Saving, Spending, And Coupons

As the New Year gets rolling, a lot of people are trying to keep their New Year resolutions. They could be trying to stop smoking or lose weight; spend less or do more for themselves. With coupons, you can continue spending but still save money; do something for yourself but save for a big goal; lose weight and quit smoking, all at the same time. 2017 could be your most exciting year so far.

Saving Money by Spending

Hear me out here — this isn’t as goofy as it sounds. There are investments which seem like a lot of money at the outset, but in the long run, they save the consumer lots of cash. An example is a food processor. The foods you can make with this gadget tend to cost a lot if you use them regularly; foods like protein bars and grated cheese. Buy the processor, and you can grate hundreds of grams of cheese effortlessly; make energy bars for a third of the price, and create other costly foods like nut butters. After less than a year, the $250 price tag will be paid off.


Electronic cigarettes offer another example of the costly investment that is worthwhile in the end. Cigarette smokers pay many hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year. Their costs are dependent on locations as prices for cigs vary from $6 per pack to $14 across the country according to state taxes. If a single disposable e cig is worth the equivalent of more than a pack of cigarettes, possibly two, then a $7 device has paid for itself. When you buy a starter kit or an eGo, even replacing batteries and e-juice all year long is nothing by comparison.

Saving Money with the Internet

I won’t go so far as to say that every store’s deals are as good as the rest. You also have to allow for taxes in some places and not in others, the cost of visiting a boutique outlet when you can’t get to the cheaper outlet store and markups from some entrepreneurs that put profits ahead of customers. There is a way to avoid pressure sales although it’s no guarantee of really low prices: shop on the internet. Many stores manage to lower the cost of a bill just by transferring the bulk of sales (if not all their sales) to e-commerce with Magento, Joomla, etc. Without a store to run, costs are far lower. When all you need to do is fill a warehouse from floor to ceiling and make sure employees are given a safe place to work, d├ęcor isn’t an issue. You pay for practical elements instead of fancy ones. Meanwhile, a business owner buys more of an item at one time, maximizing discounts through the manufacturer, and passes these savings on to the customer. At least, you hope he passes them on. There are no guarantees.

Internet Savings Continue

At a store, you were able to take advantage of sales and use vouchers you found in magazines or in-store coupons. These entitled you to 50% off a sweater, buy-one-get-one-free offers, and even a chance to browse for seconds at 75% off. Outlet stores are great for low-cost shopping, but often located out of town. Shoppers need a whole day to make the most of outlet malls.

Internet stores are always around, 24/7, even if staff have gone home. Customers browse in their own time and don’t feel sentimental about making sure an attentive clerk gets a commission for offering excellent customer service. Place an order, and the next business day it will be processed. If your timing is good, an item could be on your doorstep or in the mailbox within 24 hours.

Discounts and Promos

Go back to e cigs for a minute because they really are an excellent example of how to quit smoking without gaining weight and spending money in order to save it. While basic prices are already lower than the cost of cigarettes, especially rechargeable systems, firms like VaporDNA and Vapor4Life publish coupons using the internet. You don’t have to print them off; just quote what they say, whether it’s a word or a series of symbols, and in exchange, you get the deal written on each coupon. Investments in vaping often work out to far less money than a person expected to pay, thanks to these promotions. This is a good kind of surprise, one which also works with vitamins, clothing, home furnishings, and sporting equipment if you look for promo codes.