Saving money means that you find ways to pay less money when you shop. Saving money means paying the best price for the things you want to buy.
Saving money also means deciding not to buy everything that you want.
No. Saving money does not mean always buying the cheapest product. The quality of the product you are buying matters, too. Sometimes, something that costs a little more money will last longer. That might make it a better value.
A coupon offers a deal on certain products or at certain stores. A coupon might be a piece of paper that you cut out of the newspaper or a magazine. A coupon also might be a code you enter on a website.Read more
A good way to save money is to compare prices. You compare prices by looking at the price of something at more than one store. Something might be “on sale” at one store. But another store might sell the same thing for less money.
When you are shopping, you can ask:
Sometimes, you might find a better price online. When you see a price online, find out if you will need to pay extra money to have it sent to you. This cost is called “shipping.” If you add the shipping cost to the price, is it still a good deal?
A coupon can help you save money on certain products or at certain stores. But coupons can help you save only if you are buying something you need. Do not buy things just because you have a coupon for them.
Here is an example of how a coupon works:
You pay $45.
You saved $10.
You can cut coupons out of the newspaper or a magazine. You also can find coupons online at:
To use a coupon online, you often need to type your “coupon code” or “promotional code” into a box. This happens while you are “checking out” and entering the information to pay for what you are buying.
Some stores have “double coupon” days. On these days, you might get twice as much money off.
For example, if you have a coupon for 50 cents off of a certain brand of orange juice, you would get $1 off on double coupon days.
Look for double coupon days at grocery stores. Ask at the store whether they have double coupon days.
Many coupons have an “expiration date.” After that date, you cannot use the coupon.
A “sale” is when a store sells something for a cheaper price. Sometimes you can wait for an item to go on sale. That way, you do not have to pay as much for it.
Before you buy an item that is “on sale,” ask yourself:
A sale price is not a good price if you do not need the item. A sale price does not help you save money if you cannot afford to buy the item.Read more
You can save money when you shop if you compare prices at different stores, use coupons, think about whether you really want something, and ask questions.
Before you buy something, ask yourself:
Maybe you should buy it. Maybe not. Before you buy, think about whether this is the right deal for you.