Looks as if a lot of food stores and other retailers are doing their part to keep customers coming in despite the current economy--and despite their general, yet sometimes disguised, raising of prices. I’m definitely displeased where an item is “on sale” for an amount less than the marked price--and the sale amount is more than the same thing cost a few months ago.
Even so, I’ll take advantage of whatever discounts I can these days, as long as I need the item that’s reduced. I’ll even go out of my way to get a discount or two.
Take pet stores, for example. I recently did an on-line survey and now have a coupon for $5 on my next $25 purchase at the store--which I undoubtedly will take advantage of within the next few days.
This week, my husband and I enjoyed a freebie at a fast-food place that e-mailed us coupons for free tacos on one particular day. Of course we bought a salad with it, too, so they at least got a little payback from us. I seem to be getting a lot of e-mails about BOGOs (buy one, get one) at fast food places, or buy a full meal and receive extra stuff on the side. Or buy a meal and get more food for a reduced price. My family has started forwarding this kind of e-mail to one another so we can all choose which to use.
Then there’s my local supermarket. It was recently remodeled (although I was perfectly happy with it the way it previously was). One of the employees gave me a card worth $10 one day when I was about to walk in but the store was closed because work was being performed--despite its formerly being open 24 hours a day. It’s back to being constantly open, starting this week, but to encourage customers to come back, and to thank us for our (supposed) patience, I received two coupons in the mail, each for $10 off a $25 purchase. Plus, on the day of the store’s grand opening this week, my husband and I were among the first 300 people to pop in and therefore got coupons for free breakfast food: eggs, orange juice and English muffins. They’ll last us through several breakfasts.
Other stores, too, are trying to encourage patronage--like book stores. Heaven! Of course that means I have to spend money to save money, but books are entirely worth it. I’ve cut back on clothing purchases, though, so even really good discounts are a lot less tempting to me than they used to be.
Of course the protagonist of my pet-sitter mystery series, Kendra Ballantyne, has already gone through scaling down her lifestyle after all the stuff that happened to her before the first book in the series, so I’m sure she identifies with this.
So... how are you and your characters spending money to save money these days?