Couponing: It’s a Guy Thing Too
When many people think about couponing, they think about a woman doing it. Why is that? Why don’t more men coupon? I’m a man and I love couponing and I think a lot more men should do it. Couponing releases a lot of everyday stress, which applies to both men and women. The feeling of getting amazing deals releases natural endorphins and causes a sensation of well being. It’s a natural high for a guy to save a buck or ten, or twenty, or more. A guy can save a lot more money than he thinks. It has made my life so much easier and healthier.
When I coupon, I’m exercising my body by walking around the aisles for minutes and hours looking for that special deal. My arms, legs, and abs get a workout by lifting and carrying the bags.
Also, I feel like my brain is getting a workout by figuring totals, subtracting discounts and pondering where the next deal is coming from.For example, figuring that a store has Hefty one-zip travel bags for 99 cents and having a 55 centsoff coupon, then factoring in the double coupon policy for the transaction can give the brain a good workout.
If you’re interested in couponing here are some helpful ways to get started. I get started by getting the Sunday paper, going to redplum.com, smartsource,com, coupons.com, or couponnetwork.com. Also, you can go to specific manufacturer’s websites on Facebook and “like” their page. Additionally, it’s good to become friends with coupon bloggers. I receive a circular every week and peruse the sales, comparing them with my coupons to see if I can get the lowest price or even get it for free.
Many supermarkets double or even triple coupons depending on the state; some states don’t multiply them. Here in Delaware coupons can be doubled. So, for example, if I see a toothpaste on sale for 88 cents and I have a coupon for 50 cents, after it has been doubled I will get the toothpaste for free. As a bonus, some stores allow you to “stack” coupons. Target and Walgreen’s, for example, allow “stackable” coupons. This means, for example, that you can go to target.com and obtain a target coupon and combine it with a manufacturers coupon and maximize the savings!
Last but not least, you can also sometimes make money from coupons if the coupon is worth more than the price of the item. I call these “money makers”. For instance, if I have a coupon for 1.50 off any Always Panty liner for one of my female friends or relatives, and use it at a Dollar General store, they have the small packages for $1.00 and the extra 50 cents can be used as a credit towards another item. Some stores will even give you cash back, but not all – be aware of the policy.
In conclusion, I truly believe that men can coupon just as effectively as women. I don’t think it should be considered just a lady thing or a guy thing, just a great way to save tons of cash. Everyone can “just do it!” I hope this helps a good number of guys out there to get a good mental and physical workout as well. Good luck!