The Irreverent Couponer

+ Positively Queer for Coupons +

Hater, Hater, Yard Saler!

This one is going out to the people who hate on couponers but LOVE haggling at yard sales— as if it’s really that different. You know what the difference is between a couponer and a stodgy old guy who stands firm on his offer of $3 for a nice pair of men’s dress shoes that belong to your friend’s step-grandfather? Hatorade. Hatorade is the difference. Couponers negotiate quietly, with tiny scraps of paper they cut from the newspaper. Hagglers and yard sale “early birds” negotiate by saying things like, “It’s $5? Well, $4 would be a better deal.”

Two sides of the same coin, if you ask this cat.

Happy Spring Cleaning Yard Sale Haturday!

I unloaded some of my junk onto friends and strangers today, and probably made about $10 in the process. Not too shabby for someone with nothing to sell and even fewer skills.

And to the little girl who brought home my singing and dancing Gizmo doll: take good care of him.

and remember the rules

I heard that the past week’s episode of Bones was all about coupon haters, so while I follow up that lead, let’s take a narrative break this Haturday to learn about a recent development in the world of extreme coupin’. (You might notice that the video is not really about haters at all, until the newscasters—who are literally indistinguishable from one another—decide to play Hater’s Advocate…)

Newsflash! Couponers are holding “Stockpile Sales.” They’re just like yard sales, but with tables full of grocery goods. And people are shopping at them like they would shop at a store (it helps that the couponer has a real cash register— what’s that about?), but also like they would shop at a yard sale. In the meantime, customers are singing the praises of couponers widely. Well, maybe not singing like Gizmo would, but the video only shows people gettin’ happy about accessing coupon-deals without having to do any of the work of couponing. Sounds like they have some respect. 

Not to get too deep into hatin’, but what bad reporting. Right? This could have been a nice puff piece, some community-interest story in Ohio. Instead, it’s all: “Shoppers become addicted!” “Strangers buy groceries in your yard!” “I tried to make this a hard-nosed report, but instead I just made it trite!” “One couponer, not pictured, not interviewed, and not in existence, says this is bad!”

The tax question, which nobody asks in the video, is really the only interesting question here. Speaking of which, do I have to claim my $10 yard sale earnings on my taxes?