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May 08, 2009


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I think it would be an interesting study to track additional information:

In addition to what you track already (Purchase, Savings Amount)... also track Total Purchase Cost (e.g. how much total did you and your wife spend on the date night after coupon), and whether you would have completed the purchase without the coupon (yes/no).

IMHO it should only count as "savings" if you paid less on something you were gonna buy anyway. Free items that you normally wouldn't have spent money on shouldn't really count as savings.

I love my entertainment book - in my area, they have a partnership with Safeway, which is where I shop for groceries. I get $20 in cash off the top coupons, so right away the book has only cost me $5 or so. I've probably saved $75 using mine already this year.

The "buy one get one free" dinners are my favorite... makes it pretty inexpensive to go out to pretty decent restaurants

I like entertaintment book!
Thank you for information, great info!

I agree with Todd and SM - you have to count things like the carousel rides or frosty differently than the grocery savings becuase it is doubtful that you would have really paid for them without the coupon. If so, then fine. Although a nice bonus, it is not a savings because you wouldn't have spent the money anyway. These are certainly free benefits, just not savings.

Reminds me of a Gallagher joke. He talks about his wife going shopping. He describes her buying way too much stuff, all of which happened to be on sale. In her defense she tells him, "Yeah, but look at all the money we saved!"

There is a difference between saving on necessary expenses and "saving" on new expenses that have been discounted via a "coupon".

That's the whole allure of coupons. They were invented exactly to make you spend money and feel good about it; because you've received a discount off the normal price. Coupons are psychological, and they work especially well when they cause you to spend money on something that is *not* part of your normal and necessary routine.

Everyone loves a deal, thus a coupon could make you spend $50 if it "saves" you $200. Todd, SM, and George are saying that the expense of the $50 needs to carefully analyzed -- was it part of your normal and necessary routine? Did you really save $200 or is it simply that your wallet is unnecessarily poorer by 50 bucks because you couldn't pass up the deal?

See the difference?

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