Do you ever have one of those bleh shopping trips? Well, I just did today. And sometimes when this happens I think, this is just NOT blog-worthy, so I’ll skip it, but today I wanted to share my mistakes with you. Who knows? Maybe it’ll show you what NOT to do or if nothing else, remind you that you’re not alone!
Here’s what I did today at Albertsons:
(5) Organic Raw Better Oats (plain) $1.25 each
(2) Prego $1.67 each
$5 Catalina earned from the Tresemme deal
$0.40/2 Prego coupon which rounded up to $1
I paid: $3.59 and saved 82% (but that feels a bit inflated to me)
Now, you might think, “Angela, that seems pretty decent to me, what gives?” Well the problem with this transaction is I just tried winging it. I wedged this trip in with a couple other errands and guess what? I screwed up!
The oatmeal was part of a “buy 10, save $5″ promotion today. I don’t know why I thought buying 5 would work! Oh wait, I do know why. I was going too fast and not paying attention. What’s worse, there is a $1/3 printable available for the oatmeal. Grr…..
This would’ve been a better plan:
(10) Organic Raw Better Oats (plain) $0.75 each
(2) Prego $1.67 each
Less $5 Catalina
Less $1/3 better oats coupon
Less $0.40/2 Prego coupon rounded up to $1
Bottom line: $2.84
(And possibly less if I was able to print the better oats coupon more than once)
Yes, folks. I could’ve actually bought twice the amount of oatmeal for less than what I paid today! Now of course I could’ve gone back and made a fuss, but I was pretty time crunched today so I left as-is. However, should this happen to you? You can always head back to customer service and try to sort it out.
To sum up: 1) always shop with a plan for the best savings, 2) if you are trying to “wing it” when it comes to a mix & match promotion, take extra care to make sure you’ve purchased the correct items at the correct quantities. Honestly this should’ve been a pretty simple transaction.
Now, I’m sure some of you are killing it this week at Albertsons. How about we feature some of YOUR successful trips since mine was a bit of a flop? Send your pictures and trip details to me at angela @ thecouponproject dot com for consideration. All I ask is that your trip demonstrates you’re abiding by coupon & store policies and coupon guidelines (e.g., don’t send me a pic of a a fort made out of free Bounty paper towels you scored today).
Planning a trip? Check out this week’s Albertsons Deals!