A couple of months ago, armed with a handful of coupons, I headed for The Mall to do some shopping at one of my favorite clothing stores. As I was browsing I kept in mind the value of my coupon pile, but at the register I was shocked to see a total of $290 come down to $26! In that moment I felt like one of those reality-show extreme couponers. And I have to admit, I felt a little rush from the huge savings.
During the rest of the shopping trip (and since) I’ve had a hard time paying full price. I’ve always had a little wallet designated for coupons but now I find myself going through it checking expiration dates. I recently bought a couple pairs of shoes I didn’t need just because I had a really good coupon about to expire.
I’ve heard the argument that offering coupons can cheapen a business’ image. But the way I see it, coupons can greatly affect where, when and how much people shop. Especially in this economy, retail shopping will never be the same for me. Keep ‘em coming!