Grocery stores and other retail stores bombard us with coupons. Coupons come to use in various channels through mailbox via direct or indirect distributions, Sunday newspapers, email subscriptions, targeted offers, in app-exclusive offers, blog affiliate ads, and the list goes on. Why should we care about coupons, as they may be a waste of our valuable time and it only saves us $.30 here and $.40 there. Because of the small incremental value of saving per item, we tend to neglect them. However, with few mathematical approaches, we may be able to justify spending time out of our busy life to go through lists of coupons.
For example, I typically save about $15 per transaction at a grocery store. $15 is a modest amount of saving, and it’s equivalent to about 3 tall lattes or 7 tall drip coffees at Starbucks. The family typically goes grocery shopping once a week to replenish the refrigerator for the following week. In 1 year the saving adds up to approximately $15 x 52 weeks/yr =$780. That’s not bad! The saving I get from grocery shopping is greater than what I typically spend on gas for 1 year in commute. I can now reroute the savings to refueling my vehicle; therefore the net cost of gas purchase becomes zero. What I’m trying to infer from my experience is that small savings matter, and they can be added up to be a significant amount of money.
Whether you like digital coupons or enjoy clipping them, BTFE (Box Tops for Education) has both types to satisfy the mass. For example, images below are surveys of offers. As can be seen, not all of the items on the digital and physical coupons contain Box Tops cutouts (red border indicates products withBox Tops cutouts). The key here is to use any of these coupons in addition to what yo use regularly to purchase products that participate in Box Tops for Education and to maximize your overall saving. Saving money and Box Tops collections are very similar. They both require a long-term outlook and patience.