55 minutes ago
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Even I screw up sometimes......
Rachel had dance last night so Wally went with me to HT to finish the deals out for the week. He asked the classic question, "How long with it take?", I answered with another classic, "5 minutes.".
We walked in, everything was on schedule. We checked out the clearanced bread and nothing really stood out. We make our way to the croutons, picked up 6 bags - we were each going to check out separately. We got the Totino's pizza and went to U Scan. Well within the "5 minute promise". We checked out. Jake, my favorite U Scan cashier was there, so we chatted it up while we checked out. Wally used his VIC card and I used my VIC card - at the same time. Even though they are not the exact same numbers, they have our home address linked to them, so essentially they are the same account. After I scanned all my items, I walked up to the U Scan register because I was going to give him Wally's and my coupons, as well as pay him for each order, which I predicted to be .06 each. (After they doubled, the qs were for the full cost of the items, so I was simply paying tax.) Jake's eyes got really big. He said, "You are not going to believe this". He explained to me that I got the "Fresh Foods Reward", valued at $9.00 on BOTH transactions. Don't have a clue what that is and even if I was aware of that promotion, it is not my goal to receive it. I do not "TRY" to participate in the programs....to much to track in addition to tracking my q purchases.
Let's pause for a moment. There is no point in time where I intentionally cheat stores. It does happen on occassion, but it is very unintentional. Good things happen to good people and when you try to cheat a store, it will certainly come back to bite you. Sermon over.
In this situation, me getting the $9.00 off on EACH order royally messed me up. I I actually did not benefit at all from getting it off of both orders. I would have much rather it just come off of one order, where I had items that I did not have coupons for, say, a meat purchase. In this case, I could not use my coupons. My oop was going to be higher (only pennies higher), but still. Poor Wally is standing there watching the circus and simply said "buy more stuff". My brain interpretted this as "go get more crappy pizzas" (No offense Tonys). I looked at him like he was an alien and he just stood there. Since I am the self-acclaimed Coupon Queen, he dare not say anything else. We have been married for 19 years today (Happy Anniversary, Honey), he is a smart man and wants to make it another 19 years (at least I think he does).
Jake is still in shock and we discuss how there is no way to get out of this mess so that I can get my $9 on REAL food, so I make the executive decision to use only one $.50 coupon on each order, which doubled, so I paid .12 for each order. A normal person would be thrilled with this, but not me. I have paid double oop than my original plan AND still have qs that I need to use. We make another pass around the store to get more of the items so that I can use my coupons. Of course, along the way, we see Jennifer, the produce girl, so I had to chat with her and introduce her to Wally. Then, I had to stop by the meat counter and ask the guy how to cook the ribs that I am planning on having tonight and we finally make it back up to U Scan (way over the "5 minute promise"). THIS time, my oop was .06 for each order. That's more like it.
Anyway - Wally is laughing at me because I truly do not think I got a good deal, but, we took a picture of it anyway. Clean your freezer out Jenny, there are more pizzas coming your way for the youth group!!
Lesson of the day.....listen to your husband.