After leaving my umbrella on the metro on the way home one day, I was in need of both a change of clothes and a new umbrella. I took care of my clothes when I got home, but I don’t enjoy shelling out $20 for new umbrellas every few months.
Two days later, I was alerted to an awesome deal going on at Gap: 30% off plus they donate 5% of the purchase to one of a few charities that you can choose from. Score! I could get that umbrella for $14 (It’s a sweet umbrella. Automatic open AND automatic close).
I headed to the store during my lunch break, picked out my umbrella, got laughed at by the cashiers who thought buying an umbrella on a beautiful day was silly, and made my way to the door. But since the coupons aren’t unique and therefore reusable, I knew I could either walk out the door and throw away the coupon or I could hand it off to someone else who would save a nice chunk of money without doing any work.
I turned around and found the closest person to me. There were two girls standing pretty close, so I offered the coupon. They were really happy to have the offer, but they were actually on their way out (why there were still standing there I’m not sure), so I had to find a new target.
I tried a new tactic. I found the person carrying the most items, thinking that I could save them the most amount of money, explained the situation, and happily handed off the coupon.
You should have seen this woman’s face. She was ecstatic. How often are you in the middle of shopping and get an offer to save $30 or more?
Now I know how to get people to like me: offer them a way to save money with nothing to lose. They’ll be amazed at your generosity, you’ll know that you didn’t really do any work to help them, and everyone will feel great about themselves.