Need a reason to save? Here’s a $10,000 reason.Posted by Donna Freedman on Sep 5, 2013 | 16 comments
September is National Coupon Month, and Valpak and Savings.com are sponsoring a campaign called “10,000 Reasons to Save.”
The idea is to highlight the “tangible, long-term impact” that coupons can have on our lives.
Coupons have made a major difference in my life, especially when I was a broke single mother and a broke middle-aged college student. Maybe they’ve made a big impact in your life, too – and if so, you can share your story for a chance to win up to $10,000.
That would be a pretty big impact, too.
The Reasons to Save website invites readers to contribute short essays (250 to 500 words) about their specific reason to save – buy a house? have a baby? put an existing baby through college one day? – and how smart coupon use could support that long-term goal.
(My own reason is stated in the photo that accompanies this post. Not a particularly flattering snap, but the goal is heartfelt. Many thanks to my niece for lettering the sign and taking the picture.)
Five finalists will be chosen on Sept. 25 and the public gets to vote on their favorite story. The winner gets $10,000 and the other four finalists will receive $500 apiece.
I double-dog-dare you to enter. It would be so exciting to have a reader chosen as one of the finalists – and if you were, I’d throw as much support as possible your way via social media.
As I’ve noted on MSN Money, coupons aren’t just for groceries. When I needed dental work, a Valpak coupon got me a heck of a deal. If you need to rent a tux for prom, Savings.com has discount codes. Interested in an oil change, a vet visit, a pizza delivery? More than likely, there’s a coupon.
A truly dedicated couponer can save up to $10,000 per year, according to Valpak. That should make you rethink the way you use (or don’t use) both paper and virtual Qs.