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Ever benefitted from a 'coupon fairy' who leaves coupons tucked by products in supermarkets?
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I enjoy passing on McDonald's and other coupons which aren't tied though. Like from the newspapers, and so on...
All those printed by tills can, such as in Sainsburys or Waitys. Wombling them is well worth doing, if someone has discarded one.
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H&M used to do a thing where if you brought them a bag of clean textiles of any description (clothes, towels, bedding, curtains, random fabric) in any condition, they'd pass it on to charities or recycling schemes as appropriate, and give you a £5 voucher to use on a £25+ purchase (they still do the recycling initiative, but now the voucher is electronic on the app - so not pass-on-able).
A household turf-out in 2019 left me with more vouchers, so I started doing "recon" on the queue in H&M Manchester Market Street until I saw someone with what looked like £25+ of gear and offering them the voucher - I had so many vouchers that I'm surprised I wasn't ever asked to leave...
Since then though, I've noticed how much discarded clothing there is in the street, so I've been washing it and taking it down H&M to salvage it, and get the vouchers to give to people. The streets tidied up, clothing saved from landfill, upcycling projects supported, and people coming out of the shops with a smile on their face because a stranger basically gave them a fiver, not a bad old hustle...
I only give the vouchers to people already queuing, as they've made up their mind to buy - if H&M are about reducing textile waste it strikes me as a bit saucy to nudge me towards making an impulse buy (appreciated though it is).
Literally three people have ever declined the voucher, and only one of those seemed suspicious of me. The rest are an even split between overflowing gratitude and a bemused "um, thanks" - maybe I just caught them off guard.
AND... only very recently Superdry have started a very similar promotion with a £5 paper voucher off a £30+ spend - guess what I'll be doing!!
I have been given a carpark ticket - it had nearly two hours left on it and I only needed half an hour so I ended up passing it onto someone else when I left!