I just don’t get it. I thought I had finally done it right, but I was wrong again. So, I’m in Target – my home away from home – the Sunday afternoon before CMS starts (seriously bad move). I’ve got all four kids and a shopping cart full of everything from fish sticks to a pair of Hanky Panky knock-offs. It’s finally my turn at the check out line. The nice cashier scans all my items, tells me to pay the equivalent of a car payment, and bids me farewell.
Wait, wait, wait. I bought two boxes of Gain detergent. I should get a $5 Target gift card. Wasn’t that the promo I saw? I swear that’s what the little white ticket said. Why else would I buy two boxes of detergent I don’t normally buy? Surely I read the fine print – I mean, I did have four children screaming at me at once but I can read. I swear I should get a $5 Target gift card. Give. Me. My. Gift. Card.
No, she says, my machine did not prompt me for that. No $5 Target gift card this time, ma’am.
Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Then what was the promo? Did I need to buy one Gain detergent and one pair of real Hanky Pankies somewhere else? Or was it that I needed to buy one Gain detergent and do a tumbling series down the aisles including (but not limited to) a round off, back handspring, back tuck? Because these days I swear that’s what companies want us to do to get 25 cents off of a $12 item.
Don’t worry – I didn’t yell at the woman. I cursed myself for being so stupid as to not read the fine print and went home to do some laundry. Yes, I could’ve returned the Gain detergent, but you have NO IDEA what Target was like that day and I really, really needed detergent. And, did I mention I had 4 impatient children with me?
But now I’m just mad.
Have you looked through the coupon circulars lately? Want $1.00 off of Pampers? Oh, you need to buy 1 JUMBO box of Pampers PLUS a 400-count package of wipes. So I need to spend about $35 to get one dollar off? Do you want 25 cents off of some Pillsbury Crescent Rolls? Buy 4 and you’ll save a quarter.
Where’s the logic?
I know that couponing can save hundreds – no thousands. I know there are awesome deals out there. But I swear companies are making me jump through more and more hoops when all I’m trying to do is buy their products – shouldn’t they be making it easier?
I tried my hand at couponing – of course after watching an Extreme Couponing marathon on TLC. I did save money – after I spent hours, and hours, and HOURS going through coupons. I’d then spend an entire Sunday going from store to store to store to get specific items – it would take me over an hour to get through the grocery store trying to figure out the requirements for each coupon.
I’m not knocking couponing AT ALL – I know some women are pros at it, and I bow down to them. I just want companies to think about what they’re asking of us. Those of us who don’t love extreme couponing should be able to save some money, too.
I want to know: who’s making these coupon and promotion decisions in the big companies? Are they women? Because surely P&G or Kraft or wherever has some moms in high-powered positions that know what it’s like. Do they feel a tiny bit guilty when they come up with these crazy coupon restrictions? Aren’t these women also those lunatic moms in the aisle with a bunch of screaming kids who just want to get out of the grocery store alive, with the basics, and a little money leftover?
Or are they all a bunch of old men sitting in a boardroom? That still wouldn’t make sense – don’t they have wives and kids? Grandkids? Don’t they know how hard it is for us to get to the grocery store, let alone know every requirement needed to save 25 cents on a can of soup?
I have this strange feeling they might be laughing at us in their boardroom meetings.
It’d be so great if grocery stores, Target, and Wal-Mart would just put things on sale like clothing and shoe stores do:
All General Mills cereal 50% off. Got it.
Get 50 cents off one box of Goldfish (any size). Check.
All Gain detergent 25% off. Makes sense.
Don’t make me buy 5 to get the deal. Don’t make me buy one Bounty Basics (not regular) 6-pack of paper towels AND one 125-count (not 50-count) of napkins to get a $5 Target gift card. Just give me the gift card for buying ANY Bounty product. Trust me – I’m spending more than enough at your store to deserve that “free” $5.
I’d be so much happier and feel so much smarter.
I’d be so happy and so smart that I might just pop over to the women’s jewelry aisle and spend that $5 gift card on a $30 necklace I don’t need. It’s a win-win for all of us.
I know it’s all about money. But, big companies: please find a tiny place in your hearts for us moms who are seriously going insane.
(Sorry girls – it was worth a try.)