I rarely see a T.V. show on that catches my attention. I saw a show yesterday about clipping coupons, and don't remember the name of the show. Anyway, it had these people that were super duper coupon clippers. They would go to the store and the price would ring up to $600.00-$800.00, and then they would submit their coupons to the cashier, and their balance due would go down to something ridiculously low like $8.00. I watched a few of the stories on there, and it made me think how much I could save. The problem is I'm too lazy to go through the coupons. And, these people spent hours and hours clipping coupons and figuring out how to get the products for almost nothing.
One of my opinions of coupons has been that they tend to be for the brand name products that usually cost a lot more (if not marked up when they print a coupon for it), and that by the time I use the coupon I could have just bought the store brand. The intriguing thing to me was these people were getting the brand name products for practically nothing. They had stockpiles of soap, dish detergent, Kraft BBQ sauce, noodles, deodorants, etc in their houses.
I thought it would be cool if someone could use the "automation" technique to find the coupons for the products I want to buy. I thought about all the brand name products I buy, and that would be a good search term. For instance, these are the brand names I usually buy: Tide detergent, Palmolive, Colgate toothpaste, Kraft sauces and salad dressings, Downy softener, etc.
If there were a way to get coupons for these items, and do it easily, I think a lot of people would go for it. Many of the coupon websites want you to register, then the coupons I'm looking for are few and far between. It was a waste of time.
Anybody got a easy system?
There's a good chance they waisted $8.00
At Macy's and you can get a watch for 50% off (limited time!), then jump through some hoops and save an additional 20%. In the end you didn't save $1200, you spent $500.
That's a sales tactic.
Some people will always buy Coke, some people will always buy Pepsi. They're brand loyal and they wont become the other companies customer. A lot of people will buy generic soda, they're price loyal. They'll gladly buy Coke or Pepsi when they're on sale because they're "saving" money. Some people want to invest time to make it feel like they did something to be special (coupons). But it's a joke -- drink tap water, filtered and re-enriched if you're so inclined.
I was going to cite the case of eggs being excluded from cake mix originally but according to snopes it's false, http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/cakemix.asp
Though they do give real evidence supporting it and what reads like original research to contrast that?
My system is to not be influenced by price, to sleep when tired, and eat when hungry.
I remember seeing this show in late tv...
But, let's talk about automation.
The thing is that you can't automate something before you have done it already, in the coupouns case, you would need to know 1) where can I get these coupons 2) what are the rules of use (how many can be used at any time, how many per person, etc) 3) when the supermarket has a sale and if I can use the coupon at that time.
For what I remember of that show all the participans where family moms, so, they all would go shopping every day for some stuff.
I think that for someone in that situation (goes to the supermarket everyday) it could be somewhat easy to follow the prices of stuff and etc, for us I don't think so.
The shows you mention are no more real than any of the other reality shows. Managers of super markets make many allowances to the shows' shoppers which would not be available to the average shopper. There are many documented cases of this on the internet. If you listen carefully, even the people on these shows confirm this time and again. Almost all of them say, "This is my biggest shopping trip ever," or something similar. In other words, this type of shopping is new even to these super-couponers!
But basically the idea is to get coupons for items you want (buy several newspapers or buy the coupons on ebay), and then wait to use them until the store has a sale on the same item, thereby making the item much cheaper. By nature the whole process is time consuming. Remember you have to keep all those coupons organized so you can find them when you want, and then you have to keep your eye out for store sales either by perusing store fliers or reading the coupon websites.
Yeah, it is time consuming and frustrating. So I gave up that idea.
You had an interesting comment about the shows on T.V. I like watching the food channel shows, and probably coincidental, I noticed a lot of coverage of food trucks in Austin and Houston. The reason I say it is maybe coincidental is because I started following your blog, and I notice anything coming from that area.
Yet, it appears to be some really good ideas and food coming from these trucks, and they seem to be big in Austin. How are they?
If you're wondering why I always put my name in the topics of these things, it's not because I have a huge ego. I do have a huge ego, but I do it so that my name gets better search rankings in google. My goal is for people to be able to search for "Tynan" and for my site to be number one. Soon. If you want to help, like the almighty Magnus, you can link to my blog and put my name in the link.
Today Doug, Steve, Steve's (ex?) girlfriend, Todd and I headed down to Canyon Lake, TX to do some tubing. You see, I bought the sweetest tube ever to bring to the lake. The thing actually flies 15 feet in the air behind the boat. I think I wrote about it before, but I'm not sure. Anyway, the first time we tried I skipped along the water, but didn't really take flight because my weak human lungs couldn't inflate the tube enough.
Today before going to the lake I bought two different pumps to ensure that the thing would actually inflate. As it turned out, the boat rental place had a sweet air compressor, negating the need for our own pumps. Oh well... you owe me one (two?), Wal Mart. Our rental boat was a shoddy looking boat most certainly manufactured before 1990 which was apparently very fast. The interior was a coccoon of brightly colored vinyl couches covered by a weathered bimini top. I climbed aboard and with the help of Todd, tied the monsterous tube to the boat.
One day my friends and I were looking for an adventure so we decided to explore a scandalous store in the area to see what it was like. The store is located on Boston Post Road, is called VIP (which stands for very intimate pleasures) and is essentially a sex or erotic boutique. The store sells products geared towards sexual or erotic entertainment including lingerie and pornography. At first, my friends and i thought that putting ourselves into the situation would be really awkward and uncomfortable, but it ended up being sort of fun just to laugh about the random things we saw. In the end, I gained a new found respect for romance boutiques everywhere.
Although I tried to push any derogatory thoughts out of my mind, I had some negative expectations of what the store would be like once we entered. I tried to have an unbiased view, but I honestly expected to walk in and see shelves of pornography lining every wall, blow-up dolls strewn everywhere and fur handcuffs on each shelf. I expected the place to be really trashy and raunchy. However, I was highly mistaken. We walked in and before we were able to do or really see anything, we were asked for our IDs to make sure we were of age. This alone made the environment pretty respectable in my eyes.
After we got done showing our IDs, we looked around only to find that things were very organized, similar to any other ordinary store. Each shelf had neatly placed items on it, which almost made the store seem as if it was very classy, not tacky like my friends and I had expected. Seeing as this store was quite large, we spent about an hour and a half walking around, looking at literally every single thing on each shelf. At first it was so awkward, but then my friends and I started giggling and having a good time.
The store was set up very similar to the way a Wal-Mart or a department store would be set up. As we went down each aisle, we really noticed the ridiculous things on the shelves. There were some raunchy items that we undeniably expected to see, as well as more conservative and discreet products. We saw things there that we would never imagine could be used in a sexual way, as well as simple products such as shot glasses or bachelorette party gifts.
While in the store, my friends and I saw several noticeably dodgy looking people, who we could definitely tell would never admit to being in a store such as this. Every single customer refused to make eye contact with anyone and seemed to want to get out of there as soon as possible. As we continued exploring, we saw that the back of the store was lined with costumes, wigs and lingerie. This is the area that I noticed the most customers were located. I even awkwardly smiled at a couple looking at sexy costumes and lingerie. Hahaha even though I smiled to remove the tension in the air, I realized that I just made it super awkward for them and they quickly shuffled away. It was obvious to me that they felt really uncomfortable with the idea that they were visually acknowledged in what is considered to be such a taboo environment.