The coupon was for 40% off a single item. A second coupon—same store—promised another $2 off on top. A character was aroused.
She gathered her purse. Told Bubba she was headed out.
“Where you going?” he asked.
“I’m off to shop,” she said.
“What are you buying?”
“I’m not buying, I’m shopping.”
He turned in his chair and eyed her. “What’s the difference?”
“Buying is when I need something specific, maybe toilet paper or toothpaste, and I go out and get it. Shopping is when I want something, but I don’t know what. I wander the aisles until something hooks me. Eventually, something will. Shopping scratches an itch.”
“Oh,” he said, sounding confused.
“I have these coupons I need to use,” she said, as if that explained everything. “How often does CVS send out 40% off coupons? With a $2 bonus on top? I gotta use ‘em today because they expire. I’ll walk around the store until I find something, maybe even something we need. If I’m lucky, I’ll find something we need that’s more than we’d usually want to pay, and can apply the coupon to it; get maximum savings. What I get is less important than how much I can save.”
“So,” Bubba said, with sudden understanding, “what you’re really shopping for, is a bargain.”