But onto the point! Don't be afraid to ask questions...just make sure you are polite and calm. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. I still remember a woman screaming at an employee that she couldn't find any pumpkin spice and couldn't believe they were out. I don't know about you, but I've never found myself wanting to help someone when I'm being yelled at.
I took a trip to Tom Thumb tonight to catch a couple deals I thought were pretty good. Oreos were advertised as $1.99 for today only. Now for a $10 budget, those Oreos are a luxury and I really don't need them...but I love Oreos. In reality, I know I can afford it so got them anyways. I may regret it later because I have no milk to dunk them in. When they rang up I saw the retail price of $4.79 (almost $5 can you believe it!?!) with a $1.79 discount. That makes them $3 - which is not the advertised price. So I stopped and asked, "Isn't it supposed to be $1.99?" and showed the cashier the ad. She pointed out another discount after other items had rung up for -$1.01 making it $1.99. She wasn't angry and didn't roll her eyes. It's was a valid question and I had every right to stop the transaction and make sure it was correct. I still feel anxiety about doing this. There are people in line behind me and I don't want to look stupid. I just have to work on getting past it.
Now the second part; Sister Shubert rolls. The circular advertised a special coupon for them for $1.99, limit 4. I only bought two and handed over two $0.50 coupons. In my area, Tom Thumb doubles up to 50 cents, so my understanding is that both should double. I saw one double and figured the other one would too. I made it out to my car and checked the receipt. I had a nagging feeling it was too high, but I needed a moment to figure out the different discounts applied. There it was...one coupon hadn't doubled. Now normally I would let it go. I was already in my car and it was just 50 cents, but on a $10 budget that is 5% of my budget. If you normally have a $100 a week budget, you'd probably go back if you noticed an extra $5 charge. You'd probably pick up a $5 bill off the street...maybe even the 50 cents. It adds up. $5 a week for 52 weeks...that's $260 a year. You could take a weekend trip for that!
So where am I at? Add:
- Nabisco Oreos $1.99 per package after store savings
- Sister Shubert Parkerhouse rolls 2 @ $0.99 each after store savings and coupons
Rolling total to date: $17.01
That gives me just under $3 left for the rest of my week 2 shopping. So what did I do about the missed discount? I went to customer service and politely pointed out it hadn't doubled. The representative was excellent; checked my receipt and refunded my 50 cents. Thank you, Tom Thumb. :)