Shopping the Discount

71_Discount2The 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.”

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Mindfulness Money

8_mindfulness.jpgA little over a year ago, I decided to pick up coins whenever I found them. Quarters, nickels, dimes and—yes—even pennies. I wanted to practice mindfulness and planned to use the coins as reminders of the moment. In the process of doing this, I discovered five benefits:

1. Mindfulness Wake Up

Every time I saw a coin, it was a reminder to “wake up;” an invitation to mindfulness. I would stop, breathe, look at the sky, appreciate the moment. Rather than being seen as “just coins,” they became tokens of something bigger.

2. A Reminder of the Divine

U.S. coins include the stamp “In God We Trust.” People hold the idea of God in different ways. For me, the phrase reminds me that Spirit is ever-present. As the Bhagavad Gita says, “seeing all life as my manifestation, they are never separated from me.” Pausing as I picked up coins, I would think of that phrase, and use it to reconnect to that great majesty.

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50% Off & the “Frugal Character”

7_50-off-e1520468849673.jpgThe catalog arrived with 30% Off emblazoned on the cover.

30%! Yes! A good bargain.

But it was only October; Christmas was still two months away. Would the company up the ante as the holiday got closer? I waited; a few weeks later a new catalog arrived. This one had bold, blue lettering announcing…40% Off!

This was more promising. But was it the best they would offer?

The risk of waiting for a better bargain meant the risk that the only sizes they’d have in stock would be small or XXL. But the frugal voice inside—a voice with tremendous amount of sway—said, “hold out; they’ll increase it. Just give it a few more weeks.”

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