I have a coupon-tingle. It works a lot like spidey-sense, except it involves me, not Spiderman, and it involves coupons, not bad guys.
Coupons are actually the good-guys.
So what is a coupon-tingle? It is that special sixth sense that compels you to walk down an aisle in the grocery store – that you would normally bypass – because you “think” there might be a coupon tear pad (or rebate form) hanging on the shelf or a shipper.
And, inevitably, there is.
I developed the coupon-tingle early on in my couponing-career. I’d walk down an aisle not knowing why, until I spotted the pad of coupons hanging on the bottom shelf at a diagonal because they had been kicked a million times – but no one had removed even one coupon – it was too low to the ground. Sometimes I would spot a coupon out of he corner of my eye and I would not consciously recognize that fact, the glimpse was so fleeting. My subconscious would take over forcing me to back-up and see exactly what that tear pad or coupon was for. I always trust that instinct, it has yet to fail me!
Around year five I noticed my coupon-tingle morphed into a super sense. No shipper was safe, no tear pad was secure, I was going to find them all!
I mean …
My coupon-tingle developed over the years until it truly became a super sense. The places I have found coupons and rebate forms boggles even my mind… at the bottom of a freezer in the meat department, behind a tower of beer cases (don’t ask how I get those down, but it happens more often than you’d expect), frequently tear pads fall down behind an end-cap or shipper, in a produce bin, hidden in a box at the customer service desk (the most difficult find of all!); you name a spot in the store, I’ve probably found a tear pad there at some time or another.
Sometimes it seems the rep wants to make finding, and using, of a tear pad coupon or rebate as difficult as possible. “She does not deserve a dollar off unless she can jump through eight hoops while holding her nose and hopping on one foot while blindfolded.”
So I do. Figuratively speaking, of course.
The days of easy picking off the coupon boards at the front of the grocery store are long gone around here. My coupon-tingle has to compensate for that, and it does, making me a much more skilled tear-pad hunter.
Do you have a coupon-tingle?