- Senior discount
- Military discount
- Child discount
- Student discount
- It might be that people are embarrassed. It highlights their age, draws attention to themselves, makes them feel “cheap”.
- Or, they simply don't know that a discount is an option for them!
- You don't get spam
- You don't really have to do anything
- You don't have to sign up for anything typically.
- Look around. When you go into a restaurant or store, look for signs.
- Don't see a sign? ASK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- We don't want our email, address, or phone number out there; don't want to get spammed.
- Takes too much time.
- Prize isn't life-changing enough.
- Why bother, the odds are against us and we probably won't win anyway.
- Be like Nike…JUST DO IT! You have nothing to lose. Seriously.
- Keep my favorite quote in mind, by Wayne Gretzsky: “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” Don't determine your own fate. Trust me, you'll do yourself a disservice if you do.
- Don't let spam stop you.
- Sure, maybe we get 1 phone call from the insurance guy giving away the stay in Vegas (tell him you're not interested).
- Sure, maybe we get emailed a few times from so and so (unsubscribe or block them).
- Sure, maybe we get junk in the mail once or twice a year.
- Stop thinking that the odds are against you.
- We don't want our cell number out into who-know-whose hands.
- We don't want to get spammed.
- It's one of the easiest ways to get a discount because it requires little to no effort.
- The coupons are typically really good.
- The are instant. You get them right away, and can usually use them on the spot.
Naturally, I pulled out my phone, sent the text, and BAM! Free crazy bread.
- Don't be afraid! No one is going to listen in on your phone calls or hunt you down and kill you from sending a text. If they do, I'm sure it's for other reasons other than this, so don't be shady and you don't have to worry.
- The “spamming” is hardly anything, so don't let that stop you. They would rather have you on their list than have you opt-out from texting you too much. I have found most companies to be really limited and respectful on the texting.
I, personally, have been doing texting deals for years. I maybe get texted by a company 1 or 2x per month – MAX. But really, I'm happy to see the texts when they come because the deals are really good!
- Once again, word of the day, SPAM. We don't want junk mail in our inbox.
- We don't want more clutter and more emails to sort through.
- We feel like we don't frequent the place enough to make it worth it.
- Create an alternative email account. Email is free, I prefer Gmail (they do rule the world, after all). Call it “email@example.com” or whatever you want to call it. Use that email for contests, email lists, and anything else you don't want to come to your inbox.
- Or, create a filter in your existing account. This means you select emails from certain people or companies that skip your inbox and get filed into a separate folder. I have Gmail, and they make it really handy to do this.
- We don't want it to clutter our kitchen.
- We don't have any immediate use for it.
- We don't want to hold onto it for however long it takes for us to need it.
- The deal isn't good enough to bother.
- Keep all the coupons you get, even if you think you won't use them.
- Keep them in a binder. I put mine in those clear page protectors and try to sort them by expiration date when I have time…but I usually just stuff them in there.
- Leave it in your car.
- Flip through the notebook before doing, buying, or paying for ANYTHING.
- Grab the notebook and clean it out once in a while at a red light, waiting at the dr's office, or if you're co-pilot on a drive.
It's not pretty, but it's pretty functional! Click HERE for a video of how I organize my notebook.
- We don't want to hold onto the ticket
- We don't even realize it's there.
- Use them right away. Sometimes they expire within a few days, sometimes they have no expiration date at all. Either way, I recommend making a plan to use the coupon soon. Since tickets are small, it's most likely to get lost or tossed.
- Keep in your coupon notebook until you can use it.
- Who ever keeps or looks at receipts? I usually toss mine before I even leave the store.
- We assume the coupons are junk (or, at least I did anyway!)
- Read through them right away, before you even get to your car. That way you can mentally take note of what's on there.
- Keep them in your coupon notebook in your car until you can use it.
- Don't want to take the time; figure it will take too long.
- The discount isn't good enough.
- Don't be afraid of giving a little time. In my experience, they are typically pretty short because they don't want you to get frustrated and hang up in the middle.
- Do it right away before you forget, or before it expires. I recommend doing it while walking to your car, on the drive home, or as your brushing your teeth that night. Just do it, get it done, and stick it in your coupon notebook!
- We may be somewhere that offers discounted gas, but our tank isn't on empty so we don't bother.
- Not worth the time to drive the extra distance to the discount gas tank.
- Not enough savings to bother.
- If you are somewhere that offers gas discounts, TOP OFF your tank. That way when you need gas you don't have to pay full-price.
- Just one more thing to bulk up your wallet.
- Didn't know it was an option.
- Take the cards out of your wallet, and put them in a ziplock bag. Leave the bag in your car or in the bottom of your purse. That way it isn't bulking up your wallet, but you will always have them on-hand.
- It's ok if you forget your punch card. Ask for a new one, and simply combine all the stamps. If you need 10 stamps, they can be spread out over 10 different cards if needed.
- ASK! My favorite Chevron station has a punch card for drinks. I would've never known if I hadn't had asked.
I know this is the world's longest post.
(Hey, it was Studio 5's idea to do 10 things! Haha!)
Really, the take-home message here is…take advantage of discounts, deals, and opportunities that are out there. Every dollar and cent helps, and really, the benefits typically far outweigh the downsides.