1200 in your savings account. Or better yet, on the principal of your student loans or credit card debit.
I know, because I use coupons and I’ve saved that much.
Coupons aren’t embarrassing. There is no shame in being frugal and mindful of spending. If your friends, family or person next to you on line gives you the side-eye or any flack, then tell them your goals for achieving financial freedom. Then laugh all the way to the bank.
Everyone wants to retire, right? Why not start even earlier, with recognizing ways to help yourself and your wallet. Couponing is one practice from previous generations that millennials and everyone else should get hip to.
Financial stability and independence can be a downloads or clippings away.
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