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Smile With This Frugal Shopping Tip

Aug 9, 2008
Shopping, especially grocery shopping can be no fun. Getting your list ready can be a hazel in and of itself let alone the coupon cutting, line waiting, child screening, spill on aisle 7 avoiding craziness the supermarkets can be. It was high time fellow shoppers took action to help each other out and brighten the mood at these haunts.

There is a very simple way that you could do this: as you go through the torture of cutting out your own coupons take the chance to cut out additional coupons of those products that you always see people buying that you never happen to buy. This could be the female razor that is simply too feminine for your chiseled chin. Or it could be that Axe body spray that you simply don't want females all over because you don't play for the other team. The product itself doesn't matter. What matters is that you don't buy it but others do.

You take these coupons with you to the store in your messy pile of coupons that you have to dig through. Better yet you put them in their own specially marked envelop so that you don't complicate your own situation. Having them handy is the key.

Then as you walk through the store you place the coupons near the products that they are for like a human, coupon-laying Easter bunny. Then, as some person who actually wants the item walks up they will have a pleasant surprise as they realize that not only do they get a delicious cup-o-noodles but they also get a nice $0.50 discount on said noodles. This will increase their happiness to the max. You will also benefit in know that your actions had a direct and positive affect on another human being. The satisfaction will tingle for hours on end.

For those particularly brave and very interested in being strict utilitarians you might want to consider handing the coupons out to individuals rather than leaving them blindly on store aisle and end caps. That way you get that extra boost of happiness by witnessing first hand the joy you bestow on these lucky individuals. This will increase your happiness significantly.

It also might increase the beneficiary's happiness as well, since humans are very social by nature. You might even start up a conversation and become grocery store friends. Who doesn't want grocery store friends?

If you are of the opposite sex and find each other attractive for physical, emotional, spiritual, or intellectual reasons you could even start up a romantic relationship after first establishing a solid friendship. Then you could tell your children that they should be frugal too since you met your spouse by being frugal and employing a coupon sharing shopping tip.

Remember, the quality of life of those around can be directly impacted by your actions. If you are loving and kind around them they will benefit and so you will - both in the deep inward satisfaction that will result in you as well as the benefit you will receive in kind from someone looking toward your benefit in the future. Being kind is always rewarding.
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