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youngandthrifty shares with you her Ode to Promo Codes. She talks about promo codes, when you can use them, and when their pursuit can affect you negatively


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 savings.com 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 youngandthrifty.ca 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?


Article comments

Russian Girl says:

😉 A great way to combine web and poetry. Very nice try =)

young says:

@Russian Girl- Thanks!

Little House says:

Well, at least you can say you got that hotel room for $54 a night. Perhaps that four-hour search enlightened you about how to efficiently search for promos from then on out. (Maybe that’s a stretch!)

young says:

@Little House- LOL, thanks for validating my experience and trying to find some worth in it. =) Or maybe that four hour stretch enlightened me by helping me realize I wasted four hours of my life to save $5. hahah!

That is a funny story. I also am obsessive about using coupons. I have actually recently created a coupon tracker that tracks your coupon savings. My wife and I are having a competition!

It is great – she is at $164 and I am at $56 over 6 weeks.

It is at http://www.groceryalerts.ca/coupontracker if you want to check it out.

young says:

@Steve Zussino- Cool- coupon tracker, eh? It looks pretty cool, thanks. That would be a very good competition to have with your spouse- win win! Good to know that I’m not the only one. Maybe we could start an underground cult of coupon obsessed people. lol. =)

Yo, yo… a $5 savings is HUGE!

The best is when people drive 1 hour to save 20 cents a gallon gas. That is the bomshiz! 🙂

young says:

@Financial Samurai- Haha, thanks for validating my efforts at saving $5. My mom does that- she drives half way across town to save some money on gas. LOL!

Hmm, so you asking me my number, kind of like ING? (lol).

I think $20 would be my preferred amount, but if I can find the code quickly, $5 is good too 🙂

I guess if I’m in front of the TV or with the fam, I would be willing to search for promo coded for an hour or so… After an hour, I usually give up.

Seeing that little promo code box basically tell me I can get it cheaper if I try… so I do.

Promo Codes are great!

I like your Ode, very clever 🙂

young says:

@Money Reasons- LOL I 100% understand how you feel. Seeing that promo code box tells you that you can get it cheaper if you try (it taunts me!! tells me: heyyyyyyyy if you fill me in I can give you a discount… come and getttt itt!!!). Thanks for liking my ode- I spent some time crafting that up.