Memo to Boss: You knew this would happen.
Sending me to talk to shoppers on this first day of our state’s first sales tax holiday … well, that’s like sending the fox to the henhouse.
I couldn’t help myself. Surrounded by sales signs, and feeling peer-pressure from the enthusiatic consumers I encountered, I put down my notebook and picked up my checkbook. (For the record, I’m counting the buying time as my lunch break.)
But wow, did I hit the jackpot! Regular readers here know about my store coupon savvy. I had a 15 percent-off coupon for Kohl’s, where everything in the store was on sale — some things 90 percent off, plus there was the sales tax break.
I got two t-shirts for my girls, two dresses for my toddler, two shirts, a skirt and dress for me — all for $118.65. I saved $20 on sales tax alone. And then, I got a $20 coupon good for my next visit to Kohls.
Fellow shoppers seemed to be doing as well. The check-out line wasn’t long, but took awhile because some customers were really stocking up, buying dozens of items, their carts overflowing.
So, Boss, I’d like to go ahead and volunteer to do this story next year. And the year after, and after….
Memo to husband, balancer of all checkbooks: My boss made me do it.
Susan Simpson, Education Writer (and shopper extraordinaire)