How Coupons Are Like Cash

by Tom Tessin

The modern day housewife spends coupons just like she would cash money. Coupons are issued by manufacturers and sent to the consumer in a variety of ways. Many consumers check their local newspapers to find an array of coupons that can be used at the local supermarkets, furniture stores, retail stores and a variety of other places where they shop. The merchants usually issue coupons in the Sunday paper and they are normally good for one week. This way the product that is offered has a shorter shelf life and the merchant does not have to worry about stragglers who procrastinate in purchasing. Most merchants get a special price on products from the manufacturers but only for a limited amount of time or a limited amount of product. The idea for the merchant is to use these products to bring in new customers or maintain the regular customers by offering great deals using coupons for their sales.

Manufacturers issue coupons to the consumer through the mail and in the Sunday paper but their coupon savings normally last a longer period of time. The manufacturer coupons savings last from one month up to one year. The valuable coupon then can be used by the consumer at his convenience. Many people depend on coupons to feed their families or buy much needed clothing. Some supermarkets have double coupon day while others will take more than one coupon for an item. Since the economy is in the worst condition than it has been in a very long time the use of coupons has become more and more common among many people in America today.

Coupons are used by senior citizens, young couples, families; people who are single just about everyone at one time or another will use a coupon in order to make a purchase. Coupons help keep cash in your pocket but are not considered legal tender. You may not use a coupon at a bank or to make neither change nor can you use a coupon to pay a bill but the value set is good toward the product. You save money that you can use for other purposes by using the coupon. Many people claim they save $50 or more on their grocery bill then they apply the savings on other items that are important. A fifty dollars savings may help a family buy a pair of shoes for one child and with a rebate from the manufacturer they buy two pair of shoes and get cash back for the second pair of shoes from using the rebate system. Using coupons and rebates together can make a great financial difference in a family's budget.