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Sneering at Coupons

May 28th, 2008 at 06:49 pm

A long time ago I realized its not just how much you make, but how much of what you make that you keep. Obviously, there is a minimum amount necessary and that varies by where you live. But, regardless, if you make $75,000 and spend $75,000 or more you will have problems sooner or later.

I take advantage of offers by businesses to maximize my savings. I try to use coupons and sales to get the best deal. A recent example is a local gas station with really good pizza offered a free cheese pizza with a coupon from Valpak, no purchase necessary. I thought it would be a personal size, but no, it was at least a 12". Delicious!

I have been getting alot of things free or close to it with a combination of coupons and CVS ecbs. A couple of times in the last month indivduals have all but accused me of stealing from the stores/restaurants. In both cases, the people have been men. Is this a coincidence, I don't know, I suppose it doesn't matter, just an observation.

The first person was listening in on a conversation I was having with someone else. We were discussing using the gift certificates at Restaurant.com. He sneered, stating that we were cheating the restaurant. The discussion was about which restaurants we had used in the program. The second time I was talking to my exhusband, so the sneer wasn't a total surprise but he used to love my saving money with coupons, so it was a little surprising. With my ex, I mentioned that I was using a coupon to get a $25 gift card at CVS for filling a new prescription with them.

Why would someone think that using coupons within the rules of the business or manufacturer is stealing? And, to be honest, what right does someone have to accuse me/us of stealing? I was shocked by the first person, because I thought he liked both of us. My ex wasn't a big surprise because when in a mood, anything can spew out of his mouth.

If others choose not to use coupons or take advantage of special offers by businesses, thats fine. But, I don't want to be accused of stealing or taking advantage of a business because I use a coupon or look for a sale. I usually don't discuss my coupon use with alot of other people, just family and a few others I know who use coupon/sales.

Has anyone else had an experience like this?

9 Responses to “Sneering at Coupons”

  1. pjmama Says:

    I haven't, but it seems ludicrous that anyone would! Businesses put coupons out there to bring in business, and to get repeating customers. More times than not, they're a ploy to get us into thier store/restaurant to buy much more than the coupon would cover to begin with. Us smart cookies just dont fall for it Smile There's nothing wrong with using coupons to the greatest advantage and being smart about spending.

    I'm sure those people are just angry they didn't think of it, and feel silly for paying full price (usually *over* priced) for everything!

  2. sounderella Says:

    I agree with pj.....they're just "hatin'" Wink keep up the good work and feel good about it!

  3. A Nonny Mouse Says:

    Doesn't Restaurant.com have to get the restaurant(s) in question to agree to participate in the first place? LOL

    So, how in the world are *you* cheating/stealing from them????

    Some people are truly idiots. Boggles the mind.....or at least it boggles mine. :-)

  4. boomeyers Says:

    If DH and I didn't have the Resturant.com coupon, we would'nt go to that resturant in the first place. We spend more (Spend $30 get $10 off), it is not like we are getting it for free and not tipping or something. They are still making a good profit, whereas without the coupon, they would not have made any off of us.

  5. asmom Says:

    Stealing? That's silly. Do they understand that the restaurant has to agree to offer the coupon in the first place and that they are the ones who set the terms of use? I've heard some doozies.

  6. koppur Says:

    Some people just sneer at everything they didn't think o first. Kudos to you for getting good deals!

  7. sagegirl Says:

    It is jealousy on their part--they are envious of your magical, frugal coupon-using powers. Smile

  8. mom-from-missouri Says:

    Do we have the same ex??

  9. nance Says:

    I don't think my ex ever used a coupon in his life. It is "beneath" him!

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