Listen, I'm all for saving a buck here and there. I have my Starbucks' gold card (where I earn free espresso), I have my Loehmann's card where I save an extra ten percent when I shop. I have a CVS card. Tonight, my allergies are nuts in Boca, so we went to CVS to get some Claritin.
The line was looong because a woman was using her pull out advertisement and shopping from it. They were out of something on special and so we all waited for her to get the bajillion rain checks she wanted. Well, the rest of them waited. I lost patience.
It's not that a person wants to save a nickel or two. It's that people are in there late at night to get what they need and get out. And when you're completely unaware of everyone else to save your dang nickel. I want to hurl a roll of them at you.
I know that people who use coupons competitively do it as a "win." They must, because I've never seen anyone with this mentality get rich. The day I waste 30 minutes of my valuable time to save a nickel is the day I throw in the towel. That's a competition you're welcome to win. But as they spent at least ten minutes getting this woman checked out, they lost out on my thirty dollar Claritin purchase. And I have to wonder if it's worth it to these stores to deal with the loss-leader buyer. I can tell you, it wasn't worth it to me to wait behind them.
What do you think? Which stores are worth having their frequent-buyer plans and coupons? Michael's and Bed, Bath & Beyond has easy coupons I have time for. CVS, not so much anymore.