I had to take my car into the shop the other day for a few maintenance checks. Normally I would do my own maintenance, but when you have a warranty, they don’t allow you to do the maintenance. It is the one thing that I hate about car manufacturer warranties. I have the knowledge, skill, and tools to do proper maintenance, but they will cancel my warranty if I do it. Very irritating, but I digress!
OK, back to my original thought process. I had to take my car in and I knew it was going to be expensive. It needed an oil change, state inspection, and it’s mileage check. All said and done, it was going to cost me about $400 to get the required maintenance. Boo!
Of course, I had the amount saved up in my savings account, but dropping $400 for car maintenance is not my favorite thing. Before I went to my appointment, I decided to look through our large pile of coupons. We keep coupons that we get in a large pile on our counter. It is not organized and that is probably something we should do. Either way, I was lucky to find a nice coupon for the dealer that I was taking my car to. It was one of the best coupons they have sent. It took off $175 off the total of my service. Now, that is impressive!
Damn, the coupon expired like two months ago. Crap, now that I got the taste of saving $175 on my maintenance, I was a little happier. Now, with an expired coupon, I was a little pissed off. Why couldn’t I have a current coupon? That is just my luck, I guess.
With an expired coupon in hand, I decided to head off to the shop and try my luck with getting the deal. I figured that with such a large discount, they would be vigilant with the expiration date. Most companies wouldn’t let you use a two month expired coupon with such a large discount. At least not many companies that I have been around. When I got to the shop, I talked to a guy about the maintenance that I needed. When talking with him, I decided to slip the coupon onto the desk. He quickly glanced at it and said, “Alright, that is a great discount!”
Did I just get the discount?
You dang right I did! Hells yeah! As I spoke with the man and kept him occupied, he was just so busy with getting me in and my questions answered that he didn’t pay attention to the expiration date on the coupon. I just saved 44% on my maintenance with a two-month expired coupon. Now, that made my day!
Have Expired Coupons? Try Them Anyway!
The moral of my story is that if you have an expired coupon, why not try them anyway? I do this quite often with online coupons and they work about 50% of the time. It really depends on the store. It doesn’t cost you anything to try an expired coupon and if you get someone that doesn’t really care or doesn’t have the attention to detail, then you can still score the deal. Why would you not try this?
Have you ever tried to use an expired coupon and it worked? Do you try expired coupons no matter what?
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