Coupons are not just designed to save you money. Many are offered as a way to get you to spend money on a product that you would not usually buy. However, when used effectively, coupons will help to enjoy your life on a budget.
Coupon Apps for the Smartphones
The invention of the smartphone and apps for the phones has made it possible to create apps for coupons. Coupon Sherpa offer an app for both the iPhone and Android phones and there are many other coupon companies that do the same. This makes it possible to use an app while out and about and gain coupons from many different places. There is no need to pick one exact place since you can check the places signed up to the codes based on your current location.
Do You Want or Need the Product or Service?
Before you start using a coupon, determine whether you really need or want the item. The problem with vouchers and coupons is that they give you the false impression that you instantly save money by using them. The only way that you save money is if you were going to buy the product or service in the first place – or you were looking around for something similar.
Look at the Full Terms
Take a look at all the terms and conditions before you attempt to use a coupon. You may find that you have to spend a certain amount before you are able to save a set percentage and this could lead to spending more money that you otherwise would just to use the coupon. Really think about whether you were going to meet the terms of the voucher before you make the decision to use one.
Do You Need the Extras?
‘Buy two get a third free’ or ‘buy one get one half price’ offers are everywhere and they can work out beneficial. The question that you need to ask is whether you really need the extra items that you gain. When you see a ‘buy two get a third free’, you automatically pick up three of the item, thinking that you are saving money; however, you may have only wanted one in the first place so the offer has helped you spend more money instead of saving it.
There Will Be More
All coupons have an expiry date and this date is there to push you to spend your money now. However, it is worth remembering that more coupons will come. Many places now offer vouchers on a regular basis but change the type each time so avoid rushing to make the decision and only spend the money when you know it will save you money. You may find that it was worth waiting for the next coupon as it may work out better for you financially.
Shop Around for the Best Deal
Just because one store is offering coupons for their products does not mean that that is the cheapest option available. It is still worth taking the time to shop around for prices to see if you can find a cheaper option in another store. You should never jump straight for a coupon deal and still treat your shopping like you would usually.
Coupons can help you to save money but only if you use them effectively. The problem is that stores want you to shop with them and they offer deals to entice you to buy. It is likely that you do not need the products or services, which leads to spending more money just to be able to save some.
This post has been written and supplied by Gladstone Brookes, a UK based PPI claims company helping people claim back payment protection insurance on their loans, mortgages and credit cards. We love to write and regularly share our money saving tips.