Coupons are used to avail special discounts on products and services. Since the start of the massive economic downturn, the use of coupons has enjoyed steady increase popularity. It has been integrated into the marketing strategy of businesses to increase sales especially of expensive items and services, and non-essential consumers items.
On the same note consumers have also taken a liking for the benefits of using coupons. Due to the weak economy, consumer habits have changed. The trend now is to hunt for the best ways to save money and on top of the lists are coupons. If you think only people experiencing financial troubles are keeping tight, now, so are people who feels theyll be at the same position. People in middle class are tightening their belt. A lot people became budget-savvy in a very short time.
The power of coupons may actually be underrated by some businesses. Not just are coupons just effective in making a sale, sometimes its actually because of the coupon that the customers are convinced to buy something even though you they do not actually intend to. People feel the loss of not being able to use the coupons they hold so they make up reasons to use it. If you are the business owner, that means more sale for you.
Coupons are both printed and virtual. Its just as proliferate online as it is offline. I myself, make it a habit of using coupons for my purchases as it saves me significant amounts of money. For one, I am blogger and when I purchase domains and web hosting online, I buy from hosting services that offers coupons. If I see a coupon for a domain that is just too good to pass over, I always end up with one extra domain. One time, I stumbled upon a coupon which will enable me to register a domain (which is for this case $8 per year) for $1 a year. Guess what I did? Yeah, I took my secret domain name notebook out and started cashing in until I reached the limit. Imagine how much I saved! But this is actually a smart move for the registrars. Why? These coupons are usually not valid for renewals, and since I bought the domains from them, I will probably be a repeat customer for the following year, and renewals are usually set to the regular price. Of course by then I would hunt for coupons to renew at a discounted price.
Why not use coupon? There is virtually no disadvantage in using them, unless of course, you dont want your choice range to be cut. Its like a trade between choices and savings. But in all practicality, if you can get the same quality for a lower price why not? In times like these, who wouldnt want to save? It wont hurt anyone and can even help you buy more without sacrificing on the quality. So, have fun using coupons.