February 18, 2008

Random Act of Kindness

Yesterday, Rich and I were at Bed Bath and Beyond getting some new stuff for his bathroom. We get in the check-out line behind a guy with a buggy full of all sorts of great kitchen stuff. Seriously it looked like he was setting up his first 'big-boy' kitchen. Cookware, knives, small appliances... and the good stuff.

I was shocked at how much money he would be spending. Easily over $1000. I saw the price on the Calphalon cookware ($599) and nearly had a stroke... not because of the price, but because he had NO COUPONS!! I had a stack of them in my purse (seriously, like a dozen). I get them constantly in the mail and even though there is an expiration date, they really never expire.

As he was hoisting the monstrous box of cookware from the buggy, I pulled a coupon out of my purse, made sure calphalon wasn't excluded and gave it to him. The look on his face was priceless. I mean, I basically just handed him $120. He was so appreciative. Then as we were leaving, he drove up and gave us two thumbs up.

I STILL feel great about that. It was such an easy thing to do, and even though he obviously could afford to pay full price, there is something incredible about giving someone an unexpected gift... especially when it doesn't cost you anything.

One thing is for sure, I'm gonna have to do more of this!


  1. how cool was that?

    you made his day a bit brighter, didn't you?

    (and calphalon wasn't excluded? that is AMAZING!!)

  2. Oh my- what a great opportunity for you! I can imagine his delight and hope he passes on the cool story.

    I too would have been there shocked that he had NO COUPONS for those big purchases!

  3. Stefanie, how awesome that you did this for him. I am glad you posted this story - reminds us all to be nicer!

  4. That is great! I usually print out extra Hobby Lobby Coupons and if someone is checking out ahead of me I give them one. NOt exactly $120.00 like you though!! That is great!

    I just ordered some of your notecards yesterday! Can't wait to get them.


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