Perfect Smiles Dental Care July 2017

PUT DOWN THE SCISSORS AND STEP AWAY FROM THE NEWSPAPER We Do the Math on Coupon Clipping

You don’t get paid enough to afford all the groceries you’d like. In fact, if it wasn’t for coupons, you wouldn’t be able to get everything you need, right? Coupon clipping is a time-honored way of saving money and a source of pride amongst many of us who need those paychecks to go as far as possible. But there are two ways to look at it: as a way to put food on the table that you otherwise couldn’t afford, or as a way to trick money-conscious consumers into buying stuff they normally wouldn’t. Which takeaway describes your situation? To find out, you have to answer two questions.

The first question is, “Do I need, and will I use, everything that I buy with coupons?” Here’s the thing: Coupons are designed to affect you psychologically. It turns out that the same part of your brain that governs basic instincts (like hunger and pleasure) also loves a screaming good deal. It can be hard to resist the allure, and that means you often spend money on things that you normally wouldn’t, because you have a coupon. It’s tough, but stick to the staples (like rice, beans, oats and salt) that you’ll use eventually and that won’t go bad. Of course, if you’ve wanted something for a long time and it goes on sale, it makes sense to buy. But don’t let the coupon section dictate your desires!

The second question is, “How much is my time worth, and how much of that time do I spend hunting down the best deals and clipping coupons?” We’re not trained to think of our time as valuable when we aren’t working, but time is the one thing you can’t get back. If you’re saving $25 a week on stuff you actually need, but it takes 4 hours a week to get that savings, you’re losing money even if you make minimum wage. That’s time you could be spending with family, picking up a half-shift at work or finding innovative ways to make money. We won’t deny that there are great deals out there, deals that are now more available than ever thanks to apps like Groupon. But

don’t mistake coupons for anything but what they really are: businesses trying to trick your brain into buying more stuff. Use them wisely, but don’t let them rule you.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank all of the staff here at Perfect Smiles Dental Care. Your staff removed all of my previous dental fears that I once had. Your staff was always willing to help and answer any questions or concerns I had. My experience here at Perfect Smiles was outstanding and all should be complimented for their hard work. Once again, I thank you all for helping me feel confident to smile again.” – E.R. Ba rtlett, Leavenworth, KS “I want to thank Dr. Bridenstine and staff for being so wonderful to me, not only by giving me my ‘dream’ smile, but for also helping me through my extended process of bringing my teeth back to good health after years of neglect. Every visit is welcomed with a warm greeting, as well as taken care of during the entire visit with a

blanket/pillow, sweet, hand-holding or little rubs to make sure that I am comfortable, and constantly checking in to make sure that I am alright. When I leave, I am so thankful for the kindness and genuine care that I am given. I feel honored and lucky to be a patient and feel part of the Perfect Smiles ‘family.’ You are all so special and unique! Thank you!” – J.W., K a nsas City, Missou ri

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