Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Difference


I am cheap. I am not crooked. Why is it hard for others to distinguish?

I like to save a buck... or two... or ten. I sometimes go overboard, say, for example, buying three boxes of cereal because I have a "Buy 3 Get $1.00 Off" coupon. Or, making sure I always spend at least $25 at Amazon so I qualify for free shipping. I admit that can get silly, and I end up buying stuff we don't really need. But I also make sure it doesn't go to waste.

Still, I wouldn't dream of switching price tags to get something cheaper (something I was once accused of) or lying about purchase conditions when making a return or anything like that. I want my deals fair and square. I am just as quick to point out if I've been undercharged as I am to note when I'm overcharged. And, why do both of those problems occur so often, anyway? Why is it so hard to get it right?

When checking out at Target today, (that joke never gets old, does it?) I noticed signs posted at all the registers that told customers the store would not be able to accept internet coupons that read "$5 Off a $25 Purchase," due to fraudulent alterations and uses. My first thought was, "Man, I didn't get that coupon. How did I miss it on the Target website?" And, then, I realized it was irrelevant because I wouldn't be able to use it, anyway. What, did someone scan the coupon and change it to read, "$25 Off a $5 Purchase?" Don't they know cheaters never win? And, one person can ruin it for everyone? And all those good mom-type sayings?

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