There’s a lot of talk about Coupon Queens these days, especially on television. These ladies, me included, are all over the grocery stores, coupon binders at hand, scoring great deals for pennies on the dollar to feed their families. But what about the Coupon Kings?
Don’t men like getting a good deal and saving money, too? Of course they do! Traditionally, men would get great deals by negotiating at the car lot or flashing some cash at the electronics store in an effort to score a deal. It’s true that there are many more women than men who coupon, but I see that trend beginning to change.
More men are couponing now that ever. How do I know this? Because I’ve seen it firsthand. When I first began teaching my Coupon Workshops, it was a rare occasion for a man to attend. In fact, the first year I taught the workshops the attendees were less than 10% men. In a class that I taught for the employees of a local business two weeks ago, 30% of my students were men. That’s a huge increase! So, I decided to ask some the “men of couponing” why they do it.
Veteran Coupon King, Kenny Booth, (who also happens to be the very person who introduced me to FatWallet.com) sees couponing as a way to improve his family’s finances. Naturally, when he’s shopping on line, his first stop is to FatWallet.com to find a coupon code! Kenny told me that every dollar he saves goes to pay down his debt. It’s a challenge to see how much his family can save. Every week, he gets the grocery store sale fliers and matches up the coupons for the items his family uses on a regular basis. Then Kenny hands the coupons and list to his wife to go and she goes to the store, while he stays home with the kids. Several men I talked to also worked together with their spouses to find deals, use coupons, and do the shopping.
Single guys aren’t afraid of coupons either! Rob H., partner of an insurance firm in Lexington, Kentucky, uses coupons, and not because he really needs to. Rob’s philosophy is, “Why spend any more than you have to?” He regularly uses coupons to stock up on razors, shampoo, and deodorant. He sees it as wise money management. Rob even has a coupon binder – in stylish black, of course!
So, what are you waiting for, guys? Are you too cool for coupons? I hope not because there’s a lot of money out there to be saved that could be better spent on something that’s meaningful to you and your family.
Christine Luken is a Coupon Queen, Financial Coach, and author of the e-book, “Confessions of a Coupon Queen: Secrets Retailers Don’t Want You to Know.” She has a passion for helping families save money so they can build up their savings and pay off their debt. Christine lives in the Greater Cincinnati area with her husband, Nick, and two cats, Peanut and Little Tiny. In her spare time, you can find Christine on the golf course, at the mall shopping for shoes (coupons in hand!), or at home watching cage fighting with her husband. You can reach her by email or on her website.