The praise of promo codes then youngandthrifty sung

No need to have paper coupons clipped and flung;

Just google the terms coupon code or promo code,

and hop instantly on the money saving road.

Oh retailmenot, couponloco, and how you’ve saved me money

I got to vacation for cheap in Hawaii with orbitz with my honey

My favourite is the airline promotional code,

Use them to help you save you your cash by

the bucket load

I hope you enjoyed my attempt at rhyming with my ode to promo codes.  I thought I would get poetic on to shake things up a bit.

Promo codes really are awesome.  Usually when I make an online purchase (be it for flight packages on Orbitz, Travelocity, Air Canada or whatnot), I just double check on Google to make sure that there aren’t any promo codes that I am missing out on.  I would Google __(whatever I was looking for)__ + promo code and see what comes up.  Oftentimes, the promo codes that I find don’t work, but it’s worth a try anyways!  The “enter your promo code here” box that is blank when you “check out” doesn’t help either.  It’s like begging you to enter something!

They’re like a virtual coupon, they help you save money instantly.  That’s why I love them and why I wrote an ode about them.

One time though (and I am sharing this with you for your personal entertainment, you can laugh at my sad sad state of frugality), my pursuit of saving money via a promo code went EXTREME, and this is an understatement.  I think I was trying to find a coupon code for a motel we were staying at on our way down to San Francisco.  It was only for a one night stay because it was enroute back to Vancouver, and the stay itself wasn’t very expensive… I recall it being about $59 a night or something like that.  For some reason, something came over me and I was DETERMINED to find a promo code.  I think it was because I found a promo code for all the other motels/hotels were were staying at and I wanted to get a deal for each thing I booked for.

Okay, so don’t laught.. but I spent… FOUR HOURS staring at my computer screen, searching and searching for a promo code and finally found one.  Do you want to know how much I ended up saving?? It came up to a grand total of $5 USD.

In hindsight, because hindsight is always 20/20, the time I wasted was definitely not worth saving $5.  I guess at the time, it was the principle of finding a discount, and I was determined to do so.

It begs the question, how much is your time worth to you? Would you spend an hour of your time looking for a discount of X amount of dollars on a purchase?  What’s your X?