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July 9th, 2003

Coupons spoil me

If you’re a company and you offer me a coupon, chances are you’ve spoiled me and I won’t shop at your store again unless I have a coupon. I would think that Marketing 101 teaches that “coupons build loyalty,” but for me, it just makes me wait for another coupon thinking, “I won’t be getting the best deal unless I wait.”

This was especially true during the e-commerce boom. It was so common for an online merchant to offer a $15 off a $15 purchase coupon that tons of “deal” sites popped up just to keep track of all of the coupons. If I had to pay more than $8 after shipping for a DVD, chances are I wouldn’t get it… I’d just wait for to have their next insane sale.

These days, mega-deals like that are nowhere to be found. But every so often, one pops up that I can’t refuse, like using the ubquitous “20% off any single item” coupon from Bed, Bath, & Beyond (used recently on my Roomba purchase). If I need something from Bed, Bath, & Beyond and I don’ t have a coupon, I’ll wait a few weeks until one arrives.

Take yesterday for instance.

We need to buy two pillows for our guestroom. Normally, we have two Bed, Bath, & Beyond coupons (or one BB&B and one Linens-n-Things, each of which can be used at a competitor’s store) and we’d go to the store, each armed with one coupon, each buying a single pillow. But this time, we only have one coupon (*gasp!*). You can guess what I did… I went and bought a single pillow using the one coupon we had. I’ll buy another in a few weeks.

I know, I’m a cheap bastard. But at least I have a place where I can write about it.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday July 9, 2003 -- 12:08:18 am
Female pingers unite: does anyone really buy Clinique if it's not Bonus Time?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday July 9, 2003 -- 8:12:56 am
Ryan: Yes.

But, beyond simple discount coupons at larger stores, I've found that it's a ... thrill... of sorts to save big money at the supermarket, too.

By using resources such as Fatwallet, we can find coupons from manufacturers, or sign up for some in the mail. We're averaging a nice $5 savings in coupons alone; coupled with sales, we can save up to $20 off regular prices. As the kids say, "Sweet!"

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 9, 2003 -- 8:37:48 am
I never buy anything online without googling "company name coupon" first - I usually find something useful.

Even more fun for me is to negotiate 0rices down at mahor department stores. It's not as easy as it used to be - but it can still be done anywhere the sales staff is on commission.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 9, 2003 -- 11:08:35 am
When I was growing up, my mother used to be the master when it came to coupons and rebates. In fact, she saved the family so much money, she was actually able to afford putting me through private school for 6 years. Amazing.

jk -- From a guy's perspective, isn't every time Bonus time? It seemed like every time I turned around, I was taking my then-girlfriend to the mall, because it was Clinique bonus time again..

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday July 9, 2003 -- 3:45:17 pm
Bonus time tends to be in the Spring and Fall, when business is otherwise slow. They have really increased the amount that you must spend to get your bag of stuff (most of which you will never use except for the lipstick) so I have chosen to buy Clinique at a local cosmetics outlet!

Speaking of cheap, I don't even set foot in local music stores anymore since it's cheaper at amazon, there's no tax, and their free shipping offer just makes it too easy to shop! I don't know how local stores are surviving.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Wednesday July 9, 2003 -- 4:24:09 pm
A word of advice to the guys...when your SO points out a special Clinique holiday package - get ye ass to the store and buy it immediately. Those things sell out quick.

I speak from experience.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 9, 2003 -- 8:47:54 pm
Speaking of cheap, I don't even set foot in local music stores anymore since it's cheaper at amazon, there's no tax, and their free shipping offer just makes it too easy to shop! I don't know how local stores are surviving.

Answer: used CD/vinyl sections and my tendency for impulsive purchases.

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday July 9, 2003 -- 9:47:04 pm
You are right--there are some cool places to buy used stuff in PA. City Lights in State College is fantastic.

FROM: Caroline
DATE: Thursday July 10, 2003 -- 1:43:41 pm
Just so you know, Bed, Bath and Beyond will accept their own and LNT's expired coupons. LNT will only accept their own expired coupons. But this way you can save your old coupons and go whenever you want.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday July 10, 2003 -- 1:54:20 pm
Hey, thanks for the tip, Caroline. I've never even bothered with expired coupons before...

(BTW, related to the original Ping: we got another 20% off coupon in the mail yesterday, so pillow #2: here I come!)

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 10, 2003 -- 2:06:33 pm
Ha ha, when I first saw the title of this Ping along the directory on the left, I thought it was "Condoms spoil me".

I was curious to know how Ryan was spoiled by jimmy hats.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 10, 2003 -- 6:33:01 pm
Ahh! Stop! Stop! Stop!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday July 11, 2003 -- 9:49:16 am
The J, the I, the M, the M, the Y, it's Jimmyyyyy...

FROM: Michelle
DATE: Friday July 11, 2003 -- 3:44:38 pm
I live for Clinique Bonus Time! I have actually wanted to buy their shampoo and conditioner (which is great!) for about a month...I looked up on the Clinique website for the bonus time in my area and put it on the calendar (literally!) I feel cheated if I buy Clinque without that extra bag of goodies!

FROM: Dani
DATE: Sunday July 13, 2003 -- 3:10:50 pm
My friend worked for Clinique for a while, so she always hooked me up with free stuff. Never needed the bonus stuff, because she got it for me for free.

As for coupons, I'm a discount whore. I don't believe in EVER paying full price for anything. When you have places like, coupons in the mail, and outlet malls, you'd be an idiot to ever pay full price for anything. Hey, it allows me to live like a Queen on a peasant's pay.

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday July 13, 2003 -- 5:20:33 pm
It's Sunday, the day the women take over the Ping! I cannot live w/o Clinique's lash-doubling mascara. (Have we totally driven all the men away now?) I bought Almay's and it does not come off as easily.

I agree with not paying full-price; why shop Banana Republic when you can get the same items at Old Navy?

Michelle, see if you can find the Costmetics Center or something similar near you...Clinique at a discount...but no free goodies. Unless you consider more money in your pocket to be a goodie! Bath and Body Shop even has an outlet division.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday July 13, 2003 -- 5:25:35 pm
I can feel the testosterone slipping away from this Ping. It's only a matter of time before it gets redecorated! ;-)

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday July 13, 2003 -- 5:31:33 pm
Wait! Dave! Let me analyze your colors!!!

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