Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How To Survive The World Of Vouchers And Coupons

A big thank you to Niña Angeli Pilapil for today’s post:

Are you a wise shopper? What is your shopping strategy, if any? These days it is very crucial for everyone to have an effective and economical shopping strategy that will help them be wise spenders. Times have really changed and we all need to develop a smart shopping plan that will help us save more bucks that will be handy for when those “rainy days” come. What about those vouchers and coupons offered by group buying sites? Will they help you cut back expenses?

What Are Vouchers And Coupons?

Vouchers and coupons basically have the same aim. They are documents, tickets, or stubs that represent a monetary value which can be exchanged for specific goods or services. Right now, there are lots of companies and groups that offer vouchers and coupons as alternative ways of transacting business. All you need to do is subscribe to their website to see their product selection, create an online shopping account, and use that to receive their latest offers. The voucher or coupon will be sent to you usually through electronic mail which you will have to print out (for in store offers) or use online (with a code).

What’s The Best Strategy?

Here are some pointers to help you be the best voucher or coupon user you can be:

1. Know your “needs” from your “wants.”
It is crucial for you to define your needs and wants first. This will help you decide whether to buy a particular product or not. For example, grocery items like food are needs while the latest mobile phones are wants. If you can identify these, it will be easy for you to determine which products or services to buy from these group buying sites and which ones to miss.

2. Look for shopping buddies and buy in bulk
Lots of these sites offer a “Buy more, save more” policy. Thus, it would be a good idea to look for shopping buddies like your family members and friends so you can use bulk purchase perks. This way, you won’t be tempted to buy large quantities by yourself and end up spending more than you planned for.

3. Read the purchase and redemption guidelines carefully
Before you click on that purchase or confirmation button, read all guidelines first, especially those that are typed in small fonts. Most people don’t bother reading this and end up not fully understanding the terms and conditions. In effect, they miss important details like hidden surcharges, expiration dates, and others.

4. Consider giving vouchers and coupons as gifts
Nowadays, lots of people get attracted to giving vouchers or coupons as gifts. This is a good alternative provided that you are giving something useful and appropriate for the recipient. This technique allows you to buy the gifts in advance without having to worry about not having money to buy the gift when the special occasion arrives. Just make sure to inform your recipient enough information in claiming the items or services you gave them.

What do you think of this system? Do you think it can fit your lifestyle? This technique can either be your best purchase strategy or your worst one depending on how you handle it. Do you think you’re ready to buy from group buying sites now?

About The Author

Niña Angeli Pilapil is a writer and editor and loves watching films and documentaries. She works for, an e-commerce promotional products company. Visit her Twitter page at

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