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Thursday, December 11, 2008

$4 coupon mishap

We've been managing to get by with one car while the car that was rear-ended is being repaired, but predictably, I haven't been shopping as much. I can walk to CVS, but yesterday was only the second time I've been to Walgreens since we dropped the car off at the body shop before Thanksgiving.

You'd think that since I'm not shopping as much, I'd have more time to get my coupons organized and plan my deals, but the opposite seems to have happened. Partly it's because December is just a crazy month, and I'm overwhelmed with all that I have to do.

But partly it's that I'm out of practice. What used to come naturally now requires a lot of thought. I have no rhythm when I go into a store.

For example, I'd written down all the deals that I wanted to get. But I neglected to write down all the details, or calculate my exact total. And somehow I neglected to note that the $3.99 case of Aquafina (which I need for a Christmas party this weekend) required a 7-day ad coupon. The regular price was $7.99, and that's what I paid because I didn't hand over the coupon, costing me $4.

Now, $4 isn't much in the great scheme of things, but it's huge for a coupon error. It's not quite like forgetting to hand over a 40-cent coupon that would have doubled to 80 cents, like I did a couple of weeks ago at Ralphs. And $4 makes the price of the water twice what I'm willing to pay for a 24-pack.

So I'll probably stop by the store on Saturday on our way to the Christmas party and ask to have the coupon refunded. I don't know if they'll do it, but it's worth a try.

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  • At 12/11/08, 10:48 AM, Blogger Helen said…

    Why wouldn't they? Store coupon, many times cashiers know what is on sale and look for them. There's no reason they should refuse it, but we know how it goes ;)

  • At 12/11/08, 12:21 PM, Blogger Allie Z said…

    I had this happen this week, but the circumstance was simply Wags not taking 3 internet coupons! The store I went to was new to me (mistake 1), and I was highly organized upon check out (possible mistake 2?). It lost out on $3, a huge amount when I don't have much room for error.


  • At 12/11/08, 2:33 PM, Blogger Quattro Stelle said…

    On one of my first Wags trips, I was pushing my 1-year-old in the cart. He kept grabbing at my fistful of coupons, but I thought I got them all back. It wasn't until I was at home and checked the receipt that I realize he had eaten $6.00 worth of coupons. SIX DOLLARS! It still hurts.

  • At 12/11/08, 6:52 PM, Blogger Kait said…

    Can you return the water? I don't know what their return policy is like, but that might do the trick if they won't refund the coupon.

  • At 12/12/08, 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am helpless and hapless with coupons most days. I clip them, but somehow never have them or forget about them when I get to the store. This is one of the reasons why I have shifted my shopping to Aldis. No fuss there. You can't get everything there, but the ease of shopping is one of the plusses for me.

  • At 12/14/08, 1:46 PM, Blogger Clean ClutterFree Simple said…

    The store coupons are tricky. I've had cashiers pull out the flyer and scan the coupon before I could even hand mine over and also ones who have no clue what's on sale.

    My local Walgreens has a couple of great cashiers, really nice and they always help me get the best deal.

  • At 12/14/08, 8:18 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    Thanks, everyone! I appreciate your kind words and shared experiences - it all makes me feel so much better :)

    I still haven't made it back to Walgreens yet (we're still down to one car) - I'm hoping to go sometime this week to my favorite one where I know that my favorite cashier (who probably thinks I'm dead since I haven't been there in so long) and the beauty assistant are very coupon friendly. I saved the circular so I'm hoping they'll give me a refund since the date on the circular and receipt match up.


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