Moms today have more on their “to do list” than ever before. Somehow it just doesn’t seem fair that they must choose between time with family and friends, and saving money. Perhaps a mom doesn’t have to choose, however. Collecting coupons to save on items you buy every day is easier than ever with the technology available to the average coupon shopper today. There are more ways of clipping those coupons and saving those dollars than the grandmothers of yesteryear had available to them. The only limit is our willingness to look around.
The Internet Clipper
Who knew that with the advent of the world wide web, coupons would become available at the click of a button? But by doing a simple web search for the products you use daily, coupons can become available from the manufacturers themselves. Even better to choose from, there are whole websites devoted to the coupon shopper. Moms can sign up for coupons, indicating the products they are interested in, and then receive notification when the coupons become available through email. Then it’s as simple as printing the coupons you want to use and heading to the store.
By signing up for those coupons, shoppers can save on things they use every day without spending a lot of time looking through newspapers and magazines. So not only is money saved, but time that could be spent with the kids. It’s a win/win thing for you and your pocket book.
The Smart Phone Clipper
Is it possible that a smart phone could almost pay for itself in coupons? Perhaps not quite that much, but who knows the limits? Some stores are even accepting paperless coupons. With a smartphone in hand, a shopper can go purchase an item and then use a coupon on the phone to get the discount. Savings couldn’t be easier.
While this technology still isn’t being used in all areas or in all stores, there are many places where it is a viable option for the coupon shopper. Check with your local stores and see if they offer the service. It is a real time and money saver at the checkout.
The Old Fashioned Clipper
Some moms just simply prefer the old fashioned way for clipping coupons. There’s something about the hunt for the coupon, cutting it out, and then seeing the savings add up on the receipt at the store. It will take a bit of time to collect all those coupons but if the Sunday paper is a must every week, then it is much easier to sit with a cup of coffee, a pair of scissors, and watch your savings add up.
The Electronic Clipper
Just recently, some stores began to offer another form of electronic coupons. It’s a card that looks much like a credit card and is loaded by visiting the store’s website and choosing the items you wish to buy. The coupons are loaded onto an account and by using the card, the discounts are automatically applied at the store. All a shopper has to do is point and click with the mouse.
Shopping with coupons and getting any savings from them used to be a very time consuming chore. Moms had to spend a lot of time and clip a lot of coupons before any difference could really be seen in savings. But those days are gone thanks to the ease of using the internet to find just what you need when you need it. With just a few minutes spent, your coupons can come to you instead of you having to spend hours hunting for what you want. In the electronic age, saving time and money could never be easier.
Alison Greene is a freelance writer who blogs for octopusloans.co.uk, a site she recommends to those who need payday loans in an emergency.