If Tech students can build rockets, can’t they figure out coupons?

On a lighter note; I received this press release and had to read it twice to be sure it was Georgia Tech students. My first thought was that students learning to analyze gene sequences, design the next-generation of MRI systems and produce nanoparticles can probably figure out how to use a 50-cents-off Tide coupon. But my desk mate – blogger extraordinaire Jamie Gumbrecht who graduated college in this century — says she would have grabbed the free ride to Target.

Georgia Tech Students Bussed to Atlanta Target Store Saturday, Sept. 12

WHAT:  Hundreds of college students at Georgia Tech will board buses on campus and ride the 1.4 miles to an off-campus Target Store to purchase toiletries, cleaning supplies and other items they need. Procter & Gamble’s Ready U College Program is sponsoring the bus trips for students at Georgia Tech and other specially-selected schools across the U.S. Many of the students will be shopping independently and using coupons for the first time. Local campus ambassadors will share their own insights about leaving home for the first time and will be available at the store to help direct students

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jim d

August 31st, 2009
5:02 pm


you are kidding—right?? This is funny stuff–someone grab the cameras and send to Americas Funniest Videos


August 31st, 2009
5:20 pm

This cannot be true! Please say it ain’t so.

This is not a story about GT but moreso about how ’some’ of our children don’t have a clue because they have been sheltered most of their lives.


August 31st, 2009
5:36 pm

The majority of them are probably the international students who attend GT, many of who have probably never used coupons in their home country. My daughter graduated from there and she said more than half of her classes were students from other countries.


August 31st, 2009
6:11 pm

You beat me to it, Martina. I’m fairly sure that the American kids can do it, but coupons are a foreign concept in some other countries, citizens of which make up a large percentage of their students.

Life coach

August 31st, 2009
6:16 pm

Sorry, Jim d I did not mean to hit so close to home.


August 31st, 2009
7:02 pm

Get a grip…most teens I know have never cut out a coupon much less used one. My kids know I am the coupon queen. They told me they are putting this on my tombstone ‘DO WE HAVE A COUPON”.

This does not offend me as I use coupons all the time. I save at least $15 per week in some way via coupons.

So many kids do not even know how to budget or balance a checkbook…how would they know about coupons?


September 1st, 2009
6:49 am

If what Martina and Laura are suggesting is true, then an important piece of the story was left out.

Public school mom

September 1st, 2009
7:39 am

Common Folks. This has nothing to do about learning about college survival and how to shop or do laundry. This is a big corporation trying to hook young people (perhaps targeting foreign students) to become brand conscious. Hopefully these math-smart students will realize that a bottle of Target brand detergent is still much cheaper than Tide with a .50 off coupon. I’ve got nothing against Tide or P&G products, but this is a marketing ploy.


September 1st, 2009
8:20 am

Right before classes started, my new UGA student rode a bus from campus to Target to buy a pair of swimming goggles. He took advantage of a free ride to buy something he needed. If he also took advantage of a coupon to buy a bottle of Tide, more power to him. That is one less thing he will liberate from home next visit.


September 1st, 2009
9:23 am

HOORAH VIRGINIA….you should be proud.

I am the parent of a 22 year old in professional school and a 17 year old senior in HS. KIDS DO NOT KNOW LIFE SKILLS these days. Other parents do not talk about things they need to know.
I hear and see this all the time with the peers of my children. The children are extremely bright but have no common sense. My daughter’s friend told her that she needed a credit card because she goes places and does not have money to spend. Her parents got her one. I told my kids they needed a job if they want any money….am I obsolete?

We met a teacher at our daughter’s HS open house who is a CPA. She teaches business classes and also personal finance. She reiterated that many children in Gwinnett County have no concept of money. How could they when they have been driving a BMW since they were 16 and have never thought about gas and insurance. HELLO? @ Virginia, your kid rode the BUS….LOL…hoorah!

Man oh man

September 1st, 2009
11:13 am

It’s for the international students. Grow up people.

OOOOOld Grad

September 1st, 2009
11:50 am

Freshmen don’t get parking passes, do they, and most probably don’t have easy access to cars on campus. Tech may be in town, but it is not surrounded by supermarkets. When I was a freshman, if you got a free ride to the store you took it. Beats MARTA.


September 1st, 2009
12:47 pm

I believe that Virginia said her child was UGA and YES freshmen do pay for parking passes. My neighbor’s son told me they are $600 PER semester at Tech.

@ Man Oh Man….check in with the students and find out how financially prudent they are….then tell us to grow up. I am not aware of what international students know but am very aware of teens and early twenties do not know.

A client told me last year, that her brother in law brought her niece back to college after Christmas. He went to the Bursar to see if her tuition and housing was all squared away.
“Yes, but she has some other fines that have to be cleared up.”
“O.K. what are they….?”
It appears the daughter never got a parking pass all semester….too busy. Her tickets were over $3000.00


FYI she did not have a car the second semester.


September 1st, 2009
12:49 pm

OOOOOld Grad, I have a son looking at GT. During a campus visit a couple of months ago, we were told that freshmen could get parking passes for a low, low price of $500/year. That’s almost twice the amount I recently paid for my oldest son’s pass at UGA. Between the cost of parking passes,the price of gas, and the price of consumer goods, Target/P&G are providing a service regardless of what might be considered questionable intentions.

Old School

September 2nd, 2009
1:05 am

YGBSM! Now if the coupons were for cheap brew…

The Sarge

September 6th, 2009
2:02 am

Perhaps the coupons would be easier to use if they were adorned with cartoon characters…wait, I’ve got a better idea! Have those curriculum specialists devise a course of instruction in the recognition and proper usage of coupons. This could be implemented as part of the curriculum on micro economics. As a reward for doing a good job in mastering the complexities of coupons, the student could color-in the sample coupon. Wait a minute…are we talking about public school education or college/university studies? Not much difference anyway, based on the shameful drop-out rates in a Country that, one upon a time, was a respected global superpower.


September 7th, 2009
3:23 am

Be like the Marines; bring 12 sets of skivies…January, February, March…