Whether they’re young single parents, childless singles, young couples, or older singles, Coupon Clippers share one common trait: they’re only just getting by. Less than half are employed; those with jobs tend to hold poorly paid casual sales and labouring positions that don’t require qualifications. Despite their struggle to find a balance between the cost of living and having a good time, Coupon Clippers remain optimistic. More often than not, though, these young Battlers are left barely covering the essentials.
Walk with Me
They’ve got some mean deals down at that local Pak ‘n’ Save, aye; look at this on the back of my docket! Pam’s Pizzas for two dollars! I might have to go back inside and get some. I had to walk here today because I didn’t have enough money to put petrol in the car. It’s always tough trying to stretch my money out, but that’s okay, I still know how to have a good time.
I’m heading off to rugby later on today. The boys in the team have been giving me heaps of stick because I still live at home with my parents, but that’s because I haven’t been able to find a full-time job yet. I’ve done some odd jobs here and there since I left school, but nothing permanent. I don’t have a degree either, so I’m not qualified to do much. It’s been hard even finding a labouring or low skilled job. Surely there’s gotta be something I can do? Anything to get me out of home!
We came to New Zealand a few years back in search of a better life, so you could say my family has had it pretty tough. Somehow, we’ve managed … just.
The whole family’s getting together tomorrow after church. It’ll be good to catch up with everyone. Maybe I can ask around and see if any of the rellies have any work for me — just need some quick cash so I can go to the CD store and buy one of those old hip hop albums they always have on special.