Wise Man Uses Coupons
Frugality. Practiced by the wise, encouraged by the elders, and – well – ignored by the young. Why? Is it because if we aren’t wearing Ralph Lauren, using iPhones, or sporting new LeBron shoes we aren’t cool? Like everything about a teenager, it is impossible to understand. It’s a shame more adolescents aren’t frugal because it has so much to offer! For one, it saves you money. Sales, coupons, memberships; all grant you the opportunity to save. However, it’s hard when expensive things around you – At the mall, on TV, and on your peers. Saving money isn’t always easy, but in the end it is worth it. Maybe the younger generation should really listen to a pop music, as Macklemore says in his new song Thrift Shop, “I’m like, “Yo – that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt.” Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition. Fifty dollars for a T-shirt – that’s just something ignorant.”
One of my favorite examples of being frugal is thrift shopping. First off, it’s just plain fun. You can have fun being a thrift. Who would have thought! Second of all, the deals are amazing. Ralph Lauren Polos are usually seventy plus dollars. I got one for twelve. No one has to know. It looks just as good. Funky ties? No problem. Used Video games? You got it. For book coupons you can checkout rebateszone, they have coupons for different book stores like Chegg, Abebooks etc. Basically what I’m saying is if you go to the right place, you can get the same product for a whole lot less. As a teenager, this took me a while to understand, but once I got it, I was like “What have I been wasting my money on all these years?!”
Thrift shopping and finding discounts aren’t the only ways to save money. You can also use coupons to save. I remember when I was a kid, I used to run around the supermarket and collect all the coupons from the aisles. I gave them to my mom, not even knowing what I had in my hand. I just thought it was a fun. As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized it’s still a game, just not a game of how many I can pick up; it’s a game of how much money I can save. I admit I don’t shop at the supermarket and pick up coupons there, but I do shop at the mall and print out coupons online. Even five dollars off is a bargain.
It is one thing to save money, but it is another thing what to do with the money saved. There are a lot of options. You could blow it all on a dream trip to the Bahamas, or you could go on a shopping spree at the mall. However, the smartest thing would be to put it into a savings account, a 401K account, a retirement fund, or whatever banking account you deem to be the best for you’re hard saved money. Being a thrift isn’t just about saving the money in the present – it’s also about saving the money for the future. Who knows what could happen in the next twenty years. You could experience hard times, lose your job, raise a family, or buy a house. Anything can happen, and it’s better to be prepared than not. Your life, and eventually your family could depend on your ability to save your money correctly.
Frugality is not just about saving money; it’s also about saving yourself. Alright, maybe not as dramatic, but being frugal can also mean controlling and posting limits for yourself. As the saying goes, more is not better! Most things in life should be done in moderation simply because taking more than what is needed is a waste. For example, eating the correct amount and type of food and not stuffing your face with Twinkies. It keeps you healthy and gives you a longer life span. Also, you need to live within your means. This means avoiding debt, learning what you can afford, and loving what you have. It’s okay to want certain things like a flat screen TV, but it is not necessary to have it.
Frugality gives you an edge over the opponent, the opponent being anything from finances to your own personal improvement. Being prudent with your money can help you accomplish your dreams. For me, that dream is going to college. Sometimes being frugal can be hard, especially when it requires you to sacrifice one thing for another. However, in the end, when you accomplish your dreams it is worth every penny saved.