There seems to be quite a few people that don't use coupons because they are embarrassed to do so. While they may think that there are legitimate reasons that coupons are embarrassing, the truth is that they aren't in the least bit. I mentioned previously five reasons that you shouldn't be embarrassed to use coupons. If that isn't enough, here are five more reasons that you shouldn't feel embarrassed to use them.
Stores Want You To Use Them
Coupons are there for you to use, not only so you can save money, but because stores want you to use them. Coupons are a great way for a store to advertise. By sending out coupons they hope that it will bring in a large crowd of people who will buy their products. Coupons wouldn't be available if both stores and manufacturers didn't want you to use them.
The Money Saved is Worth More to You Than the Store
To be honest, the $0.50 you save on that box of pasta or the 10% off those new shoes is worth more to you than it is to the store or the manufacturer. The coupons you use throughout the year hardly put a dent in their bank account. At the end of the day, those coupons are helping you save money so there's no reason to be embarrassed or guilty for using them.
It's Not a Sign of “Being Cheap”
More and more people are using coupons on their purchases. While some people think of coupons as a sign of being cheap, it's anything but that. In fact, using coupons is the ultimate in financial responsibility. In this horrible economy, using coupons is a fiscally smart idea. Some people need to save money wherever they can, and there's nothing wrong with saving money through coupons. If you saw $0.50 lying on the sidewalk, would you pick it up or say that it was being cheap to pick it up? The same argument can be made with every coupon you use.
There's No Shame in Saving Money
Additionally, there is no shame in saving money. Even the richest people in society want to save money. Whether the economy is good or bad, there is nothing wrong with saving money. As long as you're not being purposefully stingy, use all the coupons you want to get that grocery bill down. Saving money should be viewed as a virtue, not something to be ashamed about.
Who Cares What Other People Think?
Mostly important, why do you care if people are judging you for using coupons? What you do with your money is none of their business. If you need or want to use coupons to help your finances or to bring your bill down, then that's your choice. If they don't want to use coupons, then that's their choice. If you're embarrassed about being seen using coupons, just tell yourself that it really doesn't matter who sees you. You're saving money and doing what you think is best for you finances and that's all that should matter.
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