Frugal Is The New Trendy: Why You Should Use Coupons In Your 20s

Marien Richardson
Marien is a Brooklyn, NY native, hailing from the hard-knock streets of Park Slope. While earning her degree in Communications from American University, Marien got some real-life schooling as a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory. After college she swiftly returned to NYC and has been working as an events coordinator for over 3 years. As the daughter of two New York journalists, writing was always an innate skill for Marien. Her mix of compassion and sarcasm make for a fun and compelling read.

How much do you typically pay for a pack of razors? $9, maybe $10? I pay about 50 cents, $1 max. And toothpaste cost around $4, right? Yeah, I get that for free. How? The magic that is couponing.

Yes, I’m a not-so-closet couponer.

I came into the hobby after getting bored with my pregnancy and having tons of time on my hands. That, and a mom on the baby board suggested I do a diaper calculator, and I almost ended my whole life on the spot. Having left my job but not my love for shopping, couponing had a natural draw. And just like a drug, once I got that first, ‘I got free shit!” high, I was hooked.

So, why should you be couponing?

Well, assuming you’re not millionaire poker star and Instagram winner Dan Bilzarian, you could stand to save some money. In your 20s you’re either a broke recent graduate, accepting a job making far below what you’re worth, starting a business of your own, or saving to buy a house and start a family. Getting a handle on your spending is crucial right now.

In the eight months that I’ve been couponing, I’ve saved over $3,000! That’s a good time at Burning Man and Coachella, to put it in perspective.

Now that you’ve realized your body wash could pay for that trip to Prague, let me give you a brief breakdown of what couponing really is. One does not simply use a coupon at a store to get a discount.

True couponing is combining a store sale with a coupon to get an even better discount on that same item.

Here’s an example for you, Grasshopper: Let’s say that you get a coupon for $1 off of one Crest toothpaste. It’s normally $3.50 at RiteAid. Now you could go ahead and use your coupon, and pay $2.50 for the toothpaste, which is fine. However if you check the store ad for next week, you see that Crest toothpaste will be on sale for $2. So, you wait until next week and snag it for just $1 each with your coupons! Now grab six at once, a.ka. stock up, and you have toothpaste for your entire year for $6!

Admittedly, this is why having a bit of a stockpile is required, but if I can manage it in my pre-war Brooklyn apartment, then anyone can.

If you’ve made it this far and that sixth grade math problem didn’t hurt your head, then you have what it takes to be a Super Saver. To start, I suggest you buy a few Sunday newspapers and hit up your good pal YouTube for some newbie tutorials.

You can also follow me on Instagram (@marien_qs_bk) to watch me work.

It only takes one good deal to get hooked, and you’ll never want to pay full price again. Trust me, once a bih’ starts couponing, she gon’ be couponing forever (Cardi B voice)!

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