Welcome to the New World of Couponing
So today I did something I have never done before – I went into Michael’s without a coupon. (They didn’t have one in this week’s flyer; trust me, I checked.)
But this was not the news.
I put a large canvas in my cart, so I can paint a picture for my daughter’s room – and it wasn't on sale.
But this was not the news (though I hate paying full price for anything).
I pulled up Michaels on my phone, I located a coupon for $5 off of $25 and I asked the cashier to scan the coupon at the cash register during checkout.
Can you say cha-ching?
Oh my gosh! Have I been hiding under a rock or WHAT? What a world of couponing I’ve missed by using my old phone that didn’t hop online at the bat of an eyelash. I didn’t have to waste any ink or paper at the house; I simply pulled up the coupon while I was IN THE STORE (I know, I’m still reeling!) and asked the cashier to use it.
When I got home, I was so proud I called my mom and told her the great strides I’ve made. And then I talked about it with my husband over dinner. I told him how great it would be if I could figure out a way to create my grocery list through southernsavers.com and then use my phone to locate the coupons and download them ONTO MY PHONE so I don’t have to carry a wad of coupons to the store. So I don’t have to burn through paper and ink each week. So all I have to do is hand over the phone at the end of the transaction and say, “Scan, please!”
How much easier would it be if we didn’t have a stack of papers on the sofa beside us (they are there now, on my right, scissors waiting)? How much easier would it be if our smart little phones could store those we need in their teeny little computer boards? (Remember, I’ve had a pretty dumb phone for my entire adult life; this is new with me. Please be gentle.)
Do you use coupons on your phone during checkout at the grocery store, or do you rely on those that can be cut or printed at home? If you don't, why? And if you could easily do so, would you prefer to carry coupons mobile-y (I know, not a word) rather than in a binder?
The possibilities, as they say, now seem endless!