Does anyone read the newspaper anymore? I wouldn't be completely surprised if anyone reading this said "no Seth, I don't." That's not the point I want to make. How about this... does anyone read the Sunday edition of the newspaper anymore? I do, every week. I have a subscription to the Kansas City Star and I receive the Friday, Saturday and Sunday editions of the paper. The Friday and Saturday papers go right into the recycling bag, sorry boys, but the Sunday paper is read almost every week... in this order:
I'm not sure what's more strange – the fact that I know what order I read the paper in, or the fact that I wait until the end to browse the coupons. I'll make it even more weird... ready? I actually get excited to look through the coupons! Yeah, I = freak.
It's not quite the same excitement that I get when I know I have mail (again, weird), but I love going grocery shopping at Hen House and watching the little monitor that keeps a running tab of how much I've saved (by purchasing items on sale or using coupons). I usually average around $10 a shopping trip, which in my book is a success. Saving money when buying food just because I took time to clip a little piece of paper out of the newspaper... that's worth the time, in my opinion.
What's not worth my time is writing about coupon statistics... I'll let you read about that on your own time. What IS worth my time is telling you about something that I encountered today when working on a Captain D's project.
I was creating small icons for a new local marketing materials web site we're creating, and the need for a coupon-ish looking icon came about. So, I headed on over to coupons.com to see if I could find an example of a coupon icon. The first thing my eyes were drawn to was the RSS image on the site. [Editor's note: for those of you who know me, I'm a BIG fan of RSS – it really will change the way you browse. For those of you who don't know, read this.]
Whoa! You mean I can subscribe to this RSS feed and receive coupons via my RSS aggregator!?! That's a freakin' deal! It took me about ten seconds to copy that URL and subscribe to it... sure enough I received about 30 entries with titles like: "Save $0.75 off Nestle Coffee-mate" and "Save $1.00 when you buy JUICY JUICE." Hell yeah! I was so impressed that I nearly didn't click on any of the offers.
I'm glad I did.
This thing is crap. A hoax. A sham. B. S.
To get most of the coupons, you have to sign up for some email thing on their web site. Other times, you have to install a "small" program to get your coupon. How's that? I can buy a newspaper for $1.50 and have access to $140 worth of coupons, but to get one off of the internet, I have to sign up for some spam? You're not foolin' me.
+ original post date: April 8, 2005 10:40 PM
+ categories: Web Stuff