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Sometimes I wish there was such a thing as a support group for people who make stupid coupon shopping mistakes. It would have to be anonymous though to accommodate people who work at cash back deal sites (not naming any names), and even though they eat sleep and breathe deals 8-10 hours a day, still make dumb deal hunting habits a frequent occurrence.
Is there a deal hunter alive on this planet who hasn't made a stupid--or lazy--mistake at one time or another that resulted in paying a higher price than necessary?
I've done it twice, THIS WEEK, and it's been frustrating me to the point that I broke down and confessed it this morning to my co-worker, Ann, who confessed to me a shopping sin she committed last night. It seems we're not alone in our do-do-brain deal hunting fumbles.
Top 10 Dummy Deal Hunting Mistakes:I asked, Kim, my go-to deal hunting diva for her tips, and she gave me a few recommendations!
Stupid Coupon Shoppers Confess:
I think we need a place here on FatWallet where we can get these frustrating flub-ups off our chests. You know, like a little support group where we can confess our sophomoric shopping sins to each other and not be judged! Let this blog post be that space.
I'll go first:
"Hi! My name is Heather, and I have a problem. I have abused the deal hunting rules, squandered my savvy shopping skills, and spent more money than I needed to, even though I knew better."
Stupid Mistake #1: Not entering the coupon code
The deal wasn't marked as a cash back offer, but I always try to shop through a cash back link whenever possible, just in case the cash back works. So, I went to the Home Depot page on FatWallet and clicked the "Shop Now" button and searched for the washing machine on Home Depot's site. I made the purchase, forgetting to try the coupon code that was listed in the forum post, and ended up paying $324 for the washer instead of $289 (a $35 over payment!) Of course we didn't realize it until after we'd hooked up the washing machine. Home Depot was not able to process the coupon after the fact.
Stupid Mistake #2: Altering the original order
Wow, I really do feel better, having shared that with you all.
Now it's your turn. Go ahead...spill your brainless bargain hunting blunders in the comments below! If you need a little Cash Back Shopping refresher, here's a link to the FatWallet FAQ.
We'll all feel better knowing we're not alone so we can push these shopping slip-ups behind us.
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