See you later, unread email list messages! Sayanara! Adios!
So, I found that I used to get the email reminders from Groupon, SwarmJam, and WagJag (those half-price coupon places). I wrote about the whole Groupon thing awhile ago, and how my first adventures with them didn't work out so well (i.e. the lunch I bought cost the same I paid for the Groupon so I saved... no money at all, and in fact, bought a more expensive lunch than usual).
Should've just eaten my brown bag lunch with the other guys. Le sigh.
I've figured out that these sites are really not for me for a few reasons.
1) The deals are almost never for places that I go
2) I don't like lots of email clutter
3) I like to spend money and get something right away, I don't like to spend money for the idea of something in the future, kinda
And then I remembered that I've been meaning to talk about this article for awhile:
the unpleasant case of Posies Cafe Groupon kerfuffle. Go ahead, read it and then come back... You back? Yay! OK, I like how this article explains how Groupon works when it doesn't work, but also explains how they set up their deals.
Anyway, the whole Groupon thing seems like (along with extreme couponing) a way to encourage faux-frugality by letting people feel like they still get to buy lots of stuff. Like it's consumerizing frugality.
And don't get me wrong, I love buying lots of stuff. But, for me, learning to be frugal is about learning to buy less stuff, not to buy lots of discounted stuff. I think, again - just for me, that you need to kind of reprogram your brain to value frugal things and lots of consumerism and consumption does just the opposite.
|This makes me half want to plant a garden and half take a nap. |
That guy looks kind of judgmental.
So, personally, I'm going to keep trying to save money the way that I'm most comfortable with - cutting down on expenses and using what I have.
How about you guys? Groupon yay or nay?