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1:20pm on Saturday, 10th August, 2019:

Money Off


Normally, Sainsbury's give me coupons that give Nectar points if I buy something I've only just bought today, dammit, or that I bought four months ago and will never buy again because I didn't like them. Nectar points are only worth half a penny each, so aren't much of an incentive.

Occasionally, though, the coupons don't give Nectar points for buying something: they give actual money off.

I've learned in the past that these are warnings. When you have a coupon that gives you actual money off a product, there will be none of that product available next time you try to buy some.

Thus, is was with some trepidation that I went to Sainsbury's today with a coupon entitling me to 69p off the chargrilled chicken my wife has been putting in her sandwiches for the past 10 or more years. Sure enough, when I reached the refrigerator section, they're all out of chargrilled chicken. They have a whole bunch of other types of cooked chicken, but no chargrilled chicken. My coupon is only good for the chargrilled, not any of the other 8 or 10 kinds they have. I eventually had to go with some kind of plain cooked chicken and some kind of barbecue and gawd-knows-what sauce chicken.

It's indisputable: coupons giving actual money off have the gift of prophecy.

I don't even like chicken myself.

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