I almost knew it. Two days ago, I ordered my daughter's birthday present. The grandparents are going in with us because it is expensive. Before I ordered, I scoured the internet for coupon codes and checked to see if I could get cash back via Ebates. I couldn't find a single way to save a few dollars, I went ahead and placed the order.
Today, I received an email with a discount code for 20% off any purchase. It's not a "thank you for your business" code, it's a mass, "enjoy this discount in July" code. Aaaauuuggghhh!
I've sent an email, asking them to apply the coupon code to my current order. We'll see what happens. It took me about 42 seconds to write and send them the email. If they say no, it's not really a loss. I was planning to spend the money anyway. If they say yes, I've just saved $20.
Sometimes it is hard to remember, or there doesn't seem to be a right way to ask, but I do try to seek out discounts, coupons, rebates, and extras when I shop. Whether it is getting a car charger thrown in with a cell phone purchase or asking for a military discount when you go out to eat, those little discounts add up. Just imagine if you could save 5% on an entire year's spending - that is a lot of money!
You can't always find ways to save money, but try. You might be surprised what you'll find.
Update: They refunded my credit card for the $20 I would have saved with the discount code. AND I just got an email from Amazon offering a deal on something that I've ordered but not received. They're crediting my account $30, because I asked. I am rocking!