Congrats, Washington, D.C., residents! We were just voted the most frugal city in the country.
Washington, D.C., is known for many things -- politics and history, most notably -- but being cheap probably isn't one of them. Despite this, Quotient Technology Inc., which runs Coupons.com, just released their list of the most frugal cities in the country and Washington, D.C., won first place.
This is the second year in a row that Washington, D.C., has won the top spot. This year, D.C. residents saved $39.3 million using coupons -- that's $201.82 per person. In 2017, local couponers saved 25 percent more than the previous year.
Maybe our high cost of living is causing District residents to clip extra coupons before heading to the supermarket. After all, Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive cities
in the country. We also could be frugal people because there are so many amazing attractions and things to do in the city for free!
With the rise in the use of apps, saving money is easier than ever. Quotient gave out more than 3.5 digital coupons in 2017. There are multiple coupon smartphone apps, including Coupons.com and Ibotta, and savers can also download apps for specific stores which will offer them discounts when they shop at those places.
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Jeanette Pavini, savings expert for Coupons.com states, "America’s Most Frugal Cities list shines a light on cities where the shoppers make sure to stretch their budgets. Using coupons in the digital age is so easy there’s no reason not to take advantage of them. With little effort, people are saving hundreds of dollars every year.”
The 10 most thrifty cities are:
- Dallas-Ft. Worth
- Tampa-St. Petersburg
Interestingly, the top three most frugal cities are all finalists in Amazon's search for a second headquarters
. Perhaps something in our local economies spurs both thriftiness and innovation.
What do you think? Are you a thrifty shopper or do you like to treat yourself? Let us know in the comments!