Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I Need To Complain Today

I’m in a wee bit of a foul mood today and as a result, I thought I would do a little complaining. I can’t complain online about what put me in a foul mood so I’ll just complain about something completely unrelated yet something that gets under my skin all the same – coupons on facebook.

As many of you know, I love to use coupons. Saving money by using coupons has become a way of life for me over the past few years. I try to maximize my dollar by using coupons on as many items as possible – double coupons, store coupons, manufacturer coupons, competitor coupons, you get the picture. I’m always amazed when people don’t use coupons. Last week I was at the store and the lady in front of me bought about $150 worth of groceries and used no coupons. All I could think about was how much money she would have saved by using coupons for the items in her cart. Coupons are awesome people! I save around $20 - $40 a week on coupons. Think about how much less money I would have if I didn’t use coupons. It makes me cringe.

All of this brings me to coupons that are on facebook. First of all, I don’t understand why companies have a facebook page. I realize that most people have a facebook page, but not everyone does. I really don’t understand why companies use facebook to promote their products – I thought that’s what the company’s web site was for. As far as coupons are concerned – why would you offer coupons to your “fans” that are only on facebook? Do you not realize that you are discriminating against your “fans” that are not on facebook? You are alienating a lot of consumers out there, myself included. I don’t think consumers should be forced to join a social networking site just to obtain a coupon. Coupons, if offered, should be offered to all consumers not just the ones who have joined the latest social networking fad.

I am angered every time I click on a link only to see the coupon is available only through facebook or when I read about a new coupon being released, but only if you “like” the company on facebook. The more coupons you release on facebook, the more I want to “dislike” you out here in the real world. I wonder if these companies ever stop to think that maybe the people who need the coupons the most don’t even have access to the internet. How are those people supposed to access the coupons? Maybe the companies only want their consumers to be popular trendy people. If that’s the case, then they can count me out because I am not someone who is going to do something just because it is trendy.

Thanks for letting me vent a little bit about coupons and facebook. I find that more and more coupons are only available through facebook and it is very frustrating for someone like me who loves to use coupons but is anti-facebook.

Stay tuned for the next time I’m in a foul mood when we discuss the importance of a thank-you note.


Mary McLaughlin said...

Amen, sister! And, since we're complaining...I don't like having to submit my name, address or email address to get a coupon. I don't want or need a bunch of junk mail or spam from a company that I might be trying for the first time.

I will have to add that I don't use coupons as much as I used to since my boys have gotten older.

Melissa said...

Hey Nat!!

Great topic!! Was I that lady in front of you who spent $150 and used no coupons?!? HA! Just kidding. I would LOVE to learn how ot maximize the use of coupons. I NEVER use them, but would love to. I rarely find coupons for things I want/need to buy during that particular week. And, we usually spend about $150/week. Any advice you could pass along would be great...especially for a working mom who does not have much time to plan out my grocery list/coupon usage. Help!!

Erika said...

haha! That makes me so mad too!!! Personally, I think it's unprofessional for companies to have facebook pages. From all the horror stories I've heard about Facebook and my disdain for it in general, I can't believe so many companies are using it. I suppose they do it only to glean information about consumers and market research.
You should start having coupon segments here on The Chronicles - awesome deals you've received and how you strategize your coupon use.
I'll be waiting for the thank you note post....hehehe
I'm sorry you are not having such a good day.

Melissa said...

I have a tip for when a site requires your email address to get a coupon or other offer (I hate having to do that too!!)...set up a separate email account just for 'junk' mail. When you need to enter an email address for a site that you don't want to get spam from, just give them that junk account address, and you won't have to be bothered with it when checking your regular email. Hope this is helpful :)

Kimberly Washer said...

Oh girl I love me some coupons!! Before Malaysia we were some coupon junkies! We would go to publix and save like $70! We could get $200 worth of groceries for half the price. We actually haven't done much grocery shopping since we got home because we have had so many holidays and left-overs and such, but just the other day I found our coupon holder and all of those wonderfully, clipped, EXPIRED coupons that I missed out on when we left! Now it's back to square one! I too would LOVE if you did some posts about saving money with coupons. Girl you just let me know if I need to "like" something on facebook for you to get the coupon :). I'm sorry you are in a bad mood, but it made for a great post!!

Sara said...

I am sorry you are having a bad day too, but I am always telling Candy that I wish you would get a facebook page! Come on Natasha! I love couponing too. I could improve my skills though. And when I see people like the one you mentioned in front of you, I always think to myself, "Paying full price is for suckers!"