9am. Me. Home.
I did my hair all "catlady" looking (this is code for it looked really bad and I was okay with that as the goal was to NOT go anywhere for the day).
I realized I HAD to go to IF for some dr stuff for the baby. So, I hopped in the car. On the way I decided to just peek in the Ammon Albies to see how the sale was. I'd hear that Broadway was totally wiped out of all the stuff I wanted (of course after the insanity from Wednesday I wasn't surprised to hear that) so I didn't know what I would find in Ammon.
There were PYPers everywhere! I talked to at least 3 people doing pyp! So exciting! Plus, I found out that the store had at least 800 coupons for FREE Grands biscuits and the product too! I bought 40 of them along with some fruit snacks, etc. I came out pretty thrilled. Spent about 12 and saved 200. Woot!
12pm. Me. Home again.
I made a critical error here. I told people how great my deal was at Albies and then, in an even more critical error, I offered to get people biscuits. I offered myself into buying 310 of them! By then I realized I'd have to go back in that day to get everything so, back in the car I hopped, 3 kids in tow.
1pm. Me. Albies.
Again, I'm seeing all sorts of pypers and we're gabbing over the sale. I'm telling everyone to get their Grands... fun stuff! The checker found out that you can do about 15 sets in a row (btw) and that was exciting. My kids were getting really burned out, but we were carrying on. Suddenly I see a reporter who wants to talk to me about all of this couponing madness. Sounds fun... except.
- I look like a catlady
- My kids are burned out
- My mommy made me promise not to talk about deals and my storage anymore (sooooo lucky she doesn't read my blogs)
- I look like a catlady
- I felt kind of like I was on an episode of grocery store "Cheaters" and my beloved Broadway Albies was going to show up behind the camera man, saying, "Why baby, don't you love me." and then I would have to get all defensive and be like, "What?! What. Girl, you know your my world. I was just talking, I wasn't doing anything..." you get the picture
- Again, I looked like a catlady.
So I did my thang.
Today I deeply regret it.
- I totally did look like crap!
- My mama was not please with the only quote of mine used... the food storage one. Go figure.
- Albies wasn't even promoted much
- I feel like it started a bit of an online turf war between the business that was featured and pyp.
Here is my honest opinion on pay vs free sites. I like the free ones best. Of course. BUT, I also get that some people need to be spoon fed something as complicated as couponing. I'll be extremely honest here. I started pyp 5 years ago. BUT, I didn't start doing the grocery deals until 1 year ago. I only did the online deals. Wanna know why? It was just too darn overwhelming for me to start.
What finally got me started was a friend (the same friend who parterned in SYD btw) who walked me through it. She let me call her 100 times a day, answered every question, celebrated with me when I found a good deal and consoled me when I screwed up on a deal. If I had not had an actual human helping me, I never would have figured out couponing. If my friend had been wise she would have charged me for all her time and it would have been worth it to me.
I feel like I'm a pretty intelligent gal. If I am confused on something, I'd bet others are too.
Now, I help with a weekly coupon group. We do the pyp grocery lists and talk deals. It's a lot of fun, but occasionally we get newbies who really really need help. Frankly, I don't have that kind of time on my hands and if any of them asked me if they should sign up for a pay coupon class or site, I'd tell them to go for it. Here's why: They need more hand holding than I (or any other person teaching couponing as a free service) and give. We live in a society where time is money and so it is only right to pay to take up someone's time. If someone WANTS an easier way to coupon, that is the way. Speaking very specifically, I've seen the Stretching your Dollars website and I think it is great for beginning couponers. I believe once people get better they'll graduate to a site like pyp, but in the interim, I see nothing wrong with paying to learn.
Now, for those who don't want to pay to learn... don't! Good for you! You'll save a lot of money, but you'll have to work harder. I think that is great. pinchingyourpennies is a great site and I credit it with teaching me how to save in nearly every aspect of my life.
*** But... in this day and age of choice, no one should have to be exclusive to anyone or anything, except your spouse. I think that's a good choice to be loyal to a spouse, but that's just me...
Another note on free websites. Nothing is free. Advertisers pay money for you to have a free site and that is great. Nobody should ever complain about that. People should just realize that someone is picking up the tab (which again, is just plain awesome for us free users of any site!)
Here is my final thought on the matter. I looked like crap,but very few people saw me at 5pm so I'm okay with that.
That's not my final thought, but I had to add it.
I'm sick of this competitive coupon website drama. As a small business owner, I've learned the hard way about competition and this is what I've learned: There's room at the table for everyone. Be gracious. Be the bigger person. I've struggled to do that myself more than once, but it's important. If you can't do that, then just ignore whatever thorn is in your side. Odds are they'll go away eventually... or you will.
There are pros and cons to both kinds of businesses and it is up to the consumer to choose which is best for them.
I always go back to this example:
When I worked for the Bon, I had a business meeting where I listened to reps from Kitchenaid and Cuisinart talk about their products. The Kitchenaid rep spent all the time dissing on other brands, particularly Cuisinart. So, when we met with the Cuisinart rep next, one of the first questions asked was, "how does product xyz rate compared to Kitchenaid product xyz?" The very intelligent rep said, "I'm not here to talk about Kitchenaid or any other brand. I'm here to talk about Cuisinart." And off she went. I was so very impressed with that. It actually colored my opinion of Kitchenaids for years and is partly why it took me so long to buy a Kitchenaid mixer (even though I love it now).
Okay, I'm hopping off the soapbox. I hope overall more people start couponing and getting deals and I really don't care how they do it!
Oh and here's the story link:
People, be kind. Enough with the drama, please.
This is exactly why I should never leave the house with catlady hair. It always ends poorly.