Penny-wise, Pound-wise

In less than 200 words, describe a quirk or habit of yours.


Half-priced bread, two-dollar savings on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and free eggs: it all adds up. This is the maxim I repeat to myself daily as I attempt to save money for my education. Indeed, the use of coupons and rebates to offset everyday costs can make the difference between going to college in penury or starting the semester with savings. More so when you combine the use of platforms such as Groupon, Coupons.com, and Coupon Cause with pound-wise choices.

I started making pound-wise choices when I realized the cumulative effect of ‘reasonable’ expenses. I also became drawn to the prospect of a sustainable lifestyle. I traded eating out for cooking in, and boutique buys for unique buys from Depop and thrift stores, thereby allowing savings to accrue in my bank account. Today, I am well aware of the joint rewards of penny-wise and pound-wise choices. However, I am still accustomed to the occasional splurge. Such as a citrus diffuser for my mother’s birthday. And ,of course, the emergency coffee.

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