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What's in "Store"?
Are you a coupon clipper? A discount junkie? A sale shark?
I’m told “couponing” is primarily a US term…it’s a way of tracking and utilizing sales/offers and coupons to get extreme savings at the store. Whatever you call it in your neck of the woods, I really wish I was good at it. There’s something so satisfying about getting a deal, I wonder if it speaks to something deep within our race’s collective unconscious. It’s like bartering at an open air market with live chickens and woven mats. (Ha! I got that chicken for only three mats? Sucka!)
A few years ago, though, I had a particularly lousy shopping experience where, for every lovingly saved coupon I’d gathered up, one of the following was the case:
-my store didn’t carry that brand
-my store didn’t carry that size/variety
-the item was there but a non-sale item I preferred was about the same price
-the store brand was dramatically cheaper anyway and probably as good
-it took twice as long, and drained all the fun out of shopping
I made a determination that it wasn’t worth it for me to clip coupons anymore. For me, it wasn’t worth the time, effort, dedication and frustration to spend an extra hour combing the store and come out only three bucks ahead.
Even so, I’ve always been fascinated by people who can figure out how to work the system. I found an outlet in the TV show Extreme Couponing, which features bargains sharks getting insane deals. Since I don’t have an interest in maintaining a stockpile of strange sale items in my home or scouring the newspapers myself, watching other people do it is good enough for me to get a vicarious kick. On the show, it’s usually undereducated women with limited opportunities who were backed into a corner by their husband’s job loss who discover that they can provide for their families in this way. I get all warm and fuzzy watching them use their persistence and savvy to build their own security. Fans of Magic Mansion will appreciate this: there’s always a moment of manufactured Reality TV drama at the end where they get to the register and the register locks up, and they start pacing and freaking out and thinking, “OMG this might not work.” A thirty-second glitch is magnified and replayed to look like the end of the world. But then the manager steps in and figures out how to get around the register limitations, and all is well. You’d think I’d be tired of that same contrived conflict, but I’ve actually become quite fond of the register meltdown plot trope.
I’ve fallen out of the habit of creating sales and coupons for JCP Books, but given how many people enjoyed my two-day April Fool’s coupon, I’m planning new specials. I’ll run them on weeks that I don’t have either a newsletter or a new release coming out so as not to bombard your inbox. I’ll also give away a free ebook to one person who opens the coupon emails, just like I do with this newsletter. The coupon email list is opt-in, so if you receive this newsletter but you didn’t get the coupon email two weeks ago, it’s possible you opted out of coupons. You can opt in/out here, or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know if you want your preference changed.
I promise not to manufacture contrived melodrama at the checkout point!
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