How long have you all been couponing? For me, it has been around six years. I have loved it since I started, and it has become a part of my everyday life. I can’t think of a time when I’m not using coupons or browsing through them before paying at the grocery store, restaurants, or when I shop online. Couponing is ever-evolving. From when I started to now, there have been some stark changes for the better. If you’re just beginning, or need a refresher, here’s the top three reasons why couponing is easier now than ever.
Couponing is very time-consuming. You have to look through ads to piece your shopping trip together. As you collect coupons, you start to spend hours flipping through, cutting out, and organizing your coupons into a folder or binder as well. Now, we can save time on these steps. Access to the internet has given us easy access to coupon suppliers. They provide clipping services that allow you to shop for only the coupons you want. The coupons come already cut out so all you have to do is store them. Aside from that, you can save time on putting deals together by cheating. You can use sites like Krazy Coupon Lady and iIheartPublix to see what the best deals are for the week. The site tells you what coupons to pull and how much you will save on your transaction.
When I first started couponing, it was a trend, but before that, not so much. There was a time when people stigmatized those who coupon as being less than or poor, even if that was not the case. Today, people see the value in saving money. People are eager to learn the ways of an extreme couponer and even find it fun to hunt for deals. For myself, I have a lot of people who give me a list of items they want or need and wait for me to find them deals before they purchase. It’s a win-win for everyone, and people are catching on.
3. A Digital World
The biggest change we have seen to date is technological advancements. It used to be that you had to wait for the Sunday edition of the paper to come out before you could collect, cut, and store your coupons. Today technology provides us with coupons on demand. We can easily print coupons on sites like Coupons.com or Red Plum. Many stores now have an app with an online coupon section where you pick and choose what coupons you like and add them to your digital loyalty card. To redeem the offers, you simply scan your loyalty card or enter your number, and the coupons come off automatically.
Couponing has changed a lot over the years. We have moved on from a time-consuming practice to one that is easy to maneuver. What are some ways you think couponing has changed?