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Latest Post: Collecting Coupons is Like Beating a Video Game

Couple playing gamesBeating the Game: Coupons as Bonus Points Anyone who has felt the rush associated with a delivery of money-saving coupons and free products in the mail will understand how much collecting coupons can feel like building up points and rewards in a video game. The comparison is particularly apt when those coupons have been discovered and ordered online, or accessed through an app. Real life and the world of computer games seem to collide when what you do on your computer or smartphone results in real life rewards. Even if you are not much of a game-player, you may find yourself imagining a little you-shaped character running around a pixilated world picking up coupons to increase your score. The Gamification of Life Gamification is a word that refers to efforts to bring elements of gaming into real life. It is a term that is mainly used by social theorists and companies hoping to take advantage of the trend, but it is not necessary to wait for someone to gamify your life for you. A small shift in perspective can make collecting coupons and saving money more enjoyable, by turning it into a game that you design for yourself. You may already have used this tactic to get through repetitive work or household tasks by trying to beat your hourly record or to finish in a certain amount of time. Jobs like mowing the lawn or encouraging the kids to finish their math homework can be much easier when the work turned into a game. How to Turn Shopping into a Game Shopping is one of those everyday tasks that can become less of a chore when you set yourself a challenge. Trundling your cart around the grocery store, feeling rather like a video game character exploring a maze, your task is to find and collect all of the items on your list, avoiding the temptation of buying anything you don't need, and trying to maximize your score by spending as little as possible:
  • You gain and lose points by saving and spending money
  • You can find bonuses by looking for coupons and using them to save
  • Look out for traps: sometimes a coupon that seems to save you money will actually attempt to get you to spend more or buy something you don't need
  • You gain experience by learning how to find and identify the best coupons
  • Move up a level: You can start saving by just taking a few minutes to look for the best deals, but if you want to become an expert saver, you can learn how to combine coupons, sign up for free samples and download coupon apps
The Cheat Sheet: Rules for Winning The biggest difference between games and life is that games usually come with a set of rules that tell you how to play. Some gamers have even posted "cheat sheets" that tell other players exactly where the secret bonuses and hidden traps are in the game. Life would be a lot simpler if it came with a rulebook, but even without one, it is possible to seek advice that can offer you a cheat sheet to certain aspects of living. Managing your finances is one area of life that, with certain household expenses rising, can seem particularly difficult to navigate without help. As prices change and stores advertise forever-changing offers, it can feel impossible to ensure you are getting the best deal. Luckily, there are plenty of places, like the Coupon Claim website, where you can find advice on using coupons and other ways of saving money, to help you grab all of the bonuses while avoiding the traps. You Don't Need Computers to Play a Game Still not convinced that coupon collecting is as rewarding as beating a video game? If you are a more traditionally minded game player, you may prefer to envision your life as a board game. Everyone has probably played a game like Monopoly that requires a certain amount of strategy and financial acumen, but which can also provide surprises that depend entirely on chance. Collecting a coupon is like pulling out a card that entitles you to a reward, but you don't have to wait for one to come to you by chance. You can go out and start looking for savings.  
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  • Why a Coupon Blog?

    Not only do we like coupons, we like blogging about the savings as well. Join in as we blog about coupon news, videos, events and share articles about anything to do with coupons. Check out the most recent coupon blog posts below.

    Coupon Blogs

    During the first half of this year 1.6 billion coupons have been redeemed and out of that number, 10 million are digital coupons collectively increasing their use in 2009 by nearly 25%. Coupons are the ultimate answer to saving money in a very tenuous economic market, and if any of us are to be successfully frugal, we need to have time, patience and a plan to be organized. It gets very tedious typing in various keywords into Google, Yahoo or Bing looking for the best daily deals, so streamlining our searches and at the same time reading helpful suggestions created the need for quality coupon blogs.

    Coupon blogs help people make better decisions with their finances. We can derive the benefits of consumer opinions, and we can rely on updated information as well as suggestions to find some really good deals any of us might skip over. Let’s use as an example, we blog this week about Barnes & Noble having a 20% discount on mystery book purchases. If someone purchases one mystery paperback for regular price, the next mystery paperback would be half price. Why not buy a book for a present whether it be for your child’s next book report or a stocking stuffer for Christmas?

    Coupon blogs puts consumers in contact with others who have purchased the same products or are considering making a purchase. Gaining experience from others is worth a lot of time and money. We can avoid some pitfalls , enjoy tips for saving money and even ask questions as to the merchant offerings. All of this is quite unique as compared to walking into perhaps a JCPenney store and searching for sizes, brands, and direct feedback from other shoppers in the store; I mean how often if ever does that happen? If you read the blogs about the coupons for JC Penney saving $10.00 to $15.00, it’s definitely a savings in your wallet, and easily found on a coupon blog; and probably a lot harder to spot while browsing through the mall.. There are many free gifts offered, free shipping offered and give aways exclusive to blog writing and consumer and member feedback. When was the last time a merchant at the mall offered to pay for your gasoline to and from the store?

    I have found there is usually some good and innovative advice I had never thought about when I read coupon blogs. There are “ how to” articles which have enriched family fun. There can be price comparisons of family restaurants, reviews as to the most popular menu items, combination coupons and sound advice and personal experiences relating to merchants. Anything related to coupons both offline and online can be discussed with the primary purpose of helping all of us to realize the most rewards while spending the least amount of money and deriving the most pleasure for ourselves, our friends, our co-workers and our families. Most blogs change quite often, and it is an excellent opportunity to share new store alerts, unique products and even fashion trends we admire. So come visit us and sit a spell… read some interesting ideas and feel free to participate or send in what you would like to see discussed in the future.

    –Cheryl Hanna

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