Card collecting

Card collecting

Inspired by this Rebekah’s post, which was inspired by this my post (it’s complicated), here’s a follow-up on the (not so) thrilling subject of groceries and loyalty cards. I have quite a collection of them, against my better judgement. Most of them do very little, and what some of them do I don’t even know.

I went to get a few items in the Mara-approved Billa supermarket today and, forbid, I had a good shopping experience. My shopping was checked in by the shift manager, who is always very polite and all smiles. How the hell does he do that? His wages probably range between 12k and 18k minus about 30% tax—for comparison, my rent plus utilities is 11k, which is about the usual. Maybe he’s hysterical. I would be. I am. However, he fixed me with a 10% discount coupon because it’s my birthday this month.

That’s nice and not nice. The coupon applies to one batch of shopping, which means that the coupon user is under pressure to buy more to “save” more. The coupon is valid for a month, so I have time enough to ponder upon the dilemma. That’s philosophy in everyday life.

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. Thirty percent is high. It’s high here too. Taxes suck.

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    1. I hear taxes in Sweden can go up to 60%. So 30 isn’t that bad. I wouldn’t care how much I pay on taxes as long as I were able to live on my work. This one I still have to figure out.

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      1. 60% ? That’s government tyranny!

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        1. As far as I gather, the taxing system is such that low-income groups pay low or no tax at all, while high-income groups pay up to 60 per cent. As I’m in the former group, I’d probably benefit from the system.

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          1. That’s how it is here to some degree, you make more money you are in a higher tax bracket. But up to sixty percent is no less than ludicrous. Wow!

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  2. Why not just decide that when you shop next you’ll use the voucher, save whatever and spend the savings on something for yourself?? Like enjoy it Mara its not happening every month now is it?
    Please notify the day of your birthday so we can celebrate with you and once again feel young again…lol..Have a good day…

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    1. Enjoy? What? How is that done? 😉 I actually celebrate my birthday online in May, which is the random date I filled in on Facebook because it’s none of Facebook’s business when my birthday is. And it’s awkward to explain to all the well wishers that congratulate me in May, so I just stick with it. So, this year’s celebrations are already over!

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      1. How disappointing and to think I was going to bake a cake with candle….oh well you could say I had a good intention…..but as I estimate it you have plenty more to come so maybe next year…..

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        1. Awe, that’s a tempting idea and very considerate of you! So, next year? Or, you could just bake a cake without a candle.

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  3. Make a list of stuff you can stock up on and have someone with a car take you there. Now, I realise you live in a bedsit, and there’s probably not all that much storage space, but still … it’s a good deal.

    It’s getting tougher to come up with subjects now … 😐

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    1. That’s a very sensible suggestion, it occurred to me as well and will probably do it like that. It’s just a coupon, no need to overthink, but then 10 per cent is quite nice… I’m likely to blog about increasingly stupid subjects. My life has turned out to be repetitive, so I’ve blogged about everything already at least once…

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      1. Yeah, today I was thankful for the cat because the mind was blank … totally.

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        1. You just gave me an idea for a post. You say your mind was blank – so is mine – and my free association is _target:blank. I’m probably going to blog about an a attribute next. Simple HTML deserves some blogging love too.

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          1. Teehee! I know _target:blank and _target:top … they’re nice — they do deserve some love 🙂

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          2. I’m back to learning HTML (with the prospect of moving to CSS and perhaps JS) in an organised manner, so my head is full of it now. I was struggling with _target:top just the other day. I couldn’t quite imagine what it means that this attribute unlocks the frame when a page is locked in one. Now I think I get it. Until I forget it.

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          3. Good for you! 🙂

            Doesn’t it just open in a new browser window?!

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          4. I think _target:top is different from _target:blank in that the former is a new window/tab, and the latter serves to unlock a frame, provided that a page has one. I experimented with this in the Tryinit window on W3Schools, where the left column (with code) is a one frame and the right column (with the result) is another column. I was getting different results for blank and top. The former opened a new tab, the latter opened the link in the same window, but full window, not locked in the right-column frame. I wonder if I managed to explain any of that. Not that it’s too relevant. I don’t know about frames and I suspect it’s not useful for blogging.

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          5. _target top places itself on top of the page you’re already on, and blank opens a new tab/window … right?!

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          6. See, you needed one short sentence to say what I said in two paragraphs. I can’t see how I can be a teacher, with my lack of explaining skills. And yes, you’re right.

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  4. Happy early birthday – enjoy the shopping (in as much as is possible!)

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    1. Awe, thank you! Yes, I actually sometimes enjoy my shopping, especially when the cashier is nice and doesn’t let on how badly I’m disturbing him/her 🙂

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  5. Yesterday I tried to feed the woman in me and do some shopping.
    I went to buy an Ipad Air 2. When I came to the shop they were sold out. Not only in that shop, but in all the shops in Oslo. As it turns out, it’s impossible to get an Ipad Air 2 in Oslo until August (which is too late for me, so I decided not get one).

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    1. A two-year old model sold out? Weird. You probably don’t get to get an Apple device unless you queue for it. It seems to be part of the initiation rites. Get a Tesco tablet 😉

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  6. Don’t like loyalty cards – just want my local/nearest/convenient supermarket to keep all their prices as low as possible – it does, which is why I go there every week! But they have just moved everything round again, so I’m currently having disloyal thoughts…

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    1. That’s the ideal scenario, no need for loyalty cards 🙂 I hoard the against my better judgement, but this particular card, for the supermarket where I shop regularly, probably does actually pay off. It’s the worst marketing trick they can pull off, when they move things around, as they are prone to do regularly.

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  7. Buy 10% more and break even 🙂

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    1. Haha, now that’s some sensible advice 😉 I’ll report on how I’ll solve this practical philosophy problem.

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      1. Zen and the art of supermarket loyalty cards. Could be a book..

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        1. Another book I won’t write. But I could write a blog post. Hm.

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          1. I have one card that works on accrued points, it takes me about six months to earn a $15 voucher, which is worth about one jar of peanut butter (average quality according to price) a loaf of bread of similar stature and a packet of chocolate biscuits. Well worth the effort

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          2. Fair enough, to get a free lunch each six months. And a nice lunch too. As long as there is chocolate and biscuits. Or chocolate biscuits. Though I prefer cookies.

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          3. Cookies with chocalate chips?

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          4. Yes please, by all means!

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          5. Jeez, I cannot even spell chocolate right. I think that may be blasphemy.. Hangs head in shame.. 😦

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          6. I autocorrected you, never mind…

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          7. True, it is only chocolate..

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