Posted: December 21, 2012
Up until about three years ago, I never saved coupons. But since I do a majority of the grocery shopping and enjoy shopping in general, I now take the time to clip out coupons to save money. As I started to plan where to shop for Christmas gifts this year, it's apparent that a few of my favorite stores know that I like spending money at their establishments since I have received a number of coupons that go into effect if I spend a certain dollar amount at that store.
For example, Shopko has been the big winner of a good portion of my holiday spending this season. I received one coupon that provided me with $10 off if I spent $50 at the store and another for $15 off if I invested $75. Anytime I can get 20 percent off while shopping, it's a bargain. Plus, the items I purchased were already 40-60 percent off, so I ended up spending considerably more than originally intended.
Walgreen's, which recently started its Balance Rewards program, offered $10 off if I spent $50 by a certain date. After getting my receipt, there was another deal that would give me $10 off if I spent $35 either the next day or the day after that. What a great way to lure a prospective shopper back to their store within 48 hours. I purchased a humidifier for the house that was discounted 40 percent. Two days later, I bought another one since it only cost $35 after the discount.
Other department store chains offer deals to me because it's my birthday month. J.C. Penney, which has altered its sales strategy with miserable results, gives me $15 to use on anything in the store by the end of December. Menards is giving me a 14-piece LED Precision Screwdriver for my birthday. I can bet that I won't go into either store and just redeem my gift. In fact, I'm sure I'll spend at least another $20 in each store.
There are a few other items I need to get for Christmas. I will likely make those purchases at locally-owned stores so the gifts are more personalized. But for the most part, my larger purchases are made at department store chains since they seem to be more inclined to give me just enough discounts to get me into their building - and then come back to spend more.
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