First and foremost, I would like to clarify that of course I’m cringing at my last post.
The last thing I want to be is a complainer, and I feel that’s exactly how I sound.
“Woe is me, feel bad for me, I’m so sad, blah, blah, blah…”. Yuck.
Anyhow, I didn’t mean to sound all whiny. But I’m overjoyed at the love I received. My parents can’t be replaced, but I’ll never lack the love.
But moving on to something I’m actually not loving….
It took a lot of guts for me to write this post. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Jew and love a good bargain. And lets face it, Groupon in the new oatmeal in the blog world.
But here’s my issue….
Groupon is all about consumption. I often feel like Groupon is yelling at me, “We want you to buy and buy now. It doesn’t make a difference what it is…just get out there and buy it!”. Hmm…. isn’t this the mentality what put the country in insurmountable credit card debt a few years ago. It was all about stuff, more stuff, and more stuff on top of that. They give you all these deals and put a timer next to it so you feel pressured to make an impulse decision and buy. In the end, you probably don’t even use it.
2. They dont care who you are: While its lovely that they are non-discriminatory, in this case it just turns into an unfocused marketing mess. Groupon is all about irrelevance. One day they offer me half off entrees at a local Mexican Restaurant, the next day I get “50% off” liposuction, followed by five tanning sessions for the price of one. Great, so I am a fat-turned-skinny-oompa-loompa. I just wish it could be more focused.
3. They Aren’t So Good for Business: If a small business is lucky, a Groupon promotion will bring in a surge of traffic. But, the business better be ready to handle this sudden influx. If they’re not, not only will they not get repeat business—they’ll get negative word of mouth.
But dont get me wrong. I still get Groupon emails, and if I see a deal here my rule of thumb before I purchase:
Will I pay full price for this? I have to REALLY want what the deal is for before I fork over some dough. Is this something I would consider paying full price for? I find many people just buy because its “on sale” or “cheaper” and they just have to get in on the deal. For me, I have to love the item and find the discount to be a cool added perk.
I sleep on it: You know that timer Groupon has that tells you how much time you have left before the “deal” is off? I try to ignore that. Being timed stresses me out and causes me to make impulse decisions. And believe me, I’m quite impulsive sometimes (que me circa 2006 when I had a Mia Farrow-esque pixie hair-cut). So usually, deals are over 24 hours and I let myself sleep on a deal I’m considering. I usually wake up realizing that I either really want it or don’t.
ON A SIDE NOTE: After I posted this last night, this deal got into my inbox. All I need a now is a groupon for an advil.
Oh, gotta go, just got an offer for half off on a Brazilian waxing session. Wonder how much time I have left?
But heres a simple recipe to hold you over
- 2-3 sweet potatoes (2 is a serving for me personally)
- 2 tbs freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 3/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/4 cup apple cider
Roast the potatoes in the oven until soft or boil potatoes in a pot until very tender (about 40 min).
Bring cider and milk to boil in heavy medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the potatoes, ginger, and spices. If you roasted your potatoes long enough, they should get to a lovely “puree” consistency simple by mixing it with a spoon in the hot milk for a few minutes. But it that doesn’t do it, go ahead and use you blend/food processor. Personally, I like it kinda chunky because otherwise I find it resembles baby food.