6 Reasons Not to Be Embarrassed When Using Coupons

If you are concerned that using coupons will define you as a cheapskate, make you look poor, cause cashiers to scoff, or you think you are "above" using coupons, then check out why it may be time to rethink your position.

You Will Save Money By Using Coupons

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Instead of thinking about a coupon as a piece of paper to trash, or a text code to delete, start thinking of it as real money. Would you purposely throw away a ten dollar bill? Keep walking if a five dropped out of your pocket? Anyone who is financially responsible will answer no to throwing away money.

Whether you save a dollar on deodorant, 20 percent at your favorite retail store, or get a free dessert while dining out, you will save money by using coupons ​on the things that you had already planned to buy.

Companies Want You to Use Their Coupons

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Some people believe that the companies issuing coupons do not really want consumers using them, but that is wrong. They hope we use them! Here is why.

A lot of thought and planning goes on before a company or manufacturer distributes a coupon. The goal is to attract customers to their business or product. They want consumers to use the coupons, or it becomes an unsuccessful marketing plan.

When a coupon campaign is a success, companies are more likely to offer coupons in the future, and the more coupons that are distributed means more savings for shoppers. It is a win-win situation.

Products and Services Are Overpriced

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We always hear on the news why prices are going up. A drought in Brazil was the reason ​coffee prices went up. Beef and pork prices are soaring due to drought and disease. When the gas prices go up, the prices on everything goes up, including clothing, cosmetics, and paper products.

But have you noticed that we rarely see any of the prices go back down when the drought is over or when the oil prices drop? If prices do go down, it is usually because the product has been downsized.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the price of pork went up 10 percent in 2014 and another 5 percent in 2015. Beef prices hit record highs, with increases of 11 to 12 percent in 2014 and another 5 percent increase in 2015.

How many people received a 17 percent raise to compensate for price hikes? And even if some did, it was so that they could get financially ahead and not just cover the cost of hamburger meat or toilet paper.

Let's face the facts. Everything is more expensive than it used to be and that isn't likely to change. By using coupons, shoppers can offset the rising prices. Is that something to be embarrassed about?

Mobile Coupons Are Techy-Fast and Savvy

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Mobile coupons and shopping apps have quickly grown in popularity because it is techy-fast, smart, and savvy, compared to paper coupons.

Most national stores now have apps you can download, or you can choose from the popular money-saving apps like Coupon Sherpa or Cellfire which will pop out coupons based on your location.

At most stores, restaurants and hotels, the coupons can be scanned directly off of mobile phones when paying the bill.  It makes the process discreet and fast.

In fact, it is almost considered silly not to use mobile coupons among the "Generation C" (18-30 age group) who are "above" being embarrassed about pulling out their mobile phones to save money. And if you want to find out what their favorite coupon or money-saving app is, just ask. They'll be more than happy to give you the information and a demonstration.

Wealthy People Use Coupons

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Have you ever wondered how rich people get to be super rich? It is because many of them are quite frugal and very careful with their money. They treat their personal wealth as a business and avoid being wasteful.

According to a survey done by Coupons.org, "households with incomes over $100,000 are twice as likely to use coupons than households with less than $35,000." Also, "College graduates are twice as likely to use coupons as those who did not graduate from high school."

Want Names?

Some of the wealthy people and celebrities who are not "above" using coupons includes billionaire Warren Buffett (the most successful investor of the 20th century), Hilary Swank, Kristen Bell, Carrie Underwood, Tyra Banks, and Lady Gaga, to name just a few.

Still too embarrassed to use coupons?

Why Care About What Other People Are Thinking?

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If you are still feeling embarrassed and worried that people are judging you for using coupons, then ask yourself when the last time any of those people (who you probably do not even know) paid one of your bills, financed your vacation or bought your children's school clothes?

Who cares what other people think because you use coupons? Do you care that those same people choose not to? Remember, how you decide to budget and save money is your business. ​Be confident and celebrate your efforts to save money when you can. 

Now, instead of wanting to cover your face with a paper bag when using coupons, you can be proud that you are thinking along the same path as Warren Buffett!