What is Your Idea of a Discount?

by Kristina on May 21, 2012 · 3 comments

Good Morning DINKS. Yesterday I got an email in my inbox which offered a 15% discount on one item of my choice at a very popular lingerie store.  I am a girl who loves a good bargain, but I immediately deleted the email as I thought to myself “it’s only a 15% discount”.  I actually don’t particularly need any lingerie items at this current time, but I can always use a nice pair of pyjamas.  After I shut down my laptop I thought to myself I just deleted a coupon for 15% off an item from one of my favourite stores because the discount wasn’t big enough.  I wondered to myself…am I becoming a discount snob?

Even though 15% off of one item is definitely better than paying full price for the item, but since I don’t really need anything from the store they will have to give a better discount in order to entice me to make a purchase.  The store could definitely offer 15% off of my entire purchase as oppose to just 15% off of one item.  I also remember getting a coupon not so long ago for 30% off of my entire purchase from the same store, so I know that they can definitely offer a better discount.  I can’t willingly accept only 15% off of one item when I know that I can get a better discount if I wait for the next promotion or sale.

What do you think?

I very rarely pay full price for anything, but this is a habit that I have only recently picked up over the past three to four years.  Now I am so addicted to discounts that I will always make an excuse to buy and item if it is on sale or not buy an item if it is not on sale.  There are some items that I think are always overpriced such as toilet paper, toothpaste, and deodorant.  Therefore I always buy these items on sale. When these items do come on sale I try to buy several of them at one time so that I will never be forced to pay full price for them.  Since we use toilet paper, toothpaste, and deodorant on a daily basis there is no chance that the items will ever be spoiled or go to waste, and therefore I stock up.

I look for store discounts in the weekly flyers as well as in store promotions and coupons.  My boyfriend Nick subscribes to a website called Web Saver.  Each month he chooses several individual products in which he wants to receive a coupon, and then a few days later we receive an envelope in the mail that is full of coupons for our favourite items.  Web Saver allows us to choose from a variety of products such as shampoo, laundry detergent, razors, make-up, mouthwash, hair dye colour, and cleaning products.  Sometimes the coupons are buy one get one free, sometimes they are get $1.00 off of one item, or sometimes the coupons can be get $5.00 off when you buy 2 or more items of one product.  Web Saver is free to sign up and it gives users free monthly coupons for their favourite items.

Would You Consider Yourself to be a Discount Snob?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 DC May 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

This sentence jumped out at me “I very rarely pay full price for anything, but this is a habit that I have only recently picked up over the past three to four years.” My wife and I have become the same way, we are always looking for deals, discounts, and coupons for things we buy. We hardly ever pay full price unless it is something that almost never is discounted/on sale. I don’t think you are a snob, I think you are just a knowledgeable consumer.

2 Kristina May 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Thank You, I don’t really think that I am a snob either, but I just wanted to make sure. Howevver I also don’t know why anyone ever pays full price for anything.

3 James August 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Christina,

Nice job. I appreciate the fact that you are frugal about your personal expenditures. Not a lot of bloggers are this way.

Best,

James

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