I went shopping today. At a strip mall adjacent to a larger mall. It was exhausting, but since I just got a Fitbit (thanks, mom!) I walked the perimeter rather than get in my car and drive from the big box store at one end to the big box store at the other. I think I’ve gotten too caught up in promotions and somehow gaming the shopping system this holiday, and I have learned that coupons are only worth it if:
you would have bought the thing in the first place.
Simple, right? Everybody gets this, no?
Well, of course not, because coupons are there to make us buy things we might not have bought in the first place.
The thing that drove home the futility of coupons: Bed Bath & Beyond. I had one of those 20% off coupons, but this wasn’t for one item, it was for an entire purchase. Oh, goodie, I thought, I’m going cash in without having to rely on Amazon and shipping, and nascent guilt about excess fuel or putting mom and pops out of business (ahem, BB&B is big box store, yes, I know). Once I got into the store and found the fancy kitchen electronic item I desired I pulled out the coupon to read the fine print and it said:
Here’s a list of 50 brands this discount doesn’t apply to, and every nice, expensive item in this store is on this list of excluded items. Perhaps you would like some plastic mixing bowls or scratchy towels? If so, you might find a brand to suit, but let’s just forget about kitchen electronics or designer bedding, shall we?
I like to picture Loki from the Thor movies delivering this message.
So, BB&B, I am done with you. Unless you send me Loki. In that case, we can be BFFs.