Redeeming Shopping Coupons

Most stores nowadays have a redemption program, or some sort of loyalty program, where you get a discount after spending a certain amount, or when you use your membership card.  It’s basically a common practice.

Shop N Save is no different.  They have a program where you get stamps every time you shop there.  The amount of stamps you get is based on how much you spend.  If you save up enough stamps within the month you can redeem them for discounts or even cookware.

The problem is that the stamps become invalid after the month they were “earned” in, so you feel compelled to buy, buy, buy!

But, who really needs that many groceries?  Especially if you’re elderly and you don’t have kids at home anymore?  People still want to take advantage of the promotion.

What I’ve noticed lately is that when I exit Shop N Save, there is typically an older person standing around and as you pass by the ask you for your stamps, so they can apply them to their own cards.

I always give the person the stamps because I know I’m not going to use them.  I’ll never collect enough in one month to make a redemption, so why not let someone else benefit from it?

I was thinking though, that normally it’s an elderly person asking for the stamps, so I always feel more inclined to hand them over with a smile.  What if it was someone my own age?  Would I be less inclined to give them the stamp?  Would it matter?

5 thoughts on “Redeeming Shopping Coupons”

  1. I suppose it's possible RONW. I might be more inclined to think someone my own age should fend for themself.Well, Megan, I suppose they're not that important after all. By the way, you should try to shop at other places than just Cold Storage. They usually have higher prices than most other stores.Thanks Jerine!


  2. Thanks for the article, and it was nice of you to hand the coupons to someone who needed it. I myself don't bother with them, but this goes to show that not all Singaporeans can afford the ridiculously high cost of living here these days. I feel very sorry for the old generation who worked hard and lived honestly when they now have to confront the high prices, together with the flashy ferarris and mesaratis (usually foreign owned) buzzing around downtown. Thrifty folks like that are the backbone of ANY society, and when they are gone, who will take their place? The charge-everything brats who fueled the recent financial crisis?


  3. Ah! Thank you! I've been wondering why they were handing me those stamp/stickers for months. I shop at Cold Storage and they don't advertise what you're supposed to do with them. I've been throwing them away and praying that they weren't that important. Now I can sleep better at night.


  4. it's rare that someone your own age would be asking. However, if they did ask for coupons, then you'd be more inclined to reply, “no thankyou.” Might take them a while to figure that out.


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