In the soap aisle at Target yesterday I noticed a woman looking over my shoulder with a wad of coupons. I picked the liquid soap I planned to buy off the shelf and walked over to the hand soap display. Sure enough the same woman was standing behind me with that same wad of coupons less than one second later.
She said, “you and I must be searching for the same set of bargains.” She struck up a conversation and told me that she’s already been to six other stores that afternoon in search of deals. I think my exact reaction was “six stores!”
The woman told me she was a stay-at-home mom of two school age children. After the children leave for school she scours the Internet in search of deals. She creates a master list of stores she plans to visit and heads out by mid-afternoon with coupons in tow. That day she told me she picked up candles from Kmart, soap from Target and tomatoes from the grocery store.
I’ve certainly hit multiple stores in one day. At least one Sunday morning of the month I hit the grocery store, CVS and Rite-Aid, but in my case all three stores are located within a half mile of one another.
If there is an amazing deal on toys I’ve been known to drive out of my way to shop at Toys-R-Us or for pet supplies I might head up to Petco, but I cannot imagine heading out in search of small bargains multiple times throughout the week.
How about you? How many stores will you search out in one day? How far will you travel for a deal and how big of a deal does it need to be?