By Meredith McKay
During any holiday season we are inundated with store mailings, flyers and emails offering huge discounts and savings. Kohl’s, Yankee Candle, Hanna Andersson, LL Bean, Old Navy, The Children’s Place, Bed Bath & Beyond, Coach, Carter’s – you name the store, I’ve received a coupon from them.
These days, it’s nearly impossible for me to shop with my toddler. She no longer likes being strapped in a shopping cart so I spend most of my time chasing her down the aisles, trying to get her to hold my hand or putting back items she has pulled off the shelves. Needless to say, I mostly shop online.
This Christmas, I decided I will be ahead of the craziness and pressure of holiday shopping and will enjoy the season.
A few weeks ago, I had a night to myself and ventured out to Toys ‘R Us. I was able to take my time and get a few more toys that Santa asked me to pick up for him. The cashier rang me up and the total was around $170. I was so happy to be almost finished Christmas shopping that I practically skipped to my car.
The next morning in my usual rush, I had to fish around the bottom of my pocketbook. When I pulled out my keys, something was stuck to the ring. It was one of those credit card sized coupons for $15 off any purchase over $150 at Toys ‘R Us!
My joy from the night before had to now turned into rage…UGGGGHHHHHH I was there less than 24 hours ago and had the coupon on me while I paid full price without a discount. I know it’s only fifteen dollars, but what infuriated me was that I had completely forgotten about it.
I received the coupon weeks before Christmas shopping was even on my mind and just threw it in my bag where it had been sitting for weeks. Of course the fine print stated that the coupon must be presented at the time of purchase and cannot be used on prior purchases.
So let this be a reminder to check the bottom of your pocketbook for a coupon while waiting in the checkout line or, hopefully, you are just more organized than I am!
In my experience, I have found the best sites to get online coupons codes is RetailMeNot and for you brave souls who shop in actual mall and stores, check out Coupon Cabin for printable coupons to bring with you.
Happy Holiday Shopping!