Sunday, June 10, 2012

Promo Code Addict

Hello my name is Sarah...and I'm addicted to promo codes.  I live in a fairly rural area, which has resulted in more online shopping than store shopping over the last few years. Most of my online shopping is clothing related, but I also buy our vitamins, books, and many other sundries from online retailers.  It's just not worth paying $10 more for biotin at our local health food store.  I'm incredibly pro-small business, but I have to draw the line at a blatant ripoff.

Anyway, when I get to the checkout page on an online order, something clicks (or perhaps snaps?) and I become determined to lower the price. I have actually scrapped a whole order because my internet search failed to result in a discount.  It's an obsession.  I haven't jumped on the whole "extreme couponing" bandwagon, but in a way what I'm doing is not that different. Free shipping, samples, percentages off; it doesn't really matter as long as I feel like I've gotten a good deal.  I can't tell you precisely when that happens or what the cutoff is...I just feel it.  But since I'm sure some of you are in the same boat, I'll try.  Here's an example:  I received an Eddie Bauer catalog advertising their "Big Sale."  As always, I saw a few things that were SO CUTE.  The problem is, buying from them, historically, is a crap-shoot.  The fabric is too thin or doesn't hold its shape, the sizing is off, or the button holes are too big for the buttons, resulting in a peep-show every time I move.  And forget about returning them.  It's rarely worth the effort and loss of shipping costs...especially since I rarely pay full price for anything.  Why should I?  It's a competitive retail market...they should be vying for our hard earned money, not just sitting on their laurels waiting for us to make a cash deposit. As far as returns are concerned, the nearest mall is an hour away and mailing things back, with the exception of a few progressive companies, is a big pain in the ass.  I am not very consumer savvy in that department, I'll admit.  But tell me you've never looked at something and gone, "Ugh. I just want to be done with you.  You make my saddlebags look ten times larger than they really are, and I hate you for it. You looked so cute in the catalog, which was a blatant lie. To have to repack you, trek to the post office and forfeit half the purchase price to exchange you would suck the life out of me. Have fun at the Salvation Army."

So here I was at the checkout page, sure of my choices, but feeling like I could do much better than the $120 total they were asking for.  I set out on my usually promo code safari, in search of a better deal.  What do you know?  I found one!  Twenty percent off my entire order (which included clearance!).  I saved $22 and finally felt satisfied that I'd made the right decision in purchasing these items.  Even if 2 out of the 3 are a total bust, I can say, "Hey!  These shorts were practically free!"

P.S. In case you were wondering (one of my 19 page viewers over the last 3 months), the code is BADCQ3411 and it is good until June 30, 2012.

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