I made my weekly trip to Barnes & Noble for a hot chocolate and then to Best Buy yesterday. I poked around, drank my chocolate, bought a couple of things, and went home. I came up to my computer to check my email and other sitesâ€¦ and saw the 15% off member coupon I had for Barnes & Noble. And then I saw that the expiration date was that very day.
Usually once Iâ€™m back in the house, Iâ€™m back in for good. Iâ€™ve made the trek, thatâ€™s it, Iâ€™m done.
But there that coupon sat, taunting me.
I started doing some math. For every ten dollars something cost, Iâ€™d get $1.50 off. There was CD there last time I looked that was a bit more expensive than I was willing to pay. The 15% off might make it worthwhileâ€¦ but how could I know for sure? I asked a couple of people via IM and they all wanted to spout math at me. I knew, though, that math wasnâ€™t the answer to this question. I knew that I would have to feel my way through this one, and that meant going into the store.
By this time it was a little after 10 p.m. Iâ€™d spent a good part of my day wondering about this. Barnes & Noble was only open until 11 and I had to work this morning. I didnâ€™t even dress up to go in, just went in my shorts and my MadMup.com t-shirt which I rarely wear outside the house because I think maybe itâ€™s a little weird to do that (weird for me, not for you!).
Barnes & Noble is usually more expensive for CDs and DVDs, but they have a more eclectic mix of stuff than Best Buy does. The CD I was particularly after was Red Dirt Girl by Emmylou Harris, on the recommendation of a friend. While I was there, though, I also checked on a few others Iâ€™ve had in mind:
- The Napoleon Dynamite soundtrack
- The Rushmore soundtrack
- City by Jane Siberry
- Silver and Gold by Neil Young
Then, for some weird reason, while I was there, it hit me to ask the fellow if they had any CDs by The Nylons, an a cappella group I hadnâ€™t heard in years. Turns out they did.
See, I know the reason they give the discount coupons for one item is because they expect you to buy more than one thing while youâ€™re in the store. I donâ€™t want to give them the satisfaction. At the same time, these two albums were ones Iâ€™d wanted a long time ago and never bought. Butâ€¦ they were cheaper than most other albums, so the discount coupon would almost be wasted on one of them.
I took a deep breath and did what any corporationâ€™s plaything would do – I bought all three albums:
- Red Dirt Girl by Emmylou Harris
- The Nylons
- One Size Fits All by The Nylons
I could almost hear the cash register cackling at me.
Self-adhered chains are the hardest to free yourself from.
I do that all the time, but I never have a discount coupon. I just think "I should pick up that Bowie I dont' have" and walk out with 5 CDs.
It's a curse, and it's one I'm developing with DVDs too. The other day I went to buy Scrubs and came away with 4 others. Eeevil shiny things!
oh come ON…one size fits all??? if that's not fate, i don't know WHAT is!!
You never even know you have the key.