Everybody likes extra money ….. right?
So, if I were to tell you an easy way to put $10 in your pocket. No strings attached. No jumping through hoops. No selling body parts. No shady, back alley deals. You’d tell me… Lay it on me baby! (right??!!)
But, what if you were a man. And this $10 required you to use *gasp* a Coupon. Then, what would you do? Would you politely pass? Would you tell me it’s too much trouble? Would you avoid making eye contact and overlook the coupon that’s calling to you from across the room? “Pick me up… I am worth money… I am easy to use…. I will allow you to have extra cash to buy a video game…. or a beer…. or a stupid sports trinket to clutter your man cave (ok, that last one was probably something I would likely say… not something the coupon would say….)
I’ll admit it. It’s no secret that I rarely understand male behavior. I generally can’t process how their minds work. I don’t quite grasp how they make decisions or use logic.
And coupons are right up there with things that I may never fully comprehend.
Now, I’m not one of those crazy-ass coupon ladies that clips coupons all weekend and heads to the grocery store, to wave around my bill and celebrate how I got $87 worth of groceries for $5.67. That’s even too much work for me (maybe I’m more like a guy than I care to admit). BUT, it’s fairly easy to check a couple of on-line coupon sites and print out a few before I head out to the mall. I mean, 20% off my shopping excursion at Macy’s could mean I have money to buy an extra scarf or, $30 off my purchase of $75 worth of clothes makes me feel like I’ve won a tiny shopping victory!
So last week, as hubby and I started his wardrobe replenishment spree.. I went online and printed out some great coupons (it was a holiday weekend after all). Hubby would NEVER do this on his own. He likes money. He likes saving. But he’s not about to put forth “effort” to save money (much like that fact that he hated my yard sale!). And, there’s and odd reaction men seem to have about using a coupon, like it somehow damages their pride. As if the mere suggestion of couponing makes them weak.
We started at Men’s Warehouse - It was a buy one / get one free weekend (no coupon necessary – hubby’s a happy guy!)
We then went to Macy’s - I had a 20% off coupon… we pick out the stuff he needs and it turns out my coupon doesn’t apply to those items (of course not!) Hubby grumbles about how much they cost. So of course, I try to use this as a learning experience to tout the virtues of using coupons. “See honey, they really do save money ….. and it’s not all that hard to hand a little piece of paper to the sales clerk!”
We head to another store - I have a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $25. That’s a damn good deal if I do say so myself (in case you’re not all that good with math… it’s 40% off!). And, I’ve actually printed a couple of these coupons since they’re good for the entire week and who knows what I might want to buy. We’re in line about to pay and I decide that I probably won’t use the other coupons. So, I turn to the guy in line behind us and I say to him “Hey, I have this extra coupon if you want it”. And, he looks at me like I’m an alien from another planet who’s offered to give him some sort of poisoned paper. His eyes are wide and he’s probably thinking …. “A coupon?? Real men don’t use coupons. What should I do?”. So, I try to ease him into it. “It’s for $10 off your purchase. Confusion. Hesitation. Fear. He glances around to see if anyone else is watching… wondering…. “can I take that piece of paper without anyone else seeing me?” Then, he ever-so-slightly extends his arm and I quickly shift the paper into his limp, uncertain hand.
As we walk away I say to hubby……
“I just don’t get it. I handed that man $10 and he seemed unsure”. To which hubby replies…”you didn’t hand him $10.. you handed him a coupon!”
“It’s the same difference”
“No, it’s not”
“What do you mean it’s not… that coupon is worth $10. If I’d offered that dude a $10 bill you better believe he would have taken it”
“Yes, I’m sure he would have”
“Then, I don’t get it…. what’s with you men? A coupon is worth it’s value in money…. don’t you like money?
“Yes, we like money but it’s not money, it’s a coupon. It’s just not the same…………”